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UP to spend $120M to enhance community safety, efficiency in Kan. »

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OMAHA -Union Pacific plans to invest about $120 million in 2015 to improve Kansas’ transportation infrastructure they announced in a media release today. The company’s multi-million dollar private investment will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency. Freight railroads like Union Pacific operate on track built and maintained without taxpayer funds. […]

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Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (5/11) »


BOOKED: Tommy Shepherd of Great Bend on Barton County District Court case for driving without a valid license and defective tail lights, bond in lieu of $1,000.00 C/S. BOOKED: Darrel Henry of Osborne on a Great Bend Municipal Court warrant for contempt of court, no bond must serve 30 days. BOOKED: Marissa Kennedy of Great […]

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USD 428 waits to hear back from BCC on pool use »

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The Great Bend High School has put together some good swimming teams and great swimming athletes over the recent years. With no pool at the high school, in order to practice and compete the Panthers have to make use of the facilities at Barton Community College. USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed has presented an offer […]

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Relay for Life is organizing an All-Survivor Choir again »

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The “Purple is Powerful” All-Survivor Choir will perform again this year at the Barton County Relay for Life event. Any cancer survivor who enjoys singing is welcome to participate. There is no need to be a world-class singer to join the choir. Barb Schwartz came up with the idea last year to include a touch […]

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Woman in fatal Pratt Co. crash identified »

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PRATT– Authorities have identified the elderly woman killed in a two-vehicle accident near Pratt over the weekend. The Pratt County Sheriff’s office reported a 2003 Pontiac Vibe driven by Velma Base, 87, Garden City. was westbound on U.S. 54 eight miles west of Pratt just before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Witnesses at the scene reported […]

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Cop Shop (5/8 – 5/10) »


Barton County Sheriff’s Office Service Log (5/8) Chase All Units Standby At 10:44 a.m. an officer reported a chase at Patton Road & Eisenhower Avenue. Criminal Damage At 4:51 p.m. Jennifer Flock at 429 Pawnee Avenue reported criminal damage to a pickup truck. Non Injury Accident At 8:47 p.m. N.R. Weber at NE 100 Avenue […]

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Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (5/8 – 5/10) »


5/8 BOOKED: Erick Ortiz of Dallas, TX on Barton County District Court case for driving without a license and speeding, bond in lieu of $1,000.00 C/S. BOOKED: Joseph McNett of Great Bend on Barton County District case for felony obstruction, bond $5,000.00 C/S. Barton County District Court warrant for probation violation, no bond. Barton County […]

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Police seek suspect in connection with weekend armed robbery »


RUSSELL — Russell law enforcement is seeking information on a reported weekend robbery in a grocery store parking lot. At 7:45 p.m. Saturday, the Russell Police Department received a call reporting the robbery at Klema Applemarket. Upon arrival, the RPD officer found a 51-year-old female victim, who reported being approached by a male subject, who […]

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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Sign-Up »


The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a federal program that will provide $30 in checks for income-qualifying seniors age 60 and older to purchase locally grown fresh vegetables and herbs, fruits and honey at a local farmers market. Any Barton County senior who is interested can apply at the Great Bend Senior Center […]

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Enrollment open for Summer Fun at Incredible Years Preschool »

Incredible Years Preschool students enjoy a Kansas Wetlands Education Center presentation at last year’s Summer Fun Program. Enrollment is now open for this year’s session.

Whether parents want to prepare a child for preschool or wrap up the school year for current preschoolers on a high note, Sunflower Diversified’s Incredible Years Preschool may be the answer. Enrollment is open now for the four-week Summer Fun Program at Incredible Years, 1312 Patton, Great Bend. Parents are encouraged to enroll their children […]

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