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Most positions filled at Great Bend USD 428
School starts next week in Great Bend USD 428, but staff and teachers have been busy throughout the summer, administrators said. The pace has picked up in recent days.“There’s a lot going on,” Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board Monday.Tricia Reiser, the district’s director of teachin
‘What Were You Wearing?’ dispels sexual violence myths
A myth that sexual assault victims are sometimes at fault for what they were wearing when attacked is countered by the art installation “What were you wearing?” It is on display in the Barton County Courthouse lobby through Friday, Aug. 17, and will then be at the Great Bend Library through Aug. 24.
Hoisington’s 2019 budget approved
Former councilman Jim Sekavec asked the council to consider purchasing a new street sweeper, (Randy) asked the council to make the purchase of a new digger truck a higher priority, and if not, the existing unit is due for a complete makeover, and should be mounted on a new chassis. He argued that th
Primary canvass nets only slight change
In the end, the numbers changed slightly, but the overall results of last Tuesday’s primary election remained the same.
Three injured in Stafford County collision
Two vehicles collided at an uncontrolled intersection at 2:32 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in Stafford County. Both drivers and a passenger where injured, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
New GB admin eyes city/county cooperation
The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to welcome a new government officials to town. They were introduced to Kendal Francis, who was appointed recently by the City of Great Bend as the new city administrator, and it could be a cozy connection.
Wilson first county town affected by new law
Editor’s Note — A story in the Aug. 9 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent gave an inaccurate account of Wilson’s proposed 2019 city budget. Here is the rest of the story.By the I-R StaffLater this month, Wilson will become the first Ellsworth County town to trigger a Kansas law that forces c
United Way thankful for Stuff the Bus participation
The United Way of Central Kansas Board of Directors, staff, and community partners are thankful for everyone who donated to its annual Stuff the Bus event this year, UWCK Executive Director Gaila Demel said.
Contests aim to Put the Brakes on Fatalitie
TOPEKA — Kansas kids can win great prizes and learn about traffic safety by participating in poster and video contests as part of the annual “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” safety campaign.Natalie Williams, Great Bend, was a 2016 Poster Contest Winner in the South Central Kansas division.
Phone scam in Great Bend
A Great Bend resident reported receiving a telephone call on Thursday from an unknown person who identified themselves as an employee of the Great Bend Police Department. The caller then advised the citizen to send $7,000 to another subject or criminal charges would be filed.The citizen’s caller ID
Growing issue: Forum to explore KS marijuana laws
The products in Jan Morton’s store, Essential Oils, are legal in all 50 states, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill that distinguished “hemp” from “cannabis.” But should Kansas go further, as 30 other states have, and make at least some forms of marijuana legal? The question of whether or not Kansas shoul
Made in Great Bend, America
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) toured Doonan Specialized Trailers on Wednesday and heard first-hand how tariffs on steel and aluminum are hurting the local manufacturing plant. Mike Gordy, co-manager of operations, said it now costs an addition $800 to build a trailer.The company is not alone.“We’ve go
Great Bend sports to start practice Monday
GREAT BEND HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOLStarting Practice Times / LocationsFirst Day of Practice – MONDAY, AUG. 13Athletes are reminded that they may not practice without a current physical on file with the school.A current physical is one dated on, or after May 1, 2018. Athletes need a concussion r
City fills IT post; PD staff nearly full
“We have hired a network administrator,” he said. James Cell will start with the city on Monday, Aug. 20.
City abates former hotel property
Located at 3017 10th St., trash cans around the site are over flowing, weeds have been allowed to grow and other maintenance has not been done, City Sanitarian Austin LaViolette said. Even after city personnel and volunteer private citizens have fought back the vegetation, it is still an eyesore.
Tractor Supply Inc. coming to Great Bend
There are two issues. First, the closest tie-in to an existing sewer line is over a half block away and not feasible in this time frame, and second, city ordinances forbids septic systems in the city.
Great Bend Rec summer champions
The Great Bend Recreation Commission crowned league softball and baseball champions during the summer season.Rookie Boys (1st-2nd)—Wild Boys (Blue). Coaches—Candace Tomlin, Shelby StoneRookie Girls (1st-2nd)—E-Lemon-ators (Yellow). Coach—Derrick BartonekSox League Girls (3rd-5th)—Velocity (Dark Blue
USD 428 to hold budget hearing Monday
Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will start with a budget hearing at 5 p.m. at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road on Aug. 13. The administration recommends that the board, after the public hearing closes, adopt the 2018-2019 budget as published.
New trial set in rape case
A man facing more than 50 years in prison for raping a Great Bend woman will get a new jury trial, now that the Kansas Court of Appeals has overturned his conviction.Steven Terry “Dewey” Jordan, 48, was convicted of rape, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property in 2015. Because he was no
Straub headed to a second term
Barton County Commissioner Alicia (Schartz) Straub has won the Republican primary and will go on to run for reelection in November. She represents the fourth district.Straub won 76 percent of the ballots with 649 votes, compared to 24 percent for her opponent Randy Suchy, who received 213 votes.Othe