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Sheriff’s office announces multiple drug busts

Over the course of the last 12 days the Barton County Sheriff’s office has been involved in several controlled substances cases, Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced Friday afternoon.“We did not want to make the cases public until investigations were complete,” Bellendir said. He released the following


Rolling Sculpture Car Show set for Saturday, Aug. 25

Barton County Historical Society will host Rolling Sculpture 2018, its annual car show and open house, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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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


Mega Motor Weekend coming to GB

At the end of September, Great Bend’s Mega Motor Weekend will offer three events for the entire family. The Great Bend Airfest, Lucas Oil Drag Racing and the Hahn Brothers Shootout will all take place the weekend of Sept. 28-30.“These events are important to the community — especially the Airfest. T

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Mules begin season nationally ranked

The Mules return four All-Americans from a season ago when they finished 8-3 and capped the season with a 38-28 win over Minnesota-Duluth in the Mineral Water Bowl. Among them is senior quarterback Brook Bolles, who returns for his final year after putting up a monstrous stat line last season. Bolle


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


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.


‘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.


Kansas Barn Alliance will host BarnFest in Damar, Kansas, Sept. 21-22

The Kansas Barn Alliance will be hosting BarnFest 18 on Sept. 21 to 22 in Damar, Kansas, and rural areas of Rooks, Graham and Phillips counties.


Springvale student graduates from Fort Hays State University | Journal Tribune

HAYS, Kan. – Amy Elizabeth Gisriel, a resident of Springvale, graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, in the Spring 2018 semester with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.


Plainville Livestock Commission suspended, assessed a civil penalty in settlement with AMS

On July 12, Plainville Livestock Commission Inc., and Tyler D. Gillum of Plainville, Kansas (collectively, Plainville), a market agency selling livestock on commission subject to the Packers and Stockyards Act, entered into a Consent Decree with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


Cowboys ready to ride into town

Tami McGreevy remembers summer weekends traveling around the state — sometimes as far as northeast Kansas — to perform as an Old West dance hall girl and promote Ellsworth’s annual Cowtown Festival. Her “partner in crime” was Stacie Schmidt. Together, the two, along with other local volunteers, offe


Lohmann wins local primary race

“I just want to watch, listen and learn as much as I can in the beginning,” Lohmann said. “It will take some time to get up to speed since I realize there is a lot to know.”


Lincoln hosts football camp for area youth

High School Head Football coach Dustin Patee, Assistant Coach Ed Prince, Junior High coach Jason Hull, along with student volunteers, organized a football camp for grades 3-6 last week. “This is something I have done everywhere I’ve been. We had 26 total kids, grades 3-6 with Lincoln and Tescott sch