There were no changes to Barton Community College's proposed budget Thursday. It was approved by the BCC Board of Trustees after a public hearing at which no one came forward to comment.
Editor's Note: This is the second to two stories about campaign finance reports filed by area candidates.
In a little more than a month, Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will know if the application for national accreditation was successful.
Editor's Note: This is the first of two stories on finance reports filed by candidates for office. Today's story is based on reports filed in the Barton County Clerk's Office. Part II will look at the reports filed in Topeka by candidates for the Kansas Senate District 33 and the House of Representatives District 112.
Anyone who has ever wanted more information about an exhibit at the Barton County Historical Village and Museum usually has only to ask Beverly Komarek or one of her many volunteers. But now some of the items on display can tell their own story, thanks to interpretive signs going up in the museum's historic and authentically furnished period buildings.
A visual gag being forwarded on the Internet shows a bottle cap as the "new Kansas rain gauge." Wednesday night's downpour of less than two-tenths of an inch won't stop the cyber commentaries and won't change the news that across the nation, this year's drought is being called the worst since the Dust Bowl days in the Depression.
When Great Bend Police Officer Jacob Harlow's two children are old enough for school, he hopes they'll get something like the DARE program's new "Keepin' it REAL" class. In fact, he wouldn't mind teaching it to them.
Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about last Thursday's candidates' forum. It was held at the Crest Theater in Great Bend and moderated by the League of Women Voters.
ELLINWOOD - Politicians and political ads were in abundance Saturday for the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival parade. This year's lineup included 95 entries, said Richard Kimple with the Ellinwood Rotary Club, organizers of the parade. At least a dozen of them carried people running for office, or were decorated with candidates' names.
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Thursday's candidates' forum, and features comments by candidates for the Legislature. Part II will appear in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune and will include remarks from candidates for Barton County sheriff, county treasurer and county commissioner.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's operating budget and publication of a proposed budget. The estimated local tax would be 32.77 mills, similar to the last two years.
Barton County's primary election is less than three weeks away.
PAWNEE ROCK -- The Barton County Sheriff's Office was summoned to the 400 block of Pawnee Ave. at 10 p.m. Tuesday, when someone reported hearing sounds coming from an abandoned residence and saw a "blue-type truck" at the residence. Deputies checked the residence but found no signs of entry. This was the same block where a burglary of another unoccupied residence was reported on Monday.
PAWNEE ROCK - Burglars got away with the kitchen sink – and the counters and cabinets, as well as an entire bathroom and other items, the owners of a fully remodeled Pawnee Rock house reported Monday. In fact, Chris and Kristina Frost say the home they restored a few years ago was gutted while it sat unoccupied.
The job title "Cowboy" conjures images of riding range and roping dogies, but real life cowboys in the 21st Century have a lot more to do than wander over yonder and gaze at the moon. Working knowledge of animal science, including animal nutrition, safety precautions and more is required. A cowboy may still ride a horse, but may also need to be able to download information into a computer.
Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.
A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.
Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.
Live theater choices abound this weekend in Barton County. Adults seeking to quench their thirst for laughter should save at least one night for the Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Beer for Breakfast."
It was kind of exciting to post "I survived the Kansas earthquake of Nov. 12, 2014," on Facebook and Twitter, but it turns out earthquakes are becoming rather common in the Wheat State.
Salina firm Harbin Construction won the bid to build a new dining hall for Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich. The original dining hall was destroyed by a fire last April.
Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society had a lot to celebrate at their annual meeting, Monday night at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo. But members were also saddened by last week's announcement that Zoo Director Scott Gregory will be leaving at the end of the year, to accept a job in Florida.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is offering seventh- and eighth-grade basketball for the first time this fall. Sports Director Chris Umphres said enrollment has begun for boys and girls, and will continue for two weeks.
Barton County saw several accidents involving deer over the weekend, continuing a trend that began in October. Kansas Highway Patrol reports deer activity on and near Kansas roadways always poses a seasonal traffic hazard during deer-breeding season, which starts in October and runs into December.
Grady Bolding, the Great Bend man attempting to become one of the first colonists on Mars, expects the number of finalists to drop from 705 to 50 by the end of the year.
There were no fires in Great Bend on Thursday, but firefighters were busy serving spaghetti at the Knights of Columbus. It was the Great Bend Fire Department's 10th annual Spaghetti Supper, which included a drawing for many prizes, all donated by area businesses.
CLAFLIN - This week Kristina Frost was able to sleep in her upstairs bedroom again.
What will it take to get more Kansans to the polls? For Tuesday's election, Barton County turnout was less than 50 percent.
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