As many Ellinwood residents continued their soggy clean-up and area farmers dealt with the muddy aftermath following Sunday's flooding, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a disaster declaration covering the entire county.
There's nothing the county can do. That was the message to rural Great Bend residents Reland Cole at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
The islands are calling.
HOISINGTON – As of late Friday afternoon, authorities were on the look out for a suspect in the robbery of a church in Hoisington.
State agriculture officials and our governor have finally realized something we have know for a long time here – the importance of farmers markets.
When looking at the housing market and home prices nationally and locally, it is difficult to compare apples to apples, said Stan Longhofer, director of the Center for Real Estate at Wichita State University.
In an attempt to be better prepared for the future, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved funding the county's capital improvement and equipment replacement plans.
A recent Wall Street Journal/ NBC poll found that Congress has drawn among the lowest approval ratings in history, with 83 percent of those responding giving it the big thumbs down. Looking at the past, this Congress is on pace to beat the record as the most ineffective in modern government history, surpassing that of the post Civil War era.
After a 90-minute public hearing that involved a packed chamber, a sharply divided Barton County Commission approved the 2014 budget as it was published.
On July 15, the Barton County Commission approved for publication a 2014 operating budget that included .75 mill increase.
The theme for the 2014 United Way of Central Kansas campaign is "It All Starts with You." The fact that 99 percent of the money raises stays local is a testament to that.
Sister Teresita Huse of the Great Bend Dominican Sisters of Peace Mother House celebrated her 95th birthday with just a few friends Tuesday morning.
During the month of June, Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller completed reports and improvement plans following two exercises she attended.
County Engineer Clark Rusco continues to meet with Kansas Department of Transportation officials concerning the KDOT High Risk Rural Roads signing grant. This is a $200,000 grant to help pay for signage that meets new, more stringent national traffic standards.
If you see vehicles marked with the Barton County logo roaming about, don't be surprised, said County Appraiser Barbara Konrade.
MANHATTAN – The Great Bend Panther basketball squads squared of with the Manhattan High School Indians in the Little Apple Tuesday night for their last action leading into the Christmas break. The GBHS girls fell 72-57 and the GBHS boys lost 61-45.
A monitoring well will be installed on city property at the southwest corner of 10th and Morphy to track the spread of gasoline that leaked at the site many years ago, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night.
The Great Bend Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Eduction program joined forces with local businesses at Monday night's City Council meeting to recognize 12 fifth-grade students for writing outstanding essays as a part of their D.A.R.E. classes.
Calling it a good idea, the Great Bend City Council Monday night joined forces with the Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club to make playground improvements at Brit Spaugh Park.
Sadly, Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner said her agency stays busy.
It is said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps, but they may not always tell the entire truth.
When it comes to health care, the choice still belongs to the patient. That's the message Great Bend Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Brent Hanson wants the community to hear.
No one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. However, we should not forget our local merchants whose livelihoods depend on our business.
LARNED – One of the items proposed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday to address a projected $280 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2015 was $5.4 million savings from the delay of the Larned State Hospital Meyer Building Expansion.
Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider wants to get two messages out regarding flu vaccinations.
When it comes to Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra, it boils down to a matter of trust, or the lack of it, County Commissioners said Monday morning.
"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a bid from Doonan Peterbilt for two 2016 Peterbilt 337 Trucks for a total price of $198,304 for the Road and Bridge Department.
HAYS – The 32nd-annual Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shootout took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Hays High School and Hays Middle School. Great Bend High School basketball squads joined teams from Hays, Olathe North, Garden City, Newton, DeSoto, Colby and Thomas Moore Prep of Hays in taking part.
The revelation Monday that the Barton County Treasurer's office failed to distribute $1.9 million in tax money from May that should have been distributed in June has left public entities, as well as the general public, stunned and scrambling for answers.