The 2014 Barton County Fair opens Wednesday. This annual tradition is a showcase for youth and adults from all over the county to demonstrate talents and be get the recognition they justly deserve. It is also an opportunity for the county to join for a week of family entertainment.
It could very easily have been a case or one or the other. But, instead, the Barton County Commission Monday morning wisely opted for both.
One of the nation's largest grain marketing companies is interested in a small sliver of Barton County for its newest facility. Following the approval Monday morning by the Barton County Commission of a rezoning request, that facility is step closer to reality.
Acknowledging the benefits of two separate recycling efforts in Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning approved allocating more than it was planning to for its annual recycling grant.
Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Feting the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.
Travelers who linger longer spend more and take more time enjoying the scenery. And the slower the travel, the longer those travelers hang around.
Thanks to a strong farm and oil economy, along with positive farm incomes and other factors, farmland values locally and nationwide have held their own, and in fact, shown continued growth, real estate agents who handle ag transactions are reporting.
A pungent feedlot aroma and gray clouds threatening rain hung over Barton County Feeders Tuesday morning.
You might call it too much of a good thing. Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt was referring to the drought-dampening rains that have dumped on the Barton County Landfill recently.
Summer is here and a local summer tradition is in full swing.
The world of grants and loans for economic develpment available from federal and state sources is a complex one, one that Dodge City-based Great Plains Development helps navigate.
The 2014 wheat harvest is getting under way in the Golden Belt. It is a time of bounty for the area, but it can also be a time frustration if one is motorist or cyclist using the highways and byways.
I spent last week riding a bicycle across the wonderful Sunflower State as part of Bicycling Across Kansas. Now, many people have stopped me on the street, in stores and just about everywhere else and asked me to describe that experience. I say it was both excruciating and exhilarating.
It's been a mixed blessing for the Golden Belt Humane Society.
There were some huge expectations going into the third-annual June Jaunt the weekend before last in Great Bend and, despite a few minor hiccups, the celebration of all things local lived up to the billing.
Fall is around the corner and students are back in the classroom for another school year. This means the annual inundation of school activities will begin very soon.
Like so many holidays, the true message and meaning of Labor Day has gotten lost in commercial hype.
It's not often that being told "you're all wet" is a good thing, especially in the news business.
A flashing orange arrow, cones and warning signs greeted motorists starting this week west of Great Bend.
It's nice to know the system still works.
When it came to the 2015 Barton County operating budget, to say the year was difficult would be an understatement, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
In a single day last year, 2,220 Kansas school bus drivers reported 798 instances of drivers illegally passing their stopped busses.
It was a chance meeting at the annual Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Producers meeting in Wichita earlier this week. State Sen. Mitch Holms, R-St. John, sat and dinner with representatives of T&C Manufacturing and Operating Inc.
There has been some confusion about the recent news of American State Bancshares moving to Wichita.
It has been a long time coming, but the electronic directory kiosk at Great Bend Cemetery is up and running. It was officially christened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
It was back in November of 2012 that Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters introduced Blizzard Energy to the Great Bend City Council. Since then, it's been a long road for the tire recycling business to establish a state-of-the-art facility, which is still not up and running.
The Barton County Road and Bridge department is in the middle of the summer sealing season. This is the time when crews tackle a portion of the county's nearly 400 miles of blacktop roads.
The goal for the 2014 Relay for Life of Barton County was $104,000. All the money has now been turned in and the annual cancer-fighting fundraiser fell a little short, netting $92,000.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain her enthusiasm during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Several steps were taken Monday night to move along the development of the new apartment complex on Grant Street, known as the Reserves at Trail Ridge. The action came during the Great Bend City Council meeting.