According to a report published in Linn's Stamp News, the United States Postal Service may wind up trashing its entire run of new forever stamps based on Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. It is unclear whether or not the stamps have been destroyed yet or not.
TOPEKA- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Wednesday announced nearly $1 million in grants for the 2014 Children's Advocacy Centers grant program and $4 million in domestic violence and sexual assault services grant award program, which are both funded by state general funds.
With the final numbers yet to be crunched, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said the recently concluded Melting Pot Month was a huge success. Her update was part of City Administrator Howard Partington's report to the City Council Monday night.
Things are looking better for the MyTown project which will enter into its fifth year of trying to fill vacant downtown Great Bend storefronts come November, but money is still a little tight, MyTown Board member Sheryl Cheely told the City Council Monday night.
As the United States government shutdown enters its second week, the shuttering of federal offices can be seen locally.
It's a new concept, Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco told the County Commission Monday morning. The idea behind the federally funding High Risk Rural Roads program is to stop accidents before they happen.
Barton County Courthouse Square was filled Saturday afternoon not only with stories of lives lost, but of memories lost.
In March, the 2013 Kansas County Health Rankings were announced. Barton County fell in the middle of the pack. The rankings describe the current health status of a county and are influenced by health factors, such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support. Counties can improve their health outcomes by addressing health factors.
Work on several Great Bend residential streets is slated to begin Monday and Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke wants residents to be aware of where crews will be and when.
Severe thunderstorms and flooding during the first week of August resulted in the Board of Barton County Commissioners declaring a state of local disaster emergency, and there is a chance the county could be listed as a federal disaster area, county Emergency Manager Amy Miller said in a report to the commission Monday morning.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That could be said of the proposed Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission line that will pass through Barton County.
It should be more treat than trick at the gas pump as we approach Halloween, petroleum analysts believe.
Citing the expense involved with establishing a security plan that would likely involve metal detectors and the hiring of additional security guards, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted not to seek an exemption from the new state law allowing concealed weapons in most county facilities.
October marks National Domestic Violence Prevention Month. The Family Crisis Center in Great Bend is planning an event for Oct. 7 and want to paint the town purple to raise awareness of this life- and family-shattering problem that often exists in the shadows.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. To battle this memory-robbing disease, the Alzheimer's Association holds walks across the nation to raise awareness and funds.
In this computer-reliant age, it is upsetting to receive an unexpected phone call claiming that one's PC has been infected with viruses.
When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.
The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.
Barton County Commissioners Monday morning approved a proclamation denoting this as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week at the request of 911 Director Doug Hubbard. In part, the proclamation honors public safety communications officers for their "vital role in protecting the life and property of Barton County citizens."
Barton County commissioners agreed to disagree Monday morning, and it was a good thing.
Nothing successful happens overnight nor without a lot of effort from a lot of folks.
Mother Nature finally got it right.
Great Bend City personnel anticipate beginning the introduction of algae-battling alum into Veterans Memorial Lake starting next week, weather permitting, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. The effort will take about three weeks.
Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.
The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the myriad city council, school board and other elections in Barton County. The following results are from Election Officer Donna Zimmerman and her office.
By a vote of 395 to 144, Great Bend City Council Ward 2 Councilman Wayne Henneke held on to his seat, defeating political newcomer Matt Aycock in the county-wide general election Tuesday.
It was a busy morning for the Barton County Commission Monday. Commissioners adopted three proclamations – declaring Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service, naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
In an effort to return Brit Spaugh Park and the Great Bend Zoo to their former glory and to make them more walker friendly, the City Council Monday night approved a plan to relocate much of the fencing enclosing the facilities and make improvements to the walking paths.
The Great Bend Convention Center will have a new identity. The City Council Monday night approved renaming the facility the Great Bend Events Center.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved emergency repairs to county bridge 200, located 2.7 miles east of Great Bend on East Barton County road (the first bridge east of the Kiowa Kitchen restaurant). Work will likely begin today and will cause the road to be closed Wednesday through Friday.