In giving his budget presentation to the Barton County Commission Monday morning, County Administrator Richard Boeckman, said the county's mill levy has been anything but consistent over the past few years.
The final Great Bend City Band concert of the 2013 season will open at 8:15 Tuesday at the Crest. For anyone who hasn't taken the time yet to attend one of these performances, you don't know what you are missing.
A week ago this past Monday, a 4-year-old Hoisington boy was mauled by a pit bull that jumped a fence into the boy's yard. This attack served as backdrop for Wednesday night's meeting of the City of Great Bend committee charged with studying banning or more severely regulating vicious dogs.
The latest installment of the Barton County Fair begins Wednesday. This is annual tradition provides a venue for youth and adults from across the county to show off their talents and be get a little pat on the back for their efforts. It is also a time for the community to come together for a week of family entertainment. But, above all of this, it is a chance to remember what makes us the well-grounded folks we are, built on a strong work ethic and a healthy foundation of common sense.
Second Street from McKinley to Truman is technically a county road with the residents residing in the subdivision north of it living outside the Great Bend City Limits. However, south of the dirt thoroughfare is the new city-owned Sports Complex which draws a lot of traffic to the area.
The Barton County Extension Council will be funded for 2014 at the level it requested, but the total it will receive from the county was less than it had asked for, the County Commission decided Monday morning.
Memorial Parks Advisory Committee Chairman Larry Buczinski Monday morning gave an update to the Barton County Commission on the effort to build a veterans memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.
June's Thank you Thursday, Summer Street Stroll, City Band concert and outdoor movie were great successes, according to Community Coordinator ChristinaHayes in her report to the City Council Monday night.
Great Bend Recreation Commission Director Diann Henderson summed up her report on the Great Bend Sports Complex in a few words.
HOISINGTON – Authorities here are continuing their investigation into the attack on a 4-year-old boy by a pit bull early Monday evening.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to appoint Amit Patel as the new city clerk/finance director. He fills a position left vacant since the retirement of Wayne Henneke last December.
Barton County residents are preparing to join Americans nationwide in celebrating the Fourth of July Thursday. It is a time to reflect on what it means to be a resident of the United States and feel a swelling pride in our country. There is nothing wrong with that, a Kansas State University researcher said.
Barton County is required by the state to have funds set aside to close the county's landfill in the event of an emergency or at the projected end of its lifespan in 20-some years.
It was a year ago that the Barton County Commission and many area city councils voted to postpone the use of fireworks over the Fourth of July due to the on-going drought as burn bans remained in place.
Summer has arrived with a vengeance. Although temperatures are a little cooler this weekend than they have been recently, the dangers presented by heat remain.
Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.
TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.
It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.
The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.
With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.
On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.
United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.
It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.
TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.
The Barton County Health Department has been chosen to participate in the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiative, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.
Although the Golden Belt area has experienced a warm-up over the weekend, Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller cautions that winter weather can return at any time to the area.
TOPEKA - Citing an already heavy work load in the Kansas House, veteran local lawmaker John Edmonds resigned from the state House Appropriations Committee, relinquishing his position as its vice chairman.
If one goes back two or three years, they would find the condition of the flood control levees around Great Bend had deteriorated, a fact driven home in less-than-flattering reports from the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the past.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning paved the way for the 2015 tax sale by authorizing tracts of real estate be sold for back taxes.