At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.
Road and Bridge Department Director Dale Phillips held up a stop sign before the County Commission Monday morning, a sign that had been keeping motorists safe in the northeast part of the county until a vandal had used a shotgun to blast two big holes in the sign large enough to put a fist through.
What's not surprising following the November general election was that the Kansas Legislature is dominated by Republicans. However, party primaries in August saw the conservative wing of the GPO oust several moderates, including Senate President Steve Morris, who were willing to reach across the aisle to Democrats. In the House, Speaker Mike O'Neal decided to retire after 28 years in the chamber, including two terms as speaker.
In June, a county bridge south of Cheyenne Bottoms was damaged when a motorist left the roadway and plowed into it. Monday morning, the Barton County Commission approved having the bridge repaired and suing the driver to recoup the cost of the project.
On Monday, Barton County commissioners learned the details of a proposed transmission line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Ford County to points east. The project thrusts Barton County smack in the center of a gale-force political debate amid talk of the impending "fiscal cliff."
Every year, children of all ages fill their Christmas wish lists, hoping the items will sit beneath their glittering tree on Christmas morning. Sadly, for those in needy families, those wishes go unfulfilled.
"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 holidays can be a time of joy, but they can also be a time of potential hazards, safety and health officials said.
It only makes sense.
The central part of the United States supplies grain to the entire nation. It can also supply wind energy.
Often when chamber of commerce and other economic development officials stand before governing bodies to give their reports, they fill the room with vague generalities. Frustratingly vague generalities.
The wild turkeys are back. I have yet to see them, but someone submitted a photo of the large native American birds cruising through a northwest Great Bend neighborhood.
The first-ever Get off you Butt and Walk your Mutt is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Barton County Courthouse Square. Early registrations are encouraged to guarantee a T-shirt, but they will also be taken Saturday starting at noon.
It may only be mid November, but a blizzard is coming to Great Bend.
It has been two weeks since the general election and one week since the Barton County Commission canvassed the ballots from that election. One of the results of the voting was the election of commissioner John Edmonds to the Kansas House of Representatives.
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.