With all the political rancor polluting the media nationally, with all the talk of continued economic mayhem at home and abroad and with all the negative energy circulating, it's tough to remain optimistic.
A group of local investors led by Rick Ball and Norbert Schneider with Innovative Livestock Service Inc. has entered into a tentative agreement with Victory Park Capital to purchase the commercial product segment of the Fuller Brush Company.
Barton County Departments submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night rejected the recommendation of its Health Insurance Independent Consultant Selection Committee to not hire an outside consultant. It instead opted to sign a contract with Charlesworth Benefits of Overland Park to guide the council in bidding and selection an insurance carrier for the city.
In an era of more regulation, a Barton County agency has seen to it that these problems are lessened locally. The Barton County Planning Commission is to be commended for its efforts.
The 2012 Barton County Tax Sale is in the books, and County Treasurer Kevin Wondra told the County Commission Monday morning the annual event was a success.
Barton County contains 900 square miles.
The City of Great Bend Monday will launch a two-week campaign to rid the community of old tires. The city-wide tire clean-up rolls to a conclusion on Oct. 28.
Looking for a place to retire those old tires? The City of Great Bend may have a solution.
There was a conference in Wichita last week. It was a gathering sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation for communities across the state that have qualified for $25,000 grants aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles. Barton County is one of the recipients.
The purpose of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway Planning Summit last Wednesday in Hoisington was two fold, said Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman. First, attendees wanted to tout the route's successes and, second, they wanted to identify ways to continue its relevance in the future.
This week marks the 2012 installment of National Newspaper Week, an annual observance that runs through the first full week in October during which newspapers take the opportunity to promote themselves. Print journalism executives across America have sponsored the NNW since 1940.
The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 General Election is at the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman wants to remind residents there are numerous locations and opportunities for them to do this.
The Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway took center stage at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning as commissioners honored many of the project's volunteers and heard a report about efforts to market it.
Third time's a charm. The Great Bend City Council Monday night will take up a recommendation by its Convention Center Architectural Selection Committee, the group charged with pouring over applications and suggesting a firm to tackle the controversial project.
Vandalism was the last thing Ed McGilber thought he'd wake up to.
Every Thursday evening during the summer, downtown squares in Great Bend and St. John come to life as vendors peddle garden fresh produce.
Every veteran with ties to Barton County should have a chance to be honored on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial, Great Bend Tribune Publisher Mary Hoisington told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
Although it may not be the case in Great Bend, the average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week.
There is a ditch in the southeast corner of Ellinwood that falls under the jurisdiction of the city. It has also, over the years, become choked with weeds and other debris.
It is a job beyond the resources of the City of Ellinwood. Now, the community will have some help.
Staff members from the Barton County Treasurer's Office contacted the Great Bend Tribune last week, wanting the public to hear their side of the story and how they felt slighted by their portrayal in the media.
As the heat continues, it was, sadly, a matter of time. A 10-month-old baby girl died Thursday after being left in a vehicle in Wichita. She was 10th child that has died in a hot car in the state of Kansas since the year 2000.
Registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Aug. 5 primary election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Thursday.
It started as a concern expressed by a rural southwest Barton County resident over the conditions of gravel roads in the area, but it evolved into a discussion of the township road system and whose responsibility it is to maintain them.
Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco has met with Bartlett Grain Company officials over how traffic to and from the new grain-handling facility will impact U.S. 56, which runs along the north edge of the site, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.
Three bidders have had a peek inside the old opera house building at Forest and Williams, all eying the possibility of razing the beleaguered structure.
Noting that it was more than double previous projections, the Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to reject a bid submitted for utility improvements in the Amber Meadows housing development.
We have been spoiled in Central Kansas. July, normally a time for extremely hot temperatures, has been mild. We all knew that we would pay the price, and now we are.
It was a time Monday morning to show appreciation. The Barton County Commission recognized two long-time county employees who are leaving after years of service.