"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." These words by American anthropologist Margaret Mead certainly ring true.
With talk of launching cruise missiles at Syria, the looming federal debt crisis and uncertainty of the future of health care, it may seem like an odd time to look at butter sculptures and eat Pronto Pups. But, that's not the case.
Every 10 years following the census, the Kansas Department of Transportation updates the state's Urban Area and Functional Classification maps which define city boundaries and rates roads based on usage.
It took the Great Bend Police Department, the Great Bend Fire Department and a towing service an hour and a half Thursday morning to fish a stolen red, four-door Dodge Ram 1500 pickup out of Veterans Memorial Lake. The activity drew a large crowd of spectators.
Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison, City Engineer Robert Winiecke and City Administrator Howard Partington met recently with officials of tire recycling business Blizzard Energy, Partington told the City Council Tuesday night. The firm is working on the state and federal permits for the project.
In his update presented to the Barton County Commission Tuesday morning, County Engineer Clark Rusco reported he met with representatives from the City of Ellinwood and county Road and Bridge Department concerning Hirsch Street drainage/flooding. His office also completed surveys and project design for Hirsch Street drainage.
Stressing that their action by no means meant the approval of new dog-control measures, the Great Bend City Council signed off Tuesday night on the report prepared by the committee appointed to study the matter.
The latest version of the Barton County Fair began Wednesday with the annual fashion review and kicks into full gear this week. 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 ...
In 2013, the Barton County Commission approved partnering with the Family Crisis Center on an application for the Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant. It was successful and provided much needed funding for the agency charged with helping families in times of dire distress.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health is reporting an increased number of rabies cases in Kansas this year, but the disease has yet to show up in Barton County, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor said.
TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.
In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.
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. Celebrating 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.
For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser's Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser's Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.
The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting a noon Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams, to consider the discharge of fireworks on July 3, City Administrator Howard Partington said Thursday.
Barton County Emergency Management has been working to accumulate information on storm-related damages since May 4, said Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller. The result has been a local disaster declaration and inclusion in the State of Kansas disaster declaration.