As voters head to the poles today for the county-wide general election, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has some last-minute reminders.
The developers of the an electrical transmission line to move wind-generated power through Barton County told the County Commission Monday morning they should have a route determined in a matter of months. Representatives of Clean Line Energy Partners also addressed some concerns raised by the multi-billion-dollar project.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved using $2,000 from the county's Capital Improvement Funds to pay for repairs to the roof of the Barton County Sheriff's Department Administrative Building.
When Barton County commissions meet Monday morning, County Health Director Lily Akings will ask they proclaim the week as National Public Health Week. But, Akings said, despite this recognition, many people don't understand just what public health means.
For 30 years, children with cancer have found a week's refuge from their ravaging illnesses at a camp appropriately named Camp Hope.
LARNED – To take advantage of economies of scale and make Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and the state's other juvenile correctional facilities safer, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has begun implementing an executive order moving the Juvenile Justice Authority within the Kansas Department of Corrections.
On Monday morning, the Barton County Commission approved the purchase of a new power broom, an implement used to clean road surfaces before or after a road work project.
It was a small step Monday morning, but it was a step forward for the tire recycling firm Blizzard Energy Inc. in its efforts to open shop at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. The Barton County Commission agreed that the company's business process was consistent with the county's Solid Waste Management Plan.
HAYS - It was a taste of March Madness this past weekend as members of the Storm Special Olympics teams headed to Hays and participated in the 37th-annual Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
The Monday night meeting of the Great Bend City Council was almost the meeting that didn't happen.
A Kansas Senate bill aimed at expanding the corporate farming opportunities in the state would bolster farming in general, say supporters of the measure known as the Kansas Agricultural Growth and Rural Investment Initiative. However, detractors of SB 191 say it would pave the way for corporate farms to overrun the state's family farm tradition.
When it comes to the overall health of residents, Barton County ranked 76th out of the 105 counties in Kansas, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
With advance voting becoming available last week ahead of the April 2 county-wide general election County Clerk Donna Zimmerman told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that voting was slow.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved bids to make the first cosmetic improvements to the embattled Great Bend Convention Center
The Big Bend Bike Rally Planning Committee approached the Great Bend City Council Monday night requesting permission to establish a motocross track at the Expo Complex for a motocross race during the rally set for September 28.
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.