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.
The Great Bend Noon Lions Club will continue a 28-year tradition Thursday, Oct. 4. The service organization will hold its annual Spaghetti Feed from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Great Bend Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave.
Although it is temporarily out of service, the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance has evaluated judges and justices across the state, making most of its findings available to the public. With some of these officials on the November ballot, these reports could be beneficial to voters, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton County election officer.
A letter circulating has caused Fuller Brush President and Chief Executive Officer Brady Gros a lot of grief. It refers to a courtroom auction set for Oct. 16 in the State of New York.
Despite wide fluctuations in crude oil prices, average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.80 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80, according to gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.
Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra told the Barton County Commission Monday morning he's had antique car enthusiasts come to him concerned about the tagging of the their older vehicles.
After securing easements from the City of Great Bend and Lasting Life Ministries, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to open a controversial stretch of Second Street.
The Great Bend High School Kayettes will sponsor a "black-out" for United Way of Central Kansas during the Oct. 12 football game against arch rival Hays at GBHS's Memorial Stadium. However, orders for the black event T-shirts are being taken now, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith.
Great Bend High School will hold its 2012 Fall Homecoming Friday. Activities get underway in the afternoon and run through the evening.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department has replaced six culverts recently. This may not sound like big news, except that one of the jobs incorporated a new, unique method.
There is Thanksgiving to give thanks.
There were a lot of factors to weigh when it came to the tons of sand Barton County uses for road maintenance, the decision to purchase a new dredge or the continued buying of sand from a private vendor.
We have a lot of blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that is showing signs of recovery.
For years now, Barton County has benefited from state dollars that have helped keep the county's infrastructure in tip-top shape. A big part of that success can be attributed to County Engineer Clark Rusco, County Administrator Richard Boeckman said Monday morning.
The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.
Encouraged by the lowest gas prices in recent memory and a brighter economic outlook, the number of those going over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving weekend will be the highest in several years.
It is a sign of the times.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Barton County commissioners who attended the Kansas Association of Counties annual meeting in Wichita last week came away with two overall impressions. First, the State of Kansas is in dismal financial straits, and second, Barton County is in good shape compared to most of its 105 peers counties.
On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.
According to the United States Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center, there was a 4.8 magnitude quake at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday centered about eight miles south of Conway Springs in Sumner County.
It was a cold fall morning Tuesday as the late morning sun filtered through the golden autumn leaves at Veterans Memorial Park. A stiff north breeze whipped the rows of Old Glories lining the Avenue of Flags.
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