Up until three years ago, Barton County was self insured. Then, at the recommendation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county signed up for the state health care plan.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning took steps to make legal the maintenance of the streets in a small, northwestern Great Bend subdivision. Now the ball is in the Great Bend City Council's court.
The Great Bend City Council had a simple agenda when it held a special meeting Saturday morning to discuss the city-owned convention center – decide how it wanted to run the facility, when it wanted to take it over and when to close it for much-needed renovations.
What do you want the future to look like, more importantly what do you want it to feel like?
The future of the Great Bend Convention Center will be the topic of a special City Council meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers, 1209 Williams.
A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of a Great Bend man who now faces charges in the July assault of a Great Bend city employee working on the flood control levy.
Motorists, beware. As of Tuesday, some of the lighted school zone warning signals started flashing as many of the schools in Great Bend opened their 2012-2013 academic year.
Divided over the need for the first property tax increase in nearly a decade, a split Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the county's 2013 budget.
The United Way of Central Kansas will launch its 2013 campaign Saturday with a goal of $235,000 to be reached by Dec. 31. Each year, Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith comes up with a catchy theme to make the kick-off an entertaining and enjoyable evening. This year it's "Peace, Love and United Way," a 60s theme to coincide with the 50th anniversary of United Way in Barton County.
Looking at the energetic group of co-chairs and volunteers lined up for this year's campaign, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said she is excited about the 2013 effort. It opens Saturday night.
Nelson Stone and his massive excavator began nibbling away at the old Bank of the West building at Lakin and Kansas Thursday as if it were a box of Junior Mints. The razing is in preparation for the new, six-screen movie theater that will eventually occupy that corner.
Go anywhere and strike up a conversation.
The Tuesday's primary election is over. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the Barton County Clerk's office started continually updating posted results throughout the evening.
Don Davis may be new to political office, but he is not new to the Barton County Commission. Davis won the Republican primary for the commission's Third District against Buck Causey Tuesday by 450 votes to 213.
For Great Bend attorney Steve Johnson, being a district judge was a natural evolution in the legal profession. Johnson defeated fellow Republican Robert Anderson of Ellinwood in Tuesday's 20th Judicial District judge primary.
The Wolf Furniture Galleries store at 3821 10th St. is no more. Nelson Stone demolished the structure this week to make room for a new Holiday Inn Express motel to be built on the site.
Sen. Pat Roberts Thursday evening launched a hectic tour of the massive Big First congressional district with an ice cream social in Great Bend in a effort to reach out to the voters who have supported him for decades. The three-term senator is in the midst of a heated re-election battle with Independent challenger Greg Orman.
The search for a replacement for retiring Police Chief Dean Akings is in the beginning stages, City Administrator Howard Partiangton told the City Council Monday night. Partington will be gathering input from employees and governing body members into the development of an updated job description.
Many Kansans don't realize that right now raffles are illegal in Kansas. But that might change.
The Nov. 4 general election is about more than public office holders. There are a handful of other issues.
Demolition of the old opera house building at Forest and Williams will begin Thursday or Friday, Great Bend city officials said Tuesday. The work, being done by Nelson Stone, could take two or three weeks.
Democratic First District congressional hopeful Jim Sherow said Monday he understands where local officials are coming from when they worry about federal funding, transportation, agriculture and other issues that impact the economy of rural Kansas.
It's a new idea that may become the model for housing developments in Kansas, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.
As we get down to the wire before the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election, campaign passions may flare. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.
The Cheyenne Bottoms scenic overlook project took another step forward Monday morning as the Barton County Commission approved hiring PBA Architects of Wichita to design the viewing tower at the site.
In Kansas, we are in the midst of one of the most volatile election seasons in recent memory. We can't turn to a media outlet without reading, seeing or hearing some political ad.
Editor's note: With the increased use of railroad transportation for other purposes, there could be fewer train cars available to haul farm crops from area grain elevators to their final destinations. This potential shortage comes at a bad time for Kansas farmers who are in the midst of multiple fall harvests, including milo, corn and soybeans. In this four-part series, the Great Bend Tribune will explore the potential impact of this looming problem. Part one delves into just what crops are in the fields now, how they are looking and what storage challenges lie ahead.
Starting this month, lunch patrons of the Great Bend Senior Center and Meals on Wheels saw a change in the food they received, and some of the customers were not happy.
Below are the intent to drill for oil permits in the area filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission in the past 90 days. The information is listed in this order: File name, permit date, section, township, range, east/west, district number, license and company.
Beware, deer have other things on their minds now besides watching for traffic.