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.
Every two weeks, Barton County departments submit an activity report of statistical data or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.
In applauding cooperation between Barton County and the City of Great Bend to promote the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway, Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Cris Collier told the County Commission Monday morning the stretch of blacktop represents one of the most nationally touted byways in America.
Two Great Bend parks will get a nice boost, thanks to the generosity of a local woman.
It may seem unpatriotic, especially as area residents cast their ballots in today's primary, that the Barton County Commission voted Monday to continue the ban of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county. In the resolution, commissioners declined to set a deadline for them to reconsider the action. Instead, the prohibition is in place indefinitely.
The residents of a small, landlocked subdivision in southwest Great Bend have a problem. Their streets don't exist.
Barton County officials and local fire chiefs want to assure residents they will eventually be able to set off fireworks, but due to the on-going withering drought, that time is not now.
Barton County residents will head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election, and county Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has a few last words for voters.
"A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election." – Bill Vaughan, columnist
Break out the bell bottoms and tie-dye T-shirts, man. United Way of Central is prepping to celebrating 50 years of making a difference in the community.
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters summed up this past year this way – "2014 was a 'Royal' year."
MANHATTAN – The Great Bend Panther basketball squads squared of with the Manhattan High School Indians in the Little Apple Tuesday night for their last action leading into the Christmas break. The GBHS girls fell 72-57 and the GBHS boys lost 61-45.
A monitoring well will be installed on city property at the southwest corner of 10th and Morphy to track the spread of gasoline that leaked at the site many years ago, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night.
The Great Bend Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Eduction program joined forces with local businesses at Monday night's City Council meeting to recognize 12 fifth-grade students for writing outstanding essays as a part of their D.A.R.E. classes.
Calling it a good idea, the Great Bend City Council Monday night joined forces with the Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club to make playground improvements at Brit Spaugh Park.
Sadly, Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner said her agency stays busy.
It is said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps, but they may not always tell the entire truth.
When it comes to health care, the choice still belongs to the patient. That's the message Great Bend Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Brent Hanson wants the community to hear.
No one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. However, we should not forget our local merchants whose livelihoods depend on our business.
LARNED – One of the items proposed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday to address a projected $280 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2015 was $5.4 million savings from the delay of the Larned State Hospital Meyer Building Expansion.
Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider wants to get two messages out regarding flu vaccinations.
When it comes to Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra, it boils down to a matter of trust, or the lack of it, County Commissioners said Monday morning.
"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a bid from Doonan Peterbilt for two 2016 Peterbilt 337 Trucks for a total price of $198,304 for the Road and Bridge Department.
HAYS – The 32nd-annual Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shootout took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Hays High School and Hays Middle School. Great Bend High School basketball squads joined teams from Hays, Olathe North, Garden City, Newton, DeSoto, Colby and Thomas Moore Prep of Hays in taking part.