Pheasant and quail hunting seasons opened this past Saturday, events that usually lure throngs of camouflage- and blaze orange-clad hunters to Great Bend seeking to bag birds.
Later this week, dozens of hunters will join Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for the second-annual Ringneck Classic. The four-day event, which opens Thursday at Oakley, will feature trap and sporting clay shooting on Thursday and Friday. A seven-hour hunt takes place on Saturday, with an extra hunt on Sunday.
For now, at least, the average retail gasoline prices in Kansas are falling, dropping 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week with an average of $3.21 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46, according to gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.
For the veterans taking part in the Veteran Appreciation Day at the KANSASWORKS office Friday morning, it was a chance to relive and share their wartime experiences.
Less than a week after his winning his bid to be the next Barton County Sheriff, Brian J. Bellendir has announced his command staff. The changes will take effect in January when Bellendir is sworn into office.
At 11 p.m. Nov. 11, 1918, the guns fell silent across Europe as World War I came to an unofficial end with the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany. The Treaty of Versailles, was signed in 1919, which officially ended the "Great War."
The unofficial general election totals were posted by Barton County election officials at 9:24 p.m. However, in the process of double checking the results, Election Officer Donna Zimmerman discovered a tabulation error which resulted in an overstatement of the number of votes cast.
They just want to say "thanks." With Veterans Day coming up Sunday, two local businesses have launched projects to honor those who are or have served in the armed forces.
One City of Great Bend employee looked at the mountains of black tires heaped on the backside of the city's compost site Wednesday afternoon.
Barton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Brian Bellendir will be the county's next sheriff, after fending off incumbent sheriff and write-in challenger Greg Armstrong in Tuesday's general election.
The Tuesday's general election is in the books. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the Barton County Clerk's office started continually updating posted results throughout the evening.
Sobering news indeed.
Sure, the ballot included Democratic President Barrack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But, it also included a duckling, a wimpy kid and a hungry caterpillar.
This is an unelection column.
When Great Bend City Council members first started discussing their vision of a refurbished Convention Center, they planned on spending about $1 million, and having the facility remodeled and up and running again by next August.
Noting that the money brought into the county and the jobs created by through its efforts, it was an easy call for the Barton County Commission to re-up with Great Plains Development.
Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.
Emergency personnel and first responders in Barton County will now have a back-up method to receive messages and alerts from dispatchers after the County Commission approved the purchase of the Active911 system Monday morning.
At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.
Earl Mark served his country in the Army during the 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and the veteran could no longer serve himself.
HAYS - They eyes of the nation may have been on March Madness and the national collegiate basketball tourney, but thousands swarmed to Hays this past weekend for the 47th-annual Kansas Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.
If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.
Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.
The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.
Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.
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