At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.
Road and Bridge Department Director Dale Phillips held up a stop sign before the County Commission Monday morning, a sign that had been keeping motorists safe in the northeast part of the county until a vandal had used a shotgun to blast two big holes in the sign large enough to put a fist through.
What's not surprising following the November general election was that the Kansas Legislature is dominated by Republicans. However, party primaries in August saw the conservative wing of the GPO oust several moderates, including Senate President Steve Morris, who were willing to reach across the aisle to Democrats. In the House, Speaker Mike O'Neal decided to retire after 28 years in the chamber, including two terms as speaker.
In June, a county bridge south of Cheyenne Bottoms was damaged when a motorist left the roadway and plowed into it. Monday morning, the Barton County Commission approved having the bridge repaired and suing the driver to recoup the cost of the project.
On Monday, Barton County commissioners learned the details of a proposed transmission line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Ford County to points east. The project thrusts Barton County smack in the center of a gale-force political debate amid talk of the impending "fiscal cliff."
Every year, children of all ages fill their Christmas wish lists, hoping the items will sit beneath their glittering tree on Christmas morning. Sadly, for those in needy families, those wishes go unfulfilled.
"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.
Often when chamber of commerce and other economic development officials stand before governing bodies to give their reports, they fill the room with vague generalities. Frustratingly vague generalities.
The first-ever Get off you Butt and Walk your Mutt is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Barton County Courthouse Square. Early registrations are encouraged to guarantee a T-shirt, but they will also be taken Saturday starting at noon.
It has been two weeks since the general election and one week since the Barton County Commission canvassed the ballots from that election. One of the results of the voting was the election of commissioner John Edmonds to the Kansas House of Representatives.
TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.
In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.
Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Celebrating the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.
For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser's Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser's Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.
The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting a noon Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams, to consider the discharge of fireworks on July 3, City Administrator Howard Partington said Thursday.
Barton County Emergency Management has been working to accumulate information on storm-related damages since May 4, said Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller. The result has been a local disaster declaration and inclusion in the State of Kansas disaster declaration.
Recent warm, summer-like weather means the 2015 wheat harvest may begin this week. This is an important time for the regions economy. It can also be infuriating if you are driving or cycling the areas's roadways.