For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of Summer. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are open and grills across America are sizzling with burgers and hot dogs. Area lakes are choked with boaters and the shorelines are packed with folks ready to usher in the season and work on their tans.
Great Bend City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster challenges residents to take a quick drive around town.
Great Bend Military Moms has its own way of observing Memorial Day.
It's official. My youngest son has graduated from Great Bend High School.
The Kansas Department of Revenue issued a statement Monday advising Kansans of a "prolonged slow down" in the state's new title and registration system and offered grace periods for those unable to get vehicle work done.
Janel Rose is passionate about fresh produce and getting it onto the plates of as many Barton County residents as possible. That is why the Barton County Health Department health educator was excited about the upcoming Summer Street Stroll farmers market.
The Great Bend City Council has much to ponder in the coming weeks and months as members decide how to operate the city-owned convention center, a facility attached at the hip to the privately owned Highland Hotel.
If dry conditions persist, Barton County emergency management officials may ask the County Commission to approve a burn ban come next week, Communications Director Doug Hubbard told commissioners Monday morning.
The Barton County Office Building at 12th and Kansas will be under constant surveillance after the installation of a high-definition digital video camera system. The County Commission approved the $16,500 project at its meeting Monday morning.
Five of the nine fire departments in Barton County have implemented burn restrictions in their jurisdictions, Barton County Communications Director Doug Hubbard told the County Commission Monday.
Today, our youngest son graduates from Great Bend High School. This really didn't hit me until I walked into the laundry room and saw the black gown hanging there.
When the Great Bend High School class of 2012 walks across the stage at GBHS's Memorial Stadium this afternoon and members of School Board hand them their diplomas, they will join and estimated 3.2 million other American high school seniors graduating this spring.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night will take up two issues that have occupied much of its time at recent meetings – the Convention Center and no-truck signs in the southeast part of town.
The cause of the Thursday afternoon fire that charred a home at 2222 Monroe remains undetermined, said Luke McCormick, investigator for the Great Bend Fire Department. He spent most of the day Friday at the scene with representative from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office.
Emery Hoch pulled up to the fire hydrant in Britt Spaugh Park Wednesday morning, hopped out of his City of Great Bend pickup and set up orange cones.
In this computer-reliant age, it is upsetting to receive an unexpected phone call claiming that one's PC has been infected with viruses.
When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.
The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.
Barton County Commissioners Monday morning approved a proclamation denoting this as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week at the request of 911 Director Doug Hubbard. In part, the proclamation honors public safety communications officers for their "vital role in protecting the life and property of Barton County citizens."
Barton County commissioners agreed to disagree Monday morning, and it was a good thing.
Nothing successful happens overnight nor without a lot of effort from a lot of folks.
Mother Nature finally got it right.
Great Bend City personnel anticipate beginning the introduction of algae-battling alum into Veterans Memorial Lake starting next week, weather permitting, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. The effort will take about three weeks.
Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.
The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the myriad city council, school board and other elections in Barton County. The following results are from Election Officer Donna Zimmerman and her office.
By a vote of 395 to 144, Great Bend City Council Ward 2 Councilman Wayne Henneke held on to his seat, defeating political newcomer Matt Aycock in the county-wide general election Tuesday.
It was a busy morning for the Barton County Commission Monday. Commissioners adopted three proclamations – declaring Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service, naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
In an effort to return Brit Spaugh Park and the Great Bend Zoo to their former glory and to make them more walker friendly, the City Council Monday night approved a plan to relocate much of the fencing enclosing the facilities and make improvements to the walking paths.
The Great Bend Convention Center will have a new identity. The City Council Monday night approved renaming the facility the Great Bend Events Center.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved emergency repairs to county bridge 200, located 2.7 miles east of Great Bend on East Barton County road (the first bridge east of the Kiowa Kitchen restaurant). Work will likely begin today and will cause the road to be closed Wednesday through Friday.