It was a year ago that the Barton County Commission and many area city councils voted to postpone the use of fireworks over the Fourth of July due to the on-going drought as burn bans remained in place.
After sampling Veterans' Memorial Lake in Great Bend for toxic cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has placed the lake under a "public health warning," the KDHE announced Friday.
The Barton County Commission will not submit a request for a public hearing to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the two proposed oil wells in the Cheyenne Bottoms area. A motion to ask for the hearing made by Commissioner Jennifer Schartz died for a lack of a second.
It was purely by journalistic happenstance that the Great Bend Tribune, and in turn, its readers know about the oil wells being proposed in the area of Cheyenne Bottoms. A source told a reporter about it, otherwise, the public would have never known.
A lot of questions swirl around the recently passed revised state statute that would allow concealed weapons in public buildings. Those questions lead the Barton County Commission Monday morning to approve submitting a letter to Attorney General's Office requesting a six-month exemption from the law.
Barton County was selected for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant to enhance the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway scenic overlook on K-4 east of Hoisington, the County Commission learned Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a proclamation honoring Ellinwood and Great Bend high school students in the Future Business Leaders of America Career and Technical Education Student Organization.