On a recent afternoon, dozens of students from Jefferson Elementary School roamed the Long Pumpkin Patch northeast of Great Bend.
Timber! Well, sort of.
For the Unified School District 428's proposed policy governing electronic communications between teachers and students, it was takes three and four at the School Board's luncheon meeting Tuesday.
PARADISE – Paradise lost?
SUSANK – Things are dry in the northeast Barton County community of Susank, and they are about to get dryer. The Russell Rural Water District No. 3 based there issued a notice to its users this week requesting they do what they can to save water, a resource made more precious by the blistering hot, dry summer.
Shingles is a painful, debilitating disease, one that particularly attacks those 60 and older. There is a vaccine, but it is costly.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It is the gig of a lifetime for Great Bend native and rising opera star Bryan Pinkall.
An 80-acre swatch of rural Barton County will be the hub of some global discussion this week as the Dominican Sisters' Heartland Farm hosts the Sirolli Institute international fall forum.
The brochure reads "own a piece of history or make your own."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9"
As the Barton County Health Department braces for the approaching flu season, public health educator Janel Rose, said there should be no shortage of influenza vaccine for 2011-2012.
ANTHONY – Over 1,300 miles separate New York City and Anthony, but a bond cultivated between the communities since the 9/11 terrorist attacks erases that distance. And, as America solemnly commemorates the 10th anniversary of fateful September morning this weekend, they, along with Great Bend, will again be inexorably linked.
Wanted: A few good performers, or at least some well-seasoned ones.
Due to lingering concerns about the economy, the number of Americans expected to travel during summer's last gasp this weekend is down from the 2010 Labor Day travel period, the American Automobile Association reports. The same holds true for Kansas and the other states in AAA's West North Central Region.
It's a tough number to get a handle on, but Kansas Action for Children estimates there are 75,000 children in the state without health insurance.
In case you live in a cave or under a rock, one of the biggest sporting events on the planet takes place Sunday, Feb. 1. This refers to much hyped Super Bowl XLIX.
Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.
TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.
It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.
The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.
With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.
On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.
United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.
It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.
TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.
The Barton County Health Department has been chosen to participate in the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiative, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.
Although the Golden Belt area has experienced a warm-up over the weekend, Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller cautions that winter weather can return at any time to the area.
TOPEKA - Citing an already heavy work load in the Kansas House, veteran local lawmaker John Edmonds resigned from the state House Appropriations Committee, relinquishing his position as its vice chairman.
If one goes back two or three years, they would find the condition of the flood control levees around Great Bend had deteriorated, a fact driven home in less-than-flattering reports from the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the past.