It is sad that although in a rural area, many of us don't take the time to enjoy the great outdoors that exists just a short distance from our front doors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act, the conservation bill that enshrined our nation's most pristine wildlands for future generations. The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser, created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast.
Barton County Health Director Lily Akings told county commissioners Monday morning some disturbing news.
HOISINGTON – Hoisington High School Principal Meg Wilson filed for the Kansas State Board of Education, District 5 Thursday. Wilson is a Republican who supports the vision of the Kansas State Board of Education "to prepare Kansas students for lifelong success through rigorous academic instruction, 21st century career training, and character development according to each student's gifts and talents."
Barton County commissioners were enraged to learn Tuesday morning that shortcomings found by auditors in the beleaguered Treasurer's Office had still not been rectified, thus preventing Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball from conducting the 2013 audit and delaying the county's entire budget-planning process.
It was a morning of mixed emotions for the Barton County commissioners Tuesday.
"I do not know if everyone realizes how serious the drought situation is for Barton County and the State of Kansas," Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said. She was responding to an announcement from Governor Sam Brownback's office last week updated the state's Drought Declaration for Kansas which now includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.
Other than the county-wide burn ban, few people in Barton County have come to terms with just how desperately dry the region really is, Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said.
Before we start our summers, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27 wants us to remember the real reason we observe Memorial Day. The organization is the sponsor of this year's ceremony.
At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Shannon Schartz, an avid tennis player and coach, was playing the game he loved. Then, he suddenly collapsed on the court gasping for air.
The Great Bend Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27 is planning the Great Bend Memorial Day service this year. It is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Circle, Great Bend Municipal Cemetery
When it comes to elections, the pendulum just keeps swinging.
Barton Community College President Carl Heilman Thursday afternoon recognized area employers and their partnership with BCC. During the BCC Board of Trustees meeting, he presented Employer Engagement Initiative Awards from the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Department of Commerce to the businesses for their efforts at promoting technical education.
It's going to be a case of daja vu at the Great Bend Sports Complex May 29 and 30 as Great Bend hosts another big baseball and softball tourney. This time it will be the Kansas State High School Activities Association Class 1-2A State Baseball and Softball Tournament.
There will be a send-off ceremony for Michelle Page of Downey, Calif., and Bonny Boultinghouse of Great Bend from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend. The two will be on their way to represent the area in the Miss Kansas Pageant June 7 at Pratt Community College.
There is more to striping a line down a county road than slapping on some paint.
Three bidders have had a peek inside the old opera house building at Forest and Williams, all eying the possibility of razing the beleaguered structure.
Noting that it was more than double previous projections, the Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to reject a bid submitted for utility improvements in the Amber Meadows housing development.
We have been spoiled in Central Kansas. July, normally a time for extremely hot temperatures, has been mild. We all knew that we would pay the price, and now we are.
It was a time Monday morning to show appreciation. The Barton County Commission recognized two long-time county employees who are leaving after years of service.
After somber deliberation, a unanimous Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a non-binding resolution calling for the resignation of County Treasurer Kevin Wondra.
Two items in the news of late should act as a reminder to all of us that there are folks out there willing to scam us for our money if we let them.
TOPEKA – Ruling the jury instructions may have violated his constitutional rights, the Kansas Supreme Court Friday overturned the death sentence for Sidney Gleason, convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of a Great Bend woman and her boyfriend.
Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series about the Great Bend City Council's 2015 budget-planning session Tuesday night. Part one dealt with the council's goals. This installment will delve into the budget's numbers and what they mean.
On June 13, Great Bend City Council members toured city facilities as the first step in the 2015 budget-planning process. Next they gathered on July 2 for a brain-storming session with the purpose of establishing their goals for the upcoming year.
To help shore up reserves, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved transferring money from the Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund. However, the commission was warned this critical piece of county funding will not be around for much longer.
The United Way of Central Kansas and Barton County Young Professionals are joining forces to establish a Born Learning Trail at the Great Bend Zoo. The project was given the blessing of the Great Bend City Council Monday night.
The consultant hired by Barton County told the County Commission Monday morning that the tax and bank reconciliations had been completed.
When consultant Pam Meadows and her CIC team were hired in May to help clean up a tax and bank reconciliation mess in the Barton County Treasurer's Office, they had distinct goals – pave the way for a June 5 tax distribution, rectify the 2012 tax rolls and reconcile several 2013 bank statements.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning heard an update on the engravings project for the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial.
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