Barton County remains in the grips of a whooping cough outbreak, but the extent of the outbreak remains unclear, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told the county commission Monday morning.
Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act by a vote of 99 to 0. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 12, will provide measures to improve mental health care and increase suicide prevention resources for American service members.
Establishing the first interagency and uniform emergency communications system is the goal of a project now in the works, members of the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee learned at their first 2015 quarterly meeting Jan. 27.
The Great Bend City Council and city personnel held a team-building work session last Friday at the Great Bend Convention Center. Council members took turns running through lists of suggestions and concerns.
It was a busy year for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department. Over the course of 12 months, work involved dozens of miles of roads, thousands of tons of materials, thousands of labor hours and millions of dollars, Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning in his annual report.
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.