After the dust, and water, settled Thursday afternoon, who won the United Way of Central Kansas water balloon fight between the Unified School District 428 administration and the Jefferson Elementary School staff is still being debated.
Finally, finally, the fog has lifted and news about officials in Washington, D.C. tackling matters of national import is emerging. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the Department of Agriculture is proposing to revise the United States standards for grades of canned baked beans.
More details are emerging about the circumstances surrounding last Friday's standoff suspect Chris Solida, his alleged shooting of his wife, and the fate of the children he brought with him from Oklahoma to Kansas. A week after the tense four-hour confrontation that closed 10 Street, we are learning about a sad domestic situation that went horribly wrong.
WOODWARD, Okla. – Initial reports indicated that the rural Oklahoma man charged with shooting his wife shot her accidentally last Friday. However, in a 911 call from the woman herself a short time later, she said her husband shot her following a domestic disturbance in their home, according to documents from Woodward County, Okla., District Attorney's Office.
The Oklahoma man involved in a four-hour standoff with authorities last Friday with his children in the car will face two counts of aggravated child endangerment in Barton County, Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said Wednesday.
Those attending the United Way of Central Kansas' 2016 campaign opener Saturday night didn't have to duck into a phone booth for a quick change to become superheroes. Their participation in the event was enough as they raised $27,450 to jump start the annual fundraising drive.
It has been years, even decades, since the fees charged by the Barton County Environmental Management Department increased the fees it charges for the myriad code enforcement services it provides. That changed Monday when the County Commission approved an updated fee schedule.
Great Bend residents will see a 10 percent water rate increase to cover the increased cost of operations, following action by the Great Bend City Council Monday night. However, officials said the hike only helps the water service level out costs associated with an aging system.
To keep pace with infrastructure needs and goals set by the City Council, the 2016 City of Great Bend budget includes a 1.32 mill levy. The budget was OKed by the City Council following a public hearing Monday night.
Recently, the Barton County Health Department hosted an immunization carnival in an effort to bolster sagging immunization rates, but the low numbers remain a problem, especially among the teenaged population, Health Director Shelly Schneider told the County Commission Monday morning.
Chris Solida, who was involved in a four-hour standoff with authorities in Great Bend Friday night, remains in the Barton County Jail on a no-bond warrant from the District Court at Woodward, Okla., for attempted murder in the first degree.