After months of controversy, delays and additional expenses, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the 2013 county audit report, a reported labled by the auditors as "unqualified" and "clean."
A Great Bend Tribune reader complained over the phone this week about the continued resistance by local gasoline retailers to lower their prices. Pump prices in Great Bend have been locked at $3.43 for weeks, even as they have tumbled elsewhere, making the per gallon cost among the highest in Kansas.
According to state law, the Appraiser's Office is required to re-inspect 17 percent of the county each year. Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said this year, her staff is measuring and inspecting properties located south of K-4 to 50 Road, including the rural areas and Olmitz, part of Hoisington, Albert and Barton Hills. Properties that have sold recently and/or have building permits will also be inspected.
It was a battle of Barton County natives as Alicia (Schartz) Straub narrowly defeated incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Ken Lebbin in the Republican primary Tuesday. Barring a successful write-in candidate in the November general election, Straub will assume the post come January.
Citing the potential damage to tourism efforts in the area, the Barton County Commission Monday approved sending letters of support for the National Scenic Byway Program to members of the Kansas Congressional delegation.
Voters in Barton County have the chance to hit the polls Tuesday for the county-wide primary election. This election is an excellent opportunity to help guide our county and state for years to come. With advance voting and absentee voting, casting ballots is easier that it ever has been in the past, give residents fewer reasons not to head to the polls.
Join United Way of Central Kansas for its 2015 Campaign Kick-Off on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 723 Main in Great Bend. The theme is "Lights, Camera, United Way in Action" with an old Hollywood vibe.