By a nearly two-to-one margin over challenger and city council member Randy Myers, Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison retained his job in Tuesday's general election.
BY DALE HOGG
Brit Ibbotson had never been to Kansas prior to enrolling at Seward County Community College to play baseball last August. He certainly had never visited the Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend.
LUCAS – When Erika Nelson saw the northern wall of Troy's Grocery on this small northern Russell County community's Main Street, she saw more than a wall.
The Great Bend Fire Department is still trying to give away a little peace of mind.
It is fondly referred to by members of the Barton County Sheriff's Office as "the beast."
HAYS – There was more March madness in Hays this past weekend as members of the Storm Special Olympics teams took part in the 35-annual Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
A sparse crowd of curious Barton County voters gathered in Great Bend's Crest Theater Tuesday night. Attending the Great Bend League of Women Voters Forum, they hoped to gain insight into where various local candidates stood on issues facing the area.
Kansas labor officials are pinning January's larger-than-anticipated rise in the state's unemployment rate on weather and the end of holiday hiring, not on the lingering impact of the recession. The January 2011 jobless rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.4 in December 2010 but down from 7.1 percent in January 2010.
Great Bend and Barton County voters will have the opportunity to hear the views of local candidates prior to the April 5 general election during a forum sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters Tuesday night.
LUCAS – This may sound like a strange thing to say about a public restroom, but here it goes.
There are a lot of stories in the dusty old Great Bend High School yearbooks stacked in the back of Rachel Basden's classroom, and Basden has heard many of them.
A small space heater took the chill out of the air in the cavernous Expo III building at the Great Bend Expo Grounds Friday afternoon, and the smell of wood filled the air.
It was a tearful and emotional afternoon Wednesday. Approximately 550 members of Kansas Army National Guard were honored during a ceremony at the Bicentennial Center in Salina as they deployed to the Horn of Africa for a year-long mission.
A long-standing program that serves economically disadvantaged children and their families in Unified School District 428 is no more, at least for now, local education officials learned Thursday.
Property valuation notices were mailed to the Barton County taxpayers on March 17 and County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reminds residents they have 30 days to appeal their valuation from that mailing date.
It's been about a year since Barton County offices switched to a unified bookkeeping software. Although the conversion was at times rocky, officials are now comfortable with the new system and ready to expand it.
They are words one doesn't often hear in the same sentence – local government, federal government, state government and cooperation. However, they were strung together during the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
Last August, some areas of Barton County experienced severe flooding. The cost of dealing with those storms was high, prompting county officials to apply for a federal disaster declaration to help clean up the soggy aftermath.
The third-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo closed Friday after another successful three-day run. The hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees have gone and the Expo Complex is empty.
One more election in the books, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The April 1 results were canvassed by the Barton County Commission Monday morning and are now finalized.
The boys and girls of summer have already returned to the Great Bend Sports Complex, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Ballfield preparations have been made and high school games have started at the new facility.
The make-up of the Great Bend City Council changed Monday night as it reorganized and new members took the oath of office.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night received some good economic development news when it learned that the Grand Island, Neb.,-based HeartlandAg wanted to open a new site just outside the city limits. The company has purchased in the neighborhood of 33 acres just north of the city limits on the west side of U.S. 281 to build a new commercial fertilizer equipment sales, parts and supply facility.
A few weeks back, Barton County commissioners toured the 911 Communications Center. They had an eye-opening experience.
John Isern, district court administrator for the 20th Judicial District, presented a $5,000 check to the Barton County Commission Monday morning. The money came from a now-defunct bond program.
It's been four years since the 3i Show packed its tents and left Great Bend for the last time. The biannual event which alternated between Great Bend and Garden City drew throngs to town, and filled motels and restaurants.
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