The goal of Central Kansas Community Corrections is to keep people out of jail. By working with and supervising criminal offenders in the 20th Judicial District, the agency manages a 77 percent success rate, meaning only 23 percent of their clients return to prison.
Due in large part to a safe working environment for Barton County employees, the county's insurance rate for 2015 will drop more than $8,000 compared to 2014, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.
Winter is the peak season for U.S. home fires, a fact demonstrated by the devastating blaze that left a Great Bend man homeless earlier this week.
As witnessed this past week with the trailer fire that destroyed a Great Bend man's home, stay warm inside when it is cold outside can be dangerous. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association tells us that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
The Kansas State University Wildcats square off against the University of California Los Angeles Bruins in the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl this evening in San Antonio's Alamodome and head coach Bill Snyder said his team is ready.
For 11 years, the Great Bend Military Moms organization has shipped care packages to American service personnel serving overseas, a mission sparked by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror, and now to those serving in Africa fighting the ebola outbreak.
As of Thursday, the average gas price in Kansas stood as the fifth lowest in the nation at $1.99. This marks the first time in over five and a half years that the price was below $2, said Jim Hanni, Topeka-based AAA spokesman.
For many years, folks in Ellinwood have complained about the Y-shaped intersection west of their community. It is the confluence of U.S. 56 and East Barton County Road and has been the site of numerous accidents and even more near misses.
The Y-shaped intersection just west of Ellinwood has been troubled for years. Local residents and officials even consider the junction dangerous.
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Thursday in observance of the New Year's holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office, the Health Department and the Landfill will be closed at this same time. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
It was good news for Barton County commissioners Monday morning.
Citing the need to keep and attract good employees, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved pay increases for county employees. The raises amount to roughly 4 percent.
New Years Eve is one of the most popular nights in America to imbibe alcoholic beverages. But, before we hit the bubbly then hit the road, there are a few things to consider.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Tuesday released some sobering news. Based on data from the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, influenza activity has increased in nearly every region of the state.
In response to the increased awareness of shingles and the vaccine for it, and the Barton County Health Department has received requests for the inoculation, said Health Director Shelly Schneider.
The Barton County Commission took time Monday morning to honor farmers by proclaiming this as National Ag Week and Wednesday as National Ag Day.
Great Bend's public elementary schools are about to engage in a very worthwhile endeavor – the Walking School Bus program. It will be implemented in all five USD 428 elementary schools.