Do we know how to party or what?
For three times in the past month or two, Great Bend's shining Sports Complex has hosted state and/or regional tournaments. In all three, Great Bend hit home runs.
Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole is returning to his native Central Kansas for a series of informal public gatherings. Dole, a Russell native and two-time presidential candidate, will meet the public in Great Bend at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Best Western Angus Inn courtyard, 2920 10th St. in Great Bend.
In May, a Barton County Commission frustrated with delays in getting tax roll and bank account reconciliations from the County Treasurer's Office and worried about delays in preparing the 2015 county budget hired an outside company to help balance the books.
It has been up and running for a while now, and has been well received. But the new electronic touch-screen directory in the Barton County Courthouse rotunda has already undergone an upgrade and more improvements are coming, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.
In his bi-weekly update to the City Council Monday night, City Administrator Howard Partington said local tournament organizers did it again. The city hosted the Kansas State High School Activities Association 1A/2A baseball and softball tournament and a Hap Dumont Baseball tournament at its Sports Complex in the past couple of weeks.
The on-going effort to replace the walking path at Veterans Memorial Park will be completed after action taken by the Great Bend City Council Monday night.
Anyone who has ever tried to plan a trip in this digital age knows the frustration of doing an internet search, finding a site dedicated to their destination, and not finding what they need to find. Perhaps there are no phone numbers or contact name. Maybe the site hasn't been updated since 2007 and is clunky to navigate or the information desired is nowhere to be found.
The home page of the new Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway website says the byway "will forever reshape your image of the 'Sunflower State.'"
It is sad that although in a rural area, many of us don't take the time to enjoy the great outdoors that exists just a short distance from our front doors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act, the conservation bill that enshrined our nation's most pristine wildlands for future generations. The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser, created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast.
Barton County Health Director Lily Akings told county commissioners Monday morning some disturbing news.
HOISINGTON – Hoisington High School Principal Meg Wilson filed for the Kansas State Board of Education, District 5 Thursday. Wilson is a Republican who supports the vision of the Kansas State Board of Education "to prepare Kansas students for lifelong success through rigorous academic instruction, 21st century career training, and character development according to each student's gifts and talents."
Barton County commissioners were enraged to learn Tuesday morning that shortcomings found by auditors in the beleaguered Treasurer's Office had still not been rectified, thus preventing Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball from conducting the 2013 audit and delaying the county's entire budget-planning process.
It was a morning of mixed emotions for the Barton County commissioners Tuesday.
"I do not know if everyone realizes how serious the drought situation is for Barton County and the State of Kansas," Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said. She was responding to an announcement from Governor Sam Brownback's office last week updated the state's Drought Declaration for Kansas which now includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.
It might be easy to say that if you've seen one craft and bake sale, you've seen them all.
Prepare to step back in time about 500 years.
It's an issue that is an all to common part of Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips' bi-weekly departmental update to the County Commission. Amongst the other activities is often listed the effort involved in replacing signs, particularly stop signs, destroyed by vandals.
A new sign will make it easier to find the Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. The Barton County Road Department installed the brown sign on NW 50 Road near the site earlier this month, Barton Count Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
It was the late Pat Keenan who, as a Barton County commissioner, campaigned to have the road to the Great Bend Compost Site paved. He was recognized Monday morning for that effort as the County Commission named that road in his honor.
Governor Sam Brownback Friday signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week. Locally, the annual observance is a chance to focus the community's attention on fires and the tolls they can take.
Following a brief hearing in the Barton County Courthouse main courtroom Friday afternoon, District Judge Ron Svaty ruled Jeffrey Wade Chapman competent to stand trial for the 2011 death of Damon Galyardt.
Great Bend High School will celebrate its 2014 Fall Homecoming Friday. Activities get underway in the afternoon and run through the evening.
An emailed comment from a woman in Connecticut has sparked improvements to the Barton County and Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway websites, county commissioners learned Monday morning.
Barring any objections from the Kansas State Historical Society, the old limestone bridge three miles north of Beaver will be demolished and replaced by a new, wider, safer one, the Barton County Commission decided Monday morning.
The National Football League and its Commissioner Roger Goodell have been embroiled in a seething controversy since Sept. 8, when a video was released showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancée in an elevator.
September is Farm Safety Month and this upcoming week is Farm Safety and Health Week. The observance is a program of the National Safety Council's National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
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