With the number of influenza cases increasing nationwide and the flu season beginning to peak, local, state and national health officials urge those who haven't had their flu shots to get vaccinated.
When the new Unified School District 428 School Board takes over July 1, there will be two familiar faces absent.
Relay for Life of Barton County volunteers started down that yellow-brick road Saturday morning as they held their annual kick-off event.
As he sat back and relaxed late Thursday morning, state Rep. Bill Wolf realized it may be the last time in over three months he would have the chance to take it easy.
TOPEKA – In light of reduced judicial resources statewide, a new "Blue Ribbon" commission has been named to take a thorough and critical look at the Kansas court system to find ways to improve it and make it more efficient, it was announced Wednesday.
The Great Bend Senior Center is one of 21 from across southwest Kansas designated as 2010 Focal Point facilities by the Dodge City-based Southwest Kansas Area Agency On Aging, said Dave Geist, SWKAAA executive director.
Jay Holloway loves to fish.
In response to changes in the health care landscape, in the near future, Central Kansas Medical Center will cease providing in-patient care to focus solely on out-patient services, hospital officials said Monday.
Relay for Life of Barton County organizers want folks to click their heels together three times and say "there's no place like hope, there's no place like hope."
TOPEKA – Four area schools are among the 42 Kansas elementary, 12 middle/junior high schools and 20 high schools recently recognized as part of the fourth annual Governor's Achievement Awards, honoring top performing schools in the state.
LARNED - Local and state authorities Thursday continued their hunt for a man convicted of child sex crimes who remained on the lam after escaping from the Larned State Hospital Wednesday.
There is something new and sweet at the Heart of Kansas Mercantile, one of the MyTown stores. The shop, which specializes in products made in Kansas, is now featuring chocolates produced by the Sweet Granada, a candy shop in Emporia.
Motorists be advised. The end of the winter recess brings the beginning of a new school zone.
The Barton County Appraiser's Office is starting the 2015 final review process. This is a process where appraisals for the Jan. 1, 2015 values are set, said County Appraiser Barb Estes.
MANHATTAN – Kansans aren't talkin' turkey like they used to.
There is Thanksgiving to give thanks.
There were a lot of factors to weigh when it came to the tons of sand Barton County uses for road maintenance, the decision to purchase a new dredge or the continued buying of sand from a private vendor.
We have a lot of blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that is showing signs of recovery.
For years now, Barton County has benefited from state dollars that have helped keep the county's infrastructure in tip-top shape. A big part of that success can be attributed to County Engineer Clark Rusco, County Administrator Richard Boeckman said Monday morning.
The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.
Encouraged by the lowest gas prices in recent memory and a brighter economic outlook, the number of those going over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving weekend will be the highest in several years.
It is a sign of the times.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Barton County commissioners who attended the Kansas Association of Counties annual meeting in Wichita last week came away with two overall impressions. First, the State of Kansas is in dismal financial straits, and second, Barton County is in good shape compared to most of its 105 peers counties.
On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.
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