When the Barton County Treasurer's Office first filed on properties with delinquent taxes in March, there were 129. Now, with the county's annual tax sale looming, there are only 64 parcels on the list, Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.
It was a two-for-one deal for the city last week when the Great Bend Police Department served a search warrant for drugs on a residence in the 400 block of Walnut. Police Chief Cliff Couch said officers discovered the house was hooked up to numerous illegal utilities, and was also in violation of numerous codes and sanitarian-type issues. The house was ultimately red-tagged by the for code violations.
Midwest Energy was given the go-ahead Monday morning to proceed with a plan to bolster its communications after the Barton County Commission approved conditional use permits allowing the construction of three radio towers.
Taking the next step in emergency communications, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a memorandum of agreement with Kansas 911 Coordinating Council for Next Generation 911. The agreement outlines the program use and cost.
Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Thursday designating Sept. 5-11 as Suicide Prevention Week in the State of Kansas. Suicide Prevention Week is recognized nationally as a time to raise awareness and educate people concerning suicide prevention. It is observed in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10.