Establishing the first interagency and uniform emergency communications system is the goal of a project now in the works, members of the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee learned at their first 2015 quarterly meeting Jan. 27.
The Great Bend City Council and city personnel held a team-building work session last Friday at the Great Bend Convention Center. Council members took turns running through lists of suggestions and concerns.
It was a busy year for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department. Over the course of 12 months, work involved dozens of miles of roads, thousands of tons of materials, thousands of labor hours and millions of dollars, Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning in his annual report.
Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.
TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.
With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.