TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's recommendation Tuesday that the state's Oil and Gas Depletion Trust Fund payments to county be increased came as good news to the counties most impacted by the fund. Now, if the Legislature gives its nod, a threatened lawsuit will likely be dropped.
It happens every winter, much to the bane of motorists and city street crews.
The Kansas Legislature opened its 2014 90-day session Monday with a lot on its collective mind. There are new faces in the House and nervousness about a yet-unseen ruling from the state Supreme Court on education funding.
There was a changing of the guard of sorts at the Barton County Commission Monday morning as Commissioner Kenny Schremmer was named chairman for 2014 and Jennifer Schartz was named chairman pro tem.
The Barton Count Commission Monday morning approved a memorandum of understanding between Barton County and the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council. The MOU pledges the county's support of a statewide study into converting 911 communications from a hodge-podge of analog systems to a uniform digital network.
The 2014 installment of the Relay for life of Barton County is off and running after organizers of the annual cancer-fighting event held their kick-off event Saturday morning.
The Essential Air Service program dates back to 1978 and the passage of the Airline Deregulation Act. The act gave airlines almost total freedom to determine which markets to serve domestically and what fares to charge for that service.
This will be an exciting weekend, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. The Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt pageant is this Saturday.
It was in late December that Target Chief Executive Officer Greg Steinhafel confirmed a data breach had taken place in the companies American stores.
Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra and his staff have been fielding a lot of questions lately on commercial vehicle registration. Unfortunately, with new requirements from the state level taking affect only last week, county officials are still feeling their way through the changes.
In a prepared statement read at the end of the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning, Commission Chairman Don Cates said he felt obligated to respond to remarks made by fellow Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg.
Depending on the actions of federal officials, there may be a new airline in town.
This time of year, many folks are making New Year's resolutions. These often focus on ways to improve one's life – lose weight, exercise more or become a better person. While these are valid, worthy goals, it may also be time to look at what can be done to help the environment.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning renewed memberships in two multi-county lobbying organizations, but the passage didn't come without opposition.
On Thursday, U.S. regulator dished out relaxed school meal rules designed to combat childhood obesity by limiting in calories and portion sizes. The move made permanent temporary rules changes adopted two years ago.
Noting that the money brought into the county and the jobs created by through its efforts, it was an easy call for the Barton County Commission to re-up with Great Plains Development.
Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.
Emergency personnel and first responders in Barton County will now have a back-up method to receive messages and alerts from dispatchers after the County Commission approved the purchase of the Active911 system Monday morning.
At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.
Earl Mark served his country in the Army during the 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and the veteran could no longer serve himself.
HAYS - They eyes of the nation may have been on March Madness and the national collegiate basketball tourney, but thousands swarmed to Hays this past weekend for the 47th-annual Kansas Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.
If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.
Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.
The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.
Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.
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