It was a time to recognize their own for their dedication and service to Barton County. At the Barton County Commission Monday morning, county officials presented an Employee Recognition Award and several longevity honors.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and his administration has made political hay by downsizing government, consolidating agencies and other tactics to make the state run more efficiently and save money. It seems, however, that these tactics are merely parlor games – slight-of-hand tricks to take the public's eyes off of what is really being done.
State health officials are reported that influenza activity is high in Kansas, activity that is echoed in Barton County. This has prompted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Barton County Health Department to encourage everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated, if they have not already done so this season.
There is a movement in Topeka among legislators to abolish the mortgage registration fee, the money collected by registers of deeds for each mortgage transaction that has become an important funding source for counties.
The public will have the opportunity to comment on the Rural Housing Incentive Districts proposed for a Washington Street apartment project and further development in Amber Meadows. The Great Bend City Council Monday night set public hearing dates for both.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – At a sentencing hearing last Friday, the Maricopa County. Ariz., man charged with severely injuring two Great Bend men in Scottsdale, Ariz., attending the Fiesta Bowl a year ago, pleaded guilty to counts related to the crash. Joseph Spano, 28, was then sentenced to four years in prison and two years probation.
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.
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.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health is reporting an increased number of rabies cases in Kansas this year, but the disease has yet to show up in Barton County, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor said.
TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.
In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.
Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Celebrating the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.
For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser's Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser's Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.
The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting a noon Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams, to consider the discharge of fireworks on July 3, City Administrator Howard Partington said Thursday.
Barton County Emergency Management has been working to accumulate information on storm-related damages since May 4, said Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller. The result has been a local disaster declaration and inclusion in the State of Kansas disaster declaration.
Recent warm, summer-like weather means the 2015 wheat harvest may begin this week. This is an important time for the regions economy. It can also be infuriating if you are driving or cycling the areas's roadways.