Barton County is required by the state to have funds set aside to close the county's landfill in the event of an emergency or at the projected end of its lifespan in 20-some years.
It was a year ago that the Barton County Commission and many area city councils voted to postpone the use of fireworks over the Fourth of July due to the on-going drought as burn bans remained in place.
Summer has arrived with a vengeance. Although temperatures are a little cooler this weekend than they have been recently, the dangers presented by heat remain.
After sampling Veterans' Memorial Lake in Great Bend for toxic cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has placed the lake under a "public health warning," the KDHE announced Friday.
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Being aware and being prepared for severe weather is an important action for everyone, according to Amy Miller, Barton County emergency management director.
The Barton County Commission will not submit a request for a public hearing to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the two proposed oil wells in the Cheyenne Bottoms area. A motion to ask for the hearing made by Commissioner Jennifer Schartz died for a lack of a second.
It was purely by journalistic happenstance that the Great Bend Tribune, and in turn, its readers know about the oil wells being proposed in the area of Cheyenne Bottoms. A source told a reporter about it, otherwise, the public would have never known.
Twenty or so Great Bend residents piled into the City Council chambers Wednesday evening to voice their opinions on banning pit bulls within the city limits and other vicious dog-related problems.
Two weeks after news that an apartment project fell through and a discussion on a local housing shortage, the Great Bend City Council Monday night learned there may be some relief to the problem.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain herself when she addressed the Great Bend City Council Monday night about the recent June Jaunt.
A lot of questions swirl around the recently passed revised state statute that would allow concealed weapons in public buildings. Those questions lead the Barton County Commission Monday morning to approve submitting a letter to Attorney General's Office requesting a six-month exemption from the law.
Barton County was selected for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant to enhance the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway scenic overlook on K-4 east of Hoisington, the County Commission learned Monday morning.
Local election officials and Secretary of State Kris Kobach remind Kansans that today is the last day to register to vote for anyone who wants to vote in November's general election. Advance voting begins Wednesday in Barton County.
Barton County's books are almost cleared of all delinquent property taxes. There are just two parcels that remain unpaid, the County Commission learned Monday morning.
Last Friday morning, the Barton County Health Department held a special meeting to discuss Ebola and emergency preparedness regarding the disease.
As of Monday morning, there were 103 inmates in custody at the Barton County Jail. That's making finding room for more a problem.
When it come to Ebola, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider has two words of advice for Heartland residents.
The razing of the Pitcock building, also known as the old opera house building, will begin in two weeks, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Nelson Stone advised he plans to start setting fence on Monday, Oct. 20, and start the work on Wednesday, Oct. 22.