It is happening sooner than Barton County officials were expecting or wanting, but the upgrade to the latest Next Generation 911 system will take place in the coming months. The County Commission approved the $104,000 conversion Monday morning.
Great Bend police officer Jefferson Davis and Sgt. Jason Settle recently completed a comprehensive safety and security evaluation of the Police Department building, City Administrator Howard Partington reported to the city council Monday night.
A local Christmas tradition will continue tonight when Holy Family Catholic School presents its annual holiday musical. The curtain goes up on "The Christmas Chronicles" at 7 p.m. in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.
As the remodeling of the front office of the Great Bend Events Center progresses to accommodate the Convention and Visitors Bureau office, future plans for the facility are taking shape, City Administrator Howard Partington said Monday night.
Bringing the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau under the city's control has been discussed for a couple of years and was among the Great Bend City Council's top three priorities outlined last year. It came to pass Monday night when amendments to the Convention and Tourism Board Ordinance were approved.
As part of the effort to secure the transload facility, the Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the amendment to the railroad company Watco's lease agreement at the airport.
Winter has yet to arrive and the flu season is already starting to heat up, local and state health officials say. So, the Barton County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment urge all Kansans to get a flu vaccine.
For over 10 years, the county has used a direct fiber link between the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the District Court for first appearance hearings. Not only does this reduce the possibility of escape or an unfavorable interaction with the public, this also reduces stress on staff.
If one wants to experience the impact of Great Bend's now-famous Trail of Lights Christmas display, they need only to take a shift as a greeter at Brit Spaugh Park. This past Thursday evening, over 100 spectators made the glowing circuit to "ooooh" and "awwwww" over the decorations, including a chartered bus load from Montezuma.