At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.
Road and Bridge Department Director Dale Phillips held up a stop sign before the County Commission Monday morning, a sign that had been keeping motorists safe in the northeast part of the county until a vandal had used a shotgun to blast two big holes in the sign large enough to put a fist through.
What's not surprising following the November general election was that the Kansas Legislature is dominated by Republicans. However, party primaries in August saw the conservative wing of the GPO oust several moderates, including Senate President Steve Morris, who were willing to reach across the aisle to Democrats. In the House, Speaker Mike O'Neal decided to retire after 28 years in the chamber, including two terms as speaker.
In June, a county bridge south of Cheyenne Bottoms was damaged when a motorist left the roadway and plowed into it. Monday morning, the Barton County Commission approved having the bridge repaired and suing the driver to recoup the cost of the project.
On Monday, Barton County commissioners learned the details of a proposed transmission line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Ford County to points east. The project thrusts Barton County smack in the center of a gale-force political debate amid talk of the impending "fiscal cliff."
Every year, children of all ages fill their Christmas wish lists, hoping the items will sit beneath their glittering tree on Christmas morning. Sadly, for those in needy families, those wishes go unfulfilled.
"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.
The holidays can be a time of joy, but they can also be a time of potential hazards, safety and health officials said.
It only makes sense.
The central part of the United States supplies grain to the entire nation. It can also supply wind energy.
Often when chamber of commerce and other economic development officials stand before governing bodies to give their reports, they fill the room with vague generalities. Frustratingly vague generalities.
The wild turkeys are back. I have yet to see them, but someone submitted a photo of the large native American birds cruising through a northwest Great Bend neighborhood.
The first-ever Get off you Butt and Walk your Mutt is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Barton County Courthouse Square. Early registrations are encouraged to guarantee a T-shirt, but they will also be taken Saturday starting at noon.
It may only be mid November, but a blizzard is coming to Great Bend.
It has been two weeks since the general election and one week since the Barton County Commission canvassed the ballots from that election. One of the results of the voting was the election of commissioner John Edmonds to the Kansas House of Representatives.
Three bidders have had a peek inside the old opera house building at Forest and Williams, all eying the possibility of razing the beleaguered structure.
Noting that it was more than double previous projections, the Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to reject a bid submitted for utility improvements in the Amber Meadows housing development.
We have been spoiled in Central Kansas. July, normally a time for extremely hot temperatures, has been mild. We all knew that we would pay the price, and now we are.
It was a time Monday morning to show appreciation. The Barton County Commission recognized two long-time county employees who are leaving after years of service.
After somber deliberation, a unanimous Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a non-binding resolution calling for the resignation of County Treasurer Kevin Wondra.
Two items in the news of late should act as a reminder to all of us that there are folks out there willing to scam us for our money if we let them.
TOPEKA – Ruling the jury instructions may have violated his constitutional rights, the Kansas Supreme Court Friday overturned the death sentence for Sidney Gleason, convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of a Great Bend woman and her boyfriend.
Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series about the Great Bend City Council's 2015 budget-planning session Tuesday night. Part one dealt with the council's goals. This installment will delve into the budget's numbers and what they mean.
On June 13, Great Bend City Council members toured city facilities as the first step in the 2015 budget-planning process. Next they gathered on July 2 for a brain-storming session with the purpose of establishing their goals for the upcoming year.
To help shore up reserves, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved transferring money from the Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund. However, the commission was warned this critical piece of county funding will not be around for much longer.
The United Way of Central Kansas and Barton County Young Professionals are joining forces to establish a Born Learning Trail at the Great Bend Zoo. The project was given the blessing of the Great Bend City Council Monday night.
The consultant hired by Barton County told the County Commission Monday morning that the tax and bank reconciliations had been completed.
When consultant Pam Meadows and her CIC team were hired in May to help clean up a tax and bank reconciliation mess in the Barton County Treasurer's Office, they had distinct goals – pave the way for a June 5 tax distribution, rectify the 2012 tax rolls and reconcile several 2013 bank statements.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning heard an update on the engravings project for the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial.
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