Although a nice relief from the drought, recent rains have caused flooding and lots of puddles of standing water, ideal breading conditions for mosquitoes.
As the area has been inundated with rain of late, the City of Great Bend has remained relatively unscathed, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night, due in large part to the levee system encircling the community.
At its recent goal-setting session, the Great Bend City Council made new housing its number one priority. Monday night, it took a leap to help make that happen.
As many Ellinwood residents continued their soggy clean-up and area farmers dealt with the muddy aftermath following Sunday's flooding, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a disaster declaration covering the entire county.
There's nothing the county can do. That was the message to rural Great Bend residents Reland Cole at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
The islands are calling.
HOISINGTON – As of late Friday afternoon, authorities were on the look out for a suspect in the robbery of a church in Hoisington.
State agriculture officials and our governor have finally realized something we have know for a long time here – the importance of farmers markets.
When looking at the housing market and home prices nationally and locally, it is difficult to compare apples to apples, said Stan Longhofer, director of the Center for Real Estate at Wichita State University.
In an attempt to be better prepared for the future, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved funding the county's capital improvement and equipment replacement plans.
A recent Wall Street Journal/ NBC poll found that Congress has drawn among the lowest approval ratings in history, with 83 percent of those responding giving it the big thumbs down. Looking at the past, this Congress is on pace to beat the record as the most ineffective in modern government history, surpassing that of the post Civil War era.
After a 90-minute public hearing that involved a packed chamber, a sharply divided Barton County Commission approved the 2014 budget as it was published.
On July 15, the Barton County Commission approved for publication a 2014 operating budget that included .75 mill increase.
The theme for the 2014 United Way of Central Kansas campaign is "It All Starts with You." The fact that 99 percent of the money raises stays local is a testament to that.
Sister Teresita Huse of the Great Bend Dominican Sisters of Peace Mother House celebrated her 95th birthday with just a few friends Tuesday morning.
As of this weekend, there were two laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough in Great Bend, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning. One of the cases is in a school-age child and the other in a younger child, both of whom had been vaccinated.
The county employees honored for longevity by the Barton County Commission represented 270 collective years of service to the county. Recognized were folks who have had continuous employment for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 years.
There will be two public, open meetings later this week to give residents, City Council members and others an opportunity to meet the finalist for the job of Great Bend police chief.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved sponsoring the annual Job Fest for $1,000. The city has been a sponsor of Job Fest since its inception. The ninth-annual Job Fest event is set for Thursday, April 30.
After a heated discussion Monday night, the Great Bend City Council authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign an agreement with the Great Bend Public Library Board for the payment and reimbursement of the new heating and air conditioning system at the library in the amount of $762,012.92.
For once, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to correct the state's massive budget shortfall make a modicum of sense. He has forwarded proposals to raise alcohol and tobacco taxes which are now being reviewed by a legislative committee.