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.
During the month of June, Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller completed reports and improvement plans following two exercises she attended.
County Engineer Clark Rusco continues to meet with Kansas Department of Transportation officials concerning the KDOT High Risk Rural Roads signing grant. This is a $200,000 grant to help pay for signage that meets new, more stringent national traffic standards.
Noting that the money brought into the county and the jobs created by through its efforts, it was an easy call for the Barton County Commission to re-up with Great Plains Development.
Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.
Emergency personnel and first responders in Barton County will now have a back-up method to receive messages and alerts from dispatchers after the County Commission approved the purchase of the Active911 system Monday morning.
At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.
Earl Mark served his country in the Army during the 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and the veteran could no longer serve himself.
HAYS - They eyes of the nation may have been on March Madness and the national collegiate basketball tourney, but thousands swarmed to Hays this past weekend for the 47th-annual Kansas Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.
If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.
Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.
The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.
Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.
Barton County voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the April 7 city/school/hospital general election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.
This past Saturday, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster worked with First Assembly of God Church volunteers for a community service day cleanup of storm water drainage ditches around the community.
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