Barton County commissioners who attended the Kansas Association of Counties annual meeting in Wichita last week came away with two overall impressions. First, the State of Kansas is in dismal financial straits, and second, Barton County is in good shape compared to most of its 105 peers counties.
On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.
According to the United States Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center, there was a 4.8 magnitude quake at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday centered about eight miles south of Conway Springs in Sumner County.
It was a cold fall morning Tuesday as the late morning sun filtered through the golden autumn leaves at Veterans Memorial Park. A stiff north breeze whipped the rows of Old Glories lining the Avenue of Flags.
At least for now, Barton County will continue to use its aging electronic voting machines while studying he prospect of switching back to paper ballots, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman, who also serves as the county's election officer.
Great Bend has applied for a Levitt Music Series Grant worth $25,000 to help fund musical performances at upcoming city events such as June Jaunt, Party in the Park, and Summer Street Stroll next year.
The Great Bend City Council will hold a special team-building meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13. The purpose of the session is to reexamine city codes regarding substandard housing, City Administrator Howard Partington said.
Great Bend has applied for a Levitt Music Series Grant worth $25,000 to help fund musical performances at upcoming city events such as June Jaunt, Party in the Park each Summer Street Stroll next year.
Passengers using Great Bend Municipal Airport, as well as others, will now have two car rental options. The City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign an auto rental lease agreement with Hertz Corporation and with EAN Holdings LLC, or Enterprise car rentals.
Barton County benefits from having an experienced staff, it was noted at the County Commission meeting Monday morning. With this in mind, commissioners approved the awarding of longevity pay to a host of county employees.