The 2014 Barton County Fair opens Wednesday. This annual tradition is a showcase for youth and adults from all over the county to demonstrate talents and be get the recognition they justly deserve. It is also an opportunity for the county to join for a week of family entertainment.
It could very easily have been a case or one or the other. But, instead, the Barton County Commission Monday morning wisely opted for both.
One of the nation's largest grain marketing companies is interested in a small sliver of Barton County for its newest facility. Following the approval Monday morning by the Barton County Commission of a rezoning request, that facility is step closer to reality.
Acknowledging the benefits of two separate recycling efforts in Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning approved allocating more than it was planning to for its annual recycling grant.
Independence Day is only a few days away. Soon, kids of all ages will be flocking to stands to buy firecrackers, sparklers and other items. Feting the fourth with fireworks is as American as apple pie, backyard barbecues and parades on Main Street. But, as much fun as it may be, they can also be dangerous.
Travelers who linger longer spend more and take more time enjoying the scenery. And the slower the travel, the longer those travelers hang around.
Thanks to a strong farm and oil economy, along with positive farm incomes and other factors, farmland values locally and nationwide have held their own, and in fact, shown continued growth, real estate agents who handle ag transactions are reporting.
A pungent feedlot aroma and gray clouds threatening rain hung over Barton County Feeders Tuesday morning.
You might call it too much of a good thing. Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt was referring to the drought-dampening rains that have dumped on the Barton County Landfill recently.
Summer is here and a local summer tradition is in full swing.
The world of grants and loans for economic develpment available from federal and state sources is a complex one, one that Dodge City-based Great Plains Development helps navigate.
The 2014 wheat harvest is getting under way in the Golden Belt. It is a time of bounty for the area, but it can also be a time frustration if one is motorist or cyclist using the highways and byways.
I spent last week riding a bicycle across the wonderful Sunflower State as part of Bicycling Across Kansas. Now, many people have stopped me on the street, in stores and just about everywhere else and asked me to describe that experience. I say it was both excruciating and exhilarating.
It's been a mixed blessing for the Golden Belt Humane Society.
There were some huge expectations going into the third-annual June Jaunt the weekend before last in Great Bend and, despite a few minor hiccups, the celebration of all things local lived up to the billing.
Flashing yellow lights around town herald the start of another academic year. It also signals that drivers to be aware children could be crossing the streets in those school zones.
The putrid stench of rotting fish hung heavy over Veterans Memorial Lake Friday morning and buzzards circled overhead.
According to state law, the Appraiser's Office is required to re-inspect 17 percent of the county each year. Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said this year, her staff is measuring and inspecting properties located south of K-4 to 50 Road, including the rural areas and Olmitz, part of Hoisington, Albert and Barton Hills. Properties that have sold recently and/or have building permits will also be inspected.
It was a battle of Barton County natives as Alicia (Schartz) Straub narrowly defeated incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Ken Lebbin in the Republican primary Tuesday. Barring a successful write-in candidate in the November general election, Straub will assume the post come January.
Citing the potential damage to tourism efforts in the area, the Barton County Commission Monday approved sending letters of support for the National Scenic Byway Program to members of the Kansas Congressional delegation.
Rural Ellinwood resident Phillip Hathcock was introduced at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning as the county's new solid waste manager.