Tonight, many area residents will celebrate New Year's Eve. Many of those celebrations will involve alcohol.
So often, the term "win-win situation" gets tossed around. It gets over used, almost to the point of being cliche.
In an agreement with state health officials, county crews will clean up illegal trash dump sites in lieu of paying a fine for minor infractions at the Barton County Landfill. The Barton County Commission signed off on the deal when it met Monday morning.
Local county officials and health professionals hope a new animal vaccination resolution adopted by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help take a bite out of the rabies problem.
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's been a busy year for Barton County Departments. This is the second of two stories based on County Administrator Richard Boeckman's year-end wrap-up he gave at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.
The December holiday season is the "most wonderful time of the year," but too often it serves as an excuse to over indulge on alcohol. The excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions – and serious legal consequences.
The giant American flag flies over the Great Bend Perkins restaurant parking lot non-stop.
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's been a busy year for Barton County Departments. This is the first of two stories based on County Administrator Richard Boeckman's year-end wrap-up he gave at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.
There is a Ford commercial airing now featuring a little boy sitting on Santa's lap.
A winter blast blanketed the are with snow Saturday night and Sunday morning, and Barton County personnel rose to the challenge, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
A new report from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business tells us Americans are less happy with the customer service we receive. With many of us headed to shopping centers and malls to wrap up Christmas shopping, we may become keenly aware of this trend.
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington could hardly contain himself Thursday afternoon. He had just gotten word from the Kansas Department of Commerce that the city's application for a Rural Housing Incentive District had been approved.
At about 5 a.m. Wednesday, a large portion of the southwest corner of the old opera house at Williams and Forest collapsed.
As Kansans prepared for Christmas travel, the average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96 per gallon over the weekend, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.21.
Property valuation notices were mailed to the Barton County taxpayers on March 17 and County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reminds residents they have 30 days to appeal their valuation from that mailing date.
It's been about a year since Barton County offices switched to a unified bookkeeping software. Although the conversion was at times rocky, officials are now comfortable with the new system and ready to expand it.
They are words one doesn't often hear in the same sentence – local government, federal government, state government and cooperation. However, they were strung together during the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
Last August, some areas of Barton County experienced severe flooding. The cost of dealing with those storms was high, prompting county officials to apply for a federal disaster declaration to help clean up the soggy aftermath.
The third-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo closed Friday after another successful three-day run. The hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees have gone and the Expo Complex is empty.
One more election in the books, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The April 1 results were canvassed by the Barton County Commission Monday morning and are now finalized.
The boys and girls of summer have already returned to the Great Bend Sports Complex, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Ballfield preparations have been made and high school games have started at the new facility.
The make-up of the Great Bend City Council changed Monday night as it reorganized and new members took the oath of office.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night received some good economic development news when it learned that the Grand Island, Neb.,-based HeartlandAg wanted to open a new site just outside the city limits. The company has purchased in the neighborhood of 33 acres just north of the city limits on the west side of U.S. 281 to build a new commercial fertilizer equipment sales, parts and supply facility.
A few weeks back, Barton County commissioners toured the 911 Communications Center. They had an eye-opening experience.
John Isern, district court administrator for the 20th Judicial District, presented a $5,000 check to the Barton County Commission Monday morning. The money came from a now-defunct bond program.
It's been four years since the 3i Show packed its tents and left Great Bend for the last time. The biannual event which alternated between Great Bend and Garden City drew throngs to town, and filled motels and restaurants.
Head basketball coaches Gregg Marshall, Wichita State University, Bill Self, University of Kansas and Bruce Weber, Kansas State University, are joining local Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters officials in urging participation in the upcoming Bowl for Kids' Sake. The idea is to boost awareness of the positive impact of and urgent need for mentoring Kansas kids.
Thankfully, the winter of 2014 appears to be over, allowing road crews to finally breathe a sigh of relief. The snow-prone season has been an expensive one.
The Barton County Landfill is gearing up for the start of household hazardous waste collection season which officially began Tuesday, Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt reported to the County Commission Monday morning. The first on-site collection will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, at the facility.
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