With only two weeks before the City of Great Bend takes over management of the contentious city-owned Convention Center, the City Council Monday night learned that the cost of razing it and starting from scratch would cost about the same as remodeling the existing facility.
In the wake of any horrific act of violence, be it the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or the heart-wrenching massacre of first graders and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., there is an outpouring of emotions. Perhaps, it is because all of us seek solace as a national grieving community or we want to make sense of what has happened.
Following a long-running battle with a Barton County land owner who refuses to clean his property, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to refer the case to the county attorney's office.
According to the 23rd Edition of America's Health Rankings from the United Health Care Foundation released Tuesday, Kansas is 24th in the nation this year compared to 25th in 2011 when compared with the health of other states.
Gregory Bauer is retiring as the Natural Resources Conservation Service's supervisory district conservationist out of the Great Bend Field Office. He has served the NRCS for 32 and a half years.
The Barton County Appraiser's Office is gearing up to set property values for 2013 and office personnel are answering questions pertaining to 2012 values as tax bills have been mailed.
Christmas decorations line our streets and holiday tunes blare over the radio. The stores are filled with shoppers looking for that ideal gift to put under the tree, or fill a stocking.
Members of the Barton County Commission had their eyes opened Monday morning when Pattie McGurk with Catholic Social Services addressed them about a grant the agency received to help the homeless find homes.
For liberals, the thought of Republicans eating their young in Washington, D.C., makes for great theater and gives them reasons to chuckle.
After 16 years, Great Bend City Clerk/Finance Manager Wayne Henneke sat at his City Hall desk for the last time Friday. Well, it was his last day working full time.
At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.
Road and Bridge Department Director Dale Phillips held up a stop sign before the County Commission Monday morning, a sign that had been keeping motorists safe in the northeast part of the county until a vandal had used a shotgun to blast two big holes in the sign large enough to put a fist through.
What's not surprising following the November general election was that the Kansas Legislature is dominated by Republicans. However, party primaries in August saw the conservative wing of the GPO oust several moderates, including Senate President Steve Morris, who were willing to reach across the aisle to Democrats. In the House, Speaker Mike O'Neal decided to retire after 28 years in the chamber, including two terms as speaker.
In June, a county bridge south of Cheyenne Bottoms was damaged when a motorist left the roadway and plowed into it. Monday morning, the Barton County Commission approved having the bridge repaired and suing the driver to recoup the cost of the project.
There is Thanksgiving to give thanks.
There were a lot of factors to weigh when it came to the tons of sand Barton County uses for road maintenance, the decision to purchase a new dredge or the continued buying of sand from a private vendor.
We have a lot of blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that is showing signs of recovery.
For years now, Barton County has benefited from state dollars that have helped keep the county's infrastructure in tip-top shape. A big part of that success can be attributed to County Engineer Clark Rusco, County Administrator Richard Boeckman said Monday morning.
The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.
Encouraged by the lowest gas prices in recent memory and a brighter economic outlook, the number of those going over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving weekend will be the highest in several years.
It is a sign of the times.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.
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.
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