Editor's note: Below is a recap of some of the activities of Barton County departments presented to the County Commission Wednesday. It is the first of two stories highlighting the year-in-review. The second story will appear in Sunday's Tribune.
Although officially on vacation, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith sat in her office Thursday morning catching up on the pile of work created by the holidays. However, even though the season has caused much of the door-to-door fundraising to grind to a halt, UWCK remains on track to meet its $235,000 goal, due in large part to the increased use of social media.
The Barton County Commission Wednesday morning took steps to help both job seekers and employers.
What kind of a Grinch would do such a thing?
In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun. "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" she asked.
According to the American Automobile Association, Midwesterners will be on the move this holiday season in numbers higher than last year.
We here at the Tribune have observed what has been dubbed "Christmas Spirit Week" this week. There have been days dedicated to wearing Christmas attire, Christmas bling and Christmas colors. Of course, all week, the table in the break room has loaded with Christmas cookies and assorted Christmas snacks.
At a retail roundtable meeting Dec. 10, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes, other officials and local business leaders decided to revamp the downtown promotional program known as Thank You Thursdays.
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.
"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a bid from Doonan Peterbilt for two 2016 Peterbilt 337 Trucks for a total price of $198,304 for the Road and Bridge Department.
HAYS – The 32nd-annual Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shootout took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Hays High School and Hays Middle School. Great Bend High School basketball squads joined teams from Hays, Olathe North, Garden City, Newton, DeSoto, Colby and Thomas Moore Prep of Hays in taking part.
The revelation Monday that the Barton County Treasurer's office failed to distribute $1.9 million in tax money from May that should have been distributed in June has left public entities, as well as the general public, stunned and scrambling for answers.
It is human nature to want to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Parents do this with their kids, teachers do this with their students and rational adults do this with each other.