It may seem unpatriotic, especially as area residents cast their ballots in today's primary, that the Barton County Commission voted Monday to continue the ban of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county. In the resolution, commissioners declined to set a deadline for them to reconsider the action. Instead, the prohibition is in place indefinitely.
The residents of a small, landlocked subdivision in southwest Great Bend have a problem. Their streets don't exist.
Barton County officials and local fire chiefs want to assure residents they will eventually be able to set off fireworks, but due to the on-going withering drought, that time is not now.
Barton County residents will head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election, and county Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has a few last words for voters.
"A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election." – Bill Vaughan, columnist
Break out the bell bottoms and tie-dye T-shirts, man. United Way of Central is prepping to celebrating 50 years of making a difference in the community.
The Aug. 7 primary election is merely days away and the Barton County Clerk's Office wants to get the word out about voting opportunities, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
Great Bend City Council member, attorney and native Great Bend resident Marty Keenan has announced his plans to leave the community, moving to Hastings, Neb., where he will teach political science and international relations.
In an effort to make rural roads safer, the Barton County Commission Monday approved entering into a three-way agreement to improve three blacktops in the north and west of the county.
When it comes to the City of Great Bend's proposed budget for 2012, no news is good news.
Great Bend civic leaders want this community to be the Kansas Department of Agriculture's home on the range, and they should know sometime this month if their bid to house at least part of the departments's relocated headquarters was successful.
The Barton County Commission carries a heavy yoke into the Aug. 13 budget presentation and public hearing.
A Barton County Commission split on raising the mill levy for the first time since 2004 and concerns about slashing spending narrowly approved publishing the county's proposed 2012-2013 budget Monday morning.
Sure, it rained Wednesday night. Sure, many yards, sidewalks and backyard decks were damp Thursday morning.
The Aug. 7 primary is just over a week away. Amid the clamor of the contentious presidential race, it is easy for this important local election to get lost in the shuffle.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo lost one of its older residents Monday. Barusha, an 18-year-old female lion had to be euthanized due to ill health.
The Great Bend Renaissance Fair is starting to take off, organizer David LeRoy told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, in his annual request for financial assistance he asked for less than in years past.
Great Bend's historic Sunflower Rod and Custom Association drag strip was filled to the brim this last Thursday as Hot Rod Magazine's Drag Week made a pit stop here, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.
"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."
As of Monday, not only will be illegal to light up in county buildings, but the use of electronic cigarettes will also be banned.
Some southwest Barton County residents who had complained about the condition of township gravel roads got some good news at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
It isn't always convenient, recycling.
Thirteen years ago this morning, 343 New York City firefighters perished when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.
Despite an up tick in pump prices that briefly interrupted a general decline, the cost of a gallon of gasoline should resume its downward trend, petroleum industry analysts report.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Supreme Court last week reversed Court of Appeals ruling and that evidence in a 2010 Rice County drug case was seized illegally. The high court's decision affirmed that of the original Rice County District Court decision.
About a month ago, rural Barton County resident Judy Demel complained to the Barton County Commission about the poor and potentially hazardous condition of the dirt roads near her property just west of the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
At at time when county coffers see more money going out, it was good news for Barton County Monday morning.
Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?
The family of slain Great Bend teenager Alicia DeBolt "isn't worried about anything" as the Kansas Supreme Court prepares to hear an appeal of Adam Longoria, the man convicted of murdering the girl in 2010.
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