HAYS - It was a taste of March Madness this past weekend as members of the Storm Special Olympics teams headed to Hays and participated in the 37th-annual Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
The Monday night meeting of the Great Bend City Council was almost the meeting that didn't happen.
A Kansas Senate bill aimed at expanding the corporate farming opportunities in the state would bolster farming in general, say supporters of the measure known as the Kansas Agricultural Growth and Rural Investment Initiative. However, detractors of SB 191 say it would pave the way for corporate farms to overrun the state's family farm tradition.
When it comes to the overall health of residents, Barton County ranked 76th out of the 105 counties in Kansas, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
With advance voting becoming available last week ahead of the April 2 county-wide general election County Clerk Donna Zimmerman told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that voting was slow.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved bids to make the first cosmetic improvements to the embattled Great Bend Convention Center
The Big Bend Bike Rally Planning Committee approached the Great Bend City Council Monday night requesting permission to establish a motocross track at the Expo Complex for a motocross race during the rally set for September 28.
Before Barton County officials could begin using the new commercial software the County Commission approved last week, a new server was needed to handle the upgrade. Monday morning, commissioners authorized spending up to $9,000 to make this happen.
In January, the Barton County Commission approved holding the annual tax sale in October. At the time, there were 405 properties on the auction block.
In December of 2011, the Travel Industry Association of Kansas challenged Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to push for bike trails along every scenic and historic byway in the Sunflower State. The association's report listed five "product development opportunities upon which Kansas tourism professionals believe Kansas should focus," two of which highlighted bicycling and its potential impact on tourism.
The residents of Barton County will cast their ballots for a host of city, school and other officials come the general election Tuesday, April 2. The candidates had to register by Tuesday and there was no need for a primary.
About two inches of moisture.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes reported to the City Council Monday night that the first-ever Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Pageant held March 9 at Great Bend High School was a crowning achievement.
The Army National Guard units based at the Great Bend Expo Complex wants to strut their stuff. To this end, guard members stationed there are planning the units' first-ever open house, said SFC Kevin Hammeke, Great Bend-based Guard recruiter.
Voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots and cast advance votes for the April 2 city/school general election, said Donna Zimmerman, county clerk and election officer.
With the warm, dry weather the region has experienced over the past few days, area fire departments are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have threatened to get out of control, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.