JOPLIN, Mo. - The twister that ravaged the eastern Kansas community of Baxter Springs may have happened half a state away, but it could have happened anywhere, said Julie Bugner Smith, executive director of the United Way of Central Kansas.
Pending nods from the Kansas State Bank Commissioner and the Federal Reserve Board, Great Bend-based American State Bank will merge with First National Bank of Holcomb in Holcomb, said Don LacKamp, president and CEO of the holding company American State Bank Shares and vice-chairman of American State Bank and Trust.
It wasn't the cheapest option, but it was the best option. Citing a proven track record, that was the call made by the Barton County Commission Monday when it green-lighted contracting with SCS Aquiterra for engineering services at the Barton County Landfill through 2016.
With spring arriving, the thoughts of Barton County residents might turn to spring cleaning and seasonal yard work, Barton County Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt told the County Commission Monday morning.
It's unfortunate, Barton County commissioners said Monday morning, that Central Kansas Community Corrections has to function under the constant threat of cuts in state funding. But, despite this, CKCC continues to exceed its goal in helping keep released felons from returning to prison.
At their meeting Monday morning, the Barton County commissioners approved three proclamations – one honoring their late colleague Don Cates who died in a agricultural plane crash last week, and two honoring Barton County high school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend and Central Plains high schools.
In what was an emotional meeting Monday following the death of Commissioner Don Cates last week, The Barton County Commission found solace in passing proclamations honoring several Barton County youth for their academic and athletic accomplishments.
Glen Amerine and his wife Pat started Amerine Utilities Construction Inc. in 1977 with three employees. Today, 37 years later, the long-standing Great Bend-based underground utility contractor employs 40-50 people.