The December holiday season is the "most wonderful time of the year," but too often it serves as an excuse to over indulge on alcohol. The excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions – and serious legal consequences.
The giant American flag flies over the Great Bend Perkins restaurant parking lot non-stop.
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's been a busy year for Barton County Departments. This is the first of two stories based on County Administrator Richard Boeckman's year-end wrap-up he gave at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.
There is a Ford commercial airing now featuring a little boy sitting on Santa's lap.
A winter blast blanketed the are with snow Saturday night and Sunday morning, and Barton County personnel rose to the challenge, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
A new report from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business tells us Americans are less happy with the customer service we receive. With many of us headed to shopping centers and malls to wrap up Christmas shopping, we may become keenly aware of this trend.
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington could hardly contain himself Thursday afternoon. He had just gotten word from the Kansas Department of Commerce that the city's application for a Rural Housing Incentive District had been approved.
At about 5 a.m. Wednesday, a large portion of the southwest corner of the old opera house at Williams and Forest collapsed.
As Kansans prepared for Christmas travel, the average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96 per gallon over the weekend, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.21.
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington advised the City Council Monday night that the Kansas City property developer wanting to build a new subsidized apartment complex in Great Bend is still interested in the project.
The good news is that the City of Great Bend has received two proposals for air service under the Essential Air Service program. The bad news is that city officials have only until Jan. 13 to make comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation on the competing plans.
"In Great Bend, like in other communities, there is a real housing shortage," said Ross Vogel, owner of Employer Housing Partners LLC of Kansas City, Mo.
Due to higher-than-expected revenue in 2013, amendments to the county's noxious weed and 911 emergency telephone tax funds were approved by the Barton County Commission Monday morning. The approval followed a budget amendment hearing held prior to the meeting.
The setting for the message was ideal Thursday morning – the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee hosted by the home-grown Community Bank of the Midwest.
Weather permitting, work on the intersection of 24th and Main in Great Bend should begin this week, City Engineer Rob Winiecke said.
Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison and City Administrator Howard Partington met earlier this week with Capt. Brian Webb and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Hammeke of the Kansas National Guard about the Guard's upcoming open house.
Great Bend city officials understand how important Veterans Memorial Lake is to the community and they want residents to understand what is happing with the popular recreational area.
The counties of Kansas are again finding themselves at odds with state lawmakers in Topeka as a bill that would eliminate the mortgage registration fee is winding its way through the Senate.
The venerable Moses Band Shell, a center piece of the Barton County Courthouse Square and the focus of civic celebrations year-round for nearly 90 years, may be in for face lift, the City Council decided Monday night.
Even with a fresh dusting of snow on the ground Monday morning, spring and the threat of turbulent lies weather ahead, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller. So, the Barton County Commission approved a proclamation marking this as Severe Weather Awareness Week in the county.
With all of our minds still thawing out after the recent winter storms, it may be tough to ponder the upcoming severe weather season. But, it will soon be upon us.
First Kansas Bank of Great Bend has agreed to acquire Bank of America branches in Great Bend and Hays, local bank officials announced Wednesday.
It was the Great Bend business community's opportunity to shine Saturday night. The forum was the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.
Blame it on the geese choking the lake, lawn-care chemical run-off from nearby homes or shear age, but Veterans Memorial Lake has a serious problem with toxic blue-green algae. This has made the popular recreational area murky for years, and the solution to the issue remains just as clouded.
Beginning next week, the law enforcement and safety agencies in Kansas will join forces to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – young drivers and passengers dying in car crashes after not using seat belts.
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