It is sad that although in a rural area, many of us don't take the time to enjoy the great outdoors that exists just a short distance from our front doors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act, the conservation bill that enshrined our nation's most pristine wildlands for future generations. The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser, created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast.
Barton County Health Director Lily Akings told county commissioners Monday morning some disturbing news.
HOISINGTON – Hoisington High School Principal Meg Wilson filed for the Kansas State Board of Education, District 5 Thursday. Wilson is a Republican who supports the vision of the Kansas State Board of Education "to prepare Kansas students for lifelong success through rigorous academic instruction, 21st century career training, and character development according to each student's gifts and talents."
Barton County commissioners were enraged to learn Tuesday morning that shortcomings found by auditors in the beleaguered Treasurer's Office had still not been rectified, thus preventing Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball from conducting the 2013 audit and delaying the county's entire budget-planning process.
It was a morning of mixed emotions for the Barton County commissioners Tuesday.
"I do not know if everyone realizes how serious the drought situation is for Barton County and the State of Kansas," Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said. She was responding to an announcement from Governor Sam Brownback's office last week updated the state's Drought Declaration for Kansas which now includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.
Other than the county-wide burn ban, few people in Barton County have come to terms with just how desperately dry the region really is, Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said.
Before we start our summers, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27 wants us to remember the real reason we observe Memorial Day. The organization is the sponsor of this year's ceremony.
At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Shannon Schartz, an avid tennis player and coach, was playing the game he loved. Then, he suddenly collapsed on the court gasping for air.
The Great Bend Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27 is planning the Great Bend Memorial Day service this year. It is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Circle, Great Bend Municipal Cemetery
When it comes to elections, the pendulum just keeps swinging.
Barton Community College President Carl Heilman Thursday afternoon recognized area employers and their partnership with BCC. During the BCC Board of Trustees meeting, he presented Employer Engagement Initiative Awards from the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Department of Commerce to the businesses for their efforts at promoting technical education.
It's going to be a case of daja vu at the Great Bend Sports Complex May 29 and 30 as Great Bend hosts another big baseball and softball tourney. This time it will be the Kansas State High School Activities Association Class 1-2A State Baseball and Softball Tournament.
There will be a send-off ceremony for Michelle Page of Downey, Calif., and Bonny Boultinghouse of Great Bend from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend. The two will be on their way to represent the area in the Miss Kansas Pageant June 7 at Pratt Community College.
There is more to striping a line down a county road than slapping on some paint.
In addition to the Grant Street apartment complex, another housing development was a topic at Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting. Adopted was a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a $300,000 2014 Moderate Income Housing Grant related to the construction of six market-rate four-plexes at 28th and Washington.
It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. However, the second-annual Party in the Park Saturday was a little different than most.
This historic bridge may not be falling down, but it has seen better days.