Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra again came under fire from members of the County Commission Monday morning over his office's continuing struggles to finish reconciling tax rolls, struggles that drew a stern warning earlier this year from the county's auditors.
The thunderstorms that drenched parts of Barton County Sunday night were scattered, besides, the fickle Kansas weather can dry things up in a heartbeat. These reasons prompted the County Commission Monday morning to let stand the county-wide temporary burn ban.
The convention of Fourth District Barton County Commission delegates whose job it is to replace the late Commissioner Don Cates will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, said Barton County Republican Committee Chairman Richard Friedeman.
At least for now, Kansas and Arizona residents can keep registering to vote with a federal form and without having to show proof of citizenship, thanks to a federal appeals court ruling handed down Thursday.
Those with political aspirations for the Aug. 5 primary election need act quickly to toss their hats into the ring, Barton County election officials said. The primary filing deadline is noon Monday, June 2.
Traditionally, the second half of real estate, personal, and oil and gas property taxes are due by May 10. However since the 10th falls on a Saturday this year, Barton County residents have until 4:45 p.m. Monday, May the 12 to make payments.
It may only be spring, but summer was on the minds of Great Bend City Council members when they met Monday night. At the request of Community Coordinator Christina Hayes, they approved a host of motions setting the stage for summertime activities.
It's been a long time coming, but the Barton County Commission Monday morning learned the dedication for the much-anticipated Golden Belt Veterans Memorial has been set. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, the day before Memorial Day.
In response to the rapid and severe decline of the lesser prairie-chicken, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March announced the final listing of the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as a special rule under the ESA that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from this listing. Under the law, a "threatened" listing means the species is likely to become in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future; it is a step below "endangered" and allows for more flexibility in how the act's protections are implemented.
Beginning this week, there may be some traffic hold-ups at 24th and Main, which has been under reconstruction since March. On Monday, the contractor will begin installing the new traffic signal mast arms.
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.