The county's conversion to a new commercial software system is proving time consuming, according to Barton County Information Technology Director John Debes. His report on the switch came as part of County Administrator Richard Boeckman's bi-weekly update to the County Commission Monday morning.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes has been keeping busy of late, City Administrator Howard Partington reported to the City Council Monday night.
The USD 428 Board of Education and Superintendent Tom Vernon met with the Great Bend chapter of the KNEA teachers union on Monday afternoon for a session of Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) over the upcoming school year calendar. At issue is how to balance the required number of hours of instructional time while having a desirable ratio of days off for Winter, Spring and Summer vacations.
With yet another cold front pushing into the area, it may be tough to think about splashing around in Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Center, but the City Council Monday night learned that plans are under way to get the pool facility ready for summer.
March began with the Annual Severe Weather Awareness Week being observed March 4-8, Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller reported to the County Commission Monday morning.
The Great Bend sixth grade citywide concert drew parent of musicians from each of the city's elementary schools to the Great Bend High School auditorium Monday night for a showcase of skills learned over the past year. Retiring middle school band teacher Kurtis Koch and high school band teacher Mark DeWald directed the students through nine pieces many former band students will recognize. There were marches, like the "Here we go March", Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", some international folk songs like "Kum Bah Ya!" and "La Bamba", and the finale, "Go, Great Bend!"
There were some changes to the Great Bend City Council following the April 2 general election. Those changes were noted as the governing body reorganized during its meeting Monday night at City Hall.
There are two historic limestone bridge north of the tiny northeast Barton County community of Hitschmann that may be nice to look at, but don't meet the grueling needs of today's faster, larger and heavier traffic.
HOISINGTON -With vision, a love for the outdoors and the peaceful, native Kansas prairie, Terry Nech of Hoisington will be restoring the Shop Creek Nature Area to its natural state. It is located in south Hoisington on Vine St.
Kansas Teachers of the Year from region one visited Great Bend USD 428 Friday to observe and gather insights and ideas to take back to their districts, said Kim Heath, an English teacher at GBHS. She and fourth grade teacher Laurie Harwood hosted the day-long tour for five other teachers from Dodge City, Liberal, Ellis and Pratt.
The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo wrapped up its second successful show Friday afternoon. Jan Westfall, chairman of the Great Bend Area Chamber of Commerce expo committee, said while the first day of the Expo started off slow because of cold, wet weather, subsequent days saw the numbers of visitors building.
As of last week, Great Bend City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster's department had received 397 complaints of trashy properties so far this year. Some come from residents, but most come from his staff as it combs the streets.
Great Bend First United Methodist Church and Trinity Methodist Church will co-sponsor the Shoot For No Malaria contest Sunday, April 14 at the GBHS Panther Activity Center starting at 2:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to "Imagine No Malaria." Funds received will purchase mosquito netting and help in educating people in tropical, under-developed nations where malaria is still a menacing killer.
Students who transfer from Barton Community College to Wichita State University before completing their associate degrees may still be able to graduate from BCC, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said Thursday.
A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.
Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.
Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.
Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.
This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.
Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.
Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.
Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.
The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.
Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.
WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.
If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.