KANSAS CITY, Kan.-Twenty years ago, a patient diagnosed with cancer in Goodland, a town of about 5,000 in western Kansas, faced a 10-hour roundtrip commute to Wichita for care. Or, if he was fortunate to have out-of-state health insurance coverage, he could make a 150-mile journey to Denver, Colo.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about winter safety issues.)
Whether using traditional home heating methods or cost-saving alternatives, it's a good idea to use caution and maintain a fire-safe home. Now that winter is upon us, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano and Building Inspector Lee Schneider have some seasonal fire safety tips for wood stoves and fireplaces, fixed and portable space heaters, furnace heating, and heating with generators.
TOPEKA-The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Friday announced it had identified the first influenza cases of the 2011-2012 flu season in Kansas.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its third competitive grant cycle for 2011, awarding $9,126.10 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties.
Barton County could see a funding increase of more than $40,000 a year due to changes that are coming in how cell phones are taxed.
Some people sip eggnog; others watch "It's a Wonderful Life."
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County would like to announce that its board of directors has officially approved a recommendation from its family selection committee for its next partner family. There were numerous applications received from area families for the home being constructed near 19th & Hubbard in Great Bend. And one of those applicants is receiving one of the greatest Christmas gifts a person can get. "We think the timing on this announcement couldn't be better," says Habitat President Rachel Mawhirter. "What better gift than the safety and security of a new home."
Local officials are throwing their support behind an effort to improve mass transportation for local seniors.
A Denver, Colo., band that is hitting the country music charts will put on a benefit concert in Great Bend next month for the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation.
Barton County Communications and responders were kept busy for more than two hours early Wednesday, after a 24-year-old woman called 911 from her cell phone and said something that sounded like "I am hurt."
Local bikers teamed up with Santa and Mrs. Claus to bring at least a hint of holiday cheer to hospital patients in Barton County. Members from two area motorcycle clubs – Bikers of Central Kansas and Sidewinders of Kansas – spent Sunday afternoon delivering special Christmas ornaments to the three hospitals in the county: Clara Barton Hospital, Ellinwood District Hospital, and Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Proposed amendments to the Barton County zoning regulations, impacting group homes in the county, which were not accepted by the Barton County Commission in November and which were sent back to the Planning Commission were amended and then this week they were approved by the commission..
The unemployment rate in Kansas continued its slow downward trek in November, the Kansas Department of Labor announced Monday. This marked the third straight month with lower jobless numbers and more Kansans entering the workforce.
A trio of lemurs at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has dwindled to one, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The lone lemur will be returned to Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and the local zoo will work on upgrading the exhibit area before seeking more lemurs.
When two freight trains collided and derailed last week in McPherson County, the Barton County Landfill was ready to accept whatever the cleanup crew brought, Solid Waste Manager Phil Hathcock said.
Starting around Friday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt overlay project on a 17-mile section of K-156 Highway in Barton County, from the Barton-Ellsworth County line to the US-56/K-156 junction east of Great Bend.
A cement truck rolled onto its side Wednesday morning, 4 miles east of Great Bend on U.S. 56, injuring the driver. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports Jeffery Wasson, 39, of Claflin was driving a westbound 2006 Peterbilt hauling a load of powdered cement owned by Copeland Acid and Cement. At 9:25 a.m. he attempted to turn left onto NE 60 Ave., but turned too sharply, causing the load to shift. The vehicle rolled onto the driver side.
Foster kids may lack encouragement and resources to achieve a college degree and that's why a program called "Gear Up" assists them with intervention activities, financial assistance, and tools for college success.
KINSLEY - A Kinsley man died after rolling a vehicle Tuesday night on U.S. 50, 1 mile east of Kinsley. Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Manuel G. Baca, 43, was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the Edwards County District Hospital.
Two men were arrested Monday for alledgedly stealing a four-bottom John Deere plow worth up to $2,500 from rural Barton County. Detective Rick Popp at the Barton County Sheriff's Office said watchful neighbors called 911 after seeing the men load the plow into a pickup, around 2:19 p.m. at NW 150 Road and NW 30 Ave.
It might be easy to say that if you've seen one craft and bake sale, you've seen them all.
Donations for the Great Bend Public Library October book sale will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 6. Donated books can be brought during library hours to the library's service entrance off Stone Street or to the circulation desk.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood District Hospital Physical Therapy Department will host a health walk this Saturday at 8 a.m. promoting the benefits of walking.
Prepare to step back in time about 500 years.
A new sign will make it easier to find the Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. The Barton County Road Department installed the brown sign on NW 50 Road near the site earlier this month, Barton Count Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
Great Bend police officers and Barton County deputies were involved in a pursuit that began at 6:25 a.m. Saturday on West U.S. 56 and Railroad Ave.
A candle started a fire reported at 6:48 p.m. Friday at Will Power Fitness and Athletic Training, 2015 10th St., Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.