Just as the greening of the plants are a sign of spring, so is the annual Great Bend Spring Expo. This marks the 18th year for the event and the theme is "A Cure for the Winter Blues."
Barton County Records Department staff members continue to reach back into past lives of county residents.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood city residents will see some new greenery in city parks for summer, and shades of red in the fall after new trees are planted. The City of Ellinwood and the Ellinwood Rotary Club have combined finances to purchase 15 trees for Wolf Park, City Park and Pohlman Park, and take out some dead or dying trees.
The announcement Wednesday by the Kansas Democratic Party that anti-abortion activist Randall Terry isn't eligible to be on the party's April 14 caucus ballot won't deter the Democratic presidential candidate's White House bid.
Barton County will buy 20,000 tons of asphalt at it still won't be enough.
When it comes to Great Bend's farmers market, there's something sprouting.
A new display at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village celebrates schools and school districts of the past.
Jury selection for the Adam Longoria capital murder trial will start at 9 a.m. Monday and is expected to take two to four days, according to Ron Keefover, the Judicial Administration's education-information officer.
A bump in the road is no big deal when you're driving 30 mph, but at 200 mph, it's a different story.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about severe weather awareness.)
Harvest America Corporation, which is a nonprofit organization, offers home ownership education, family financial programs, employment services, human trafficking program, emergency assistance with utility bills or disasters, and food assistance to those with low incomes.
Beautification Committee Chairwoman Linda Dougherty received permission from the Great Bend City Council to continue improvements to the grounds around the Great Bend Public Library that began with donations that provided for bronze statues.
It is admittedly not a huge savings - less than $700 for the year - so it's not like Barton County will have some great windfall in its budget.
BY CHUCK SMITH
On Feb. 25, the American Legion Riders Post 180 in Great Bend hosted a "welcome home" for two soldiers, Sgt. Shawn Littrell and Spc. 4 Ben Kolas. Both were National Guard, 161st Field Artillery and 35th Military Police, from Great Bend. They recently returned from a one year deployment at Cape Horn, Africa. They were welcomed by family, friends and the Legion Riders. Pictured in the photo are American Legion Riders Director Chris Krueger, Kolas, Littrel and codirector Roy Titsworth.
Great Bend Middle School student Dalton Dicks was seated next to last year's champion Jazmin Garcia. Her good luck rubbed off on the middle school seventh-grader.
The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," and a local exhibit on hometown "Heros on the Sideline" opened Saturday at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave.
Central Kansas CASA will reach a milestone this year, celebrating its 30th year of helping area children. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the nonprofit organization will reach another milestone, holding its 10th annual Chocolate Auction.
Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt. District Judge Ron Svaty said 220 potential jurors have been summoned.
The Great Bend Fire Department responded two small structure fires, one Wednesday and one Thursday, each resulting in about $500 damage.
The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.
Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.
In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.
With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.
TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.
Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.
WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.
ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.