A mill levy increase of approximately 1.5 mills was approved when the Great Bend City Council approved the 2012 city operating budget Monday night.
The 2012 Barton County budget, approved by the majority of the Barton County Commission Monday, will raise more money than did the 2011 budget, though it does not increase the mill levy.
Local authorities called in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents from Wichita after a "suspicious-looking device" that resembled a pipe bomb was brought to the Great Bend Police Department by two concerned sisters Monday afternoon.
Rainfall that finally returned to central Kansas this past week was certainly welcomed, but state officials warn that, while it is a step in the right direction, it is far too little to have taken the state out of the drought that continues to impact its agriculture and many of its community water sources.
Recent rains have certainly improved conditions around Kansas, but water experts warn that the drought is far from broken across Kansas.
An increase in the annual property tax mill levy will be considered when the Great Bend City Council discusses the 2012 budget in its budget hearing, set for a half hour before its regular Monday night meeting.
The Highland Hotel is now under new ownership. The hotel portion of the Highland Hotel and Convention Center was sold to Ambika Enterprises in a deal that was finalized Tuesday, according to a letter from the property's management company.
A young girl walked up to the table at the Great Bend Salvation Army store Friday morning, slung her new backpack over her shoulder and left with her face beaming.
A Great Bend woman remains in the Barton County jail following her arrest during a drug raid at a home Friday morning.
With a barnyard full of animals, retired couple Billie and Robert Bonomo enjoy the quiet life in northern Barton County after having lived in many areas around the country.
The tax refund amount that was presented to the Barton County Commission this week seemed large, and it was, but it represented a reality about the oil industry, the commissioners were told.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission met Thursday in Barton County, and area dignitaries joined with them in a "meet and greet" session over the noon hour.
A tip from a motorist who had just heard a description of the car involved in Sunday's drive shooting lead to the location of the vehicle Thursday morning. Authorities spent the afternoon pouring over it in hopes of finding clues in the case.
Teachers took a running start on getting ready for school to start in just a week by attending a highly motivational, week-long class offered by USD 428.
Barton Community College will add wrestling to its list of sports in 2015-2016, a decision made official at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting. Board members also learned that Barton has landed a five-year contract with the Kansas Department of Agriculture – Weights and Measurements Division to offer training for scales technicians.
The Great Bend Tree Board recently added 10 trees to the Argonne Forest on the north edge of Veterans Memorial Park, with plans to plant more in the spring, according to Charles Waknitz, chairman of the organization.
Family friendly Halloween costumes and treats can be found at area churches. Others have announced fall festivals.
Sen. Pat Roberts Thursday evening launched a hectic tour of the massive Big First congressional district with an ice cream social in Great Bend in a effort to reach out to the voters who have supported him for decades. The three-term senator is in the midst of a heated re-election battle with Independent challenger Greg Orman.
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TOPEKA - Wednesday was proclaimed as School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day by Gov. Sam Brownback, thanking them for transporting more than 200,000 students in excess of 66 million miles. Kansas currently employs 4,272 school bus drivers.
Whooping cranes have begun leaving their breeding grounds to migrate south from Canada, and will soon be passing through Kansas on their way to Texas. One of the best places to look for them will be Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms in central Kansas.
Halloween is a week away, but many children will be in costume Saturday for early events.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
The search for a replacement for retiring Police Chief Dean Akings is in the beginning stages, City Administrator Howard Partiangton told the City Council Monday night. Partington will be gathering input from employees and governing body members into the development of an updated job description.
Many Kansans don't realize that right now raffles are illegal in Kansas. But that might change.
The Nov. 4 general election is about more than public office holders. There are a handful of other issues.
HOISINGTON - Miss Minnie travels the state in the comfort of a 30 foot trailer, teaching kids about where ice cream really come from. She doesn't get car sick either, but lays down, snacks on hay, and enjoys the ride.
regular city council meeting last week, the Hoisington City Council once again discussed code enforcement and the direction that the city will take in the coming year.