At a time when Americans are increasingly concerned about both their finances and their health, county officials are trying to do the most they can with government grants that help keep county health programs running, Barton County Health Department Director Lily Akings explained at this week's county commission meeting.
The RSVP van is ready for service after a long process of renovation and repair, said Donna Baugh, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Volunteers who drive people to medical appointments can use the vehicle.
Tuition at Barton Community College will increase by $3 per credit hour this fall, but Barton County residents will receive a $3 per credit scholarship to offset the increase.
Since retiring as police chief of Sterling, four years ago, one of the things Ronald Groth enjoys is playing lottery tickets. His enjoyment turned to excitement this week when he scratched off a $5,000 winning ticket.
This week, Barton County officials accomplished more in the continuing effort to get improved radio coverage for emergency services in the county.
BARTON COUNTY - Historic limestone bridges built in the late 1930s and early 1940s by the Works Progress Administration in northern Barton County may once again echo with the sounds of chisels, concrete being poured and reconstruction, as plans are being drawn to repair the old bridges.
For the second year in a row, Great Bend High School art student Catherine Nelson won Best of Show in the three-dimensional division of the Shafer Gallery's Barton County High School Juried Art Exhibition. This year she received the award for a stoneware piece titled "Would You Like to Hear a Story?"
The next public input session to discuss proposed changes to the intersection of Broadway and Harrison, is coming up Wednesday evening, according to City Engineer Robert Winiecke. The meeting will run from 6-7 p.m. in the council chambers at the city building, 1209 Williams.
County officials and volunteers have been working for years on a project that is finally coming to fulfilment.
A sparse crowd of curious Barton County voters gathered in Great Bend's Crest Theater Tuesday night. Attending the Great Bend League of Women Voters Forum, they hoped to gain insight into where various local candidates stood on issues facing the area.
Kansas labor officials are pinning January's larger-than-anticipated rise in the state's unemployment rate on weather and the end of holiday hiring, not on the lingering impact of the recession. The January 2011 jobless rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.4 in December 2010 but down from 7.1 percent in January 2010.
Barton County Commissioners accepted a bid from a local contracting firm to take on a project to remodel the Barton County Treasurer's Office in order to make room for state-mandated computer equipment changes.
Barton Community College's Cohen Center for Kansas History now has two resources that give the public the ability to study and preserve historical documents and other papers, making them available to future generations when otherwise those pieces of history would eventually be lost.
University of Kansas basketball players will meet the public and play a game with local all stars at the annual KU Barnstorming Tour, Sunday, April 17 in the gym of the Barton Community College Kirkman Center.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred near Medford, Okla. on Monday, July 29, was felt well into Kansas, and that includes a handful of local persons who contacted the USGS through their internet website to report their experiences. By answering questions on the Calculating Community Internet Intensity survey, respondents help determine the varying intensities felt by zip code. This helps researchers document the size and scope of the event almost instantly. The information is compatible with the ShakeMap which records actual ground motion picked up by seismometers after an event.
Wishes granted. That's what Prairie Godmothers are all about, said Melanie Calcarra, one of the founding Godmothers. They may not carry a wand or say "Bippity-boppity-boo," but for the women of Barton County who need a hand, the magic is real.
HOISINGTON - There was an attempt two weeks ago to pass two fake ten dollar bills in Hoisington Police Chief Kenton Doze reports, at two separate businesses.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood School District is moving to 21st century technology and will only allow students to carry iPads into the classroom. Book bags are only allowed for students to carry books to and from school to the locker at the junior and senior high level.
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 .40 caliber bullet holes in Chrystal Wilson's 2002 Ford Taurus are proof that shots were fired. The Great Bend Police Department is still sorting out what actually happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 1318 Macarthur Road.
Vandalism was the last thing Ed McGilber thought he'd wake up to.
TOPEKA – The State's June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in May and down from 5.6 percent in June 2013.
Great Bend's Burger King is out $300 and the Great Bend Police Department received three counterfeit $100 bills this week.
An injured Rush Center man was taken to Gove County Medical Center after swerving to miss a deer on Interstate 70. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 12:58 a.m. Wednesday in Gove County.
Every Thursday evening during the summer, downtown squares in Great Bend and St. John come to life as vendors peddle garden fresh produce.
LARNED - Pawnee County Sheriff Scott King had a pleasant surprise for the Pawnee County commissioners Monday - a reimbursement check from the state of Kansas for $31,032.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday, approved a resolution to put on the November ballot a raise in retail sales tax of .25 of one percent for the community. This increase will put the city at the same increment as the city of Great Bend.
Dean Akings has outspent incumbent Jennifer Schartz in the Republican primary election for Barton County Commissioner representing District 5. In District 4's Republican primary, incumbent Ken Lebbin has outspent the challenger, Alicia D. (Schartz) Straub.