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.
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.
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.
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."
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.