Three people died and two more were injured Tuesday evening, when a pickup struck a farm tractor on K-4 in Rush County.
The Internal Revenue Service has posted a list of organizations that have lost their tax-exempt nonprofit status, including Great Bend's Downtown Development Inc.
Barton County will continue to support a regional program that has shown it can help get new business starts in this part of the state.
Criminal damage to property at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo was discovered Monday morning. Damage was estimated at $1,500.
A Great Bend man has been charged in U.S. District Court with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Diving boards are out, slides are 10 minutes ago, and climbing walls are the next big thing at Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility.
The 17th-annual Relay for Life of Barton County cleared its first hurdle when the weather cooperated to give organizers ideal conditions this past weekend for their over-night cancer-fighting event.
BARTON COUNTY - Sewing gifts of caring, area seamstresses have been making baby blankets on a volunteer basis for infants born in Great Bend.
By Jim Misunas
RedBarn joins the list of a number of successful local businesses that have enjoyed property tax breaks over the years. The company's application for a tax abatement was approved by the Barton County Commission Monday, but not before some inflammatory allegations were made during an open hearing.
In the 2010 season and, again, in the upcoming 2011 season, the Great Bend High School football team will only play eight games instead of the traditional nine.
BY SUSAN THACKER
By Jim Misunas
So many books, so little time.
Terrill L. Schinstock, 47, will be eligible for a parole hearing in July, the Kansas Parole Board announced.
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.
It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.