According to state law, the Appraiser's Office is required to re-inspect 17 percent of the county each year. Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said this year, her staff is measuring and inspecting properties located south of K-4 to 50 Road, including the rural areas and Olmitz, part of Hoisington, Albert and Barton Hills. Properties that have sold recently and/or have building permits will also be inspected.
The Tuesday's primary election is a wrap. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the Barton County Clerk's office started continually updating posted results throughout the evening.
It was a battle of Barton County natives as Alicia (Schartz) Straub narrowly defeated incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Ken Lebbin in the Republican primary Tuesday. Barring a successful write-in candidate in the November general election, Straub will assume the post come January.
Jennifer Schartz was virtually assured election for a fourth term Tuesday as Barton County Commissioner for District 5. Schartz and Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings faced off in the Republican primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the November general election unless someone wages a write-in campaign.
BARTON COUNTY -The 2013-14 Communities that Care data for the area once again shows that Barton County teens drink at a higher rate than teens from the remaining portions of Kansas, although the good news is that the numbers are trending downward across the state, including here. The report shows that area teens tend to smoke less and use marijuana less than the state average.
The Big Benefit Auction on Aug. 23 will offer premium items for top bidders to enjoy while supporting scholarships and program enhancements at Barton Community College. One item that no one will take home but that many will bid on is "Old Bill," a storied buffalo head that resides in the BCC Student Union.
Barton Community College's Workforce Training and Economic Development department will host the "All About Careers!" event from 9:15 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, September 24 to showcase the college's workforce training programs. Superintendents, principals, counselors, prospective students and parents are welcome to attend. Lunch will be served from 11:30 – noon during a Q-and-A session at the end of the event. There is no cost to attend.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget. The board will also vote on whether to accept an insurance settlement of more than $2 million for the construction of a new Dining Hall at Camp Aldrich, and hold its monthly board study session.
The Great Bend City Council unanimously threw their support behind a request by Be Well Barton County to become partners in the installation of signage and sharrows relating to bicycles Monday night.
Not your average exercise trail signs, the Born Learning Trail throws in an extra spoonful by promoting positive and engaging parent-child interaction, and both Great Bend and Claflin will benefit from the new trail in each community. The Born Learning Trail combines exercise with 10 educational signs that will provide a change of pace for relationship building and family exercise.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office has been recovering stolen property over the last five days, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Monday.
The Barton County Commission will meet as the Board of County Canvassers at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, in the Office of the County Clerk. At that time, they will canvass ballots from Tuesday's primary election. The commission's agenda meeting will begin at 9 a.m. or immediately following the close of the canvass.
Citing the potential damage to tourism efforts in the area, the Barton County Commission Monday approved sending letters of support for the National Scenic Byway Program to members of the Kansas Congressional delegation.
Rural Ellinwood resident Phillip Hathcock was introduced at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning as the county's new solid waste manager.
HORIEN, Belgium (AP) - British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the ironic nickname he won due to his tender age of 17. He became known as the first Commonwealth soldier to die on the Western Front of World War I, likely killed by German gunfire.
At 6:40 p.m. Saturday, the Kansas Highway Patrol troopers assisted the Barton County Sheriff's Department with an armed rural Barton County man who had been involved in a domestic battery case, according to a news release from KHP. The man was shot by a KHP trooper in a shoot-out and later died of his wounds.
Dove season is synonymous with the opening of the fall hunting season in Kansas, and this year officials will be implementing a new electronic permitting system which should help KDWPT officials to better track hunting activity and species numbers better.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Aug. 21
HOISINGTON - Welcome to the world of the big rigs. Something about large trucks and heavy machinery attracts the old and young alike, eager to see the inner workings.
The number of high school students receiving college instruction during their school day continues to grow, thanks to the Kansas Legislature's decision to pay for their tuition on technical education courses.
It's not often that being told "you're all wet" is a good thing, especially in the news business.
When 500 Kansans were surveyed online about the state's most recognized brands of companies or organizations, KU and the Jayhawks topped the list.
An honor graduate, a PhD., a polyglot and a former police officer were among the new employees who introduced themselves Thursday at the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting.
HOISINGTON - What was it used for? is the big question Hoisington Community Historical Society members are asking about the big, red banner they recently received from Becky Jamison of Canon City Colo.
llinwood trash pickup schedule announced
The Great Bend Police Department is investigating a shotgun round fired through the front door of the residence at 2525 11th St. The incident was reported at 6:14 a.m. Thursday.
The Sunday, Jan. 28, 1962, edition of the Great Bend Tribune has a front page photo of a partially built round tower at what was then known as Central Kansas Medical Center.
Structural and other changes at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will result in a more convenient and modernized facility that will continue to house current and new services, Senior Vice President Leanne Irsik said. Re-construction and remodeling will begin this fall.
There are still several weeks of summer ahead, but members of Trinity United Methodist Church are already thinking about people who will need warm coats later this year.
A flashing orange arrow, cones and warning signs greeted motorists starting this week west of Great Bend.