CLAFLIN - The United States Postal Service has announced a strategy to preserve rural post offices by reducing hours to match customer use, according to the U.S. Post Plan. There are 13,000 post offices that will be reviewed with this strategy, according to the USPS website and is expected to save half a billion dollars per year after 2014.
The Barton County Clerk's Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to accommodate walk-in advance voting for anyone who wishes to cast their ballots in advance of the Tuesday general election, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said.
Cemeteries are a fascinating snapshot of a community's historical timeline, a proud and permanent museum for those who came before and helped shape the identity and personality of every community across North America.
Three candidates for county office missed Monday's deadline to file reports of their pre-general election receipts and expenditures reports at the Barton County Clerk's Office. But they'll all get a second chance.
The Democratic candidate for Representative of the state's 112th District listed exactly five donations on his last campaign finance report.
Just as the East Coast braced for the impact of hurricane Sandy Monday morning, Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller and her department were honored by the County Commission for their efforts at keeping residents safe during a tornado outbreak this past April.
At Monday's Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning, County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights of the bi-weekly activity report prepared by county departments.
Effective immediately, the local phone number of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center has changed. The new phone number for the KWEC is 620-566-1456. The toll free number remains the same at 877-243-9268.
Great Bend resident Frank McKinney on Monday declared himself a write-in candidate for the 112th District Kansas House of Representatives. Republican John Edmonds and Democrat Steve Muehleisen, both from Great Bend, are on the ballot. McKinney said he is a moderate Republican who represents a choice, especially within his own party.
In recent weeks Barton County Sheriff candidate Brian Bellendir has outspent Sheriff Gregory Armstrong, who is running as a write-in candidate, but Armstrong has collected more campaign contributions.
It is fall and, if you are a deer, love is in the air.
ELLINWOOD - Hurricane Sandy has caused severe damage to nine communities in Haiti where Star of Hope has projects. Torrential rain fell for more than 24 hours resulting in flash flooding, landslides and rivers overflowing their banks. Reports of impassable roads, loss of crops and livestock are widespread throughout rural Haiti.
TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka is considering the appeal of a man sentenced to die over the killings of a Great Bend couple in 2004.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, in the story "Get out and Explore Great Bend in November", the amount of the cash raffle referred to was incorrectly listed as a $12,000 cash giveaway. The correct reference is " a raffle for a cash giveaway." This should not be confused with the $12,000 cash giveaway campaign currently promoted by Great Bend's Eagle radio.
Capt. Eric Yoder thinks his work clothes could make a pretty good Halloween costume. Dressed in full fire fighting gear, including mask and breathing equipment, he sounds like Darth Vader and may kind of look like him, too. But Yoder wanted kindergartners at Park Elementary School to see there's nothing to be afraid of. Yoder wants children to know that if they see a fireman reaching for them in a smoke-filled room, he's there to help.
A support group, called Sisters of Hope, for recently widowed women will soon start up again.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the numbers of West Nile virus cases in Kansas have inched up slightly. Barton County still has the most cases in the state.
Jazz filled the air in the Great Bend High School auditorium Tuesday night as the GBHS Jazz Band took the stage for its fall concert, which was open to the public. Soloists include Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Michael Raymer, Michelle Rooney and Allison Regehr, practicing since August, weeks before classes started, were polished and ready to show their chops.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington is the oldest school in the USD 431 school district, and the school board has been considering plans for modernization of the building.
The upcoming Elvis Tribute concert at Great Bend's American Legion will feature Frank Werth & the Vibrations. An article in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune said the backup group would be on tape. While the soundman uses tracks for the instrumentation, the Vibrations is a four-person vocal group that joins Werth for a live show known as Frank's Attribute To Elvis, or F.A.T.E. The benefit concert will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
The razing of the Pitcock building, also known as the old opera house building, will begin in two weeks, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Nelson Stone advised he plans to start setting fence on Monday, Oct. 20, and start the work on Wednesday, Oct. 22.