The 2012 Barton County budget, approved by the majority of the Barton County Commission Monday, will raise more money than did the 2011 budget, though it does not increase the mill levy.
Local authorities called in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents from Wichita after a "suspicious-looking device" that resembled a pipe bomb was brought to the Great Bend Police Department by two concerned sisters Monday afternoon.
Arrrrrg, mateys. It may not be the Spanish Main, but the 2011 United Way of Central Kansas campaign sets sail Saturday with its Buccaneer Bash. Organizers hope this touch of high seas adventure will help the drive bring in the loot. The bash starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Highland Hotel and Convention Center, 3017 10th, in Great Bend. "It's a preview to get people excited about the campaign," Julie Bugner-Smith, UWCK executive director. ...
Rainfall that finally returned to central Kansas this past week was certainly welcomed, but state officials warn that, while it is a step in the right direction, it is far too little to have taken the state out of the drought that continues to impact its agriculture and many of its community water sources.
Recent rains have certainly improved conditions around Kansas, but water experts warn that the drought is far from broken across Kansas.
An increase in the annual property tax mill levy will be considered when the Great Bend City Council discusses the 2012 budget in its budget hearing, set for a half hour before its regular Monday night meeting.
The Highland Hotel is now under new ownership. The hotel portion of the Highland Hotel and Convention Center was sold to Ambika Enterprises in a deal that was finalized Tuesday, according to a letter from the property's management company.
A young girl walked up to the table at the Great Bend Salvation Army store Friday morning, slung her new backpack over her shoulder and left with her face beaming.
A Great Bend woman remains in the Barton County jail following her arrest during a drug raid at a home Friday morning.
With a barnyard full of animals, retired couple Billie and Robert Bonomo enjoy the quiet life in northern Barton County after having lived in many areas around the country.
The tax refund amount that was presented to the Barton County Commission this week seemed large, and it was, but it represented a reality about the oil industry, the commissioners were told.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission met Thursday in Barton County, and area dignitaries joined with them in a "meet and greet" session over the noon hour.
A tip from a motorist who had just heard a description of the car involved in Sunday's drive shooting lead to the location of the vehicle Thursday morning. Authorities spent the afternoon pouring over it in hopes of finding clues in the case.
Teachers took a running start on getting ready for school to start in just a week by attending a highly motivational, week-long class offered by USD 428.
Typical of Kansas, where the weather is often either "feast or famine," conditions have gone from drought to flood warnings almost over night.
Editor's note: The Kansas State Department of Education earlier this month released it's 2013 School Report Card. At first glance, it appears Kansas kids are scoring poorly compared to even a year or two ago. But with schools all over the country rolling out of the new Common Core and College and Career Readiness standards, the rules of the game have changed. The tests haven't however, and that skews the data scores are supposed to ...
The Great Bend Sports Complex will host the 2014 baseball and softball championships of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Kansas Lottery is restructuring its field staff in order to provide better service to lottery players and retailers, and increase sales and transfers to the state. As part of the restructuring, the Lottery will close its Great Bend office. The last day the office is open to the public will be December 13, 2013.
It wasn't what they were expecting.
Vandalized stop signs are once again been an issue in rural parts of Barton County, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning. Four signs were damaged in this way with six other being reported as either vandalized or wind damaged.
Monday, Dr. Max Heim and Gary Secrest from the Kansas State Board of Education arrived in Great Bend to meet with patrons, faculty and staff, administration and USD 428 board members to discuss the newly begun search for a superintendent.
Second graders from Park Elementary School took a trip to the Golden Belt Humane Society on Monday for story time. After Kennel Technician Aaron Pike read a story, there was time for cookies and juice. Children also got to pet some puppies and kittens while learning important lessons about animals from the shelter's staff. Heather Acheson, director of the humane society, compared lessons on approaching injured or stray animals to what kids learn about "stranger ...
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Barton County Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will also be closed both days. The Barton County Landfill will be closed on Thursday. It will reopen on Friday between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. On Saturday, it will return to normal operational hours. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
When it comes to grants, it's not often more money is offered than originally requested. But, that is the case for a joint county/state project to improve the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.