People in Barton County have little more than a week to make their opinions known about what they think a healthy community looks like, and what they think it will take to make their communities better.
Be Well Barton County is a subgroup of the Central Kansas Partnership. The group began meeting in January after the Golden Belt Community Foundation received a grant to study and gather community input from around the county about what people think will promote healthier lifestyles where they live.
BARTON COUNTY - At the state Kansas Department of Parks, Wildlife and Tourism commission meeting held Thursday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Manuel Torres, Region 3 Public Lands supervisor, presented recommendations for new signs at Cheyenne Bottoms.
HOISINGTON - Building on the theme, "Our Children, Our Future," Hoisington will celebrate for the 116th time on Labor Day weekend beginning Aug. 30- Sept. 3.
A "sizeable amount" of suspected methamphetamine, cash and firearms was seized Wednesday evening when law enforcement officers searched a home at 301 Chestnut St. in Great Bend.
Members of the Barton Community College cheer squad and basketball team lead the way through the Walmart parking lot Wednesday to unload Barton's bus that was filled with donated goods collected by the college to benefit the United Way "Stuff the Bus" campaign, which aims to collect donations of goods to help supply their 21 local agencies. Barton students and athletes helped transfer items from BCC's bus to the United Way's larger school bus. Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kansas Julie Bunger-Smith said the efforts by Barton were very beneficial to the campaign.
A $2 million grant to Barton Community College ends this month, but the work it started – job training for prison inmates – will continue, the Barton Community College trustees learned Thursday.
Beverly Frizell, RD with the Barton County WIC program has been working extra hard to get the word out about the importance of breastfeeding this year to her clients in a multi-county area. It has always been a goal of WIC to increase breastfeeding, but this past year, the Barton County Health Department was awarded a grant to conduct a media campaign to help build awareness among the community as a whole.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 22, there were 15 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the state, but the numbers are on the rise. While the Barton County Health Department said there have been no confirmed cases of the disease within the county at this time, and none are being investigated, one case so far was reported in neighboring Stafford County earlier in August. But Sedgwick County has had the highest number of confirmed cases so far. According to the Sedgwick County Health Department, they've seen unusually high numbers of the virus. While there have only been 10 confirmed ...
Alligators are back at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, starting with one that spent the last three years in Dr. Oleg Ravitskjy's life science classroom at Barton Community College.
BARTON COUNTY - The new educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Jean Aycock, is excited about her new job and is ready to begin teaching children and adults about wetlands.
During each Great Bend City Council meeting, city administrator Howard Partington lists the activities and accomplishments of various city departments. Below is a recap of that report from this past Monday.
Cub Scouting brings to mind rocketry, camping trips, swimming parties, service projects, pinewood derbies, patches and awards. Boys come to school each week wearing their Cub Scout uniforms, and after school get together with their dens and learn, laugh, and become leaders.
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." – Lao Tzu
As part of its bi-weekly report to the Barton County Commission, the Barton County Records Management Office noted it helped connect a family with its past.
The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.
With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.
In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.
United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.
It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.
TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an injury accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, in the 100 block of NE 10 Road.
A two-story home in rural Barton County was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.
STAFFORD - A suspect wanted on arrest warrants fled to Pratt County and escaped a search from various law enforcement agencies south of Stafford Wednesday evening.
People of central Kansas who are on Social Security disability have a new partner available who can help transition them to long-term employment. Rosewood Services has contracted with Social Security to become an Employment Network for the five-county service area of Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.
Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.
The Barton County Health Department has been chosen to participate in the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiative, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.
Two cars were stolen Wednesday in what appears to be related cases. Both vehicles have been recovered by the Great Bend Police Department, Detective David Bailey said Thursday.
Although the Golden Belt area has experienced a warm-up over the weekend, Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller cautions that winter weather can return at any time to the area.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.