Just as the greening of the plants are a sign of spring, so is the annual Great Bend Spring Expo. This marks the 18th year for the event and the theme is "A Cure for the Winter Blues."
Barton County Records Department staff members continue to reach back into past lives of county residents.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood city residents will see some new greenery in city parks for summer, and shades of red in the fall after new trees are planted. The City of Ellinwood and the Ellinwood Rotary Club have combined finances to purchase 15 trees for Wolf Park, City Park and Pohlman Park, and take out some dead or dying trees.
The announcement Wednesday by the Kansas Democratic Party that anti-abortion activist Randall Terry isn't eligible to be on the party's April 14 caucus ballot won't deter the Democratic presidential candidate's White House bid.
Barton County will buy 20,000 tons of asphalt at it still won't be enough.
When it comes to Great Bend's farmers market, there's something sprouting.
A new display at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village celebrates schools and school districts of the past.
Jury selection for the Adam Longoria capital murder trial will start at 9 a.m. Monday and is expected to take two to four days, according to Ron Keefover, the Judicial Administration's education-information officer.
A bump in the road is no big deal when you're driving 30 mph, but at 200 mph, it's a different story.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about severe weather awareness.)
Harvest America Corporation, which is a nonprofit organization, offers home ownership education, family financial programs, employment services, human trafficking program, emergency assistance with utility bills or disasters, and food assistance to those with low incomes.
Beautification Committee Chairwoman Linda Dougherty received permission from the Great Bend City Council to continue improvements to the grounds around the Great Bend Public Library that began with donations that provided for bronze statues.
It is admittedly not a huge savings - less than $700 for the year - so it's not like Barton County will have some great windfall in its budget.
BY CHUCK SMITH
On Feb. 25, the American Legion Riders Post 180 in Great Bend hosted a "welcome home" for two soldiers, Sgt. Shawn Littrell and Spc. 4 Ben Kolas. Both were National Guard, 161st Field Artillery and 35th Military Police, from Great Bend. They recently returned from a one year deployment at Cape Horn, Africa. They were welcomed by family, friends and the Legion Riders. Pictured in the photo are American Legion Riders Director Chris Krueger, Kolas, Littrel and codirector Roy Titsworth.
A lengthy discussion over the replacement of a heating and air conditioning system in the Barton County Road and Bridge Department shop ended in a stalemate at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.
A 40-plus-year-old arrangement between the City of Great Bend and Barton County over the cost to house inmates in the Barton County Jail has been revised, Sheriff Brian Bellendir told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
This is Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, and to mark its importance to the safety of area residents, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution denoting this observance locally.
A jury was selected Monday for LaVeta D. Miller's trial in Barton County District Court. Miller has entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of theft by deception.
The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.
Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.
With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.
Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.
STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.
Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.
The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.
Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.
Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.
A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.
At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.