The Great Bend Recreation Commission is proposing a maximum general fund budget of $1,649,900 for fiscal year 2011-12, with $485,990 earmarked for personnel. An additional $164,720 not included in the $1.6 million is budgeted for the employee benefit fund, GBRC Director Diann Henderson said Monday as her board of directors held its public budget hearing.
Today is the last day to take in the 2011 Barton County Fair, which opened last Wednesday.
ELLINWOOD - The city of Ellinwood will party this week to celebrate the 38th annual After Harvest Festival with a full range of activities for the entire family from Thursday to Saturday.
A brief high-speed pursuit Friday morning led to a Great Bend man's arrest in northwestern Barton County.
Great Bend authorities are looking for a "young female" in connection to the armed robbery of Daylight Donuts, at the corner of 10th and Williams in Great Bend, late Friday morning.
New motions filed in the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria change one of the charges from criminal sodomy to indecent liberties with a child. The motions also describe how Longoria, suspected of killing 14-year-old Alicia Debolt last August, previously made undercover drug buys for the Great Bend Police Department.
Two cousins from Ellinwood won the purple ribbons at the 4-H Dairy Show, Thursday at the Barton County Fair.
As of late Thursday, there were no major developments in the Monday, July 4, death of 15-year-old Jessica Cheyanne Shearer of Garden City, a death local authorities are calling "suspicious."
HUDSON - "We have scheduled a trip for Derek!"
A Great Bend man who was staying at the same address where 15-year-old Jessica Cheyanne Shearer died Monday has been arrested, although authorities won't say if the charges are connected to the girl in any way.
A decision made by the Barton County Commission this week could save county residents a considerable amount in health care in the year to come.
As much as anyone, the occupants of the small house at 2509 Walnut Drive want answers after a 15-year-old girl died in their home Monday afternoon.
A Great Bend man who was staying at the same address where a 15-year-old girl died Monday has been arrested, although authorities won't say if the charges are connected to the girl in any way.
Andromeda and Tesch and her sister Dawnstar know their rabbits. The girls, sisters and members of the Sharp Shooters 4-H Club in Great Bend, put on white lab coats Wednesday afternoon as they carried their Polish bunnies to the showmanship judge at the Barton County Fair.
The Great Bend High School Marching Band freshmen, section leaders and drum leaders practice on the field, Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. On Thursday all band members will have a morning drill.
Sally Cauble, Liberal, will remain in her seat as the Dist. 5 chairperson of the Kansas State Board of Education following the election Tuesday, Aug. 5.
The Barton County township election results from Tuesday's primary. The numbers are unofficial pending the Barton County Commission's canvassing of the ballots at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the courthouse.
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.