The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples recreational bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom. When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), responds by informing the public of these conditions.
County departments are currently involved in a variety of new projects, County Administrator Richard Boeckman reported to the Barton County Commission this week.
Barton Community College trustees met Thursday and approved a plan to allow commercial bow hunting for deer at the Camp Aldrich facility.
The attorney for Shawn Ney is seeking to suppress a confession and other statements reportedly made by for the man charged with shooting his estranged wife and fatally shooting his brother-in-law on July 10, 2010.
Thanks to the hard work of a lot of county staffers, almost $5,000 above and beyond the owed taxes was generated at this year's annual county tax sale, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra reported to the Barton County Commission.
Local volunteers who are concerned about emergency preparation have an important meeting coming up, according to Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
Starting Friday, area residents can enjoy being scared silly - for a good cause.
Local officials are continuing to consider rabbit regulations, and more input is being sought, it was announced at a Great Bend City Council meeting this week.
TOPEKA – There are fewer vacant jobs in Kansas this year than last year according to the 2011 Job Vacancy Survey released Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Labor. The survey, completed by employers during the second quarter of the year, found there were an estimated 30,697 job vacancies statewide, a 4.3 percent decrease from 2010.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on fire prevention efforts. The articles will continue throughout October as the Great Bend Fire Department presents Fire Prevention Month.)
It was about 3:15 Monday afternoon, dismissal time for Great Bend Middle School. Harrison Street in front of Becky Dudrey's house was choked with students and their parents.
Barton Community College trustees will vote on renewing the college's contract with KanREN for Internet service, when they meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The $50,0660 quote is on the agenda because trustees must approve purchases over $50,000.
A document that outlines the strengths and goals of Barton Community College is completed or near completion, and awaits final approval from the BCC Board of Trustees this week. The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Portfolio for 2011 will then be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission, the entity responsible for Barton's accreditation.
City officials will seek grant funding to help with an effort to educate the public about the need to keep fertilizer on lawns and out of Veterans Memorial Lake, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.
LARNED – One of the items proposed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday to address a projected $280 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2015 was $5.4 million savings from the delay of the Larned State Hospital Meyer Building Expansion.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office and local law enforcement are seeking the public's assistance in the location and apprehension of Justin E Peterson. Peterson skipped bond in June, when he failed to appear in the Barton County District Court. Several other warrants have been issued for his arrest. Peterson was out on bond stemming from drug related and other charges. He has a history of violent crime and weapons violations. Peterson is a white male, 27 years of age, six feet tall, 200 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. Peterson also has numerous tattoos. Mugshots are available on ...
A Barton Community College student who was taken into custody after a "physical altercation" with a teacher on Tuesday was upset about a grade on a final exam, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
Twenty-three life sized Santas, representing countries and regions from around the world, are basking in the ambience of a newly created winter wonderland of lighted artificial fir trees and festive holiday décor. The display, known as "Santas Around the World," can be viewed at 1223 Main Street in downtown Great Bend.
updated at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday
Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider wants to get two messages out regarding flu vaccinations.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors thanked outgoing board member Dr. Mary Misegadis for eight years of service at its Monday meeting. Misegadis' term as an elected board member expires at the end of the year and is not eligible for another renewal at this time.
When it comes to Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra, it boils down to a matter of trust, or the lack of it, County Commissioners said Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a bid from Doonan Peterbilt for two 2016 Peterbilt 337 Trucks for a total price of $198,304 for the Road and Bridge Department.
Thursday afternoon, the Subway restaurant in the Great Bend Walmart filled briefly with excited children dressed in red t-shirts, checking in with adults, barely able to contain themselves. They were the third and fourth grade students that are part of this year's class of America's Promise participants, and they were ready to do some holiday shopping.
Before the spectacles of Christmas lights and stories, the special dinner and the ball, Main Street in Ellinwood was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon. Children enjoyed the interactive story walk, stopping at several shop windows to read passages and act out the instructions at each. A German St. Nick strolled along, handing out small candy canes to children as they passed, on his way to the Abendbrot (German dinner) to be held at the Ellinwood Senior Center. Inside, authentic German ornaments adorned an old-fashioned style feather tree, and William Keel of the German Department of Kansas University met with locals ...
The revelation Monday that the Barton County Treasurer's office failed to distribute $1.9 million in tax money from May that should have been distributed in June has left public entities, as well as the general public, stunned and scrambling for answers.