The lack of homeless shelters in most rural towns and counties may give the wrong impression. Homelessness in rural America simply looks different than it does in urban areas. While higher concentrations stand outside church basements and temporary nightly shelters in downtown USA for all who drive by to see, the rural homeless are far more likely to be isolated, hidden, and voiceless.
While digging around for Christmas decorations for Sunday's Ghost of Christmas Past community open house at the Barton County Historical Museum, director Beverly Komarek rediscovered two pieces from the museum's collection, a toy wooden sleigh, and a circa 1890 horse glider. As it turns out, the horse fit with the sleigh just right. A engraved metal plate on the lower cross rail of the glider reads "Converse."
Christmas came a little early for some of the area's helping organizations on Wednesday morning a the Farmers Bank and Trust. Representatives, board members and volunteers from over 30 charitable non-profits attended the bank's 16th Annual Holiday Charity Recognition Coffee.
At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.
The prototype for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree could have come from the Great Plains. Sometimes the "tree" was little more than a decorated branch, but it wouldn't do to let the holiday go by unobserved. Like the forlorn tree in the animated classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," some of the trees used by settlers in the nineteenth century were a bit sparse, but the intention was there, says Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Village and Museum. Barton County Historical Society will celebrate "Ghosts of Christmas Past" with a free open house from 1-4 p ...
Road and Bridge Department Director Dale Phillips held up a stop sign before the County Commission Monday morning, a sign that had been keeping motorists safe in the northeast part of the county until a vandal had used a shotgun to blast two big holes in the sign large enough to put a fist through.
Unseasonably warm weather made it easy for Santa and Mrs. Claus to make their way over to the Great Bend City Auditorium Monday evening for the 16th Annual Santa's Workshop sponsored by student organizations at Great Bend High School.
In June, a county bridge south of Cheyenne Bottoms was damaged when a motorist left the roadway and plowed into it. Monday morning, the Barton County Commission approved having the bridge repaired and suing the driver to recoup the cost of the project.
On Monday, Barton County commissioners learned the details of a proposed transmission line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Ford County to points east. The project thrusts Barton County smack in the center of a gale-force political debate amid talk of the impending "fiscal cliff."
Every year, children of all ages fill their Christmas wish lists, hoping the items will sit beneath their glittering tree on Christmas morning. Sadly, for those in needy families, those wishes go unfulfilled.
The Hoisington City Council Monday night considered an immediate hazard designation for the property located at 522 E. Fifth St. The property burned Wednesday night, April 22, and claimed the life of its sole resident, LeRoy George Schartz, Jr., age 62. Don Doerschlag, Hoisington's code enforcement officer, provided the council with a written report concerning his findings. The fire is still under investigation, so he opted not to display pictures publicly. The house was a complete loss.
The Hoisington City Council will continue to contract with Lindsay Mitchell, D.V.M. and Hoisington Veterinary Hospital for municipal pound services. During the discussion, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell removed himself due to a perceived conflict of interest.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the 2016 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Department budget. But, the funding for the agency remains in limbo as the Kansas Legislature continues struggling with budget shortfalls, Assistant Director Mike Daniel said.
Sunday marked the first time a ceremonial "first pitch" was thrown prior to a baseball game at Barton Community College's Lawson-Biggs Field. Cougar booster Rob Bowman was given the honor to mark the construction of the new Bowman Family Press Box,
A vehicle driven by Elias Garza was southbound in the 2000 block of Harrison St. at 9:05 p.m. Sunday and rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kenneth Gray, who reportedly had slammed on his brakes. Both vehicles fled the scene, according to the Great Bend Police Department.
On Friday, April 24, members of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce attended a weekly coffee hosted by the Ellinwood High School FBLA chapter. Sponsor Lorie Betts opened the program, asking each member to introduce themselves and talk about the projects they participated in at the state competition, and whether they would be attending the national competition to be held in Chicago during the summer. Nearly half the members appeared on stage at the state competition, something Betts noted was much better than hoped for.
Barton Community College Community Student Organization members construct care packages for soldiers around the world. Barton CSO collected 930 items, largely donated by Barton faculty and staff. They had enough for 70 care packages. CSO Sponsor Kathy Boeger said she is proud that Barton employees have such big hearts.
After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors on Thursday, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees voted to renew faculty contracts, including two contracts the administration had recommended for "non-renewal." The vote was 4-2, and trustees promptly returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for another hour.