County staffers continue to help families from around the nation learn about their genealogy, Amy Miller reported.
The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir could be singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Diamond Christmas" at its annual Vespers Concert later today. After all, it is the diamond anniversary of the traditional religious concert that began in 1936.
An effort to update a vital part of the county's day-to-day operations is moving closer to completion, but County Communications Director Doug Hubbard reported recently that it's still a ways off.
Keeping up with training is not a cheap proposition in this day and age, and county officials are turning to grant funding to help keep the training process moving.
According to AAA, 91 percent of Kansas holiday travelers, or 83.6 million people, are expected to take to the roadways during the year-end holiday period at a time when many are partying to celebrate the season.
If there are stars at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Maggie the grizzly bear was one of them. Her early life in captivity, when she was known as Bear 60, could be described as tragic. But she was rescued in the early 1980s and brought to Great Bend, and in 1984 her photo appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reminds residents to follow seasonal precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday.
Barton County has a history of support for members of the military who also are in its work force and this week the Barton County Commission continued its support through the adoption of a statement of support for the Guard and Reserve.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Tuesday reaffirmed America's commitment to battle the disease while the introducing a bipartisan resolution recognizing the nation's commitment to cancer research.
Since 2009, almost 700 incarcerated youth and adults have had the opportunity to pursue a higher education through Barton Community College's grant funded Reach Out, Retrain and Re-entry (R3) project. This number shattered the project's initial goal of 250 participants, and with a recent government grant extension, many more will have the same opportunities, according to Elaine Simmons, BCC's dean of Workforce Training and Community Education.
The bid opening is today on a major bridge project, but it is just one of many that are in the works for Barton County, according to information from County Engineer Clark Rusco.
Barton Community College's Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to buy from local car dealerships, even though a Topeka dealership submitted lower bids on replacement vehicles. The total cost will be $116,786.10 for one three-quarter ton 4 x4 Chevrolet truck and two Chevy Impalas from Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, and three Ford Fusions from Marmie Ford.
A collaboration between the Central Kansas Partnership and the Golden Belt Community Foundation has netted a $25,000 planning grant from the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Community Design initiative. Barton County is one of only seven communities in the state to receive this funding.
HOLYROOD - More technology could soon be utilized in USD 112 classrooms.
Like it or not, 2011 is grinding to a close, and Barton County officials took care of some end-of-year business when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Beware, deer have other things on their minds now besides watching for traffic.
It's official. The road to the Great Bend Compost Site is now Pat Keenan Memorial Road as Barton County Road and Bridge Department crews recently installed the large blue sign.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.
Jose Reza, Great Bend Fire Department's newest firefighter, visited students at Riley Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of a four-man team teaching fire safety. Reza attended school at Riley as a child, a fact Battalion Chief John Stettinger passed on to kids as they gathered around the young fireman to learn about the gear he uses in his job every day.
Some of the cars were driven by folks trying to outrun the law. Some were just left by the side of the road.
Advanced ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election are now available for Barton County voters, County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Registered voters may contact her office either by mail, by phone or in person for an application for an advanced voting ballot.
Randy Wetzel, Great Bend High School assistant principal, presented a proposal to the USD 428 Board of Education that will give students a leg up on pursuing careers in STEM fields. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
HOISINGTON -Clara Barton Hospital encourages the community to protect themselves from the Flu, by getting a flu shot. Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peak between January and March. Make plans to get your flu shot this fall.
ELLINWOOD - A special workshop will be hosted by Educational Strategies. On Nov. 6th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., John Celock, a nationally recognized journalist, author and speaker will present "Community at the Forefront: Growing Your Business or Organization Through Effectively Engaging and Building Your Community."