It's not only elected officials, or even hired staff members who make decisions that affect the future of Barton County, but volunteers also have a hand in making important decisions.
Barton County continues to find ways to help youth offenders to get back on the straight and narrow, including through the use of peer programs.
Sometimes when it comes to the agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties that serve those in need, that need isn't about money.
EL DORADO – A last-minute fund-raising campaign has saved a southeast Kansas ranch that has served as a camp for thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, at least for now. The Kansas Cerebral Palsy Ranch was slated to go on the auction block Saturday, Aug. 27.
As a lot of people have found out, expensively, with the rise in popularity of home electrical generators for emergencies, there is more involved in setting a building up with a gas-powered generator than just cranking one up when the power goes out.
Great Bend Police Department Capt. Bob Robinson is concerned that the "near misses" at a local school crossing are going to get near enough that a child is going to be injured, or worse.
The Kansas Attorney General's Office is handling two first-degree murder cases from 2010 in Barton County District Court. But while the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria continues to grab headlines, less is known about the first-degree murder case against Shawn Ney.
When looking at gas prices statewide, Great Bend falls about in the middle of the pack, according to the gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.
The city of Hoisington has lifted the water emergency at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon that had been declared earlier in the day.
Barton County was able to make important improvements to a vital north-south rural road with the help of state transportation funding, and now it will attempt to do so again.
Continuing a modest fluctuation, the July unemployment rate in Kansas rose to 6.8 percent from 6.7 percent in June, but was down from 7.0 percent in July a year ago, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday.
The deal that the city of Great Bend has with its airport operations team is good enough that Airport Manager Martin Miller wanted to see the deal extended. And the Great Bend City Council agreed with him, approving a five year agreement with Centerline Aviation to operate as the Fixed Base Operator for Great Bend Municipal Airport.
HOISINGTON - For 115 years and with the theme of "There's No Place Like Home," Hoisington will once again celebrate Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5 with a full round of activities. The city of Hoisington is also celebrating its 125th birthday.
Friends of the four-footed variety cooled off, swam, played on the grass and chased balls at the 2nd annual Bark in the Water Park at the Great Bend Aquatic Center. With tails wagging and perked ears, their joy was evident with their day of sunbathing and swimming.
HOISINGTON - GPS Kidsclub, 352 W. 12th, should receive its temporary license for a capacity of 50 kids the first part of the week. The nonprofit organization will provide afterschool care for students at the old Barton County Annex.
Trenton Berens, driving while suspended, pled not guilty
BY DR. DAN WITT
The United Way of Central Kansas held its 2015 Campaign kick-off on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Great Bend. With the theme "Lights, Camera, United Way in Action," there was a old Hollywood feek to the event.
Wilson Reservoir, about an hour north of Great Bend, attracts 'staycationers' for miles in every direction to camp and play along the shores of its clear water, and to enjoy boating, water skiing, and fishing. But ongoing drought has led to lower water levels which have some residents and visitors concerned.
HOISINGTON - 21st century skills for students today involve knowledge that is different than it was a hundred years ago. With that in mind, the Hoisington School District is working towards an entrepreneurship project that will provide tools for students, including time management, accountability, responsibility, and hands-on employee skills.
It has been a long time coming, but the electronic directory kiosk at Great Bend Cemetery is up and running. It was officially christened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
It was back in November of 2012 that Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters introduced Blizzard Energy to the Great Bend City Council. Since then, it's been a long road for the tire recycling business to establish a state-of-the-art facility, which is still not up and running.
HOISINGTON - "How lucky can you get?"
HOISINGTON - Guardian angels come in many forms. Never was that more true than over the last year for Leo and Marjorie Moeder of Hoisington.
RSVP in need of volunteer drivers in Hoisington
WICHITA (AP) - American State Bancshares, a bank holding company, plans to move its headquarters from Great Bend to Wichita.
The bright yellow school buses in front of Great Bend's Walmart and 10th Street Dillons store Wednesday weren't carrying children. Rather, they were part of the United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus project. Shoppers were invited to drop off items from the "wish lists" of the 19 United Way agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties.
Fans of K-State sports attended Wednesday's Noon Kiwanis meeting in Great Bend to hear the latest news on plans for a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.