Due to lingering concerns about the economy, the number of Americans expected to travel during summer's last gasp this weekend is down from the 2010 Labor Day travel period, the American Automobile Association reports. The same holds true for Kansas and the other states in AAA's West North Central Region.
As federal officials are proving again on the East Coast, you don't wait until after the emergency to prepare - at least you don't if you hope to have any success in dealing with the emergency.
It's a tough number to get a handle on, but Kansas Action for Children estimates there are 75,000 children in the state without health insurance.
It's been some time since readers have submitted questions to this column, but lately we've received several, all weather-related.
Doing more with less only goes so far, and county officials are seeing where that philosophy starts having negative dividends.
Bill Koelling and Max came out of their front door at 2530 20th St. Tuesday morning. In what has become a regular routine over the past six weeks, Max bolted across the grass, yipping at the men working in the street.
Employers, career consultants and job seekers mingle at a career and networking job fair, Tuesday at the Best Western Angus Inn courtyard area in Great Bend. This event was hosted by KansasWorks and supported by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Edward Scott, Local Veterans Employment Representative with KansasWorks, said 15 employers were represented at the job fair, which was open to civilians as well as military veterans.
There are changes and improvements in store for the venerable Highland Hotel, a facility that was once a jewel in Great Bend's tourism crown but that has since fallen on hard times.
Barton County officials announced Monday that a national conservation organization will hold meetings here this week to discuss threats to one of the more endangered species of birds in this part of the world.
As of Wednesday, Barton County will be out of debt.
Residents of Barton and Pawnee counties will again have the opportunity to show they can "Live United" as the United Way of Central Kansas' 2011 campaign opens Thursday.
WILSON – On Saturday, Sept. 3, a glowing landmark will return to the Wilson skyline.
Here's a driving tip that could save a life, or maybe just put a buck in your pocket. Starting Sunday, Aug. 28, and continuing through Sept. 10, local volunteers will be handing out $1 bills to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicle.
A Great Bend woman who helped burglars sell guns stolen from a local business last December was convicted last week in Barton County District Court.
A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.
On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.
Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.
The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.
School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.
When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.
The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.
Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.
Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.
Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.
Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.
Barton County Commissioners Monday morning approved a proclamation denoting this as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week at the request of 911 Director Doug Hubbard. In part, the proclamation honors public safety communications officers for their "vital role in protecting the life and property of Barton County citizens."
Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the "Barton Student Art Exhibit" juried art show from April 13 through May 2. The reception will be Friday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.
Mother Nature finally got it right.