LLINWOOD - Mary Jo Cunningham vividly remembers when U.S. travelers moved primarily by railroad, when the penetrating sound of a whistle and the clickety clack of a train on the track could mean a vacation was in store.
According to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman, voters can get an early start on the city and school election now, because advanced voting is open for Barton County.
At a time when Americans are increasingly concerned about both their finances and their health, county officials are trying to do the most they can with government grants that help keep county health programs running, Barton County Health Department Director Lily Akings explained at this week's county commission meeting.
The RSVP van is ready for service after a long process of renovation and repair, said Donna Baugh, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Volunteers who drive people to medical appointments can use the vehicle.
Tuition at Barton Community College will increase by $3 per credit hour this fall, but Barton County residents will receive a $3 per credit scholarship to offset the increase.
Since retiring as police chief of Sterling, four years ago, one of the things Ronald Groth enjoys is playing lottery tickets. His enjoyment turned to excitement this week when he scratched off a $5,000 winning ticket.
This week, Barton County officials accomplished more in the continuing effort to get improved radio coverage for emergency services in the county.
BARTON COUNTY - Historic limestone bridges built in the late 1930s and early 1940s by the Works Progress Administration in northern Barton County may once again echo with the sounds of chisels, concrete being poured and reconstruction, as plans are being drawn to repair the old bridges.
For the second year in a row, Great Bend High School art student Catherine Nelson won Best of Show in the three-dimensional division of the Shafer Gallery's Barton County High School Juried Art Exhibition. This year she received the award for a stoneware piece titled "Would You Like to Hear a Story?"
The next public input session to discuss proposed changes to the intersection of Broadway and Harrison, is coming up Wednesday evening, according to City Engineer Robert Winiecke. The meeting will run from 6-7 p.m. in the council chambers at the city building, 1209 Williams.
County officials and volunteers have been working for years on a project that is finally coming to fulfilment.
A sparse crowd of curious Barton County voters gathered in Great Bend's Crest Theater Tuesday night. Attending the Great Bend League of Women Voters Forum, they hoped to gain insight into where various local candidates stood on issues facing the area.
Kansas labor officials are pinning January's larger-than-anticipated rise in the state's unemployment rate on weather and the end of holiday hiring, not on the lingering impact of the recession. The January 2011 jobless rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.4 in December 2010 but down from 7.1 percent in January 2010.
Barton County Commissioners accepted a bid from a local contracting firm to take on a project to remodel the Barton County Treasurer's Office in order to make room for state-mandated computer equipment changes.
Barton Community College's music department will present the timeless holiday musical classic "A Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Live theater choices abound this weekend in Barton County. Adults seeking to quench their thirst for laughter should save at least one night for the Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Beer for Breakfast."
The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy but it also can bring heartache to those who have lost loved ones.
Many talk of living a lifestyle in communion with the earth, but few actually do that. One young couple, Liston and Calvin Marsh have made living close to their rural roots a choice.
With a splash of bold and bright colors, the art show "Drifting Down the Moonlit Path" will highlight the work of artist Jacquelyn Fisher throughout the month of November at Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St. A reception will be held at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. There is no cost and wine and cheese will be served.
Kansas Highway Patrol worked an injury accident at 5:04 p.m. Friday in Stafford County, after two pickups collided 4 miles southeast of Stafford in the 300 block of SE 100 Ave.
CLAFLIN - Three people were taken to Barton County hospitals on Thursday after a motorist swerved to miss a deer on K-156 at NE 130 Ave., 1 mile south of Claflin.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation announced Wednesday that all of the $215,000 in tax credits awarded to the organization by the Kansas Department of Commerce earlier this year have been purchased and will allow the organization to contribute $300,000 to Barton Community College toward the rebuilding of the Camp Aldrich conference center/dining hall that was lost in a fire early in 2014.
There for a little while, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center physicians didn't know if a popular primary-care program for military veterans would continue.
Each year, as part of the theater program at Barton Community College, students are asked to take the reins and produce a show entirely by themselves. This year, theater majors Joy Conner and Maili Kee are co-directing "Love, Lust & Lasagna," with showings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21 in the Barton Planetarium.
Abend Brot or a German Evening Supper will once again be offered by the Ellinwood Community Historical Society during the Kristkindlmart in Ellinwood on Dec. 6 It will begin in late afternoon until 6 p.m.
The laugh is on Neil Simon, literally.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
STAFFORD - It was a grand day to be a Veteran in Stafford County.