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 Cohen Center for Kansas History now has two resources that give the public the ability to study and preserve historical documents and other papers, making them available to future generations when otherwise those pieces of history would eventually be lost.
University of Kansas basketball players will meet the public and play a game with local all stars at the annual KU Barnstorming Tour, Sunday, April 17 in the gym of the Barton Community College Kirkman Center.
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Aug. 7
This weekend, racers from all over the region will be bearing down on Great Bend for an event that ties together three big races at the SRCA dragstrip west of town.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The goal for the 2014 Relay for Life of Barton County was $104,000. All the money has now been turned in and the annual cancer-fighting fundraiser fell a little short, netting $92,000.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain her enthusiasm during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Several steps were taken Monday night to move along the development of the new apartment complex on Grant Street, known as the Reserves at Trail Ridge. The action came during the Great Bend City Council meeting.
In addition to the Grant Street apartment complex, another housing development was a topic at Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting. Adopted was a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a $300,000 2014 Moderate Income Housing Grant related to the construction of six market-rate four-plexes at 28th and Washington.
HAYS - A Great Bend man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for causing a fatal accident last September, when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Ellis County.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington was built in the 1920s and needs to be updated for changing technology and standards. With this in mind, consultant Kent Stewart was contracted by the USD 431 school district to study the facilities in Hoisington.
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - A memorial fund has been set up for the children of a Reno County jail deputy and his wife who died in a motorcycle crash during the weekend.
The driver of a motorcycle was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita on Friday after rear-ending a car driven by a St. John resident, who was not injured, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
This historic bridge may not be falling down, but it has seen better days.
Reno County Jail Deputy Shawn Schellenger and his wife Danielle were riding motorcycles with family members when the freak accident that would claim their lives occurred, Saturday morning in Great Bend.