The State of Kansas owes Barton County $205,000. That's the county's interpretation of a state statute governing the distribution of Oil and Gas Depletion Fund money. But, how Barton and 70-some other oil-and-gas-producing counties see the law is different from how the State Budget Office sees it. For this reason, the County Commission Monday morning voted to join a law suit against the state to retrieve what it has coming. Officials hope, though, the state ...
With the upcoming retirement of USD 428 Superintendent Dr. Tom Vernon, the USD 428 Board of Education will officially begin the process of searching for his replacement in November. Board president Joyce Carter said the Kansas Association of School Boards will announce the vacancy on Nov. 14. Vernon made his public announcement at the September BOE meeting, and the board at that time voted to use the services of the KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist ...
Everyone was there for Cody. The runners and volunteers at Veterans Park listened intently when Sandy Clanton provided an update on her injured son, Cody Clark. Clark, a 2010 Great Bend High School graduate, was severely injured when he and a friend, Michael D. Tysver, were rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., after Kansas State's Fiesta Bowl game in January. Clark and Tysver were riding in a pedi-cab back to their hotel ...
Five days ago, a thunderstorm triggered hail in Barton County, that measured more than an inch in nearby Pawnee and Hodgeman counties.
The 32nd Annual Central Kansas Toy Run rolled out Saturday in Great Bend.
CLAFLIN -Prior to 1980, vehicle repair involved changing four v-belts to run each engine accessory, including air conditioning, alternator, water pump and air pump. Jim Vance, currently of Claflin, knew there could be a better way.
Children will have some extra chances to show off their Halloween costumes and collect some treats in Great Bend on Saturday, Oct. 26.
BARTON COUNTY - Barton County has received good news in that teen pregnancy numbers are down in 2012 from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics, with 43 pregnancies for ages 10-19. The county teen pregnancy rate is 23.5 per 1,000 girls, which ranks 27th in the state.
LARNED - Fort Larned National Historic Site reopened to visitors Thursday. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Fort Larned National Historic Site has been closed since Oct. 1, due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations. Fort Larned's Candlelight Tour scheduled Oct. 12 had to be postponed because of the shutdown. Fort Larned's last shutdown lasted 21 days, from Dec. 15, 1995 to ...
A drone was watching more than 335 high school students on Thursday. The students responded by waving to the camera as a radio-controlled quad-rotor drone hovered above them in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building.
Just because one has a disability doesn't mean they can't be a productive member of the workforce.
Bridge work kept the Barton Count Road and Bridge Department busy recently it was reported to the County Commission Monday morning.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.16 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents in the last week to $3.37.
The Kansas Governor's Council on Fitness recently appointed Diann Henderson, Janel Rose and Megan Hammeke as Physical Activity Champions for Barton County. Physical Activity Champions across the state are advocating for local residents to be more active and are promoting physical activity and its benefits to individuals, community groups, businesses, schools and churches in their communities.
Amnesty Day is this year's Halloween treat at the Great Bend Public Library. The library will waive the fines for overdue books and other items returned on Oct. 31, according to Jennifer King, marketing director and Young Adult librarian. No questions asked.
Next week Kansas roads will be busy with Thanksgiving holiday travelers going to and from grandmother's house or other destinations. It is also time to take extra care when hitting the road, local and state safety officials said.
Before the Great Bend Planning Commission Monday night is a request from a Kansas City, Mo., developer to rezone land at 29th and Adams for multi-family homes.