The Barton County Commission Monday morning heard a report from Health Director Lily Akings on the various programs and trainings that have taken place and are planned for the Health Department.
Editor's Note: Stafford High School graduate Cpl. Jake Meyer is a machine gunner with Weapons Co. 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.
The 2014 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 9-11 at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. The show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 9th, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on the 10th and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 11th.
History buffs and potential volunteers can attend an orientation meeting next month at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village. This program is also open to people who just want to learn more about village, said volunteer coordinator Karen Naylor.
Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf made a stop in Great Bend on Friday on a tour that started in north part of Kansas and crossed to the south, stopping in Wyandotte County, Hutchinson, Kingman, Hays, and Hutchinson.
The Woo Shock Train, scheduled to stop Friday in Great Bend, has already stopped in town, ahead of schedule.
Snowy owls are a unique and special visitor to Cheyenne Bottoms and Kansas during some winters. Snowy owls are an arctic species. However, some years, depending on their food supply and reproductive success, snowy owls can be pushed south into the United States. This year as many as three snowy owls have been observed at Cheyenne Bottoms.
Catholic Social Service will offer some one-of-a-kind gift baskets at an upcoming fundraiser. To find volunteers to create them, the nonprofit agency has created a "Lenten Gift Basket Tree."
When it comes to tax preparation, AARP reports that its trained volunteers have accuracy rates similar to commercial services. But when choosing a tax preparer, consumers are warned to do their homework.
Since the end of January, four volunteers with AARP have spent Thursday mornings and afternoons preparing basic income tax returns at the Barton County Courthouse. Demand for this free service is growing, said Kathy Ahlvers, who leads the Great Bend team. But for every person who is served, several others must be turned away.
"Sailing to the Shores of America" and across the plains to Great Bend is the work of Valery Shiljaev, a well-known Russian maritime artist. Colorful, realistic oil paintings showing historic ships battling ocean waves will be featured in an art show in April at Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St., from March 31 - April 25.
The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a sting in Barton County last Saturday to ascertain whether minors are being carded to prevent sales of alcohol. Out of the 14 businesses tested, four of them sold alcohol to an underage buyer.
In addition to spring, Barton County Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt said household hazardous waste collection season is almost upon us.
This winter has been a pricey one for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department, Director Dale Phillips said in a report to the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The room was filled with a few hundred passionate rural leaders eager to solve problems and create initiatives to improve the lives of rural residents. Enthusiasm hung in the air.
TOPEKA – The Charles Hulme Foundation of Great Bend has given $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, for the Our Kansas Prairie Legacy: The Next Steps capital campaign. The donation is a lead gift in the campaign and will be used to protect and improve wetland habitats across Kansas, including at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve.
This week, Zoo Director Scott Gregory signed the contract that will bring Jack Hanna, the star of award winning animal television shows, to Great Bend this October.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is getting two young cougars, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Wednesday.
The Barton County Landfill is gearing up for the start of household hazardous waste collection season which officially began Tuesday, Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt reported to the County Commission Monday morning. The first on-site collection will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, at the facility.