For one week in July, the Expo grounds west of Great Bend become a microcosm of Barton County. Our work and our creative hobbies, our favorite music and what we do for fun all come together as the Barton County Fair.
For 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Director Laurie White, the inexplicable drop in the number of young people passing through her office in the past year brings both good news and bad news. As prevention takes root, her office could lose funding.
Barton Community College officials plan to ask the Board of Regents to approve a new educational program for cowboys. The idea is to create a certificate for beef cattle production, similar to the certificate that can now be earned for knowledge of crop production.
The Barton County Fair officially got under way Wednesday, but many of the people who attended had been at the Expo complex west of Great Bend since setup began Monday.
Barton County Departments submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.
BARTON COUNTY - At 11 a.m. today, Barton County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident i the 400 block of NW 10 ave. A 2000 Ford Expedition drive by Gwen Hipp, 64, of Hoisington was south bound on NW 10 Ave. when the vehicle left the roadway.
A 1988 Dodge Dakota pickup that was stolen from Barton County around the same time law enforcement officers were searching for a fugitive has been recovered, Undersheriff Larry Holliday said. It was found Tuesday in Wichita.
STAFFORD COUNTY – Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County was recently visited by an adult-phase red-necked stint, representing a potential first-ever Kansas siting for the species, according to information from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. This small sandpiper, considered very rare in the lower 48 U.S., was seen by dozens of birders at Quivira's Little Salt Marsh July 1 and 2.
A timeless tale of speaking up for what one knows to be true is the choice for this year's youth summer theater production by the Great Bend Recreation Commission.
There is never enough child care available, especially in smaller communities, the Barton County Commission was told Monday morning.
Members of the USD Board of Education heard and approved an alternate plan for the much anticipated gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School at the July 9 board meeting.
Next year's Great Bend Recreation Commission budget anticipates spending down more unencumbered cash for capital outlay expenses, GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said Monday.
Fireworks, heat and lightning were among the causes of unrelated fires Friday and Saturday in Barton County. Structure fires were reported in Great Bend and Olmitz.
Law enforcement students at Barton Community College and law enforcement officers in Barton County will have a new high-tech training option to help them in dangerous situations. This is due in part to a donation from the County Attorney's Office.
Even as a gray sky threatened rain, the Barton County Commission Monday morning signed a resolution continuing the county-wide burn ban. Despite showers over the weekend, "we still haven't received a measurable amount of rain," said Amy Miller, county emergency risk manager.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano is a hands-on leader.
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.