They are words one doesn't often hear in the same sentence – local government, federal government, state government and cooperation. However, they were strung together during the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
Requests for help – from people needing food, or cash to pay their rent or utilities – are on the rise in our community, and Great Bend is not alone. Locally, we know that our Barton County Emergency Aid Association and Food Bank, Catholic Social Service and others have seen an increase in requests.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night received some good economic development news when it learned that the Grand Island, Neb.,-based HeartlandAg wanted to open a new site just outside the city limits. The company has purchased in the neighborhood of 33 acres just north of the city limits on the west side of U.S. 281 to build a new commercial fertilizer equipment sales, parts and supply facility.
It's been four years since the 3i Show packed its tents and left Great Bend for the last time. The biannual event which alternated between Great Bend and Garden City drew throngs to town, and filled motels and restaurants.
Monday following the Barton County Commission meeting, the below explanation was given on the dispute between Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Attorney Richard Boeckman on the county's Facebook page. It said:
All of our first responders deserve pats on the back and our undying gratitude for what they do for us. From facing domestic violence calls to working accidents to running into burning buildings, they risk their lives for our safety.
Sen. Jerry Moran recently introduced legislation to extend a federal program that allows veterans to receive health care in rural communities, including Great Bend, without traveling long distances to VA hospitals. Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) needs to continue beyond its three-year pilot that expires this September.