In 2012, the teen pregnancy rate for Barton County went down from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics. There were 43 pregnancies down from 54 for 2011 in the 10-19 age group.
According to the Kansas Association of Realtors, Kansas home sales rose by 7.2 percent in August 2013 compared to the same period last year. Sales totaled 3,469 units in August, up from 3,235 units in 2012. In comparison, sales on a national level rose by 13.2 percent for the month.
Two Golden Belt communities are among 14 statewide to share nearly $1 million to encourage children to walk or bicycle to school via the Safe Routes to School program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation
Rebecca Sedwick, 12, took her life last month after relentless bullying from as many as 15 other girls over three years. Her mom tried to put a stop to the bullying, even moving Rebecca to another school, but her tormenters followed her on social media, where the bullying continued.
Kansas under Republican Governor Sam Brownbeck has been a laboratory for new fiscal conservative experiments, some of these misguided. The governor has been a right-wing gunslinger blazing his way through policies.
According to a report published in Linn's Stamp News, the United States Postal Service may wind up trashing its entire run of new forever stamps based on Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. It is unclear whether or not the stamps have been destroyed yet or not.
In March, the 2013 Kansas County Health Rankings were announced. Barton County fell in the middle of the pack. The rankings describe the current health status of a county and are influenced by health factors, such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support. Counties can improve their health outcomes by addressing health factors.