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.
The government shut down because one side refused to negotiate. Threw a tantrum because it didn't get its way.
The story of 15-year-old Davion Only, the foster child who asked for a family at church, touched the collective heart of the nation.
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
Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts and former Democratic Kansas Governor-now U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used to have a friendship that dated back decades.
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.
Food stamp recipients in Louisiana on Monday flooded Walmart stores, emptying entire shelves of food, using benefit cards that mistakenly had no limits.
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.
Shhhh! Help is available for poor people. Don't pass it on.
Enough already! It's time for the government shutdown to end.
As the United States government shutdown enters its second week, the shuttering of federal offices can be seen locally.
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.
Senators who want to reduce government spending have a point, but those looking to score points by shutting down the government to attack the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are just looking after their own selfish interests. It's time for the moderates on the left and right to take charge and act in the best interest of our nation.
When the personal computer came out in the late twentieth century, the world changed forever. They were clunky machines, but they took over jobs that once were done by hand.
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.
The third-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo closed Friday after another successful three-day run. The hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees have gone and the Expo Complex is empty.
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.
Satanta High School freshman Anthony Crump walked to the front of Midian Shrine Temple in Wichita Saturday to receive a special honor.
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.
Kansas loves the Second Amendment, as the Senate proved again this week when approving the "gun-rights bill," 34-2, and sending it to an equally receptive House.
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:
It is said that we the people have the power to shape our government. The ideals of democracy are enshrined in our Constitution, and it is these principles that have guided our great nation.
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