Surely it is a relief to all parties that the City of Ellinwood earlier this week made the decision to accept an offer from Mark and Cassie Batchman to purchase their property at 104 N. Main, making way to complete the demolition of two blighted properties on the city's two-block business district without risk of damaging a successful business.
Two years ago, the city commissioned a housing needs study as part of its application for a Rural Housing Incentive District, a tax-credit program. The study quantified the need for housing at different levels and types. It also verified the shortage is expected to worsen if no incentives are put in place, and that the shortage is detrimental to the community's growth.
The Ladies of the Grand Old Republic are helping to restore a GAR commissioned statue, "The Rifleman," in the Barton County Courthouse Square. But Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Society, wonders who will step up next time.
Women for Kansas, the grassroots organization working to organize women in an effort to elect moderates to office throughout the state, wants to form more local chapters, and Great Bend is on their short list of desired communities. From a recent email sent to The Great Bend Tribune, "From laws affecting school funding to gun safety, "Women for Kansas" says many residents are unhappy with how the state is being run."It's easy for people to say, 'oh this would be different if we had someone else in office.' Well it's not enough to say 'someone different.' We ...
According to Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider, Kansas ranks dead last in the continental United States in terms of immunization rates for the human papilloma virus. This virus plays a huge role in cervical, head and neck cancers in males and females, ages 9-26.
It was announced this week that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has charged three voters in two counties of casting ballots illegally while voting in another state in the same elections. These are the first cases filed under a new state law giving him the power to prosecute election fraud allegations.
Last year, Sunflower Diversified Services purchased a grinder, allowing the recycling business to grow. Now, glass can be ground and made useful locally by the Barton County Road and Bridge Department for paving our rural roads. This was fantastic news this week. It shows that recycling is certainly worthwhile.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has added a new interactive map to its website. This map breaks down statistics and shows the impact each county has on the total state economy. The map allows users to see detailed agricultural statistics including farm numbers, leading agricultural sectors and value-added data.
The Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was a weapons free zone. Everyone fighting in the area was supposed to know its coordinates. But last Saturday, the hospital was bombarded by American military, after Afghan forces called for air support to take back the city from the Taliban.
It is an unfortunate coincidence that came only a couple weeks after the tremendous success of the Great Bend Airfest, an event celebrating the communities rich World War II heritage. The Great Bend City Council Monday night discussed the fate of last of the remaining WW II B-29 hangars at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.