Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved the college's 2016-2017 budget Tuesday after inviting comments or questions from the public. Hearing none, the budget was adopted. Based on valuation numbers provided by the county on June 21, it is estimated that the mill levy will be the same as the actual rate in 2014-2015, which was 33.124 mills. In 2015-2016 the rate was similar at 33.090.
Southwest Developmental Services Inc. has served as Barton County's Community Developmental Disability Organization for many years, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
BARTON COUNTY - Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a vehicle at about 6:20 p.m. on SE 20 Road, about one and a half miles south of Great Bend. They believed a wanted suspect was in the vehicle, which turned out to be true. Robert Scheuerman, age 35, Larned, had a handgun and refused to surrender to officers, threatening to harm himself.
BARTON COUNTY – The Barton County Sheriff's Office is in the midst of negotiations with an armed man south of Great Bend in hopes of convincing him to surrender, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Monday night. As of 7:50 p.m. Monday, the talks were still on going.
A girl approximately 4 years old was taken to Urgent Care at Great Bend Regional Hospital on Monday after stepping into a water meter hole on 10th Street around 1:40 p.m. Her leg was X-rayed but she did not appear to have serious injuries, according to reports.
LARNED - The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum has hired Richard Lartz for a limited term position as the exhibit designer for the East Gallery renovation. Museum director Becca Hiller said it is expected to take 12-18 months to complete the work.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Gentiva Hospice, at Great Bend Coffee, 2015 Lakin Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Cindy Brooke and Amy Habiger. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Standing firm in not raising the mill levy in the face of continued revenue declines, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a budget that instead balanced by tapping into the county's reserves.
Cheyenne Bottoms is a prairie pot-hole area about 41,000 acres in size. It is divided into several different plots of ground including the KDWP marsh, the Nature Conservancy marsh, Hoisington Duck Club and some other private individual pieces of ground. You can recall the stir that occurred when a private landowner was going to drill an oil well in the basin. That is his right on his land. I don't know if he did or not-but we have never seen any ill effects if he did.