BARTON COUNTY - The National Weather Service in Wichita and the Barton County sheriff's department reports water over the roadway at NW 190th Road and NW 70th Ave, 3 miles east of Galatia. That area east of Galatia reported 2.86 inches of rain.
A painting by Barton Community College art instructor and watercolor specialist Steve Dudek was accepted into the 45th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibit. His watercolor titled "Circle" features a painting of Japanese koi fish.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism is currently accepting updates and listings for the Official Kansas Travel Guide. The annual full-color publication provides a look at the unique travel experiences Kansas offers including comprehensive information on Kansas Byways, attractions, accommodations, campgrounds, recreational areas, guest ranches, hunting lodges, bed & breakfasts, antiques, retail shops, destination dining, motor sports, golf courses, and retreat centers.
An Open House for the work of Ron Alexander, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on June 7, at the Grassroots Art Center, 213 S. Main Street in Lucas. Ron will spend the afternoon at the art center doing a demonstration and hands on workshop for both children and adults.
Barton County Clerk/Election Officer Donna Zimmerman is hosting a voting equipment demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the County Commission Chambers at the courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend.
The Barton County Community Development Advisory Board will hold a brain-storming session about the county's future at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the courthouse conference room (room 101), 1400 Main in Great Bend.
Barton County business offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the County Landfill will also be closed that day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
Jennifer Schartz, Barton County Commissioner from the fifth district, has filed for re-election. At the end of this year, she will have 10 years of experience representing the people of Barton County on the board.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the setting of the 2015 budget-planning calendar, a removal of an outdated crosswalk at 24th and Main and a no-parking zone on the south side of 24th from Main to Kansas .
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the swearing in of the new Fourth District Commissioner Kenneth Lebbin, a request for a fireworks display at Camp Hope and flagpoles at the new veterans memorial.
The peak of summer travel across our nation's highways is about to begin. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours for the next two weeks, thanks in part to funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation through the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, to help motorists reach their destinations safely. The enforcement campaign runs from Monday, May 19, through Sunday, June 1.
TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.
The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful 'Immunize and Win a Prize,' program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.
Holyrood, Kan. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) continues the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District. At the American Legion in Holyrood, Kansans turned out to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the negative impacts of the Supreme Court's decisions on Obamacare and marriage, the importance of religious liberty, the Congressman's successful efforts at reforming the VA, and how trade benefits Kansas agriculture.
ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.
In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.
Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.
For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).
One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.
June 28, 2015|
Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director
Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.
June 27, 2015|
Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune
with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope