Comments from Barton County residents expressing safety concerns about two rural intersections prompted the County Commission Monday morning to approve the installation of stop signs at those junctions.
As the holidays approach, Great Bend residents are becoming increasingly excited about adorning their homes for the season. However, these decorations, as beautiful as they are, can also be a home fire hazard, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
The Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $5,992 grant through the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program administered by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The grant award will be used by the fire department for the purchase of new firefighting safety gear, such as fire coats, helmets, boots, pants and masks. Approximately $200,000 is being awarded to fire departments throughout the state for safety gear, washer/extractor machines for cleaning bunker gear, and the start-up of Junior Firefighter programs.
TOPEKA – With the holiday seasonal hiring leading the way, Kansas' October seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, the same rate that was reported in Barton County, according to figures released by the Kansas Department of Labor last week.
This time of year, a question usually arises about the 'Santas Around The World' exhibit located in downtown Great Bend. Are there 23 or 24 Santas in the exhibit? The answer is that there are 23 displays showcasing 24 Santas. That's because one display, Pere Noel of France, includes two figures.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
CLAFLIN - Preparations have begun in Claflin for the town's annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival Sunday, Dec. 4. Different this year will be the location the ceremony will take place. After the city finalized the acquisition of a vacant corner lot on Main Street in October, plans were made to move the focal point of the celebration from the vacant lot north of the city's grocery store. Sunday evening, visitors and residents alike will meet at the corner of Albro and Main Streets to ring in the holidays in style.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will be offering a limited number of tickets to Kansans for the inauguration ceremony of the 45th President of the United States. The ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, on the west side of the U.S. Capitol Building.
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