Firefighters respond to a structure fire at 20 SE 40 Ave., late Tuesday morning. Upon arrival responders saw smoke coming from the residence. There was structural damage and damage to the living-room area. No one was hurt in the fire. The cause is still under investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal. The GBFD was assisted by the Ellinwood Fire Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office.
Darrin Hirsh was taken to the Barton County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, after being found guilty of one count of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal threat and one count of domestic battery, all involving an altercation on March 12, 2013, with Candice Hirsh, who was his wife at the time. The jurors also ruled that each of these crimes was an act of domestic violence.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will not be doing vehicle identification number (VIN) inspections on vehicles on this Thursday or Thursday, Dec. 31, the Barton County Treasure's Office reported Tuesday.
Members of the jury in the trial of Darrin Hirsh went home Monday evening without reaching a verdict. They left around 5:40 p.m. after two and a half hours of deliberations and are expected to resume Tuesday morning around 8:30 a.m.
Barton County office buildings will be closed Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office, the Health Department and the Barton County Landfill will all be closed on Christmas.
The purchase of a new dump truck for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department to replace one damaged in an accident was OKed by the County Commission Monday morning. However, the action did not meet with unanimous approval.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning said goodbye to retiring County Engineer Clark Rusco, crediting him with reeling in millions of federal and state dollars while spearheading countless vital projects.