Kansas Corporation Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Atmos Energy Rate Increase Request

Topeka, KS– The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) is holding a public hearing to give Atmos Energy customers the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the company’s recent application to increase rates. If approved, residential customers with average usage will pay an additional $5.60 per month, an increase of 6.4%. The public hearing is scheduled for […]

Heart of a Tiger: Amy Schmierbach’s Quest

By Tisa Mason Hays, KS – Once you become a parent, you never really quit being a parent. Any parent of a child with intellectual or developmental disabilities knows that their responsibilities will be extensive long after their son or daughter reaches adulthood. Supporting a child with special needs is often a life-long commitment comprising […]

Shafer Art Gallery Presents the Barton County Arts Council Friends and Acquaintances Exhibit

\Great Bend, KS- Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Dec. 6 she had appointed Volunteers in Action of Central Kansas Director Linn Hogg as a Kansas Volunteer Commission commissioner with a term expiring March 25, 2026. The agency prepares a national service plan for the state; ensures outreach to community-based agencies; administration of certain grant programs. […]

Existing Quarry Road to close in Geary County

As realignment nears completion, Ebert Construction will be closing the existing portion of Quarry Road in Geary County on Tuesday, Jan. 10 to begin eradication of the old road. Residents may use the new roads including Goldfinch Drive and Quarry Road. Goldfinch Drive runs from the west end of Mockingbird Road north to K-57 in […]

Emergency Drought Commission Allocates Remaining Funds to Emergency Drought Cost-Share Program

Oklahoma City, OK — The Emergency Drought Commission met Thursday to direct all remaining funding allocated to the Commission. The Emergency Drought Commission also determined any funds unused and returned by the local conservation districts should be redirected with the remaining funds. The funding directed by the Emergency Drought Commission in Thursday’s meeting totals approximately $5 […]

Hofmeister Launches Online Portal Tracking School Districts’ Use of Federal Relief Funds

Oklahoma City, OK– Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that a new online portal is available for Oklahomans to track how school districts are using federal COVID relief funds. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and public school districts in the state have spent down approximately 58 percent of the $2.3 billion […]

Barton Library Collects Donations for Family Crisis Center

Story and photo by Joe Vinduska Barton Community College dropped off a donation of stuffed animals at the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend on Wednesday. The toys were collected by the Barton Library from faculty, staff and students at Barton. Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center Kylee Graves said the donations are very […]

Kidnapping Update

Manhattan, KS. – Further investigation into Joseph Varvel, 25, of Manhattan, and Zane Thomas, 27, of Junction City, has led to our discovery of a separate incident on January 1, 2023, involving the same victim as the January 2, 2023, kidnapping on Gatlinburg Way in Manhattan.   Varvel and Thomas were reported to have held […]

McCain Performance Series Presents Rock Blues Singer and Guitarist Larry McCray

Manhattan, KS— The 2022-2023 McCain Performance Series hosts its first music show of the spring season, presenting national touring blues artist Larry McCray at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium. Over the past three decades of nonstop touring and recording, McCray has played and shared the stage with blues and […]