The number of programs offered by the Great Bend Recreation Commission has remained steady or slightly ahead of last year, Director Diann Henderson reports. But with no American Red Cross office in town, the commission hasn't been able to offer a spring course for baby-sitter training.
Girls in Sox league softball games may be allowed to steal bases this summer. Rule changes were discussed Monday at the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, but won't be adopted until the April meeting.
Rep. John Edmonds shared his analysis of the governor's plan to reduce state income taxes, and Sen. Mitch Holmes discussed the Coalition of Innovative School Districts bill when they returned to Great Bend for a legislative coffee, Saturday at the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum.
A man convicted of second degree murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter in 1987 in Russell County, and a man convicted of sex crimes in Pawnee and Barton County, are eligible for parole hearings in April. A total of 18 Kansas inmates are scheduled for possible parole in May. Prior to their parole hearings, the Prisoner Review Board will take public comments.
The oil industry and environmentalists – two groups seen as political opposites – managed to sit down together in recent months and form regulations that may become a model for the rest of the nation, the Associated Press reports. The issue is the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In Illinois, members of the oil and gas industry wanted to use the method with a minimum of red tape, while some environmentalists wanted to ban it altogether.
Few people turned out for Danielle Ricklefs' recent program on being an amateur paleontologist, coming as it did after a series of snow days. But Ricklefs, the new education coordinator at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, promised she'll be repeating the program this spring. She also introduces paleontology, the study of fossils and the science of prehistoric life, to teach kids about extinction events, past and future.
Area high school students were all over the road Wednesday as they attempted to send text messages while driving – and there was no way they'd avoid the occasional pedestrian in the cross walk or deer crossing their paths.
A pursuit of an Ellis County escapee that began Sunday morning in Hoisington ended when the suspect lost control of a stolen car at 31st and Washington Ave. in Great Bend. He was not injured and is back in custody.
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Saturday's Legislative coffee in Hoisington. Today's article looks at the remarks of Sen. Mitch Holmes and Rep. John Edmonds. Part II will cover the question and answer period.
Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball has won the bid to handle Barton Community College's next three audits. At Thursday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting, the Great Bend firm won the contract because it submitted the low bid: $116,870 for three years.