Fraud and abuse of student financial aid is a rising nationwide epidemic, according to Myrna Perkins, Director of Financial Aid at Barton Community College. Her office has the challenge of spotting suspicious applications, as well as reducing the default rate on student loans.
With Dems and Republicans seemingly at a stalemate in Washington, D.C., it's encouraging to see a bipartisan effort being proposed by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), along with Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Angus King (I-Maine), and for something the country really needs. They have proposed the "21st Century Glass-Steagall Act," restoring some provisions that were stripped from the Banking Act of 1933 back in 1999.
People with some "loose change" are invited to place it in one of six jars at the Barton County Fair. The jars show the faces of members of the Fair Board, Fair Friends and 4-H. The one who gets the most money will kiss a farm animal.
Leonard Bunselmeyer was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. County Clerk Donna Zimmerman administered the oath of office for Bunselmeyer and re-elected trustees Don Learned and John Moshier at the beginning of a study session that included news about next year's budget.
Berny Unruh was a shoe-in at the Red Shoe Kick, Wednesday at the Barton County Fair. The Barton County K-State Extension agent suggested the friendly game for the 4-H Youth Rally on the official opening day of the fair.
CrossPoint Church's youth group will travel to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo., at the conclusion of vacation Bible school, youth pastor Randy Mills said. In addition to that, a Christian rap singer will come to Great Bend.
The recent death of Great Bend resident Bob Mead has created a vacancy on the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The process for replacing a trustee after elections will be discussed at this month's board study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Seminar Room, F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.
Baseball and softball practices have started, members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors were told Monday. The board meeting included pay raises for full-time employees and discussion on a master plan for the playground at the Great Bend Activity Center.
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend will accept out-dated and broken electronic items for recycling from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 30. The church is located at 21st and Jackson St. This project is being done in cooperation with the Barton County Landfill, which also accepts "e-waste."
Prairie Godmothers – the local organization of women helping women – held a Build-A-Bag Brunch on Friday and members filled more than 100 gift bags that will be distributed to single mothers in the coming weeks.