Barton and Pawnee County residents were involved in several highway accidents over the weekend, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs. All of the people involved were wearing seat belts, with one exception.
Maybe it was the nearly full moon, or the result of after harvest celebrations, but officers at the Barton County Sheriff's Office and Great Bend Police Department fielded several disturbance complaints this past weekend.
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.
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.