Barton County fourth graders got a crash course in farming Wednesday, during the 17th Kids Ag Day.
From time to time, we receive questions about the Kansas Open Records Act. One reader wants to know if mug shots from the jail are public record after someone is arrested.
Barton Community College will receive more than $1.5 million over the next five years to improve its Student Support Services division, President Carl Heilman reported.
A student at Barton Community College had finished her courses in the Medical Assistant program, and all that remained was an internship at an area hospital or clinic. There was only one problem: The student had moved to Mississippi.
One version of a proposed funding formula for postsecondary technical education would, in theory, mean more money for Barton Community College. But, as the Kansas Technical Education Authority prepares to recommend a formula to the Kansas Board of Regents, college officials here say nothing is certain.
Three days of summer remain.
A Great Bend reader supplied this question about TV cooking shows:
Seven days a week, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver lunch to dozens of homebound ill, elderly and disabled people in Great Bend and Hoisington. The service is also available five days a week in Ellinwood, where clients can order frozen meals for the weekends, said Mary Lou Warren, chairman of the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors.
The Barton County Arts Center, housed at 1401 Main St. in Great Bend's oldest stone and masonry building, is now listed in the "This Place Matters Community Challenge." Friends of the Arts Center are encouraging everyone to vote in the online challenge, where the winner will receive $25,000, said Karen Neuforth, executive director of the Barton County Arts Council Inc.
The Great Bend Police Department received several reports of criminal damage to property last Friday and into the weekend. Reports included graffiti, broken windows and slashed tires.
Barton Community College's Board of Trustees met some new employees and hired a few more at Thursday's meeting.
A painting by Barton Community College student Petr Grigor'ev has been accepted for the National Watercolor Society's 90th Annual Open Exhibition.
Several small nonprofit organizations in central Kansas, including the Barton County 4-H Holding Board in Great Bend and Central Kansas Thread Benders Quilt Guild in Radium, are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they missed a tax filing deadline. These organizations can still preserve their status by filing returns by Oct. 15, 2010, under a one-time relief program, the Internal Revenue Service announced last week.
Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.
The bad news is, anyone who uses Facebook has probably been experimented on. The good news is, there's nothing new in that. We've all been guinea pigs for years.
"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.
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