Donna Zimmerman, Barton County Election Officer, has announced the following elective positions are available for the April 2 general election. Council positions are available for the cities of Great Bend, Hoisington, Ellinwood, Claflin, Albert, Galatia, Olmitz, Pawnee Rock and Susank. School board spots will be available for Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood. Spots for the Barton County Board of Trustees and Ellinwood Hospital District Board are also available.
The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at Faith Community Church, located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend. Pastor Sandy Kennedy said everyone is welcome.
Judge Hannelore Kitts greets guests at her retirement reception, Friday in a courtroom at the Barton County Courthouse. Kitts has served as a 20th Judicial District Judge for 17 years, since her appointment by Gov. Bill Graves in 1995. Before that, she was an attorney from 1984-95. Kitts said her plans for retirement are to travel and spend more time with her children - "Just what every retired person does."
Editor's Note: Local historian David Clapsaddle writes about aspects about the Santa Fe Trail. The early years before trading on the Santa Fe Trail eventually included Fort Larned and Pawnee County. The 16th installment researched the Cimarron Ranch in Gray County.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will hear the 2011-2012 audit report when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Other items on the agenda include election of officers and the second reading of proposed bylaws changes.
Ten area high school students now have more money to put toward college. Wheatland Electric announced the winners of its inaugural scholarship program at its annual meeting April 15. Each student will receive a $1,000 grant from Wheatland. The recipients are: Marshal Hutchins-Scott Community High School; Skyler Hembree-Wichita County High School; Bailey Harris-Greeley County High School; Lakota Stucky-Syracuse High School; Marc Skipper-Deerfield High School; Kaitlynn Hammond-Holcomb High School; Taylor Hofeling-Great Bend High School; Leora Seiler-Conway Springs High School; Kaityn Dvorak-Caldwell High School; Andrew Mages-Argonia High School
Forget the joke candidacies of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Forget Scott Walker and his constant attempts to link himself to Reagan. Forget Jeb Bush and his deep-pocket donors. Forget Marco Rubio, the candidate of the "future" who represents the policies of yesterday. Think not about Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson and Chris Christie and Mike Pence. Forget them all - at least for the moment.
The Kansas Flint Hills have served as a home and food source for stocker cattle since the mid-1800s, when cowboys drove longhorns up the Chisholm Trail from the southwestern United States to Kansas railways. Flash forward to today: research from Kansas State University on this staple resource could help ensure profitable years ahead for stocker producers.
Each year the Ford Motor Company Employee Excellence Award is presented to Ford Dealership staff who consistently go above and beyond. Honorees are recognized for delivering outstanding customer satisfaction and sales, exemplifying what it meats to go further. Kansas honorees are Robert Carpino, Jesse Elkins, Jeffrey Lassman, Desa Marmie, Michael Schreifels, and Derek Wayne.
K-State Research and Extension is offering 4-H Leadership Boot Camp on April 25 in Hoisington, available to all interested persons. Call 785-483-3157 to register. For more information about this, as well as more localized events, check with the local K-State Research and Extension office.
Central Kansas Dream Center (CKDC) is interested in creating a community bike rental program that would promote a healthier community and bring people together, and CKDC Executive Director Kimberly Becker and many others are excited about the possibilities. With the efforts being made on Great Bend's walking and biking paths, more residents will be encouraged to walk and ride but may need a bicycle.
Last week's column explored in general terms what organic means to chemists and the scientific community and what it means to the "natural" foods community. This series of articles isn't intended to take sides but to provide information to help in making informed decisions. Now let's briefly attempt to get a handle on what exactly "organic" foods are. This involves several parts and it is important to note there are foodstuffs claiming to be organic and foodstuffs that have followed certain strict requirements and are certified as organic.
Fifty-seven new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on April 10.