The wildlife was sparse at the Bottoms this summer, largely due to the drought and the scorching heat. Doc and I gave it our all to find and photograph as many critters as we could, but I finally threw up the white flag and pursued a different type of birdie for once. Sure this birdie doesn't have any feathers, but it is a beast of its own and can get a little hairy at times. The animal of which I speak is none other than the wonderful sport of golf.
ELLINWOOD - Kayla Schartz, recent Ellinwood High School graduate, placed second in the Kansas Book Festival Youth Writing Contest. She won $250 for her 850-word essay on the topic "My Kansas Shoes Were Made for Walking." The contest was sponsored by the public television station KTWU and by Payless Shoe Source.
TOPEKA – Kansans looking to save time and gas by eliminating a visit to a county treasurer's office can now take advantage of the state's convenient online option for renewing vehicle tags without credit card or electronic check processing fees.
At the request of the Riley Elementary School principal, there has been an adjustment to the flashing school zone lights on 10th Street, the Great Bend Street Department reported. Due to the number of students arriving for breakfast the lights turn on at 7 a.m. After Labor Day, Riley students will begin an after school program so we will add a third time of day for the lights to activate. That time will be 4:05 p.m. on and 4:30 p.m. off.
When the Barton County Commission meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, it will discuss opening streets in the Villa South addition and reconsider a county-wide burn ban. Other items on the agenda include board appointments and state health insurance.
This past week was the start of another school year at Barton. One of the classes Ag students take is termed Agriculture In Society. This class deals with the impact agriculture has on our society and its development. And on the flip side, it deals with society's impact on agriculture. As a first assignment, students worked individually and in groups to answer the following questions:
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado has long been an epicenter of the energy industry, with oil and gas harvested in its western slope, hydraulic fracturing in the northeast and wind farms producing energy on its eastern plains.
August 17, 2012|
BY ALANA SEMUELS
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
|Oil & Gas
RICHMOND, Calif. – More than a dozen workers were nearly killed when the vapor cloud that sparked Monday's massive Chevron refinery fire engulfed them as they worked on a leaky, four-decades-old pipe that the oil giant had not replaced during a round of maintenance last year, federal investigators said Saturday.
August 17, 2012|
BY MATTHIAS GAFNI and
SEAN MAHER Contra Costa Times (MCT)
|Oil & Gas