Danielle Ricklefs, education coordinator at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will present "Raptor Rehab" at noon Thursday at the zoo, 2123 Main. The program is not Wednesday as reported previously. This free one-hour Stop 'N Learn program is hosted by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. Ricklefs will talk about what it takes to rehabilitate the native birds of prey, and answer such questions as "How do you help a hawk to heal?" and "What happens when an eagle gets shot?
Recent cases of vehicle and store windows being shot with BB or pellet guns has caused more than $8,100, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said. Crime Stoppers is seeking information about recent cases of criminal damage. The department has taken 25 such cases between April 18 and 20.
Barton Community College students will present a recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157.
The Barton Community College service area will be a safer place thanks to a new tool employed by the college's criminal justice program, a Use-of-Force Simulator. The simulator puts officers in extreme situations and forces them to make split-second decisions on what type of force to apply in a given situation.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to an injury accident shortly before 5 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of north U.S. 281. A Chevrolet Blazer driven by Emelia Fricks, 17, Hoisington, ran into the back of a Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Elizabeth Mater, 47, of Olmitz, as Mater was slowing for another vehicle that was turning at a private drive. Mater was treated at the scene but not transported.
On April 12, Hoisington High School hosted a Red Cross blood drive. Over 60 students, faculty, staff, and community members went through the process of donating. Out of the 60 plus people that came in to donate, the Red Cross received 54 good units of blood. The goal for the Hoisington High School and Community was 41 units of blood. The Hoisington community has not hit their goal in over a year.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of flooring bid for Eisenhower Elementary School; approval of 2015-2016 BOE meeting schedule; approval to alter District Education Center summer schedule; assessments updates; grounds improvements; and licensed teacher resignations and licensed teacher appointments.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend the deadline to provide public comment on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program's (ACEP) interim rule until May 28.
The last part of April and the beginning of May certainly brought a change in the weather pattern. An unsettled weather pattern with heavy rains, hail, strong winds and even tornados brought much needed moisture and as this is written the end of this week is looking unsettled. As is common with this pattern, while most all areas received rain, totals have ranged from around an inch or less to close to ten inches for some. On average it appears most of the area two to three inches or more. This helps but the area is still under the average ...