They sit tall in the saddle, three feet off the ground and view the world from a different perspective – on the back of a horse. Those who live with disabilities draw upon normally untapped abilities by riding horses, caring for them, and competing on them. It's not the average regimen; it is eleven hundred pounds of highly effective, equine therapy.
The Model Association of Central Kansas invites the public to an afternoon of model airplane demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning. Members will be at the MACK flying field, located at the corner of Railroad Avenue and U.S. 56 in Great Bend, at 1:30 p.m. today.
Area law enforcement officers routinely receive reports of animals that have strayed into county roads, or of objects that are impeding traffic. On Thursday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office made sure bales were moved off the 600 block of North U.S. 281, around 10:30 a.m., and checked on a report of about a dozen goats in a ditch in the 400 block of NW 70 Ave. over the noon hour.
Holding a public hearing for the 2011-12 budget is on the agenda Monday for the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors. The board will meet at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Also on the agenda is the appointment of the board treasurer, and information about co-ed softball rules.
LARNED - Several informal events are scheduled Saturday and Sunday for U.S. Army veteran Kevin Mincio and co-cyclist Matt Sauri. Before SSG Jesse Williams was killed during combat operations in Iraq, he and Mincio served together as members of the 5-20 Infantry Regiment.
ELLINWOOD - F. William (Bill) Koop, 91, died July 7 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 5, 1919, near Mitchell, S.D., he was the son of Ferdinand and Mary Winter Koop. In 1937, he graduated from Mitchell High School in Mitchell, S.D. In 1948 and 1950 he graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle. He was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship in 1949.
GARDEN CITY - Jessica Cheyanne Shearer (Potter), 15, of Garden City, former resident of Sublette, died on July 4 in Great Bend. Born Feb. 19, 1996, in La Junta, Colo., she was the daughter of Stephen Shearer and Alida Dawn Shriver.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet on 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include student/staff presentations, recognition/achievements, election of 2011-2012 officers, GBHS athletic league affiliation, report of Professional Development Council, and projects updates.
American AgCredit, the nation's seventh largest agricultural credit association, will continue as a Preferred Lender with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the next five years, as announced by FSA State Executive Director Val Dolcini. The Association's subsidiaries, Federal Land Credit Association (FLCA) and Production Credit Association (PCA) have been certified to continue as FSA Preferred Lenders.
This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA's metadata collection program was not authorized in U.S. law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, the court found. But the truth is the Act was intended to be vague so that the government could interpret it in the broadest possible way.
Beginning mid-May and running through September, Barton County Appraiser's Office personnel will be conducting their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.