The Kansas Historical Society announced it has published a new children's activity book, "Kid's Kansas". This full-color, 44-page book features stickers, pull-out famous Kansan trading cards and flags, and several pages of puzzles, activities, and Kansas stories. The book will make its debut at the Kansas Book Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today that former U.S. Senator Bob Dole will be the first Kansan to be honored on the Kansas Walk of Honor. Sen. Dole and his wife, Elizabeth, will join Governor Brownback and the First Lady to witness the unveiling of the bronze plaque at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at the southeast corner of the Statehouse south lawn. The event is open to the public.
The Immaculate Conception Altar Society of Claflin Roast Beef Dinner and Fun Night, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Parish Center on Sunday. Roast Beef and all the trimmings will be served. Cost is $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children (12 and under).
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce members gathered recently for a Chamber After Hours event hosted by 15 businesses in the Westgate parking lot. The hosts were Sunflower Diversified Services, P & S Securities, Dr. Mark Judd, 20/20 Optix, EZ Tanning, Natural Extremities, Waters True Value, L & M Contractors, Landmark National Bank, Credit Union of America, Dr. Mike Allison, Buff Car Wash, Advanced Therapy, Great Bend Health & Rehab Center and Holistic Solutions.
Dr. John Cody, dubbed "The Audubon of Moths," has had his paintings featured at the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Natural History, and soon the Shafer Art Gallery when its next show, "Endangered Journey: Monarch Migrations," opens on Oct. 2.
Ellinwood artist Robert Joy's art, which will be featured at the Shafer Art Gallery's Oct. 2nd opening, can be identified loosely as having an ever-moving and ever-morphing style. In a fairly current phase of his artistic mood, there has been a focus on the insect world.
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.