Winners of this year's Great Bend Recreation Commission Snow Sculpture Contest have been chosen. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick said first place goes to the John Kaba family, who submitted three sculptures: A green faced "Chihuahua Eater," polar bear and cub, and a dragon. They win a $25 gift card donated by Walmart. Second place goes to Maci and Ashley Reifschneider, who win a $15 gift card.
Eight people were injured Wednesday when two vehicles collided in Russell County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban carrying students from Clifton-Clyde High School lost control on the hail-covered road at 2:45 p.m. on Interstate 70, five miles east of Russell. The Suburban then crossed the median, sliding sideways. The driver's side of the Suburban hit the front of an Oldsmobile Alero. The Suburban then rolled on to its top and came to rest on the right shoulder.
Both current and future Barton County children diagnosed with cancer will benefit from the fifth annual Spring Kans for Kids Golf Tournament to be held Friday, May 10, at The Club at StoneRidge in Great Bend. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The four-person team fee includes a cart and meal. A raffle and auction will be held following golf.
LARNED - W. Max Howard, 82, died April 17 at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born July 28, 1930 in Jewell County, he was the son of Wilbur Frank and Elise Parson Howard Murphy. A lifetime area resident, he was the owner and operator of the Best Western Motel in Larned. On March 8, 1949, he married Faith Kimbrough in Hiawatha. She died on Dec. 13, 1981. On Oct. 30, 1982, He married Alice Larson in Salina. She survives.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda will include discussion on Tier II Reporting Facilities in Barton County, a review of the Barton County Household Hazardous Waste program, an LEPC by-laws update and reports from members.
On April 12, the House passed H. R. 1120, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor Management Relations Act, on a narrow 219 to 209 vote. The bill would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from taking any action that requires a quorum unless and until the Senate confirms new board members or the Supreme Court overturns the recent D.C. Circuit decision that found President Obama's purported appointees to the board to be unconstitutional. The bill would not stop workers from petitioning for union elections or restrict NLRB regional offices from accepting and processing unfair labor practice charges.