TOPEKA- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Wednesday announced nearly $1 million in grants for the 2014 Children's Advocacy Centers grant program and $4 million in domestic violence and sexual assault services grant award program, which are both funded by state general funds.
With the final numbers yet to be crunched, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said the recently concluded Melting Pot Month was a huge success. Her update was part of City Administrator Howard Partington's report to the City Council Monday night.
Things are looking better for the MyTown project which will enter into its fifth year of trying to fill vacant downtown Great Bend storefronts come November, but money is still a little tight, MyTown Board member Sheryl Cheely told the City Council Monday night.
It's a new concept, Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco told the County Commission Monday morning. The idea behind the federally funding High Risk Rural Roads program is to stop accidents before they happen.
In March, the 2013 Kansas County Health Rankings were announced. Barton County fell in the middle of the pack. The rankings describe the current health status of a county and are influenced by health factors, such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support. Counties can improve their health outcomes by addressing health factors.
Severe thunderstorms and flooding during the first week of August resulted in the Board of Barton County Commissioners declaring a state of local disaster emergency, and there is a chance the county could be listed as a federal disaster area, county Emergency Manager Amy Miller said in a report to the commission Monday morning.
Citing the expense involved with establishing a security plan that would likely involve metal detectors and the hiring of additional security guards, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted not to seek an exemption from the new state law allowing concealed weapons in most county facilities.
October marks National Domestic Violence Prevention Month. The Family Crisis Center in Great Bend is planning an event for Oct. 7 and want to paint the town purple to raise awareness of this life- and family-shattering problem that often exists in the shadows.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. To battle this memory-robbing disease, the Alzheimer's Association holds walks across the nation to raise awareness and funds.