School will soon be starting. It's been a long, hot summer, so kids and motorists alike need to remember some simple rules so this year can be a safe for us all. The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following:
Although the local 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's isn't until October, organizers are planning a kick-off ice cream social Thursday, Aug. 13. It will start at 6 p.m. at Brookdale Senior Living, 1206 Patton Rd. in Great Bend.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night accepted a Barbara Bushnell Memorial Fund presentation from Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director Christy Tustin. This payment is the final of five annual grants from the fund and will provide money for improvements to Veterans Memorial Park and Brit Spaugh Park.
Passersby may have noticed some new bright and colorful playground equipment springing up north of the Wetlands at Great Bend Aquatic Center. It is all part of the Tot Spot, a joint project between Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club.
Plans are in the works for the third Party in the Park, the annual city-sponsored event held to say thanks for the support the city receives from the community. Set for Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, events will take place throughout the day.
World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, is a time to recognize that breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for infants and contributes to their healthy growth and development, said Janel Rose with the Barton County Health Department. That is why local health departments have banded together as partners of Central Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition to further highlight its theme for 2015, "Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make it Work."
Starting next week, motorists in the northeast parts of Barton County may need to adjust their traffic routes. The 2015 blacktop chip/sand sealing season will likely begin this coming Tuesday, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips said.
Referring to maps spread out before members of the Barton County Commission Monday morning, Northern Natural Gas' Greg Alexander described the company's intricate network of gas pipelines that criss-cross the county.
In an effort to bolster sadly low immunization rates in Barton County, the Barton County Health Department is holding an immunization carnival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, a the BCHD office, 1300 Kansas.