This past week was Farm Safety and Health Week and when September wraps up Wednesday, so does Farm Safety Month, but the risks of agriculture continue. The annual observance, a program of the National Safety Council's National Education Center for Agricultural Safety in its 72nd year, was a time to call attention to this dangerous occupation.
Earlier this month, 120 county appraisers from across Kansas and oil and gas professionals from Kansas and surrounding states converged on Great Bend. They came to attend the Kansas Department of Revenue, Property Valuation Division meetings.
Great Bend was hopping this past weekend with yet another Bikes, Bombers and Butterflies Weekend. The multitude of events drew scores of spectators and attendees for all over to commune with nature, feel an adrenalin rush or touch history.
On the large flat-screen monitor where the green patchwork quilt aerial images of Barton County. With a few mouse clicks and key strokes, John Remmert of the Barton County Road and Bridge Department could zoom in on individual parcels of land, houses or rural intersections.
Kansas's statewide Walking School Bus programs, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation, proved successful for students and schools. KDOT contracted with PedNet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to active transportation based in Columbia, Mo., to create 15 WSB programs throughout the state, including Great Bend and Hoisington. However, in the end, 17 schools implemented a WSB.
After years of battling toxic blue-green algae in Veterans Memorial Lake, City of Great Bend officials finally got some good news from state officials this week. They were informed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that the beleaguered lake was no longer on its warning or watch lists.
Earlier this month, the Great Bend City Council paved the way for $1.21 million in improvements to about 90 blocks of city streets. That work begins this coming week, City Administrator Howard Partington said.
In the aftermath of a severe storm like the one that swept through the Golden Belt last week, there are plenty of roofs in need of repair. But, officials warn home and business owners to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors.