The jury trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to get under way on Monday has been rescheduled for August in Barton County District Court. Chapman is charged with first degree murder in the death of Damon Leslie Galyardt, who was killed Nov. 11, 2011.
Starting today, a stretch of West Barton County Road will be reduced from four lanes to two as crews begin to bury a concrete pipe beneath it. The work is part of a nine-month, $6 million project to improve the flow of water from the Arkansas River to Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.
Students from St. Joseph School demonstrated their public speaking skills in the annual orations contest held on April 4. This contest is sponsored by the Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization. Students shared a presentations on this year's topic, "a person who has overcome." The seven finalists were: Jade Mountain, Allison Panning, Sarah Hammeke, Alex Hammeke, Ross McNett, Jordan Davis Mountain, and Peter Joslin. Judges for the contest were Julie Ann Jacobs, Mike Westerman, and Jenna Snell. The judges selected the top-three finalists, pictured above from left, as: first place - Sarah Hammeke, second place - Ross McNett ...
Hearing a litany of sad and sobering figures, the Barton County Commission Monday morning adopted proclamations designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.