The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes two Health Department end-of-fiscal-year purchases and voting delegates for the Kansas Association of Counties convention.
The poet Lemm Sissay says, "We are our story." It's so simple and yet so true. Each of us is walking around with a story of who we are and how we fit into the world. Although we may not realize it, this story is affecting every decision we make, how we interact with others, what we expect from the world, and what we give to those around us.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that an official representative specializing in Veterans casework will be available in Great Bend from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, at Front Door Community Center. He welcomes Veterans to come by if they are struggling to navigate bureaucratic red tape, to share concerns about the VA, or just to get helpful information about getting the care they have earned. Veterans seeking assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment by contacting Congressman Huelskamp's Hutchinson office at 620-665-6138.
Harvest is in full tilt going great guns! The yield has been good and the price of wheat is dropping as expected. Hopefully, nobody has used their hail insurance. This is one of the best times to live in Kansas! I cut wheat up here when I was in high school and still remember the cucumbers in cream, the bierocks, the pies and the weather. It has not changed very much.
The descendents of Henry Brack, John Peter Brack, Johannes Brack and Phillip Brack will hold their reunion on Aug. 7, at the Rush Center Community Center in Rush Center. A potluck dinner will be served at noon. Participants are asked to bring table service and a covered dish. Beverages will be furnished. There will be a short business meeting after the meal.
Dr. Sukchan Lee, Orthopedic Surgeon at HaysMed performed the first direct anterior approach (DAA) hip replacement surgery at HaysMed in June. The surgery offers patients the potential for a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery time. Dr. Lee is one of the only physicians in Western Kansas who performs this type of surgery but he will be joined by fellow Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Gulraiz Cheema who will begin offering the procedure this fall.
Leaders from the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and tax preparation community today warned tax preparers that they increasingly are targets of cybercriminals and should take appropriate steps to protect clients from data theft.
As corn and alfalfa crops continue to grow, K-State Research and Extension crop specialists are observing different pests currently in Kansas. Challenges impacting the crops include potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms, fall armyworms and corn rootworms, according to Kansas State University associate professor of entomology and pest management extension specialist Jeff Whitworth.
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) announced today it will provide $350,000 in grant funds to the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) to provide weatherization assistance to low income Kansans. KHRC's Weatherization Assistance Program has helped 576 households so far this year and has a waiting list of others requesting assistance. The KCC grant, funded by the Department of Energy through the federal State Energy Program, will help alleviate the weatherization waiting list.
I have had many calls lately with concern over leaves on trees turning brown at the edges. Much of the time, this is attributed to our erratic weather we have been experiencing lately. I found a short column by Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension horticulture expert that explains leaf scorch a little more, as well as a few tips to help your tree recover from the damage.
Barton County Young Professionals is a dynamic group. The opportunities to network, to learn from one another, to socialize with one another, and to promote the community are important to the individual and to Barton County. These opportunities are important because those who are willing to dedicate their time now are likely the leaders of tomorrow.