A proposed law that would have allowed Kansas to have Registered Dental Practitioners - much like Nurse Practitioners but serving under the supervision of licensed dentists -- languished is committee this year as the Legislature wrangled over redistricting, said Suzanne Wikle, with the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.
ELLINWOOD - Although he is new to the Barton County area, Cody Scheck of Ellinwood recently set a world record in steer roping.
Now that the USD 428 Board of Education has approved the addition of seventh-grade competitive sports, the need for a new gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School is more critical than ever. Business Director Dan Brungardt recently met with Horst, Terrill, and Karst, Architects Don Pruitt and Charley Sexton on Thursday, June 7 to finalize details on the proposed project. In May, the BOE approved proceeding with one of four options presented, a pre-engineered addition, which appeared to be the most affordable and workable.
Jim Glynn of Great Bend estimates he's taken more than 200,000 wildlife and nature photographs, most of them from inside his gray Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Three animals experts arrived Tuesday afternoon to began a comprehensive inspection of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The inspection is the next step in the city's efforts to have Brit Spaugh Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
TOPEKA (AP) - Big changes are in store for the Kansas Legislature, after Monday's deadline to run in the August primary election passed with dozens of newcomers seeking seats and some incumbents pitted against others because of political redistricting.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation is now inviting proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle, Executive Director Christy Tustin said.
Great Bend City Council member Allene Owen looked out over the crowd gathered in the County Courthouse Square for the 2012 Relay for life of Barton County Friday evening and was impressed.
RUSH COUNTY - The Dominican Sisters of Peace who reside and minister at Heartland Farm carry on a quiet existence 51 weeks a year. The farmstead in Rush County is 14 miles west of Great Bend, 10 miles northwest of Pawnee Rock and 12 miles northeast from Larned.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board will hold a budget work session on June 25 as it prepares to hold next year's budget hearing on July 9. Both meetings will start at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
Monday, the Barton County Commission signed a resolution declaring a state of local disaster emergency. This proclamation states that due to extremely dry weather conditions an extreme fire hazard exists in Barton County. Effective at 12:01 p.m. Monday, open trash burning, campfires, and all open fires are prohibited.
From current immunizations to outdated medications, the Barton County Commission Monday morning learned much is being done to promote health in the county. Meeting at the Courthouse in Great Bend, commissioners heard reports from Landfill Manager Mark Witt and Health Department Director Lily Akings.
TOPEKA (AP) - Kansas lawmakers scrambled Friday to adjust to a new political landscape after three federal judges redrew the state's voting districts and created more than two dozen open legislative seats and potential incumbent-on-incumbent matchups.
LARNED - Larned partied this weekend for Santa Fe Trail Days with a parade on Saturday, displays of quilts and cars, free food, and games for the kids, among other activities.
Like a scene out of the television reality show Coming Home, a 13-year old Great Bend girl, Allie Brodrick, got a big surprise Thursday afternoon, June 7, at the Great Bend Wetlands. Her brother, Mason Roach and mother Lisa Anderson reunited her with her father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Rick Anderson, after a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
After months of controversy, delays and additional expenses, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the 2013 county audit report, a reported labled by the auditors as "unqualified" and "clean."
School nurses in Barton County sent letters to parents in April about immunizations their children would need. Now, with the start of the new school year only a week away, the Barton County Health Department has seen a jump in families bringing kids in for the required shots. It's that way every year, said Melissa Hagerman, RN. One thing families should keep in mind, she said, is there are also some important vaccinations available to children that parents forget about because they are not required.
HOISINGTON - A group of community partners, including e-community, Hoisington Chamber of Commerce and the city of Hoisington have formed in Hoisington to consider buying a downtown building for use by the high school entrepreneurship class and possibly community members as a place to form small businesses and sell merchandise.
Flashing yellow lights around town herald the start of another academic year. It also signals that drivers to be aware children could be crossing the streets in those school zones.
The babies are out of the nests and hiding places that wild moms use to hide them from predators in the early and most vulnerable part of their lives. This mother with twin fawns is knee deep in water at the Cheyenne Bottoms. A lot of people are surprised to discover a thriving deer herd in our marsh. Jim Glynn got beautiful pictures of a doe with triplets. This herd roams the farm land adjacent to the refuge and also feeds on the Nature Conservancy ground that is nearby.
Labor Day kid's races moved
The putrid stench of rotting fish hung heavy over Veterans Memorial Lake Friday morning and buzzards circled overhead.
TOPEKA – The State of Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review three recent Kansas Supreme Court decisions that overturned death sentences imposed on two convicted murderers in Wichita and one in Great Bend, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
Demolition of the fire-ravaged Camp Aldrich dining hall will begin next Tuesday, the first step in construction of a new building. The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved an insurance settlement of more than $2 million to build a new dining hall. Fire destroyed the main building at BCC's Camp Aldrich conference center last April.
Barton Community College is putting the final touches on Bluestem Hall, a three-story student housing building with 150 rooms. At a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman invited community members to tour the "recently completed - VERY recently completed" facility.
For those young people in need of a job, but are in need of assistance, the Flint Hills Job Corps, located in Manhattan, provides free job training for those who qualify. The program provides training in carpentry, cement-masonry, construction craft laborer, dental assistant, facility maintenance technology, plumbing, security & protective services, CNA, Home Health aide, and recently revamped high school academics or high school equivalency for those ages 16 through 24.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Ellinwood School District has hired a new athletic director, Derek Schoenthaler, who moved to Ellinwood three weeks ago.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.