The Kansas Wetlands Education Center hosted a count for the North American Butterfly Association Saturday morning. While the overall number of individuals was way down, participants found a total of 26 species of butterflies in the count radius, the highest since starting, said Pam Martin, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator at KWEC. Only 15 different species were found in the same area in 2012.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to award Bridges Inc., a Newton-based company, the contract to make much-needed repairs to the Arkansas River bridge south of Ellinwood. Replaced will be the expansion joints which allow the bridge deck to expand and contract with the changes in temperature. The joints rusted and are stuck in the expanded position.
In giving his budget presentation to the Barton County Commission Monday morning, County Administrator Richard Boeckman, said the county's mill levy has been anything but consistent over the past few years.
Stelle Brack, member of the Eureka Homesteaders, worked countless hours to ready her market hog to show at the 2013 Barton County Fair. It paid off Thursday when her hog received a purple champion ribbon.
Home improvement has been the priority for Cougar Nation in the past year, as more than a dozen projects at Barton Community College have been given attention. Many are either in the works or completed, leaving just a handful that have yet to begin construction.
People with some "loose change" are invited to place it in one of six jars at the Barton County Fair. The jars show the faces of members of the Fair Board, Fair Friends and 4-H. The one who gets the most money will kiss a farm animal.
Kami Maxwell of Odin and Ambonirina Nathanael Razafindrabe of Antananarvio, Madagascar were named Barton Community College's 2015 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 45th commencement ceremony Friday.
Barton County children ages 5 to 12 years can have a great start to a safe summer by participating in the Bike Safety Rodeo the morning of Friday, May 29. It will be held at the small ball field on the northwest side of Brit Spaugh Park, near 22nd and Morton St.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.