Fraud and abuse of student financial aid is a rising nationwide epidemic, according to Myrna Perkins, Director of Financial Aid at Barton Community College. Her office has the challenge of spotting suspicious applications, as well as reducing the default rate on student loans.
Members of the Great Bend High School Class of 1957 recently sponsored two seats for $125 each as part of the Take a Seat campaign to renovate the Fine Arts Auditorium. They are challenging other classes to follow their example.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service objected to the issuance of a permit for H&C Oil Operating Inc., to drill for oil in the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands during the public comment period provided by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It further recommended an environmental impact statement be prepared, and the permit be held in abeyance pending the completion of the EIS.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen almost 22 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.52 per gallon earlier this week, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 15 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.62.
It will take the committee charged with putting more teeth vicious dogs regulations one more meeting to put the finishing touches on its report to the Great Bend City Council. The panel met Wednesday and will meet again at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 31.
Area residents are invited to an opportunity to thank the men and women to keep them safe. The first-ever Emergency Services Preparedness Day is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Waters True Value Hardware, 1649 W. K-96 in Great Bend.
This past spring, work began on the development of 11 two-bedroom duplexes by Housing Opportunities Inc., located east of Washington St. and 31st Ave. in Great Bend. Now, with construction only two months away from completion, Housing Opportunities Director Vicky Dayton says the non-profit will start taking applications for tenants Wednesday, July 24. Applicants must be disabled or age 55 and over.
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.