ELLINWOOD - "Po-Tree by Toni B: Brightly she stands by the old hotel door, a dowdy old doll in her faded best. Her smile never fades her eyes never dim. For whom does she wait- a knight on a quest: Each morning at nine, her friends bring her there, whatever the weather- rain, sunshine or wind. She stands and she waits, quiet, friend, and hopeful, until in the evening her friend takes her in."
As of Tuesday, June 18, the U.S. Drought monitor showed Barton County still firmly in the Extreme Drought category. However, a tiny sliver on the eastern edge had been pushed back to Severe Drought status. That's before more rain fell in the Great Bend area this week. It's enough to give homeowners hope for drought affected landscapes once more.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 4.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.58 per gallon last Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61 according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Children with cancer want to do all the fun things that healthy children do – exploring the outdoors, swimming, hiking, fishing, playing games, singing around the campfire, creating arts and crafts, playing ball, and more.
Be Well Barton County, a advisory group dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles countywide, has been awarded an implementation grant through the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Communities Initiative worth up to $75,000 over the next three years. Be Well, one of 12 grantees in the state to receive this funding, will use the funds in support Complete streets and Safe Routes to school, nationally recognized programs that encourage local governments to consider bicycle and pedestrian traffic when planning street and sidewalk improvements..
At the regular school board meeting in June, Superintendent Tom Vernon presented his annual report on drop-outs, something he's been doing since 2007. Back in 2008, 30 students dropped out, but the numbers went down in 2008 through 2010. In 2011, the numbers began to rise again, with 38 and 39 students dropping out in the 2011 and 2012 school years.
A lot of questions swirl around the recently passed revised state statute that would allow concealed weapons in public buildings. Those questions lead the Barton County Commission Monday morning to approve submitting a letter to Attorney General's Office requesting a six-month exemption from the law.