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Barton Community College canceled Friday morning classes in its Classroom Building, due to a lightning strike to the building Thursday night. There was a small fire after the first attempt to restore power. Classes after noon were moved to another building if necessary, but the Classroom Building was fully operational by about 1 p.m., according to Michael Dawes in the college's communications department.
Barton Community College instrumental music groups will present a Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert will feature the BCC Jazz Band, Prairie Winds Community Concert Band and Prairie Winds Jazz Ensemble. Steven Lueth, Barton's director of instrumental activities, is the conductor of these ensembles. The public is invited and admission is free.
Dave Barnes was as surprised as most people when he stepped into Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery for the first time and saw a gallery of such beauty, spaciousness and versatility in the midst of its rural central Kansas setting.
Barton County Commissioners won't be in office Monday, as usual, but they will be at work for the county as they travel to Topeka for the annual Kansas Associations of Counties meeting. While they are there, state legislative issues will be discussed, including issues that could affect Barton County taxpayers, according to information from County Administrator Richard Boeckman.
"Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea." - Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, British essayist, poet and author.
Great Bend continues to invite visitors to follow the Trail of Lights from one end of town to the other this holiday season. Folks at home can get involved as greeters on select evenings, said Sarah Krom with the holiday committee.
Jake Radke looked out over the gymnasium filled with Great Bend High School students mingled with a handful of veterans Thursday morning and got a lump in his throat.
Jean Harrison came to Great Bend to retire from a long and active service career - one that brought her the acclaim of being named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women this year - but moving to Great Bend, and retiring and receiving national honors weren't the only events that made this year stand out.
It's not like Richard Boeckman has a huge bag full of money in his office to fund local business project, but he is trying to get business project developers to check in to funding that is still available from the federal government, while there is still time.
Motorists are reminded to be on the lookout for deer, especially at this time of year. The Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks report that November is historically the month when the highest number of deer-vehicle crashes occur.
ELLINWOOD - Forrest Williams has an unusual hobby for a middle school student. While most kids his age spend their spare time playing video games, Williams collects World War II memorabilia, researching and reading books from cover to cover of that era as well as watching historical movies such as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers."
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about property crime in Great Bend and the steps that are being taken to address it.)
Centuries of gift wrapping experience didn't go to waste, Monday at Sterling House in Great Bend. Nearly 30 residents at the assisted living center spent part of the afternoon filling more than 40 shoeboxes with gifts for children in Third World countries, and decorating the boxes with Christmas wrapping paper.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano is a hands-on leader.
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.