The Central Kansas Partnership has formed a Suicide Prevention Task Force that will have its organizational meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Barton County Health Department WIC Conference Room. The group will meet to discuss suicide prevention goals and possible strategies to increase awareness of signs of suicide and what community members can do. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend.
The Rev. Loyce Clay will be giving out commodities from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Social and Rehabilitation Services office, 1305 Patton Road. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods Distribution program is available to low-income families and the elderly.
Federal charges have been filed in connection with a drug arrest earlier this year in Russell County.
Joe Boley will be the program speaker at the Barton County Historical Society annual meeting, on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The topic will be "Planeview - The Miracle City."
David Libberton of McCracken won the first-place prize of $750 at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services poker tournament. Jared Manning of Ellinwood won $300 for second and Joseph Ramsey of Russell $150 for third.
There will be a report on the residence halls when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, the seminar room of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also hear a report on personal enrichment of students, which is one of the ends monitored by the college.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by KSNC - TV3, 482 North Highway 281, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jan Westfall with greeters Erin Powers and Scott Donovan. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
A swather catching on fire in a field Saturday morning caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired will hold its January meeting at a new location at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. The meeting has been moved to Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave. People should enter using the west parking lot and the north door.
With construction well under way at its current project site, Habitat for Humanity's board of directors has hopes for raising between $10,000 and $15,000 during the upcoming "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater this Saturday, Jan. 21, at Grace Community Church.
Free Developmental Screenings, available to all children birth to 5, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Roosevelt Elementary School, 316 N. Vine, in Hoisington.Call 620-653-4470 to schedule an appointment.
The last citrus sale for this year at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School will be from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. today and Monday. Extra navel oranges, pink grapefruit and tangelos have been ordered. Call 620-791-7314 or 620-793-9247 (Sun and Mon).
An educational program to discuss bone health will be presented at 1 p.m Friday, Jan. 20 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Donna Krug, Family and Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Barton County, will be the speaker. Krug will share information about foods that can be eaten to improve bone health. The Program is free and open to everyone.
Everyone is different. Calorie needs depend on a variety of factors including age, gender, and activity level. Most people do not share the same beliefs about what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Agent, will present the educational program, "Move into Health" at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th Street. Participants will receive educational material to help track their nutrition and physical activity mission statement. Food and activity logs are the first step toward changing a limiting belief. The program is free and open to everyone.
Barton Community College is offering a five-week course for people who are new to the Internet.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on July 21, at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a report on the Region E Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, report on volunteer recruitment from the Barton County Health Department, discussion on Emergency Support Function (ESF) 10 – Oil & Hazardous Materials of the Barton County Emergency Operations Plan, and a report on exercise activities from Barton County Emergency Management.
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