A photo taken this week in Topeka shows Gov. Sam Brownback smiling as he shakes hands with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, for helping pass a welfare reform bill. Others in the photo are smiling and applauding for the bill that reduces the length of time people can receive cash assistance and tightens work requirements for welfare recipients.
Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms, let's take a moment to remember the bathroom debates of 20 years ago. Specifically, gender parity and the growing need for family restrooms. Both needs came to the forefront as the result of societal changes that took root following the Women's Liberation Movement.
Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg was almost in tears as Mary Lou Weiser and Doris Berkley presented him with a Quilt of Valor during the commission meeting Monday morning. It was a short, simple but moving ceremony that not only recognized Kruckenberg for his Army service, but was the start of a series of recognitions honoring veterans.
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
Wrapping up Saturday, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference held its state baseball and softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex. Athletes from across the state, as well as fans, and local spectators visited the complex, and local residents had the chance to experience outstanding college sports.
About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of the creation of the Great Bend Community Orchard. That's right--our community has an orchard of apple trees that someday we can picnic at, use for a photo backdrop, learn orcharding skills like pruning and grafting, harvest fruit from for community outreach projects or cooking classes through our Barton County Extension or Barton County Health Department.
For over 100 years, the Barton County Courthouse Square, portions of which are now commonly referred to as Jack Kilby Square, has been a focal point for Great Bend, a center of community events ranging from City Band concerts to Cinco de Mayo to June Jaunt.