The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.
Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.
On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.
There has been ample media coverage of the upcoming general election, especially the race for Kansas governor and U.S. Senate. There are also races locally that now have competing candidates. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the campaigning and develop an attitude that an individual voter can't make a difference.
Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.
At the request of Be Well Barton County, a coalition of folks promoting access to convenient and safe active transportation for all county residents, the County Commission Monday morning adopted a proclamation marking this as National Bike Month.
All week, the national news has brought us more footage of young people protesting the actions of police, looting and burning, and throwing things at officers dressed in S.W.A.T. gear. Meanwhile, the police and fire and rescue personnel of Great Bend and the surrounding jurisdictions continued to go about the business of keeping the public safe.
Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.
There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.
When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.