Mark's Custom Signs employees install a digital sign for Central Kansas Library System next to the northwest corner of the Great Bend Public Library parking lot, Friday afternoon. CKLS is housed in the basement of the library, located at 1409 Williams St. CKLS serves 17 counties: Barton, Cloud, Ellis, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa Pawnee, Phillips, Republic, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline and Smith.
The conditions are ideal for next weekend's "Great Migration Rally," said Pam Martin at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Organizers have extended the registration deadline to the end of the day on Wednesday, April 27. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Education Center, Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich, and several other locations.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a grant to the Golden Belt Humane Society from Petco, a video service agreement with Nextech, establishing a special alcoholic liquor single-event permit and fee system, and a Golden Belt Veterans Memorial update.
ELLSWORTH – Two Great Bend teenaged boys appeared in Ellsworth County District Court in Ellsworth Wednesday, one pleading not guilty and one no contest to a single count each of battery done in a rude manner, Ellsworth County Attorney Joe Shepack said. The charges are in connection with an alleged assault on a Great Bend High School school bus carrying the GBHS swim team home from Manhattan Feb. 6.
The Kansas Department of Transportation will delay several road projects scheduled for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, including the next leg in what has been called the Northwest Passage in an effort to help balance the state's budget. However, city and economic development officials fear delay is merely a euphemism for cancel.