The end of another very competitive grant cycle has come, bringing with it 16 applications and over $31,689 in grant application requests. Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the July competitive grant cycle and awarded 16 charitable organizations a combined total of $10,271. Awards were granted to programs and projects within Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford Counties.
Barton County Medical Society recently made a donation to the Sr. Mary Ann Klein, OP Nursing Endowment at the Golden Belt Community Foundation. The endowment was started by Barton Community College Foundation and the former St. Rose Foundation to provide funding and support for the recruitment, retention, and training of health professionals and health educators, including opportunities for scholarships, equipment for training and continuing education. In the past this endowment supported the purchase of an additional SimPad controller at Barton Community College to aid in the training of new nurses.
An inflatable planetarium from Fort Hays State University will be set up at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center for a preview of the 2015 Perseids Meteor Shower. The free program will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the KWEC on K-156.
Starting around Monday, Aug. 10, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt roadway surface recycle and overlay project on K-96 Highway in Barton County, from the Rush/Barton County line then continuing east 13.63 miles to the west city limits of Great Bend. The purpose of this asphalt roadway surface recycle and overlay project is to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night accepted a Barbara Bushnell Memorial Fund presentation from Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director Christy Tustin. This payment is the final of five annual grants from the fund and will provide money for improvements to Veterans Memorial Park and Brit Spaugh Park.
Passersby may have noticed some new bright and colorful playground equipment springing up north of the Wetlands at Great Bend Aquatic Center. It is all part of the Tot Spot, a joint project between Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club.
The SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging will hold an informational meeting about what one can expect and what to do before they turn 65 in regards to insurance from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. in Great Bend.