Noting on-going shortcomings in the Barton County Treasurer's Office that have foisted more responsibility onto other departments, the County Commission Monday morning approved a 2015 audit that painted a good picture of the county's financial condition.
County business offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Landfill will also be closed. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
A jury heard opening arguments Monday in the trial of a Great Bend man accused of rape, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. Steven Terry Jordan, 44, is accused of committing these crimes at a residence in the 1100 block of Morphy St. in the early morning hours of Feb. 6, 2013.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is joining multiple other states ahead of the Labor Day weekend and during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, for the I-80 and I-35 High Visibility Enforcement Project. The Kansas Highway Patrol accepted a challenge from the Iowa State Patrol (whose state sits at the crossroads of I-35 and I-80) to join the effort. The goal of the enforcement is to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes on the nation's interstates, combat criminal activity, as well as draw much needed attention to traffic safety. The enforcement will run Aug. 28 through Aug. 30.
Kansas's statewide Walking School Bus (WSB) programs, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), proved successful for students and schools. KDOT contracted with PedNet, a nonprofit organization, to create 15 WSB programs throughout the state. However, in the end, 17 schools implemented a WSB. In total, those 17 schools had 54 routes, 298 volunteers and 715 children. This makes it one of the largest and most successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects in the United States.
Every year the Golden Belt Community Foundation accepts requests for funding through grant applications from local charitable organizations. This is just one way that the foundation Board of Directors and staff learn about needs and projects in the four-county area. As the July grant cycle concluded, the Board of Directors also took a closer look at their own county and communities.