Ducks Unlimited and partners will complete 44 habitat protection and restoration projects in Nebraska and Kansas, thanks to three North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants. More than $2.9 million in NAWCA funding will be combined with nearly $6 million in funding from 25 partners to restore or enhance almost 4,500 acres in central Kansas marshes. The projects included in these grants will provide high quality foraging habitat for thousands of waterfowl and waterbirds during fall and spring migration, and year-round habitat for other wetland-dependent wildlife.
Dr. Mary Ann Searle's experience as an administrator in higher education has brought her to Barton Community College, where she is one of three candidates for vice president of academics. She met many faculty and staff Wednesday at a public forum held in the Fine Arts Building.
Great Bend will soon have a destination pocket playground that will provide a place to play for people of all ages and abilities. The master plan for "My Back Yard," to be located at the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St., was unveiled Monday at the Great Bend Recreation Commission meeting.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Faith Community Church, 293 W Barton Co Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Connie Oetken and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Barton Community College. Superintendent Brad Reed said the agreement, in effect, guarantees the school district can continue to use the college's indoor pool for the next 12 years with a $10,000 a year lease.
WICHITA - Aformer loan officer for a bank in Great Bend was sentenced Monday to six months in prison followed by six months home detention for bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. In addition, he was ordered to pay $124,000 in restitution and $50,000 in a personal forfeiture judgment.