Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is holding a Bioblitz Friday evening, June 19, through Saturday, June 20. The Bioblitz is a scientific effort to find as many species of plants and animals as possible at Quivira over a 24-hour period. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Bioblitz is free and open to all ages. The main check-in and headquarters for the event will be located at the Refuge's Environmental Education Classroom, located 8 miles north of the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center.
There are lots of things happening in Kansas and our area right now. I see babies of all kinds-- birds and critters scattered everywhere. Baby fox, badgers, Killdeer, Avocets, ducks, geese, mosquitoes, gnats, and shad in the lakes. The balance between what we cherish and what we kill is always a moving target. We spray for mosquitoes (do we kill some things that we like in the process?) that the small fish in the lakes eat on their way to bigger things and eventually end up on our dinner plates.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a Golden Belt Humane Society update, requests for the July 14 March of Champions drum and bugle corps event and the resignation of City Engineer Robert Winiecke.
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 road vacation in Cheyenne Township, a recognition of Health Department employees Krysten Watkins and Melissa Hagerman, a declaration of a local disaster emergency following heavy rains recently and a resolution establishing a bidding process for county officials.
The City of Great Bend is raising the standard for property maintenance, Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker told a civic group this week. He expects new ordinances with "more teeth" to be enacted this summer.
The preliminary hearing has been scheduled for William Baker, the Great Bend man charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 29 at the Barton County Courthouse.
Here is the Memorandum of Understanding between Barton Community College And Great Bend Unified School District No. 428 that was approved by the USD 428 school board on Monday, June 8 and the BCC Board of Trustees on Wednesday, May 27.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation has established endowment and grant funds to support youth swim programs in the future, Foundation Director Christy Tustin said. Community donations are encouraged, and the first $100,000 will be matched by a group of anonymous donors.
Foundry Methodist Church is holding its annual free garage sale from 8 until 11 a.m.. on Saturday, June 20. Everything at the "sale" is free, the Rev. Kevin Baxter said. This year the church will accept items from others who have something to give.
Cystic fibrosis or (CF) is a life threatening, hereditary disease that will take its toll on thousands of people worldwide. But with a little help from people like Taylor Latham, a sophomore at K-State University, we can fight this terrible disease.
Of all the calls the Great Bend Police Department received over the extended Fourth of July weekend, about a fifth of them had to do with fireworks it was reported at the City Council meeting Monday night.
The best answer to a complicated question is often the most obvious. Take Ruthann Spare. Searching for a future career path in college, she spent summers working on the family farm in Ellinwood. Eventually, she realized that returning home and farming full time was exactly the lifestyle she was looking for.
Sunflower Early Education will hold a free developmental screening open to all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 8 a.m. to noon on July 13, at the Sunflower Early Education Center, 1312 Patton Road. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing, and vision. Children 6 months and older will be screened using a brand new electronic spot vision screener donated by the Lions Club.
Information to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft, scams and deceptive business practices will be offered next week at the Barton County Fair, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday July 9, at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
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 Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant for the Family Crisis Center's Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, the local recycling grant award and High Risk Rural Road sign replacement.
In 2013, the Barton County Commission approved partnering with the Family Crisis Center on an application for the Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant. It was successful and provided much needed funding for the agency charged with helping families in times of dire distress.