The Great Bend Public Library is the perfect place for families to spend some time this summer, according to Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King.
BARTON COUNTY - The National Weather Service in Wichita and the Barton County sheriff's department reports water over the roadway at NW 190th Road and NW 70th Ave, 3 miles east of Galatia. That area east of Galatia reported 2.86 inches of rain.
A painting by Barton Community College art instructor and watercolor specialist Steve Dudek was accepted into the 45th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibit. His watercolor titled "Circle" features a painting of Japanese koi fish.
For the second year, Great Bend USD 428 elementary students were given a chance to win a bicycle if they posted perfect attendance during the past school year.
Catholic Social Service is hosting two different orientation sessions, and an Infant Open Adoption workshop for couples who are interested in adopting a child.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism is currently accepting updates and listings for the Official Kansas Travel Guide. The annual full-color publication provides a look at the unique travel experiences Kansas offers including comprehensive information on Kansas Byways, attractions, accommodations, campgrounds, recreational areas, guest ranches, hunting lodges, bed & breakfasts, antiques, retail shops, destination dining, motor sports, golf courses, and retreat centers.
An Open House for the work of Ron Alexander, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on June 7, at the Grassroots Art Center, 213 S. Main Street in Lucas. Ron will spend the afternoon at the art center doing a demonstration and hands on workshop for both children and adults.
Barton County Clerk/Election Officer Donna Zimmerman is hosting a voting equipment demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the County Commission Chambers at the courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend.
The Barton County Community Development Advisory Board will hold a brain-storming session about the county's future at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the courthouse conference room (room 101), 1400 Main in Great Bend.
Barton County business offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the County Landfill will also be closed that day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
Jennifer Schartz, Barton County Commissioner from the fifth district, has filed for re-election. At the end of this year, she will have 10 years of experience representing the people of Barton County on the board.
Barton County Historical Society will hold its May program meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Historical Village, located just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge, on U.S. 281.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the setting of the 2015 budget-planning calendar, a removal of an outdated crosswalk at 24th and Main and a no-parking zone on the south side of 24th from Main to Kansas .
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the swearing in of the new Fourth District Commissioner Kenneth Lebbin, a request for a fireworks display at Camp Hope and flagpoles at the new veterans memorial.
The peak of summer travel across our nation's highways is about to begin. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours for the next two weeks, thanks in part to funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation through the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, to help motorists reach their destinations safely. The enforcement campaign runs from Monday, May 19, through Sunday, June 1.
A park ranger from Fort Larned National Historic Site will talk about Buffalo Soldiers who served at the fort, during a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the main museum at the Barton County Historical Society. Ellen Jones will highlight Company A, US Army 10th Cavalry, one of two Black cavalry units to serve at Fort Larned from 1867-1869.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve next year's budget for publication at the next board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also approve the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Friday at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of 2014-2015 health insurance, and approval of the 2014-2015 budget.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dr. Mark Judd, 20/20 Optix, 1701 K96 Hwy., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Karmi Green with greeters John Sullivan and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
A Larned woman was injured Monday in a Finney County accident. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the accident, and to a possible injury accident in Russell County involving an Ellsworth woman.
Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health officials were notified today that Colorado has become the second state in 2014 to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS). Four horses tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. The horses involved in these index cases have no history of travel.
The Open Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Public Library. July's book club pick is "Monstrumologist" by Rick Yancey. The public is invited to attend.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information that could help stop the number of vehicular burglaries in Barton County.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports vandals opened the valves on three oil lease stock tanks in rural Barton County, causing the release of approximately 188 barrels of oil. The crime occurred sometime between 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and 8:25 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of SW 10 Road. Bellendir called the vandalism a "senseless act" and said loss is expected to exceed $12,000.
Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator
Enrollment for the fall term at Incredible Years Preschool is open now for children ages 2 1/2 to 5, and since space is limited, parents are encouraged to register soon.
Lochner Engineering Consults will perform an up-close special bridge inspection on Barton County Bridge No. 202, over the Walnut Creek on Tuesday, July 22. The bridge is located on East Barton County Road, approximately 2.9 miles East of Great Bend. Be advised this will require temporary closure of the bridge to traffic from approximately 1 to 6 p.m.
In the story that ran in Thursday's Great Bend Tribune about Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation receiving tax credits, there were two errors. First, Camp Aldrich was misspelled. Second, Kans for Kids was referred to as Kansas for Kids in the first paragraph. The Tribune regrets the errors.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas on Sept. 20-21 for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
"BARTON DYNASTY: Hunting for Bucks" is the theme for the 36th Annual Barton Foundation Big Benefit Auction, which this year's honorary co-chairs, Toby and Kristy Hogan, find rather fitting as the owners of the hunting service, "Central Kansas Whitetails." Only the "bucks" being hunted in this case are green, have presidents' faces on them and they help local students pay tuition at Barton Community College.