From massive wind turbines arriving to traffic control, there is a lot happening at the developing Great Bend transload facility, it was announced at a news conference Monday morning. A host of city, economic development and industry officials gathered in the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Office to make the presentation.
Some of the oldest student housing units at Barton Community College will be converted into space for physical education classes such as dance, yoga, Zumba and karate. The BCC Board of Trustees met Tuesday and accepted the only bid submitted to replace the roof on "housing units 3 and 4" and tear out the interior of the facility.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning ratified the purchase of replacement generator for the Susank TAC 17 communications tower. Mice destroyed the existing generator that was installed in 2011 by chewing through wires.
Barton County experienced serious damage from the recent ice storm and resulting ice accumulations. Countless limbs crashed to the ground, thousands of residents left without electricity and travel became hazardous.
The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will conduct a noon luncheon meeting Thursday, Jan. 26, at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield St. Items on the agenda include approval of a $293 check to the local FFA from the national organization for future scholarships, and approval to request E-rate funding for 2017-18. Eisenhower Principal Laurie Harwood and other staff will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.
The renovation of two housing units into classroom space is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for the winter blues – nature programs! Kids will make a shadow puppet, investigate backyard birds and become a sleuth, while constructing a plaster of Paris track kit, during KWEC's February Saturday morning programs.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2017, election of 2017 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, and reports from members.
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 state of emergency declaration for Barton County due to the ice storm and damage, a matching-fund request for SouthW est Kansas Area Agency on Aging and a listing of open position on the Center for Counseling and Consultation Governing Board, Community Development Advisory Board, Health Advisory Board, Memorial Parks Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission.