Barton Community College will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18. Barton's Center for Adult Education and the Shafer Art Gallery also will be closed. Offices will reopen and classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Donations to the Barton Community College Foundation may lead to a new name for the weight training room in the college's Kirkman Building. The details of a proposed agreement to name the "Kip & Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center" will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building at BCC.
Kenny Schremmer stepped down as chairman of the Barton County Commission and Don Davis took over at the head of the table during the annual changing of the guard Monday morning. Davis was elected chairman and Schremmer chairman pro-tem.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. 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.
Sixty-nine years ago a group of five men met on Jan. 28, 1947, for the first board meeting of the newly organized Barton County Conservation District. Assistance of the Federal Soil Conservation Service was requested at that time. Members of the board were J. Wylie Logan, Hoisington, Chairman; Walter G. Praeger, Claflin, Vice-Chairman; Virgil A. Unruh, Pawnee Rock; Secretary; W.G. Nicholson, Great Bend, Treasurer; and member Elmer J. Bird, Great Bend. These men laid the ground work through volunteer programs to stop erosion of land by establishing and carrying out sound conservation programs on the farms.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is short in manpower statewide. In addressing this shortage, the agency is exploring ways of attracting more applicants for its trooper and other vacant positions. As an agency with a background of history and tradition, the agency has a tattoo policy, and as we move into 21st century policing, the Patrol is interested in what the public has to say or their thoughts on tattoos in law enforcement.