Jefferson school won the Pie in the Face contest for best USD 428 payroll participation for United Way of Central Kansas for the second year in a row. Mr. Brad Reed, USD 428 Superintendent and Mr. Art Baker, Jefferson School Principal receive a pie in the face at a school assembly. Paige Stegman was the school representative and led the charge. Art Baker, school principal was also a positive force in the Jefferson win. "We believe in United Way of Central Kansas and the community and are willing to do anything for the cause." said USD #428 Superintendent Brad Reed.
Senior Companions Juanita Lumpkins of Great Bend and Judi Welch of Larned, and Foster Grandparent volunteer, Hubert Brown of Olmitz were honored for their service to individuals in the community at the Senior Corps In-service meeting held in Great Bend on May 19th. Lumpkins has served 12 years with the program, Welch four years and Brown has been a Foster Grandpa for eight years.
Headed to one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' lakes for the upcoming holiday weekend? David Hoover, a Conservation Biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District is asking park visitors to leave their firewood at home.
A bounce house and a beanbag toss, face painting and free popcorn were all part of the carnival atmosphere Friday in the parking lot at The Center for Counseling and Consultation in Great Bend. The event was Mental Health Awareness Day.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime laws when the board meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board first looked at the issue in February. The final rule has been issued and takes effect on Dec. 1; it applies to salaried employees with "exempt" status, raising their minimum salary levels. Barton's solution would probably be a mix of increasing some salaries, moving some employees to hourly and redefining positions.
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 discussion about the Treasurer's Office and the email scam, a supplemental agreement for the High Risk Rural Roads program and a gas line that is interfering with a bridge project east of Great Bend.
USD 428 elementary schools celebrated the end of the 2015-2016 school year last week, each in their own unique ways. They promoted kindergarten students and sixth graders, recognized good citizenship and good grades, and students who had near perfect and perfect attendance were given special recognition. School administrators, representatives from Barton Community College, and a group of 34 patron donors made sure the students who strove all year to make it to school on time understood how proud they should be for showing that level of dedication to their education.
The Hoisington City Council will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Hoisington Municipal Building. The agenda includes the consideration of an ordinance to rezone property from R-1 to C-2, comments from citizens concerned about duplex construction on Fourth and Maple, and continued discussion of a proposed blight partnership program.
Raising awareness comes in many forms, but two veterans have taken it to the next level. Michael Priddy and David Allison are riding their bikes across the nation to raise awareness for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs and for veterans that are suffering with post traumatic stress disorder.
People's jobs become part of their fiber and this is no different for Dean Weis. Weis worked in the oil and gas fields for many years and was the curator of the Kansas Oil and Gas museum for 11 years, retiring from this position in December of 2015.