Leadership Golden Belt kicks off its 2013 program with a retreat on Aug. 1 and will continue to meet through October. The program follows the Kansas Leadership Center's curriculum and includes purpose-oriented site visits in various locations throughout Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties.
The State of Kansas Medicaid program, KanCare, is collecting important household information from beneficiaries to meet new federal eligibility guidelines mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment began today mailing the instructions and a data collection form in a letter envelope to about 130,000 KanCare households of beneficiaries who are parents with children and pregnant women. This mailing is not being sent to elderly and disabled KanCare beneficiaries.
Just four weeks ago, things were not looking good for Clyde, the male black bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. He was in poor health at the time, but after a surgery performed by Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, Director Scott Gregory said he hopes Clyde will be with the zoo for many years.
A man charged with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old victim appeared in Barton County District Court Monday and entered a plea of "no contest" to one count of indecent liberties with a child. Randall Scott Daubert was found guilty of the charge after Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews offered an affidavit as evidence. He did not state the evidence, noting the sensitive nature of the case. District Judge Ron Svaty found Daubert guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI).
Incredible Years Preschool has scheduled an open house for anyone interested in learning more about its comprehensive programs for children age 2-and-a-half to 5, Director Shari Schneider said. It is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the preschool, 1312 Patton.
When Steve Wondra, Great Bend, was asked to organize a volleyball tournament in conjunction with June Jaunt Activities, he had two conditions - it would honor the memory of his friend, Rhonda Klug, and proceeds would be directed to Heartland Cancer Center.
Braxton Schooler, center, helps a customer with her purchase, Friday afternoon. Braxton and his brother Carsyn, right, operated the corn stand at the corner of Broadway Ave. and Warner Road with some help from their mother Julie (not pictured). The corn came from the farm of Julie Schooler's uncle, Richard Josefiak, of Rozel.
Chicago-area police chief Kent Williams, who has been involved in law enforcement for more than 27 years, talks to fellow officers, Wednesday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building. His presentation discussed the traumas and triumphs associated with modern law enforcement and how they influence the pivotal balance between professional and personal relationships. The Lee Turner lectureship series is an endowment-funded program designed to provide an opportunity for law enforcement personnel to meet continuing education requirements while gaining valuable training pertinent to their profession.
A couple Tuesdays ago, Barton Community College Director of Institutional Advancement Darnell Holopirek gave a program at the Great Bend Noon Lions Club meeting. Among her topics was the much-needed and on-going renovation of the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.
Barton and Pawnee County residents were involved in several highway accidents over the weekend, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs. All of the people involved were wearing seat belts, with one exception.