The Kansas Highway Patrol is joining multiple other states ahead of the Labor Day weekend and during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, for the I-80 and I-35 High Visibility Enforcement Project. The Kansas Highway Patrol accepted a challenge from the Iowa State Patrol (whose state sits at the crossroads of I-35 and I-80) to join the effort. The goal of the enforcement is to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes on the nation's interstates, combat criminal activity, as well as draw much needed attention to traffic safety. The enforcement will run Aug. 28 through Aug. 30.
Kansas's statewide Walking School Bus (WSB) programs, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), proved successful for students and schools. KDOT contracted with PedNet, a nonprofit organization, to create 15 WSB programs throughout the state. However, in the end, 17 schools implemented a WSB. In total, those 17 schools had 54 routes, 298 volunteers and 715 children. This makes it one of the largest and most successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects in the United States.
Every year the Golden Belt Community Foundation accepts requests for funding through grant applications from local charitable organizations. This is just one way that the foundation Board of Directors and staff learn about needs and projects in the four-county area. As the July grant cycle concluded, the Board of Directors also took a closer look at their own county and communities.
Mel and Darnell Holopirek were the Old Bill Honorees at the Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction, Saturday, Aug. 22. The event, "A Ghostly Gala," had a Halloween theme and spooky auction items included a stay at the hotel that inspired Stephen King's novel, "The Shining."
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Diesel Control Technicians, 5006 8th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Amy Habiger and Sarah Adams. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Welding Certificate program at Barton Community College started this fall, and on Tuesday the BCC Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 10 complete multi-process welding machines for the lab. Because this purchase was over $50,000, the administration sought bids and brought them before the board, which approved the low bid of $57,759.58 from Scott's Welding in Great Bend.