The Elks Lodge in Great Bend is taking reservations for its Valentine's Dinner. It will be served from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Elks, 1120 Kansas Ave. Members and guests are welcome. Cost is $15 per person for rib-eye steak, baked potato, salad, dinner roll, beverage and dessert.
The Barton Community College Performing Arts Department will host "Scholarship Day" auditions on Thursday, Feb. 11. Current or prospective students may contact the Music Department to set up a time to audition for music or theater scholarships or performance awards. Awards are available for performing arts majors and non-performing arts majors alike.
Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school, was born in Missouri but spent some time in Kansas.
The public presentation of the Barton County bike/pedestrian master plan, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Kansas Wetlands Education Center, has been canceled to due forecasted inclement weather. The plan will soon be available on the Golden Belt Community Foundation website at goldenbeltcf.org.
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 recognition of Sheriff's Office Detective Sgt. Dave Paden, a discussion of the proposed Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning for portions of Cow Creek and a cereal-malt beverage licence for Mo's Place in Beaver.
Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed said a proposal in the Kansas Legislature to consolidate more school districts would not save money but could hurt the quality of education in some districts. USD 428 representatives' recent trip to Topeka was discussed at Thursday's mid-month school board meeting.
There was no shortage of information presented at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning. USD 431 Hoisington Superintendent Bill Lowry's legislative report included news about a bill that many have expressed concern over since the state legislature resumed session earlier this month. Earlier in the week, the Kansas Association of School Boards sent out an alert to members about three bills, one of which could completely change the face of public education in Barton County