In November, the Barton County Historical Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of "The Rifleman," the original bronze statue by noted American sculptor Frederick C. Hibbard. To the north of the Barton County Courthouse, this likeness of a young man about 19 years of age stands eternal guard in defense of the Union, rifle and bayonet at the ready.
At 5 a.m. this morning I am standing in a ranch road holding the gate while Dusty drives through with the lights off. We know this road and the barbed wire gates that are perennially so tight for no reason obvious to us that it often requires both of us to close them. We go through two gates on the adjoining ranch to get to the area on Dustys ground where we will hunt. We have been doing this for many years. Good neighbors are important.
Challenges are faced every day by America's returning veterans. There's the challenge of reintegration into the civilian world, for one. For some, there is the challenge of resuming relationships put on hold. Others must adjust to life-changing injuries. There is also a silent, invisible challenge faced by most soldiers, and that is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the weight of that challenge triggers 22 veterans each day to take their own lives, said Blake Wornkey,local organizer for the Active Heroes Carry the Fallen rucksack march held Saturday morning at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The Touched by Cancer Support Group (TBC) is changing its schedule from two meetings a month to one, spokesman Dana Foss said. The next meeting will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. It will be a sharing and speaker meeting with Jamie Hutchinson and Leann Danner.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer two guided bird tours this month. These free tours will let both experienced and novice birders explore the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and experience the fall bird migration firsthand, said KWEC Education Director Jean Aycock.