Barton County experienced serious damage from the recent ice storm and resulting ice accumulations. Countless limbs crashed to the ground, thousands of residents left without electricity and travel became hazardous.
The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will conduct a noon luncheon meeting Thursday, Jan. 26, at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield St. Items on the agenda include approval of a $293 check to the local FFA from the national organization for future scholarships, and approval to request E-rate funding for 2017-18. Eisenhower Principal Laurie Harwood and other staff will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.
The renovation of two housing units into classroom space is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for the winter blues – nature programs! Kids will make a shadow puppet, investigate backyard birds and become a sleuth, while constructing a plaster of Paris track kit, during KWEC's February Saturday morning programs.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2017, election of 2017 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, and reports from members.
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 state of emergency declaration for Barton County due to the ice storm and damage, a matching-fund request for SouthW est Kansas Area Agency on Aging and a listing of open position on the Center for Counseling and Consultation Governing Board, Community Development Advisory Board, Health Advisory Board, Memorial Parks Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission.
LARNED – One Larned resident was slightly injured and their second floor apartment in a downtown Larned business a total loss following a Friday afternoon fire, Larned Fire Department Lt. Antonio Hearn said.
King United Methodist Church will hold its annual ham & bean benefit supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the church, located at 10th and Odell in Great Bend. The menu includes ham & beans, corn bread, relishes, cake and drink. Freewill donations accepted; carry-out available.
Local residents hope to raise $10,000 for charity in one hour through a new group called "100 Who Care Barton County." The plan is to find at least 100 people willing to donate $100 to a worthy cause, and to repeat the process every quarter in 2017.
Great Bend High School students are selling tickets for a dinner theater production, "Dark Road," on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 24-25. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. each night in the GBHS commons area, with the show to follow. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 for a couple and will be available at the door.
The Great Bend American Legion Post 180 soup supper that was scheduled for this week and been rescheduled due to the recent ice storm. The supper will be held Monday, Jan. 23. It will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Barton County Historical Society will have its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 23. A catered dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. for members and potential members. Reservations must be made by Friday, Jan. 20, by calling 620-793-5125 or 620-791-7538.