Although Barton County didn't experience any damage from the tornadoes, thunderstorms, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding in May, the Barton County Commission Monday morning retroactively approved a declaration of a state of local disaster emergency covering that time frame.
The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will extend its campaign to spray for mosquitoes for four more weeks. This Thursday was scheduled to be the last day for spraying, but the city is adding four more Thursdays.
When the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Brandon Steinert, director of Public Relations & Marketing, will give a presentation on the college's new Trustee Accountability and Transperency webpage. The page can be found online at http://www.bartonccc.edu/community/boardoftrustees/transparency.
Camp Hope-Heartland concluded Saturday and sponsors are already looking ahead to 2017. The free, week-long camp is for Kansas and Missouri children who have cancer or have had cancer. It is held each year at Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich, located between Cheyenne Bottoms and Claflin.
Sydney Anne Perez, 20, of Topeka, entered a plea of not guilty to charges of aggravated battery and aiding and abetting aggravated battery, Friday in Barton County District Court. No date was set for her jury trial, which is expected to last four days.
The Family Crisis Center staff and volunteers recognized FCC Board Member Jan Westfall this past week for four years of service. She was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from FCC Director Laur Patzner on June 21, as Westfall retires from the board.
Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider attended the State Immunization Conference in Salina where the county received an award for "Outstanding Effort in Turning Around the Immunization Program."
Junior, Aaron Miller, from Great Bend competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. The national tournament was held this year June 11 through June 18, at Salt Lake City, Utah. Every year there are approximately 1 million NSDA members and only 5,000 students qualify to the national tournament. It was an honor that Aaron was selected and qualified to compete in the tournament.