Stories that have played out on the statewide and nationwide level were topics when the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee, sponsored by Barton County Emergency Management, held its second quarterly meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, April 12.
Brooklyn, New York, born Don McPherson wasn't shy about sharing his appreciation of his new friends in Great Bend Tuesday. Here for one day to help spread the message that men have a part to play in raising awareness of and battling domestic and sexual violence, he wasn't afraid to share his bothersome concerns of what it means to be in tornado country in the springtime. It didn't make him any less a man. Quite the contrary.
The executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees braved predicted inclement weather Tuesday to drive from Topeka for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting. KACCT Director Linda Fund planned to be back in Topeka today when the 2016 Legislature resumes its work.
The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and approved an annexation request from Kenny Schremmer for a property he owns located just south of the railroad tracks near Railroad Ave. and US 281. A developer has expressed interest in the property, and has conducted a variety of tests including water and soil tests, as well as a traffic assessment in recent weeks. At this time, Schremmer said, he is under contract with the party who intends to bring a Sonic Drive-in restaurant to the location.
Local law enforcement agencies along with Barton County Health Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up to help people get rid of unwanted prescription medicines on Saturday during the National Drug Take-Back Day.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Regional Hospital, 514 Cleveland Street (enter through the east Emergency Room entrance), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Tiffany Schoendaler with greeters Shannon Stafford & Mike Fortkamp. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
It was announced last Monday at the Barton County Commission meeting that the county had 77 lines for the names of veterans remaining before the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial's second stone could be ordered.
Faculty contracts are on the agenda for the next meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.