ELLSWORTH - On Saturday June 27, the 16th annual "Run For The Soul" Motorcycle Benefit Run will be held at the Ellsworth Recreation Center, former Armory, in Ellsworth. The ride will leave at 12:30 p.m. with a bike parade around the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday. Items on the agenda include: approval of overnight student travel for GBMS and GBHS orchestra students; approval of paper bid; approval of roofing bid for Washington School ECC; approval of Sunflower Bank and BMI Philanthropy Committee contributions; approval of BCC swimming pool lease agreement; approval of elementary, middle school and high school 2015-2016 fees; approval of 2015-2016 meal prices; approval of 2015-2016 mileage reimbursement rate; summer projects update; bill and financial reports; and licensed teacher resignations, administrator appointment and licensed teacher appointments
There's something about flags. And a huge display like the one that sets off the impressive Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps exhibit at the Great Bend Public Library can't help but draw in visitors looking for a place to cool off during the June Jaunt celebration in Great Bend this weekend. The display is made possible thanks to a collaboration between the Kansas Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution's Hometown Teams project.
ELLINWOOD - Wolf Park in Ellinwood was graced Friday with an eye catching piece of art thanks to the creativity and artistic know-how of three of the communities local artists. Rosa Lyn Borchers, Ellinwood, met Friday with Chamber of Commerce Director Jacque Isern and Renee Miller of Sentinel Gallery at Wolf Park. She was presented a $50 Chamber gift certificate for her winning design for Ellinwood's June Jaunt Barn Quilt. Miller and partner Aaron McCaffery transformed the design into it's finished form including a three-dimensional sheaf of wheat created from wood and wire.
HOISINGTON - As usual, Senator Jerry Moran was worth the price of admission (free) at the Hoisington Activity Center. He even jokingly talked about his father's underwear for the first time. More on Moran's father later.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes proposed employee handbook changes, a Sheriff's Office training facility update and the county's road sand-sealing operation.
Great Bend youths spent most of the day Friday learning what makes the City of Great Bend tick. For the 41st Youth Academy, they visited areas seldom seen, such as the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and places they thought they knew, such as the zoo.
Nex-Tech's cable TV show "What's Happening Now" has been highlighting events and attractions in Hays and other parts of western Kansas for several episodes. This past week, host Jenny Leiker and crew visited the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, an attraction Leiker said she has loved since moving to this area. A full 30-minute segment will be dedicated to the zoo.
A special meeting of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the District Education Center. Items on the agenda include a donation for the playground equipment initiative, insurance for 2015-16, personnel, and end-of-year budget expenditures and transfers.
Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.
With wheat harvest underway, it's time to take a break and have some fun, said Patty Horton of Hoisington Main Street. Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., HMS will host Hoisington Fun Day. Sponsors include the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #23, First Kansas Bank, Cates Carquest, Manweiler Chevrolet, A & F Enterprises, City of Hoisington EMS, Police and Fire Dept., State Farm Insurance - Kathy Burt, Roadway Inn & Suites, and The Lodge Micro Motel.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a wanted person. Brandon Dannebohm has several warrants including a "No Bond Probation Violation" and "Possession of Methamphetamine". Dannebohm is known to carry a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous.
The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting a noon Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams, to consider the discharge of fireworks on July 3, City Administrator Howard Partington said Thursday.
McPHERSON - A married couple from India who themselves are unlawfully in the United States have been arrested on an indictment charging unlawful employment of aliens, document fraud, bank fraud and making false claims of U.S. citizenship, U. S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.
Barton County Emergency Management has been working to accumulate information on storm-related damages since May 4, said Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller. The result has been a local disaster declaration and inclusion in the State of Kansas disaster declaration.
A staff representative specializing in veterans casework will represent First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the Great Bend Front Door Community Center, 1615 10th Street.
Heike Arrowood didn't let obstacles stop her from pursuing her educational goals; she smashed through them. Fueled by her desire to succeed and a jumpstart from Barton Community College, she now holds the highest level of academia attainable in the nursing field - a doctorate.