The start of spring is here. But for many families, paying winter heating bills is still a lingering concern. The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is still accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). The deadline to apply is March 31.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends Monday, and Kansans who are delinquent on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service. The rule, in effect November 1 through March 31 each year, provides protection to residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills from companies under the Kansas Corporation Commission's jurisdiction.
RUSSELL -- The next exhibit at The Deines Cultural Center will be "Art at Your Fingertips," a show of a variety of media by elementary through high school students in USD 407. The show opens this Friday, March 28, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Deines Cultural Center, located at 820 North Main in Russell. The exhibit will be up through May 9. Admission is free and the center is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
A colorful program on creating butterfly gardens was given by Becky Dudrey at the March Garden Club meeting in Great Bend. Using the magazine Birds and Blooms as a resource, Dudrey shared photos of the 10 most popular butterfly species, and described the best plants to attract butterflies.
Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a donation to Sunflower Diversified Services. From left to right are: Arlene Wilhelm; Jim Johnson, Sunflower executive director; and Marilyn Degenhardt.
Harsh winter weather has people longing for warmer days ahead, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has the perfect remedy for cabin fever. KDWPT invites outdoor enthusiasts to "Spring Into Summer" on Saturday, March 29 with a free entrance day and open houses at all Kansas state parks. Most parks will host special activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visit State Parks Open Houses to learn about the special events at participating parks.
It's been a long winter but spring is upon us even though it seems fleeting. At Cheyenne Bottoms, waterfowl have been coming and going since mid-February, a few early shorebirds have arrived and some of the perennial plants are sending out tentative shoots.
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KDWPT Educatior at KWEC
Diane Nash, veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement -- a leader in the lunch-counter protests in the Nashville sit-ins and an active member of the Freedom Riders -- will speak at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center a 7 p.m. on March 27.
I am Erika Julian, and would like to announce my candidacy to serve Great Bend as the city council person in the 4th Ward. Six years ago, my husband Rick and I moved back to Great Bend where he was born and raised. Since then, I have taken an active interest in this community by volunteering for numerous events, also by serving as Chairperson of the Head Start Policy Council, as PTO secretary, and I am a coach and board member for the Special Olympics. My husband and I also own and operate two businesses here in Great Bend. I ...
On Sunday, March 30, Kansas Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a tour of three pipe organs in Great Bend, with a program geared to interest people of all ages, and particularly suited to families. Those who attend will hear the instruments and learn more about how they work.
Members of the Barton County Young Professionals group are invited to attend the luncheon program, "School Enrollment Options," on Tuesday, May 5, at Pizza Hut, 4101 10th St. There will be a panel of local K-12 education providers, from both public and private schools. The program is free to attend, but participants must pay for their meals. The presentation will run from 12:15 -12:45 p.m., with door prize drawings.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Water Conservation Rain Barrel" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This is a free Stop 'N' Learn session. Landscapes, on average, account for nearly 40 percent of a household's water usage during the summer months. Rain barrels can help alleviate some of the pressure on water resources by collecting rain water to be used for watering purposes.
Great Bend Unified School District 428 will be paying mileage reimbursement to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside of the city limits and 2.5 miles or more from their designated school (by way of the shortest route). The rate of reimbursement will be determined at a later date.
Flowers ordered from Lincoln Elementary students in Hoisington will be available for pick up from 9 a.m. to noon on May 2, at the school. All left over flowers may be purchased beginning at noon on that day.
Cathy Estes and her colleagues have always appreciated physicians who refer children to Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) when a developmental delay is suspected or a medical problem needs intervention.
Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.
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Six Barton County Sheriff's Office employees attended tactical training this week in Dodge City. Pictured are, from left: Detention Officer Alex Badger, Deputy Alex Lomas, Deputy Gary Leiker, Deputy Doug Parks, Detention Officer Jonathan Strandberg and Detention Officer Taylor Reed.
The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.