Barton County business offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the County Landfill will also be closed that day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
Jennifer Schartz, Barton County Commissioner from the fifth district, has filed for re-election. At the end of this year, she will have 10 years of experience representing the people of Barton County on the board.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the setting of the 2015 budget-planning calendar, a removal of an outdated crosswalk at 24th and Main and a no-parking zone on the south side of 24th from Main to Kansas .
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the swearing in of the new Fourth District Commissioner Kenneth Lebbin, a request for a fireworks display at Camp Hope and flagpoles at the new veterans memorial.
The peak of summer travel across our nation's highways is about to begin. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours for the next two weeks, thanks in part to funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation through the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, to help motorists reach their destinations safely. The enforcement campaign runs from Monday, May 19, through Sunday, June 1.
Volunteers In Action and the American Red Cross are looking for volunteers to help with the local blood drive coming up on May 19 at St. Rose Auditorium. Jobs include checking in donors, escorting, and preparing and serving a light meal.
Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a check for $1,366.43 to St. Rose's Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H). From left to right are: Marilyn Degenhardt; Donita Wolf, GBHH&H director; and Arlene Wilhelm.
As the warming weather beckons outdoor enthusiasts to their favorite lake or river, Kansans should remember that they play a critical role in helping stop aquatic invaders that threaten lakes and rivers in Kansas and many other states. Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) are animals and plants not native to Kansas that can threaten lake and river ecology, harm native or desirable species, and interfere with our economy. They often hitchhike on the boats and equipment used by unsuspecting people who may unknowingly transport them to a previously uninfested body of water.
Dr. Andi Kinlin will speak on the topic, "How does physical health affect mental well being?" at the next meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Thelma Harms Room, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Band students at Great Bend High School are proving the quote, "There's no off season for band," as true. The Spring Band Concert on Monday night culminates a year of hard work up to the end of the school year. The concert is at 7 p.m. in the GBHS Gym and will honor the seniors and their parents. The varsity, junior varsity and jazz bands will perform, and various band awards will be presented. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.
The State Speech Championship Tournament was held on May 3, at Emporia High School. Great Bend had five students compete in five events with one advancing to semi-finals. Those individuals were Carter Sheffield in Extemporaneous Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation, Jesus Sandoval in Humorous Interpretation and Prose, Aaron Miller in Humorous Interpretation, Mali Clark in Prose and Kenna Dirks in Poetry and in Dramatic Interpretation Dirks advanced to the semi-final round.
Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers' Market will be the place to be, starting on Thursday, June 5, at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square and continuing through Sept. 4, in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series and other special events on Thursday evenings. The market organizers are currently seeking a variety of interested vendors to participate in the Summer Street Stroll.
Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 7.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 per gallon earlier this weekly, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81.
An Ellsworth woman died when the vehicle she was driving collided with another vehicle on K-156, 14 miles northeast of Great Bend at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday. A 2000 Mazda protege driven by Teresa Mehl, age 45, was travelling east on K-156 and crossed into the westbound lane, colliding with a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 driven by Andrew Kirkpatrick, 31, from Ellinwood.
Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K. Kids Event on Saturday. O.K. Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wi1dscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an alternative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...
Dr. Robin Garrett holds a Ph.D., but her higher education began with a course at a community college. The third of three candidates seeking the job of vice president of academics at Barton Community College visited the campus Tuesday for a public forum.