After the dust, and water, settled Thursday afternoon, who won the United Way of Central Kansas water balloon fight between the Unified School District 428 administration and the Jefferson Elementary School staff is still being debated.
The purchase of welding equipment is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday in room F-30, in the Fine Arts Building on campus. Three bids were received for equipment for a welding lab. Other items on the agenda include an update on the Strategic Plan, personnel and the October board retreat
The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The KWEC is located on K-156 about 8 miles northeast of Great Bend in the southeast corner of the Wildlife Area.
The air is different. The tomato plants are changing to a different production mode. School has started. Shore birds are migrating with more urgency through our marsh. I can hear thumps and grunts coming from the football field 2 blocks away. It is cool in the mornings. Doves are starting to gather for their annual exodus with the first cold snap. White-tailed fawns are starting to lose their spots. Change is here.
About this time last year, I introduced the term zugunruhe (pronounced zue-gun-rue) to you in our Wetland Explorer column. This word is used in the birding world to describe a restless behavior of birds that tells them when they need to migrate. Undoubtedly, many birds are feeling zugunruhe right now as we have begun to see some of the early migrants stop through Cheyenne Bottoms in the last couple weeks.
August 23, 2015|
Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager
The Ellinwood City Council will meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the city office for a special meeting to discuss the reestablishment of a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. In April, 2010, the council approved a neighborhood revitalization plan that designated two tiers, the first a designated area and the second the remainder of the city. Formulas were created for required investment and improvement in order to receive tax rebates. The 2010 plan terminated Dec. 31, 2014. The new plan to be presented will essentially be the same form as the 2010 plan, according to City Manager Bud Newberry.
Each year, the Barton Community College faculty and staff get to strut their artistic talents in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances and Some Folks We Hardly Know" exhibit like professional artists, complete with a full-blown reception. This year's show opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole hearings in October for possible release in November to the following:
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a United Way of Central Kansas Pacesetter designation and a SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging Board appointment.