Students enrolled in career and technical education courses at Barton Community College are taught accountability and other aspects of professionalism that employers want, Dean of Workforce Training & Community Education Elaine Simmons told the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday.
The Hoisington City Council welcomed newly elected members and honored those retiring from service at Monday night's meeting. Nancy Farmer, Ward 1 and Jim Sekavec, Ward 2 both retired following last week's election. Both were presented plaques, recognizing their many years on the council.
Cory Zimmerman came out in front of a field of three write-in candidates to claim a seat on the Great Bend City Council during last Tuesday's general election. This was necessary when incumbent Councilman Matt Hiss decided not to seek reelection and no one filed for the position.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved renewing the county's membership in the Dodge City-based Great Plains Development Inc., an economic development agency that works with cities and counties by helping with loans to them as well as entrepreneurs.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Public Library 1409 Williams Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters Marty Steinert and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation will soon host meetings in Rush County for a listening tour and series of community meetings across Rush, Pawnee, Stafford, and Barton counties. The Rush County meetings are scheduled for Thursday, April 21, and will be held at the following locations and times:
The Great Bend USD 428 administrative team will see quite a bit of shuffling this summer as one longtime principal leaves the district, another accepts a new position at the District Education Center and two teachers earn places at the table.
April 11, 2016|
SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE
New handbooks that outline policies for Great Bend USD 428 students, teachers, athletics and activities were approved with little fanfare at Monday's Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Brad Reed noted that, in accordance with board policy, this was the second reading of the handbooks that were introduced at the March board meeting.
This past Friday, Great Bend Police Officers participated in a drug sweep at the Great Bend High School. This sweep, conducted with and at the request of the school administration, consisted of drug detecting canine teams working with school administrators to "sniff" for drugs in the school building and vehicles parked near the school.
Barton County business owners have noticed a surge in burglaries in recent years, and frustration is running high. In 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's report on crimes known to law enforcement, Great Bend was number three in the state of Kansas for number of burglaries per 1,000 residents. Only Pittsburgh and Coffeyville were higher.
In early March, Kansas reported its first case of the much-talked about Zika virus. Although there has only been on instance thus far, local and state health officials are bracing for the mosquito-borne disease to spread to the Sunflower state.