The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism is currently accepting updates and listings for the Official Kansas Travel Guide. The annual full-color publication provides a look at the unique travel experiences Kansas offers including comprehensive information on Kansas Byways, attractions, accommodations, campgrounds, recreational areas, guest ranches, hunting lodges, bed & breakfasts, antiques, retail shops, destination dining, motor sports, golf courses, and retreat centers.
An Open House for the work of Ron Alexander, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on June 7, at the Grassroots Art Center, 213 S. Main Street in Lucas. Ron will spend the afternoon at the art center doing a demonstration and hands on workshop for both children and adults.
Barton County Clerk/Election Officer Donna Zimmerman is hosting a voting equipment demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the County Commission Chambers at the courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend.
The Barton County Community Development Advisory Board will hold a brain-storming session about the county's future at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the courthouse conference room (room 101), 1400 Main in Great Bend.
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 On the agenda are the setting of the 2015 budget-planning calendar, a removal of an outdated crosswalk at 24th and Main and a no-parking zone on the south side of 24th from Main to Kansas .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.
Being chosen to be the class valedictorian will carry more meaning at Hoisington High School in the coming year, thanks to clarifications made to the honor at a special meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education Wednesday, June 17 at the central office.