LYONS - A 2002 Ford Explorer carrying six men from Great Bend overturned Tuesday on U.S. 56, half a mile east of Lyons, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports. The accident occurred at 2:55 p.m. as the westbound vehicle driven by Merced Olivas-Portillo, 59, dropped off the edge of the roadway onto the shoulder. The driver over-corrected and the Explorer slid sideways onto a paved driveway, overturned one time and came to rest on its top facing south.
The Wetlands Waterpark in Great Bend is closed for the summer, but it will be open Saturday morning for the Pooch Plunge. This annual event is a time for dogs and their humans to enjoy in the pool, located at 2303 Main. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon and the cost is $5 per dog.
Just as asphalt overlay work is being completed in the Galatia area, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department has plans to keep up its campaign to tackle over 100 miles of county blacktops this year, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips said.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Culligan Water, 1706 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Aaron Andrews and Brandon Steinert. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Public Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug, 23, at the Kansas Wetland Education Center northeast of Great Bend on Kansas Highway 156, in the southeastern portion of the wildlife area. Information presented includes current and expected conditions at Cheyenne Bottoms for the waterfowl season, waterfowl season dates, expectations for the fall waterfowl migration and expected upland game bird populations for the central part of Kansas.
Misunderstood information from the Barton County Commission meeting on Monday morning gave the wrong impression that there was an investigation at the Barton County Sheriff's Office which in fact there was not, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday approved a budget that holds the mill levy to virtually the same rate as the past two years, Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton said. The estimated tax rate for the general fund, supplemental fund, capital outlay and debt service will be 45.834 mills, compared to 45.866 mills in 2015-2016 and 45.280 mills in 2014-2015.
The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold its budget hearing when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. The budget for 2016-2017 will be approved following the public hearing.