For over 10 years, the county has used a direct fiber link between the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the District Court for first appearance hearings. Not only does this reduce the possibility of escape or an unfavorable interaction with the public, this also reduces stress on staff.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a public hearing for unsafe structures at 1318 and 1324 Kansas, amendments to the Convention and Tourism Board ordinance and a letter of support for the transload facility project.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes: proposals for auditing, janitorial, pest control and trash collection; an upgrade to the fiber-optic link between the Barton County Jail and the courthouse; and the appointment of special deputy coroners.
The second-annual Dress Down the Town Nov. 18 was a success for the United Way of Central Kansas, said Julie Bugner Smith, UWCK executive director. The number of business participating was down slightly from last year, but over $1,600 was raised to help support the Literacy Kits that will be distributed to pre-K students in Barton and Pawnee Counties.
The Ellinwood City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the city office, 104 E. 2nd, to discuss a new fine schedule for standard traffic offences and review cereal malt beverage applications.
Hoisington's school board will meet Monday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the district office, 165 W. 3rd, where they will discuss where to invest bond proceeds for highest return. Action is expected on a bid to purchase new Chromebooks. Two executive sessions have been requested for the purpose of discussing personnel, one certified and one transportation.
On Monday at 7 p.m. the Pawnee Rock City Council will meet at the city office, 508 Center St., to discuss formation of a work committee to find solutions to problem of semi-trucks parking on city streets, which has led to ongoing and extensive damage and noise complaints. Discussion about changes to election schedules will also be conducted. No actions are expected on either topic.
Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate in Great Bend, along with Wal-Mart and Eagle Radio are joining forces to sponsor the 6th Annual Christmas for Kids Toy Drive to benefit Saint Francis Community Services. Through this toy drive, wishes are fulfilled for children in Saint Francis foster care, adoption, and family preservation programs. Christmas For Kids provides presents to children and teens, ages newborn to eighteen, who may otherwise go without a gift this holiday season. You can make a real difference in the life of a child in Central Kansas this Christmas.