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Emergency planning topic of meeting

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include discussion on a Barton County Health Department emergency plan review, report on severe weather activities, and discussion on recent exercises and upcoming exercises.
The primary functions of the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee is to establish and maintain a Hazardous Materials Plan, conduct exercises of the plan and serve as the contact for the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Program, often referred to as SARA Title III. The Barton County LEPC is comprised of representatives from the following groups: elected official; first responders; hospital; community service/civic group; law enforcement; health/medicine/ transportation; fire fighting; environment; communications media; and facilities/industries regulated by SARA Title III.
Individuals may contact Amy Miller, Emergency Management Director, at 620-793-1919 or by e-mail at for more information concerning the meeting.

County commission will look at grant application

The Board of Barton County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday. Items on the agenda include a request by the county attorney’s office to adopt National Crime Victim’s Rights Week; discuss and consider approval of the Fiscal Year 2013 Grant Application; and action taken on an act concerning property taxation, defining real and personal property, amending KSA 79-102 and repealing the existing section.

School board to approve door replacement

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend Middle School, 1919 Harrison. Items on the agenda include approval of door replacement quotes, GBMS gym update; and approval of certified teacher appointments.
GBMS Principal David Reiser and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.

Model railroad group plans open house

The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house form noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend. Everyone is welcome and guests should use the west doors, said spokesman Mark Orth.
Many trains of various gauges will be running. Admission is free and there will be refreshments and door prizes.