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Briefs for Jan. 16, 2011
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Akings to address Citizen Watchdogs


Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings will speak at the next meeting of the Citizens Watchdog Association, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Rosewood Gallery, located at 16th and Main.

Organizers said the meeting is open to the public, burglary victims, neighbors, friends and anyone who is concerned about the continuing burglaries in Great Bend. Akings will give an update on the latest news on burglaries in the area.


Relay for Life fundraising lunch set


OLMITZ — A Relay for Life fundraising soup lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Olmitz Knights of Columbus. Seven varieties of soup will be served with dessert. The cost is a free-will offering.


Candle fundraiser planned for Relay


Kandi Wolf, Relay for Life of Barton County team-development chairwoman, is hosting a Celebrating Home fundraiser with Carolyn Roth from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Rosewood Activity Center, 16th and Main in Great Bend.

Celebrating Home, a candle company, is having a special in the month of January. If it is a $400 fundraiser, the company will give 40 percent back to the American Cancer Society. Each person invited who makes a reservation and attends will receive a $10 gift certificate. Wolf is also part of the Great Bend Tribune Relay team and can be reached at 620-797-5651.


Free developmental screenings offered


Free screening to evaluate development is available to all children, birth through 2 years old, through Sunflower Early Education Center. Screenings are scheduled this Friday from 9-11 a.m. at the education center, 1312 Patton Road. For more information or a screening appointment, call 792-4087 or 800-692-4087.


Commission meets Tuesday this week


Barton County Commission will recognize county workers for longevity when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The commission won’t meet Monday morning this week because the courthouse will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Also, the commission will discuss issues about hazard assessment issues; consider a resolution on blood borne pathogen control; and abatements and refunds for 2010 taxes.


Council considers support for senior rental properties


Support for a senior rental property and an extension on time for the proposed demolition of the former Allied Services Building at Central Kansas Medical Center will be discussed when the Great Bend City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the city building.

It is proposed that the building, which was slated for demolition two years ago, now be turned into 25 rental properties instead.

The council will also be asked for a resolution of support, in a separate issue, for senior rental properties by Housing Opportunities Inc.

The council will also receive a report on the Kansas Wetlands Education Center; discuss a grant for aeration at Vet’s Lake; consider $21,000 in support for mini-buses; consider changes to city ordinances; discuss the texting while driving ordinance; discuss state transportation funding changes; and consider a grant application for the Crest Theater.