For years now, Barton County has benefited from state dollars that have helped keep the county's infrastructure in tip-top shape. A big part of that success can be attributed to County Engineer Clark Rusco, County Administrator Richard Boeckman said Monday morning.
The "I Dare You" Leadership award was first offered in 1941 by the late William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis. He challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service. The award is inspired by the book, I Dare You! written by Danforth, in which he commends the balanced life of mental, physical, social and spiritual development as the backbone of leadership.
Of all that can be gained in 4-H work, none is more prestigious that of the Kansas 4-H Key Award. To earn the Key Award, candidates must be 16 years of age and must be enrolled in the leadership project for the past four years.
There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program. The 2014 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The two couples honored this year were Wayne and Terri DeWerff and Bill and Robin Niederee.
On Nov. 7, past employees of Lane-Wells Company, a Perforating and Logging Company, held a reunion in Great Bend at the American Legion. Lane-Wells left this area in the early 90's after being located in Great Bend for about 45 years. The company employed approximately 5O people. In addition to Great Bend, Lane-Wells had stations in Russell, Stockton, Atwood, Eldorado, Pratt and Liberal. They employed over 150 people, including Great Bend.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas is seeking public comments on changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) interim final rule.
The Governor's Water Conference is to be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center, 410 S. 3rd Street in Manhattan. At 9:15 a.m. n Wednesday, Governor Sam Brownback will address the progress made on his call to action last year at the conference for a 50-Year Vision for meeting Kansas water supply current and future needs.
Sunflower Bank has promoted Jordan Klima to Loan Operations Assistant. In this capacity, Klima will be making consumer loans and supporting commercial loan functions in the Great Bend and Ellinwood communities. Prior to the promotion, Klima was a Customer Service Representative.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The following meals will be served Nov. 10 through Nov. 14. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi began its 2014-15 year in September with new plans for community service, and social and cultural activities. Members welcomed back Brenda Black, who has rejoined the chapter after returning to Great Bend from Topeka.