Back in elementary school when I learned the branches of government it was really quite simple. The Legislative Branch made the laws, the Executive Branch enforced the laws and the Judicial Branch interpreted the laws. Of course by high school, we learned there was a little more to it, but it still was not overly complex-in addition to the original equation, the Legislative Branch also allocated funds for the government, the Executive Branch also administered government and the Judicial Branch also made certain everything was constitutional. It never seemed too difficult to understand how it worked
After the last week it is likely safe to say the area has received its fair share of moisture which hurt finishing up wheat harvest but is certainly a boon for summer crops (and weeds), pastures, and wildlife. Also today, the Barton County Fair wraps up so everyone involved deserves congratulations for helping to put it on and/or participating, especially the 4-H participants and their parents. A significant topic currently in agriculture is labelling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food products and content labelling in general. This column has previously discussed at length GMOs so we will skip that.
The Newman University Spring 2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies were held on May 14 at Central Community Church. The Undergraduate ceremony was held at 10 a.m. The Graduate ceremony was held at 3 p.m. A total of 258 graduates were recognized.
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.
July 09, 2016|
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There has been much hoopla over the planned Great Bend Transload Facility to be located in the Great Bend Industrial Park west of town. The project has been in the works for about a year and the deal was consummated with a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the construction site.
A veterans support group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. of the second Wednesday of the month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, 504 Main. The meetings are open to all veterans. The next meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13.
Mike Johnson, chairman of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, wants to know how much it costs the college to comply with federal mandates. The topic will be discussed when the board holds its next study session at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the Administration Building Conference Room. This luncheon meeting will include a presentation on the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees by Johnson; he represents Barton on the KACCT and was recently elected KACCT president.