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News In Print ................................................................................................ 6 Pawnee County Fair ...................................................................................8-9 Santa Fe Trail Days ................................................................................10-11 State Theatre .............................................................................................. 12 Pawnee County Events................................................................................ 13 Hunting and Fishing .................................................................................... 14 RV Parks & Camping ................................................................................... 15 Golf............................................................................................................. 16 Recreation .................................................................................................. 17 Pawnee County Points of Interest ...........................................................18-19 Eat, Drinks and Treats ............................................................................20-21 Larned Chamber of Commerce Members ...............................................22-23 Santa Fe Trail Center Museum .................................................................... 24 Larned Area Chamber of Commerce & Pawnee County Economic Development Commission .................................. 25 SRCA Dragstrip ......................................................................................26-27 Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo ........................................................................ 28 Wetlands Waterpark .................................................................................... 29 Barton County Events.................................................................................. 30 Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau .................................................... 31 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo .................................................................. 34 Barton County Points of Interest .............................................................36-37 Kansas Wetlands Education Center ............................................................. 39 State Govermnt ........................................................................................... 40 Local and National Offices .......................................................................... 41 Pawnee County History ..........................................................................42-43 Towship Officials......................................................................................... 44 Towships Map ............................................................................................ 45 Burdett ....................................................................................................... 46 Garfield ....................................................................................................... 47 Larned ...................................................................................................48-49 Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility and Larned State Hospital .......... 50 Recycling .................................................................................................... 51 Rozel .......................................................................................................... 52 Administrative Numbers.............................................................................. 53 It’s the law .................................................................................................. 54 Helpful Numbers ......................................................................................... 55 Hotline Numbers ......................................................................................... 56 Clubs and 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sually held on the last weekend of July, the Pawnee County Fair helps to showcase the accomplishments of people from all the communities in the county. It’s a chance for everyone from youth to seniors to put their best foot forward and demonstrate pride in skills acquired and honed over the past year. They include one or more: Raising and handling pets and livestock, agricultural and marksmanship skills, and hobbies and crafts including photography, needlework, painting, sculpting, woodworking and more. Exhibitors enter in one of two classes. Open includes the general public, and 4-H is for 4-H club members only. While both classes are judged essentially the same, 4-H exhibitors benefit from the insights offered at voluntary consultations with Extension trained judges. Learning and improving are what 4-H aims to impart to youth. A major feature of any county fair is the livestock

barn, and Pawnee County is no exception. In 2019, one exhibitor entered a pair of peacocks, which drew above average attention. Some of the standards include poultry, rabbits, sheep and goats, pigs and cows. The horse show is also a big draw, but as working animals, they are only on display in the performance ring. While historically the roots of the 4-H program are deep in the world of agriculture, the modern era has seen the variety of projects expand to include many designed to appeal to kids growing up in rural and urban environments.

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Livestock shows still drive the action, but many of today’s kids are just as apt to display the results of their tech skills as their ability to lead a sheep, pig or cow around the ring. Visitors to the fair can take in all types of displays throughout the days-long event. Judges called in from neighboring counties arrive in the early days to judge 4-H dog and cat shows and a fashion revue the week prior to the fair. This ensures pets are under the least amount of stress, and participants need not worry about mussing their clothes before or after their handiwork and sewing machine skills have been admired up close. When appropriate, entries are on display during the fair with ribbons and rankings attached. Each day holds something new and unique. By the time the weekend arrives, fair goers find it can be hard to choose between competing in a 5K run, watching a tractor pull or ranch rodeo, filling up on burgers and steaks at the steak cookoff, or relaxing in the beer garden. Ice cream socials, watermelon feeds, and community coffees provide even more opportunities to sample and catch up with friends and family at the fair. One highlight of the fair is the 4-H Livestock Sale, where Pawnee County Youth learn the ins and outs of marketing their livestock project. The sale is followed by the annual livestock buyer’s dinner. The Pawnee County Fair takes place during the last full week of July at the Pawnee County Fairground located on North Toles Ave. in Larned. Fair books are available in the weeks before the fair, outlining exhibit requirements. They can be picked up at the Pawnee County Extension Office located in the basement of the Pawnee County Courthouse at 715 Broadway. It can also be accessed on the website at

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ey, hey, hey, are you excited for Santa Fe Trail Days?! Hitch your wagon and head on over to Larned, Kansas on May 22nd-24th, 2020 for a family-filled weekend of fun! This annual community event features: inflatables, live music, beer garden, hamburger/hot dog feed, concession and craft vendors, glow parade, car show, outside movie, ice cream social, community talent show, pig races and much more! Santa Fe Trail Days is entering its 28th year and we couldn’t be more thrilled! This year, we’re continuing to make the event more family-friendly, adding new and old favorite events into the ‘Days. Hosted by the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber strives to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Pawnee County, making it a better place to live, work and play. Mark your calendars for May 22nd-24th, 2020 and we will see you there!

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Pawnee County Source | STATE THEATRE OF LARNED

State Theatre marks its 70th anniversary


aturday afternoon, April 6, 2019 the Larned State Theatre Association marked the 70th Anniversary of the opening of the State Theatre at its 617 Broadway location with a step back into the past. President of the board, Jim White welcomed all comers to the theater where he gave a brief presentation about the history of the theater, followed by a cake cutting and the showing of the first movie shown at that location – “An Innocent Affair; Don’t Trust Your Husband� starring Fred MacMurray and Madeleine Carrol. Attendees paid 1949 prices to get into the show – 50 cents for adults and 12 cents for children 11 and under. Outside, members of the Santa Fe Trail Auto Club showed vintage automobiles out front of the theater in tribute to a 1949 newspaper photo of the theater’s opening night.

One member, Tracey Eye, recalled his Saturday routine as a kid in the 1950s and 1960s growing up in Larned. “Mom would give me 60 cents. I’d ride my bike to the corner gas station, get a cherry pop for a dime,� he said. Then, he’d stop at the barber shop next to the theater and get a haircut for a quarter. “I’d wait until 2 o’clock for the matinee, and pay another quarter and go to the movie. That was my Saturday.� Another member, Craig Miller, remembered paying 9 cents to see a movie in the theater’s original location a few blocks south on Main Street, and noted that prices went up a few cents when the new theater opened. “That was the start of inflation, and it never quit,� he said. According to White, owners of the State Theatre in the 1940s had to petition for materials to build the



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new location. Following World War II, building materials were scarce. One letter on display in the theater’s lobby Saturday was addressed to Mr. D.E. Burnett, manager of the State Theatre from Congressman Cliffor R. Hope, dated Sept. 23, 1947, advising that his request to the Non-Residential Construction Branch had been denied because it was for a “place for amusement.� Burnett kept applying, and finally got approval. That happened in 1948, and construction began shortly after, allowing for the April 6, 1949 grand opening. According to an Aug. 26, 2018 feature in the Great Bend Tribune, ownership of the theater changed hands more than once over the following 50 years. The most recent previous owners shuttered the theater around the turn of the 21st century. In 2002, the theater association was created, and volunteers began raising money through private and business donations to raise enough money to purchase the building and its contents. Then, the real hard work began. “Getting an idle theater up

and running again isn’t as simple as turning the key in the door,� White said. “Some of the existing equipment could still be used, but just as much needed to be updated or replaced.� The grand re-opening finally occurred on July 4, 2002. The theater is run as a non-profit community organization, and is staffed completely by volunteers from various community groups who sell tickets and concessions for nominal prices. Members of the Pawnee County Young Professionals met at the theater and deep cleaned in preparation for a weekend celebration, according to Larned Area Chamber of Commerce Director Alex Filbert. Earnings are put back into the theater, and many improvements have been made possible, including upgrading to digital projectors and sound equipment, and 3-D movie capabilities. The association occasionally offers free admission and discounted concessions during community-wide events like the Santa Fe Trail Days annual celebration.

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2019 SEPTEMBER 29.......................Larned Area Chamber’s Last Chance Golf Tournament OCTOBER 12.......................Fort Larned Candlelight Tour (by reservation only) 12 & 13 ..............Santa Fe Trail Center Tired Iron Show 24.......................Chamber Banquet NOVEMBER 9.........................Burdett American Legion Auxiliary’s Pheasant Hunter’s Feed 11.......................Larned Veterans Day Parade TBD ...................Garfield Turkey Shoot

DECEMBER 7.........................Burdett Christmas Celebration 7.........................Larned Kiddie Movie 7.........................Larned Annual Christmas Celebration & Christmas Parade 8.........................Rozel Christmas Celebration 14.......................Larned Civic Pride Kiddie Shopping Day 14.......................Fort Larned Christmas Past Celebration 14.......................Santa Fe Trail Center’s Christmas on the Prairie 2020 JANUARY 28.......................Fort Larned Kansas Day Celebration 28.......................Santa Fe Trail Center Kansas Day Celebration FEBRUARY 7-9 .....................50th Annual Chamber Antiques & Collectible Show MAY 22-24 .................28th Annual Santa Fe Trail Days 24-26 .................Fort Larned Memorial Day Weekend Event JUNE 15.......................Juneteenth Celebration JULY 4.........................Old Fashioned 4th of July at Fort Larned 4.........................Larned Area Chamber Ambassadors Community Fireworks Show 4.........................Larned Civic Pride’s Santa Fe Run, Walk & Triathlon 22-25 .................Pawnee County Fair AUGUST TBD ...................Rozel Summer Celebration SEPTEMBER TBD ...................Santa Fe Trail Center Rendezvous 27.......................Larned Area Chamber’s Last Chance Golf Tournament



Pawnee County Source | HUNTING & FISHING


n a sunny morning in July, Pawnee County’s first responders could be found at the Larned Fishing Pond teaching kids how to bait a hook and cast a line. Fishing with First Responders provided an opportunity to meet law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs, and to view some of the county’s emergency response vehicles. It was also a great introduction to the local fishing pond. This free pond is open to the public daily. It is stocked regularly with species such as black crappie, bluegill, carp, channel catfish and large mouth bass. There are shaded picnic areas and restrooms. If you plan to hunt or fish in Pawnee County, you must have a valid Kansas Hunting or Fishing License. Purchase or find out where to purchase state fishing and hunting licenses online at

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Pawnee County is made up primarily of ranch and farmland which provide excellent feed and cover for whitetail deer, pheasant, quail, dove and turkeys. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has secured leases from various Pawnee County landowners to ensure Walk In Hunting Areas (WIHAs) are available to the general public. WIHAs provide access to local hunters and payments to local farmers. KDWPT Wildlife Biologist Logan Shoup can be reached by email at for more information about WIHAs and other KDWPT habitat programs. The KDWPT hunting atlas can be found online at www.kdwpt.

Larned City Pond (GPS: 38.1642-99.10914) is located west of South Main Street. From the intersection of 14th (K-156) and Broadway in Larned, Main Street is one block west. Go south to just before the dead end; turn right at Cleveland Street and the pond will be on your left.

Locations/Hunting-FishingMaps-by-County/Fall-HuntingAtlas. This site includes links to a complete online map of all WIHAs, the free ArcGIS Explorer App to mobile devices, and Garmin GPS & Google Earth files. Traditional PDF files of printed atlas maps may also downloaded.

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Larned course survives rain, disease


rom the time the spring monsoon season started, taking proper care of Larned Country Club developed into an aroundthe-clock challenge. Golf course superintendent Dan Collins felt like he was fighting a biblical battle against rain, scorching heat and pestilence this spring and summer. Record-breaking rain created a mix of flooding, disease and excessive growth. The No. 1 green was cleared of debris and “washed off � to preserve the grass. Taking expert care of Larned Country Club comes naturally for Collins. His work dates back more than 50 years when he golfed with former New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry. He’s spent the past 10 summers serving as full-time golf course superintendent. “We didn’t lose a lot of grass, but the grass and weeds have grown extremely long,� he said. “The grass didn’t slow down. There was a lot of

mowing time.� Excessive heat and humidity was next, creating an issue with “dollar spot.� Dollar spot is a fungus that affects warm and cool-season grasses. It occurs especially after a period of extremely moist weather. Dollar spot favors high humidity and temperatures ranging to 85 degrees. “When it gets that hot, it’s a shock to the grass,� Collins said. “We had to treat for dollar spot. Anytime the grass is cut short, it’s susceptible to disease. We’ve treated for it several times.� A typical seasonal issue is the presence of bagworm caterpillars, which infest cedar and juniper trees. The bags hang from twigs of a variety of trees and shrubs. “They do damage, but you’ve got to treat the trees with spray to get them,� Collins said. “You’ve got to get them all.� The golf course property is owned by the city of Larned,



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which pays for the water and irrigation system. Golf carts and cart shed rentals are available. Larned Country Club features members from Pawnee, Barton and Edwards counties. Collins said Josh Kraisinger, Larned’s parks and cemetery supervisor, anchors support from the city of Larned. “Josh gets equipment prepared, and performs anything mechanical,� Collins said. The fall work project includes seasonal aeration and reseeding of fairways. The summer work crew is headlined by Steve Webb. Part-time help has included Larned High students Reed McNett and Luke Wilson. The course’s biggest addition several years ago is a fullyoperational driving range west of the clubhouse that allows multiple players to hit range balls. The fullylighted north/south driving range stretches to 330 yards. A golf-ball retriever can pick up 1,000 golf balls in 45 minutes. The nicest addition is the installation of Bluegrass teeing grass grown in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Green fees are $20 during weekdays and $25 on the weekend. Larned Country Club grows plots of Bentgrass Pencross. Typical maintenance features reseeding fairways with a variety of Bluegrass. “It’s great to have a green nursery if you have a disease issue,� Collins said. Larned Country Club opened in 1950. It is a well-maintained course featuring small and sloped Bentgrass greens with bluegrass and perennial rye fairways. Three of the sloping fairways are doglegs and tree-lined. Water hazards come into play on three holes. The nine-hole Larned Country Club layout features 2,747 yards of golf from the longest tee for a par of 35. The course rating is 33.9 and it has a slope rating of 106. Larned Country Club operates the Pin High Bar & Grill, which serves customers in the clubhouse. The Pin High is generally open at 5:00 p.m. each day the course is open for business. Larned Country Club 681 E. 14th Street, Larned 620-285-3935

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A passion for fun Pawnee County offers up many recreational opportunities


ach community in Pawnee County has its own unique recreational offerings. Burdett is notable for its Solar System themed miniature golf course. The Burdett Community Pride club maintains the course, with balls and clubs available at the city office. In 2014, the club raised funds to install new playground equipment at the park next to the golf course. The Rozel Community Center includes meeting space and an indoor fitness center. Community members meet there to mark major holidays, including Halloween with Trunk-or-Treat and Christmas with a parade and visit from Santa Claus, hot-dog feeds and 5K fun runs. It is also available for private events. Rozel park includes a playground, basketball courts, and a picnic shelter. A ballpark is also available through the Community Center. Garfield is home to two parks located right on the US 56, Downey Memorial Park on the East end of

town, and Camp Criley Park on the north. Larned, the county seat, is a recreation destination for the entire county because it is the only community in the county with a public pool and splash pad. The large ninety-year-old pool and bathhouse is located at Schnack/Lowery Park, W. 1st and Carroll. Recently, a community pool advisory committee was formed to study the feasibility of building a new pool, or undertaking a major renovation of the existing pool. Residents from all over the county shared fond memories of spending summers at the pool growing up, and they are generally passionate about ensuring the city continues to provide a pool experience for years to come. Expect to see changes over the next few years. Each year, the season opens Memorial Day weekend, and ends the weekend before school starts. During that time, the pool is staffed by local high school and college students, providing

meaningful summer employment. Other Schnack/Lowery Park features include a duck pond and a 75-year-old mechanical train, the Schnack Express. Local community groups partnered with Larned Civic PRIDE and the City to add lights, sound and renovate its mechanical function to keep it running for years to come. Kids and parents alike delight in the train. In June, 2019, the splash pad located at Doerr Vernon Park, 620 Fort Larned Ave., opened after sitting idle for a year while city crews worked with designers to ensure efficient operation. The pad provides yet another way area youth can enjoy water play and stay cool during the summer months. It

remains open after the pool shuts down, for as long as temperatures remain warm enough and autumn leaf fall doesn’t threaten to clog drains. The Larned Recreation Commission can be found at the Larned Community Center. A variety of team sports are organized through the Rec, and play is coordinated at playing fields throughout the City. Located next to the Pawnee County Fairgrounds, there is also an outdoor fitness walking track available for the public. Together, the county and the cities work hard to provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.


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Pawnee County Source | PAWNEE COUNTY POINTS OF INTEREST PAWNEE COUNTY AREA ALL VETERANS MEMORIAL Located in Doerr-Vernon Park at the intersection of Fort Larned Avenue and College Street. Dedicated to the servicemen and women of Pawnee County and the surrounding area. The engraved memorial includes Veteran Honor Rolls from the Indian Wars to the Modern Era, memorial benches, stones and pavers. ZEBULON PIKE PLAZA The Plaza is located on the south edge of Larned on US Highway 56 next to Schnack Park. It commemorates Pike’s nearby crossing of the Pawnee River in October 1806 on his mission to conduct an exploratory expedition of the southwest portion of the Louisiana Purchase. It provides a reference to Pike and other explorers who traveled the Santa Fe Trail and has a picnic area.

THE SANTA FE TRAIL CENTER K-156, 2 miles west of Larned 620-285-2054 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open Tuesday - Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Museum telling the story of the Santa Fe Trail. Outdoor museum, sod and dugout houses and one-room schoolhouse. Offers living history programs during special events throughout the year, call for times. Admission: $6 adults, $3 students 12-18, $2 children 6-11, free to preschoolers, Fort Larned Historical Society Members Free. School groups with teachers receive a 50 percent discount. THE SANTA FE TRAIL An itinerary of 73 markers placed on the five separate routes of the Santa Fe Trail in present day Pawnee, Edwards, and Ford counties in Kansas. Many of the sites can be viewed from the roadside. Check out for trail events, trail tours, geocaching, and information on the Wet and Dry Routes of the Santa Fe Trail.

CENTRAL STATES SCOUT MUSEUM 215 W. 14th St., Larned on K-156 620-285-1310 Open by appointment In April, 2016, a fire destroyed the original museum and most of the exhibits and collections of boy and girl scouting memorabilia. However, some were saved, along with items stored off-site dating back to the 1920s. When word got out, people from all over graciously donated their personal collections, and work began on a new museum. That museum build was completed in Spring, 2017, and the new Central States Scout Museum officially reopened on July 1, 2017. “THE LAST ALARM” Larned Cemetery One mile west of Larned on K-156, then 1/2 mile south. Memorial to fallen Larned firefighters According to, “‘The Last Alarm’ is one of the standout memorials dedicated to fallen Larned firefighters.”

PAWNEE COUNTY POINTS OF INTEREST | Pawnee County Source FORT LARNED NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 1767 K-156, Larned Visitor Center 620-285-6911 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. There is no charge for any of the park’s activities. An authentic army post from the 1860s -1870s on the Santa Fe Trail. Nine restored buildings make it the best preserved Indian Wars military post on the trail.

LARNED FISHING POND South Main & Cleveland St., Larned Larned is proud to offer a fishing pond to our community and guests. Located west of South Main Street you will find the handicap accessible pond. The pond is stocked regularly and includes a wide variety of fish. The pond also features shaded picnic areas. Open daily with no admission fee. SCHNACK-LOWERY PARK W. First and Carroll, Larned Visit the duck pond. ALICE SCHNACK MEMORIAL ROSE GARDEN Schnack-Lowrey Park W. First and Carroll, Larned DISCOVERER OF PLUTO HISTORICAL MARKER K-156, West edge of Burdett Whether you consider it a planet or a dwarf planet, Pluto has received plenty of press lately. Burdett is the boyhood home of Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the Pluto. It was here that his love of stars began, as he began his love-affair with the night sky. Take a drive past the marker and learn more about the man who not only discovered today’s most controversial planet-like body, but also made several other notable space discoveries. GARFIELD MEMORIAL WAYSIDE CHAPEL US-56, Garfield Downey Memorial Park Garfield’s first citizens in 1873 honored their former congressman, James A. Garfield of Ohio, by naming the town after him. In gratitude, he gave the town a bell for the first church erected. That church was Garfield’s Congregational Church, built in 1875. The Wayside Chapel is a memorial to the church, made from pieces of the church, and inside visitors can view the bell.

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C&V Home Improvement, Inc. 620-796-2500 1107 10th Street Great Bend KS 67530

El Dos De Oros 620-285-6238 421 W 14th Street Larned KS 67550

H & H Roofing 620-285-0040 614 Topeka Larned KS 67550

Ag Systems Inc 620-285-2111 810 E 14th Street Larned KS 67550

The Center for Counseling & Consultation 620-792-2544 5815 Broadway Great Bend KS 67530

Edward Jones 620-285-6076 506 Broadway Larned KS 67550

Healthy Living Chiropractic 620-285-6190 606 Topeka Street Larned KS 67550

Agri-Fuels 620-285-3016 112 Main Street Larned KS 67550

Central Kansas Respiratory Services 620-804-6104 902 Broadway Larned KS 67550

Farmers Bank and Trust 620-285-3177 102 W 6th Street Larned KS 67550

Heart of Kansas Family Health Care 620-804-6100 522 Broadway Larned KS 67550

AirMedCare Network 785-216-9087 3950 E. 8th Street Hanger A6 Hays, KS 67601

CHROMOTIZE 620-804-6252 117 E 5th Street Larned KS 67550

First Presbyterian Church 620-285-6033 1004 W 8th Street Larned KS 67550

Heartland Irrigation 620-804-6266 303 E 14th Street Larned KS 67550

American AgCredit 620-792-2211 5634 10th Street Great Bend KS 67530

City of Larned 620-285-8500 417 Broadway Larned KS 67550

First Christian Church 620-285-2964 716 Broadway Larned KS 67550

High Plains Farm Credit 620-285-6978 605 Main Street Larned KS 67550

American Family Insurance Caleb Schultz Agency 620-285-6733 512 Broadway Larned KS 67550

Clock Realty and Insurance 620-285-6541 615 Broadway Larned KS 67550

First State Bank & Trust Company 620-285-6931 116 W 6th Street Larned KS 67550

Housing Opportunities 620-792-3299 1313 Stone St. Great Bend KS 67530

Comfort Pro Inc 620-285-3966 301 W 14th Larned KS 67550

First Southern Baptist Church 620-285-3294 1224 Corse Ave. Larned KS 67550

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center 620-665-2241 1701 E 23rd Street Hutchinson KS 67502

Comfort Systems Inc 620-285-3947 622 Topeka Street Larned KS 67550

First United Methodist Church 620-285-3183 701 Main Street Larned KS 67550

Ike Shaver Plumbing Inc 620-285-6262 521 Broadway Larned KS 67550

Community Health Organization 620-285-3410 Larned KS 67550

Fort Larned National Historic Site 620-285-6911 1767 K-156 Hwy Larned KS 67550

Innovative Livestock Services 620-793-9200 355 NW 30th Avenue Great Bend KS 67530

Fort Larned School District #495 620-285-3185 120 E 6th Street Larned KS 67550

ITC Great Plains 620-371-6534 100 Military Ave, Suite #115 Dodge City KS 67801

American State Bank & Trust Company 620-285-8933 320 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Angels Care Home Health 785-621-4200 519 Russell Ave Wakeeney KS 67672 B&B Quality Meats, LLC 620-285-6376 759 E 14th Street Larned KS 67550 Bank of the West 620-285-2163 324 W 14th Street Larned KS 67550 Barton Community College 620-792-9324 245 NE 30th Road Great Bend KS 67530 Bauer Computers 620-793-4902 3104 10th Street Great Bend KS 67530 Beckwith Mortuary 620-285-2121 916 Main Street Larned KS 67550 Bert and Wetta 620-285-7777 701 NE Trail Street Larned KS 67550 Caring Hands Day Care Inc. 620-285-4869 302 Hillcrest Dr. Larned KS 67550 Carr Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 620-285-1348 909 Auction Avenue Larned KS 67550 Casey’s General Store 620-285-7016 701 Edwards Street Larned KS 67550


Connell Enterprises 620-285-0343 720 W. 8th Street Larned KS 67550 Country Living of Larned 620-285-6212 710 W 9th Street Larned KS 67550 Country Seasons Flower Shoppe 620-285-6543 519 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Dillons 620-285-3171 423 Main Larned KS 67550 Diversicare of Larned 620-285-6914 1114 W 11th Street Larned KS 67550 Doerr’s Ace Hardware 620-285-2171 602 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Dress It Up, Inc. 620-285-6886 511 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Eagle Communications 620-792-3647 1200 Baker Ave Great Bend KS 67530 Eakin Enterprises Inc 620-285-2097 111 Main Street Larned KS 67550

Frick Veterinary Services 620-285-5267 1112 K 19 Hwy South Larned KS 67550 Taco Bell 620-285-0020 102 E 14th St. Larned KS 67550 Golden Belt Community Foundation 620-792-3000 1307 William Street Great Bend KS 67530 Golden Belt Telephone 785-372-4236 122 W 5th St. Larned KS 67550 Graceland Portable Buildings & Eagle Carport 620-804-3378 140 W 14th St. Larned KS 67550 Great Bend Tribune 620-792-1211 2012 Forest Ave Great Bend KS 67530 Haynes Electric Inc 620-285-2242 321 W 14th Street Larned KS 67550

Janssen Ford of Larned 620-285-3123 820 Fort Larned Ave Larned KS 67550 Joe Rosenberg DDS PA 620-285-3886 613 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Kindred Hospice 620-664-5757 120 North Main Hutchinson KS 67501 Larned Assembly of God 620-285-3077 921 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Larned Auto Parts LLC 620-285-3195 211 W 4th Street Larned KS 67550 Larned Civic Pride 620-285-5198 1628 L Rd. Larned KS 67550 Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility 620-285-8039 1318 KS Hwy 264 Larned KS 67550 Larned Eye Health 620-285-2105 722 Mann Ave Larned KS 67550

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Pawnee County Humane Society 620-285-8510 1406 M5 Road Larned KS 67550

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church 620-285-2035 1111 State Street Larned KS 67550

The Tiller and Toiler 620-285-3111 115 W 5th Street Larned KS 67550

Larned Noon Lions Club 620-285-5007 PO Box 51 Larned KS 67550

Pawnee Plaza 620-285-6661 1801 Broadway Larned KS 67550

Saints Mary & Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church 620-285-6503 803 Main Street Larned KS 67550

The Timken Hill Bar & Grill 785-355-2355 K-96 HWY Timken KS 67575

Larned State Hospital 620-285-4360 1301 KS-264 Hwy Larned KS 67550

Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation 620-285-8632 923 Carroll Ave Larned KS 67550

Larned Veterinary Clinic 620-285-3153 1443 120th Avenue Larned KS 67550 Mark’s Custom Signs Inc 620-792-5632 67 B NE 20 Road Great Bend KS 67530 Martin Law Office 620-285-3813 702 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Menges Rentals Inc. 620-564-2283 202 Pembroke Lane Ellinwood KS 67526 Mid American Credit Union 620-285-2026 114 W 5th Street Larned KS 67550 Midwest Energy Inc 785-650-2502 1330 Canterbury Drive Hays KS 67601 Miller’s of Claflin 620-587-3601 200 Main Street Claflin KS 67525 Mull Farms and Feeding Inc 620-982-4336 553 R Road Pawnee Rock KS 67567 My Favorite Furnishings 620-285-6944 401 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Nex-Tech Wireless 785-621-3600 122 W 5th St. Larned KS 67550 Office Products Inc 620-285-3126 516 Brodway Larned KS 67550

Pawnee Valley Lumber LLC 620-285-2144 305 Main Street Larned KS 67550 Pawnee Valley Pheasants Forever 620-923-5001 222 W. 6th Larned Kansas 67550 Picket Fence Real Estate LLC 620-285-2951 826 I Rd. Larned KS 67550 Pin High Bar & Grill 620-285-6038 681 E 14th Street Larned KS 67550 Pizza Hut 620-285-3101 126 W 14th Street Larned KS 67550 Pro-Green Total Lawn Care Inc 620-792-7040 1720 Main Street Great Bend KS 67530 Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine 620-285-6011 117 W 6th Street Larned KS 67550 Racette Insurance Inc. 620-804-6131 313 W 14th Street Larned KS 67550 Reed Discount Pharmacy Inc 620-285-6286 326 W 14th Street Larned KS 67550 Revive Massage Therapy & Salon 620-910-7369 418 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Rocking M Media 620-792-7108 5501 W 10th Street Great Bend KS 67530

Pawnee County Cooperative Association 620-285-2161 103 E 3rd St. Larned KS 67550

Rodeway Inn 620-285-2300 802 E 14th Street Larned KS 67550

Pawnee County Extension 620-285-6901 715 Broadway, Room 6 Larned KS 67550

Rosewood Services Inc 620-793-5888 x113 384 N Washington Ave Great Bend KS 67530

Pawnee County Fair Association 620-285-6901 715 Broadway, Room 6 Larned KS 67550

RSVP and Volunteers In Action 620-792-1614 1025 Main Street #D114 Great Bend KS 67530

Santa Fe Trail Center Museum & Research Library 620-285-2054 1349 K-156 Hwy Larned KS 67550 Santa Fe Laundry Co, LLC. 620-285-0040 1309 Broadway Larned KS 67550 Santa Fe Trails and Trail West Apartments 620-285-2630 1312 Carroll Avenue Larned KS 67530 Santa Fe Trail Auto Club Inc 620-285-3177 Larned KS 67550

Tyree Ag Inc 620-659-2208 1422 S Briggs Ave Kinsley KS 67547 U Need A Cleaner 620-617-2445 1323 State St. Larned KS 67550 United Way of Central Kansas 620-792-2403 1125 Williams Street Great Bend KS 67530 The University of Kansas Health Systems Great Bend Campus 620-792-8833 514 Cleveland Street Great Bend KS 67530

Scooter’s 620-804-6002 423 Broadway Larned KS 67550

The University of Kansas Health Systems Pawnee Valley Campus 620-285-3161 923 Carroll Ave Larned KS 67550

Simmons & Simmons Inc 620-285-6061 529 Broadway Larned KS 67550

VonFeldt, Bauer & VonFeldt 620-285-2107 818 Broadway Larned KS 67550

Smith Dental Clinic 620-285-6531 706 Fort Larned Avenue Larned KS 67550

Walmart 620-792-3632 3503 10th Street Great Bend KS 67530

Smith, Burnett & Hagerman LLC 620-285-3157 111 E 8th Street Larned KS 67550

Ward Feed Yard Inc. 620-285-2183 1190 100th Avenue Larned KS 67550

Sonic Drive-In 620-285-6400 114 W 14th Street Larned KS 67550

Welcome Inn Leisure Center 620-285-3504 113 W. 4th Street Larned KS 67550

State Farm Insurance 620-285-6955 621 Broadway Larned KS 67550

West Wind Villas 620-860-2737 1601 Sycamore Street Larned KS 67550

State Theatre 620-285-6931 617 Broadway Larned KS 67550

Windy Plains Marketing Inc 620-285-2275 110 1/2 E 6th Street Larned KS 67550

Subway 620-285-6595 105 E 14th St. Larned KS 67550

World Pest Control and Sunflower Services 785-526-7185 228 N 5th Street Otis KS 67565

Sunflower Diversified Services Inc 620-792-1321 1521 K-96 HWY Great Bend KS 67530

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Museum continues East Gallery renovation with new exhibits Newly designed displays allow stored away artifacts to be viewed


everly Howell is the interim director and the president of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Trail History Museum in Larned. She steps into the position with experience, having served previously in that capacity, and as an education director and exhibit designer from 1998-2007. She provided highlights of the latest updates to the museum’s major East Gallery renovation that has been taking place over the past three years. Ultimately, the goal is to provide visitors a sense of walking through time, from pre-history to today. The display spaces provide relevant interpretation and are designed to immerse viewers in the scene at hand. Smart phones are welcome and encouraged. Visitors should download a QR reader and familiarize themselves with the app because there will be ample opportunity to use it at the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum. QR codes are located throughout the east hall, linking users to demonstrations of what some of the items were used for in the past. Some of the exhibits have been updated, and some created completely new. Many artifacts the museum has stored in its collection for many years are finally seeing the light of day. Previously, a grass lodge designed to approximate one from the 1600s, was closed off, and visitors could only view from one angle. In the past year, that exhibit has been changed, and is now contained

within a fenced area, exposing it so it can be viewed from three sides, inviting visitors to have a more detailed look at how natives lived prior to when white settlers from the eastern U.S. and Europe moved into the area. A new three-panel display includes interpretation of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and the Homestead Act, finally filling in the blanks and telling the complete story linking the exhibits inside the museum to the historical village outside, Howell said. There is a boardwalk near the covered wagon. Stores line the boardwalk, with Franklin, Mo. at one end and Santa Fe, N.M. at the other. The towns mark the historical start and end points of the Santa Fe Trail, Howell said. The stores have provided the museum a venue to display artifacts from the collection previously unseen. Items, she shared, that may have been traded on the Trail during the period from 1821 when William Becknell pioneered the route to 1880 when the railroad was introduced to the Trail. One of the newest exhibits features a Plains trapper. Howell is particularly excited about this exhibit because it is so unlike traditional depictions of mountain trappers. In 1821, Mexico declared its independence from Spain. That ended Spain’s prohibition of American trade in Mexico, and the Santa Fe Trail was opened. In fact, the Santa Fe Trail closely followed the Arkansas River which marked the U.S. border with Mexico, and finally dropping down into Taos and Santa Fe where the river meets the Rocky Mountains. Mexico at first welcomed trappers, hoping they would pass on skills to Mexicans in the area. But the Plains trappers were opportunists by today’s standards, sharing little and making deals

to their highest advantage. These trappers travelled light compared to mountain trappers, dressed in clothing made of skins compared to the heavily laden furs of animals more accustomed to the colder climate of the Rockies. They first exploited the beaver market, and later supplied the demand for buffalo coats which they traded for with Native Americans for whiskey. Trappers were the first wave of Santa Fe Trail travelers, Howell said, even before the traders. Howell attended a historical reenactment event recently, noted for its authenticity, in order to photograph an actor depicting a Plains trapper. Other elements of the trappers camp have been recreated with care and detail by exhibit developer Richard Lartz. In addition to Lartz, the East Gallery exhibits have been researched and created in house in large part by long-time volunteers Doug Springer, Ron Van Cleave, Dan Sanneman, Tom Stegskal, Kathleen Foster and Howell. They have been guided by Dr. Leo Olivia, Stockton, a former history professor at Fort Hays State University. He has been the Santa Fe Trail content expert consultant on the new interpretive panels. Together, they researched, designed, authenticated, and built the exhibits, taking great care to ensure

preservation which is always at the forefront of any effort. Several steps are undertaken to ensure materials are treated properly to make certain they do not harbor destructive pests. Materials are sealed and acid free, which makes exhibit creation slowgoing, but with highly professional results, Howell said. Coming up in the next year, a Native American exhibit will be completed for display. The cases, created in Kansas at a Newton facility, are completely made of glass. In order to make sure the display fits with the organic nature of the rest of the hall, organic elements will be used within the display. These elements require all the skills and techniques the museum volunteers have gleaned over their tenures to ensure the priceless artifacts are properly preserved. Look for these displays in 2020 and 2021. There’s always something new and exciting happening to bring history to life at The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum. The center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. It is located at 1349 K-156 Hwy., Larned, KS 67550. Contact the museum at 620-285-2054 or message their facebook page. Find upcoming special events at https://santafetrailcenter. org/upcoming-events/.



Larned Area Chamber of Commerce In 1958, the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce was organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, and civic interests of the City of Larned and vicinity, including Rozel, Burdett, and Garfield. In its years of existence as an advocate for the area businesses, the Chamber has seen and encouraged the community’s development. The Chamber is working creatively to find innovative ways to improve the business atmosphere in Larned and the surrounding areas. By joining the Chamber, you are becoming a partner in the Chamber’s efforts to develop a thriving and dynamic future for the community. OUR MISSION STATEMENT The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce creates an interactive partnership to assist in the growth of existing businesses and encourage the development of new businesses in both Larned and Pawnee County. The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce serves as an information resource center for both businesses and the community. The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Pawnee County, making it a better place to live, work and play. BENEFITS & SERVICES • Business Directory Listing • Chamber Ambassadors • Annual Events • Newsletter • Pawnee County Young • EagleMed/AirMedCare • Marketing & Advertising Professionals Network Members Only • Community Involvement & Inclusion • Local Business Contests Discount • Coffee Hours • Business Development • Get Involved • Ribbon Cuttings Workshops • After Hours

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS • CEO Circle ......................$1500 • Chamber Champion ........$750 • Business Partner ...............$175 • Additional ........................... $85 • Non-Profit/Civic ................. $80 • Personal ............................... $50

502 Broadway, Larned, 620-285-6916 | Pawnee County Economic Development Commission The A-Priority mission of the Pawnee County Economic Development Commission, each part as a constant priority to receive equal attention, is: • The retention, expansion and prosperity of agricultural production and agri-business. • The retention, expansion and prosperity of the State Complex. • The retention, expansion and prosperity of businesses and institutions existing in the county. • The creation of new commerce and jobs. • We are here to provide assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs, including relocation to or within Pawnee County, workforce recruitment, business development and expansion, and financial resources.

Board Members • Zack Hampton, President • Brock Miller, Vice President • Toni Murphy, Secretary • Sarah Johnson, Treasurer • Brian Carlton, Advisory Chair • Becky Martin • Bob Rein

• Carroll Bennett • Kendra Barker • Laurie Josefiak • Lindsey VanSickle • Mike Burdett • Tama Hanson

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Start your engines! Since 1954, organized drag racing in Great Bend has brought auto and speed enthusiasts together at the former B-29 air strip west of the city. The founders called themselves the Gasket Blasters, but soon became a national organization, the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association, or SRCA. In 1955, the drag strip hosted the first-ever National Hot Rod Association National Championship and in 1956 Great Bend hosted the firstever American Hot Rod Association Championship.

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A lot has changed in drag racing over the last 65 years. There are more sponsorships by larger corporations, more regional races, and many more classes of dragsters. They’ve all had a go on the SRCA, thrilling spectators who marvel at the speeds, the sounds and the smells of serious racing. It’s also the go-to place for locals to open up their race cars and see just what kind of power their well-tuned engines possess. “Racing gets into your blood,� says SRCA president Hank Denning. “It becomes a family experience, with kids and adults coming out to cheer one another on.� He should know; Denning used to race his ’69 Nova while his brothers, Kansas Sen. Jim Denning from Olathe and former Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning raced a ’73 Roadrunner and a ’70 Nova. Kids can start racing as early as 5 years old (at limited speeds) to learn driving skills and earn NHRA points. Come to the SRCA Dragstrip for the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, NHRA Division 5 races and Summit Series, and watch for special events like the Pontiac Uprising and the Nostalgia Drag Racing Super Stockers with period-correct cars from 1960-72.

2019 Race Schedule SRCA Dragstrip Sept. 27 ....................................... Test and Tune Sept. 28 .........NHRA Summit Points Race #10 Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Drag Racing Period Correct Super Stockers 1960-1972 Oct. 11 ......................................... Test and Tune Oct. 12 ............. NHRA Summit Points Race #11 Oct. 25 ......................................... Test and Tune & Gamblers Race Oct. 26 ............. NHRA Summit Points Race #12 Nov. 16 ........................... SRCA Awards Banquet A full schedule of events can be found on the website. Schedule subject to change.

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pen year-round, Great Bend’s Brit Spaugh Zoo is fun and educational — and admission is free! The zoo was the dream of Great Bend Park Supervisor Brit Spaugh. He started with a duck pond and, in 1953, he acquired two whitetailed deer. Today, the zoo is part of a 46-acre park with around 100 animals and 55 different species, not including insects and fish, that meets high standards for animal care. The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and rescue of animals and to the education and entertainment of children and adults. The zoo also treats wounded birds of prey, known as raptors. Grizzly Central The grand opening of the expanded grizzly bear exhibit in 2018 made the zoo a destination attraction. The project tripled the size of the old exhibit, with

added features for the four bears to explore. There are climbing areas, a stream with pools and a den. One of the most exciting features is the viewing area on the west side of the exhibit. This allows people to see the bears up close through an unobstructed window. Their big pool is just inches away from the viewing area. There are also viewing windows at the exhibits for the lions and the African serval cats. Bison project In 2019, work began on a new exhibit that will feature bison. It is expected to open in 2020. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said the exhibit will be compliant with Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) standards. Hamlin also announced plans for a pavilion that will straddle the alligator pond and the trumpeter swan/goldfish pond. Get involved There are many ways to get

Zoo Hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Christmas day and Thanksgiving day. The entrance is through the Raptor Center, located in Brit Spaugh Park. Enter off north Main Street (23rd and Main). Admission is free. Inside the Raptor Center, visitors can peer inside the veterinary room and watch as checkups and other procedures are done on animals. For your convenience The Raptor Center features restrooms, a gift store, educational exhibits and a meeting area. Food that can be fed to the ducks, swans, geese and fish is sold at the front desk. Wagons and wheelchairs are available for rent. The zoo also has a sensory processing disorder kit. Ask if you need to use a weighted lap blanket, noise-canceling headphones or fidget toys. involved with the zoo. During the summer of 2019, kids were able to explore the lives, adaptations, habitats and conservation of animals around the world with the zoo’s first-ever Zoo Camp, in cooperation with the Great Bend Recreation Commission. There are also opportunities to get involved by joining the Great

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he Wetlands Waterpark, located at 2303 Main Street in Great Bend, is a safe, clean, family oriented entertainment experience open seven days a week — weather permitting — starting on Memorial Day weekend and continuing until mid-August. Hours are 12:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m., with Family Swim Nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Wetlands is an aquatic adventure with seven slides, spray features, a climbing wall, “water wars� area for friendly water balloon battles, and the original bucket challenge: a 300-gallon tipping bucket that repeatedly refills and then drenches anyone brave enough to stand under it! Just as the city of Great Bend is located on the National Wings and Wetlands Scenic Byway, the Wetlands Waterpark is designed to capture some of the natural

wonder that’s in our nature. See how many shorebirds you can spot in the decor. There is also a zero-depth entry area, a swimming pool with a divided shallow end separated by floating features, bath houses, concession area and several shady spots. The website tracks the daily forecast so you can check on whether the pool is open or closed. The Wetlands Waterpark can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Admission is $4 for adults 18 and older; $3 for youths 3-17 years old; and free to children under 3. Discount passes for 15 admissions are available for $40. Private parties can also be arranged. For more information call 620-792-1516 or 620-793-4111. Swimming lessons and other aquatics programs are provided in partnership with the Great Bend Recreation Commission. For more

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Summer Jobs The pool supplies dozens of summer jobs for persons 15 years of age and older. To apply for a lifeguard position, you must be at least 16 years old and able to complete the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class before the pool season starts. This class is taught by the Great Bend Recreation Commission over spring break. For more information, call Pool Manager Megan Hammeke at the GBRC, 620-793-3755, or email Employment applications are available at the City Administration Building at 1209 Williams St. The selection for these seasonal positions takes place during the months of January and February, so for best results

submit your application early. The City of Great Bend provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals. For more information call 620-793-4111.







September 27 ............Test and Tune September 27-29 ......Hahn Brothers Shootout September 28 ............NHRA Summit Points Race #10 Rocky Mountain Nostaliga Drag Racing Period Correct Super Stockers 1960-1972 September 28 ............50th Anniversary Barton Community College October 5...................Rosewood Rodeo October 5...................F & E Auto Auction October 11 ............... Test and Tune October 12 ............... NHRA Summit Points Race #11 October 25 ............... Test and Tune - Gamblers Race October 26 ............... NHRA Summit Points Race #12 October 26.................Zoo Boo November 2 ...............Open House for Explore GB November 9 ...............Grow Great Bend Day for Explore GB November 16 .............Find a Turkey for Explore GB November 16 .............SRCA Awards Banquet November 29 .............Black Friday November 30 .............Cookie Contest November 30 .............Small Business Saturday November 30 .............Home for the Holidays Festival and Parade November 30 .............Explore GB month ends November 30 ............Trail of Lights Begins November 30 .............Free Ice Skating Begins (Thurs. - Sat. Hours) December 1 ...............Hometown Rewards Starts

July 16 ......................Free Outdoor Movie July 25 ......................Bike Brew Q August 8 ....................Party in the Park October 3...................Rosewood Rodeo October 3...................F & E Auto Auction October 24.................Zoo Boo & Downtown Halloween Parade November 7 ...............Explore GB Month: Grow Great Bend Day November 14 .............Explore GB Month: Open Houses November 21 .............Explore GB Month: Find A Turkey November 27 .............Explore GB Month: Black Friday Activities November 28 .............Cookie Contest November 28 .............Small Business Saturday November 28 .............Home For the Holidays Festival & Parade November 28 .............Trail of Lights Begins November 28 .............Free Ice Skating Begins (Thurs. - Sat. Hours) For more events go to the following websites: City of Great Bend website: Convention and Visitors Bureau website: Great Bend Chamber of Commerce:


March ........................Pancake Feed Fundraiser and Raffle



February (All Month) ..I Heart GB Promotion February 1 .................CASA Chocolate Auction TBD ...........................Chamber of Commerce Banquet


March 7 .....................Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala March 21 ...................Eagle Radio Home & Garden Show March 27 ...................Family Crisis Center Bunco Night


January 11 ................Central Kansas Health & Wellness Expo January 18 ................Icy Sidewalk Sale

April 8-10 ..................Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo April 23......................Catholic Charities Wine Tasting Event May 2 ........................Cinco de Mayo in the Square May 6-8.....................KCAC Baseball/Softball Championship May 7 ........................Art & Wine Walk May 23 ......................Great Bend Waterpark Opens May 28 ......................Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market Starts June 5-7....................June Jaunt Festival June 5 .......................Free Outdoor Movie & Car Show July 3 ........................Fireworks Display July 13-18 .................Christmas in July

December ..................3rd Annual Christmas Market & Tree Lighting

December 1 ...............Christkindlemarket July ..........................47th Annual After Harvest Festival Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce:


November 30 .............Annual Christmas Lighting, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Clydesdale & Tractor Rides


January .....................Chamber Banquet April...........................Sip & Shop June 13 .....................Rock Into Summer September 4-6 ..........124th Annual Labor Day Celebration Hoisington Chamber of Commerce:

GREAT BEND CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU The Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is located inside the front of the Great Bend Events Center at 3111 10th Street. The office is perfectly located with the Events Center because CVB staff books both city facilities which include the Events Center and the Front Door. The Events Center is the local resource for tourism information in Kansas and is designated by the state as a Kansas Travel Information Center. As of July 2019, the Events Center exterior has been completely repainted with a whole new look. In the past few years city has updated the front entrance, parking, chairs, sound system, installed all new flooring throughout, purchased a new dance floor and tables. Next step goals include remodeling of the bathrooms, new air walls by 2020 and breakout room options to entice more conferences and meetings to town. The CVB is part of Community Coordinator/CVB Director Christina Hayes’ department. CVB staff includes Emily Goad, Visitor Coordinator and Grady Bolding, Visitor Service Representative. In 2019, the city will add another staff member to help oversee the maintenance and setup of the Events Center space. The staff member to help oversee the maintenance and setup of the Events Center space. The staff works hard to promote Great Bend in various ways. Christina’s goals for her department include getting Great Bend’s attractions, events, fun things to do and places to stay out to a bigger area of the state, Recruitment of new conventions, tournaments and meetings to town. Continue to provide hospitality program for hotels, gas stations, businesses and doctors’ offices so the front lines of our community know what’s happening in town. Every two years the CVB will design and distribute a new Visitor Guide for Great Bend, get our community’s name out there as a real presence in the state, effectively market and promote the Event’s Center as the premier location for Events and work with the area to bring people to our wonderful town!



CVB Board Members Chairperson: Allene Owen, Vice Chair: Mark Mingenback Members: Lacey Schofield Jan Westfall Kelly Patel Claudia Elson KP Patel Loren Unruh Jessica Milsap Tina Fisher Non-voting members: Mayor Joe Andrasek Kendal Francis Jan Peters Diann Henderson Curtis Wolf Shawna Schafer Christina Hayes Cory Zimmerman


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Great Bend Appliance, Furniture & SleepSource celebrates 21 years of business “We have a phenomenal staff who understands customer courtesy. They know their product and how to treat a customer the way that they want to be treated,” G.B. Appliance Owner Dale E. Pruter said. This philosophy has served the business well as they just celebrated 21 years of business in Great Bend and the surrounding communities. “We started out with just my wife and me, and have expanded to 20 employees as the business has grown,” Pruter said. They recently hired a second Service Technician, Eric Johnson, to keep up with the demand for service and installations. Both Steven Nagel and Johnson are certified technicians trained at Fred’s Service Academy in Madison, Ohio. The store’s franchise agreement with Brand Source is the backbone of its variety and competitive edge. Brand Source collaborates with 4,000 individual business owners across the United States to buy brand-market appliances and furniture. “BrandSource gives the independent owners the visibility of the bigger box stores because we carry the same brands,” Pruter said. “It levels the playing field with the bigger companies. Some people come in and need it all and we can make truly competitive package deals.” Appliance service has also been a big part of their success. Service Tech Steven Nagel was trained to service all Whirlpool, Maytag and Kitchenaid appliances, graduating as valedictorian from Fred’s Appliance Repair Academy in Madison, Ohio. “We are happy and proud to have such a quality young service tech who knows how to treat customers and holds customer service as their number one priority,” Pruter said. In addition to service, they offer delivery, installation and set up as well as in-home design and consulting services for customers. Great Bend Appliance showcases Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Amana appliances, and recently added


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“Scratch and Dent” appliances to their line-up, new appliances with slight blemishes, which can save customers a lot of money. The Sleep Source offers beds, mattresses, headboards and sheets. Serta’s gel-infused iComfort bed is a best seller, and they offer Corsicana and the new Tempurpedic family of products, plus a new line of Sealy hybrid mattresses. The England furniture division is a La-Z-Boy company that offers many different furniture products. Additions over the years include: Oreck vacuum cleaners, SunHeat infrared heaters and LG, Samsung, Panasonic and Toshiba flat-panel televisions. “We are always looking for that next niche in the market,” Pruter said. “We try to have something for everyone. That’s how we succeed – by diversifying and listening to customer requests and needs.” BrandSource supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities and furnished all appliances for the Ronald McDonald houses throughout the nation. KitchenAid is a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. The business was honored as Outstanding Business of the Year by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce in 2005, and was awarded the BrandSource Dealer of the year in 2005. Employees include co-owner Sherry Pruter, Kenny Pruter, Steven Nagel, Rachel Nagel, Eric Rostine, Audra Rostine, Chonny Simonson, Teresa Wondra, Shelly Post, Jeni Doan, Pablo Ibarra, Miraya Starnes, Tammy Dreese, Daniel Hammeke, Josh Hamilton, Chris Jeska, Roland Nagel, Kasey Starnes.

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ne of the largest farm shows in the United States takes place in the spring at Great Bend’s Expo Complex. In 2019, show manager Darren Dale said the show spread over 80 acres, with exhibitors from 27 states, Canada and Australia. “Great Bend is one-of-a-kind,” Dale said. “You have pride in the community and you have pride in this show – and it really shows. My wife Tana and I are committed to Great Bend for many years to come.” It takes about 300 volunteers to pull off the show. These folks make sure the exhibitors have what they need, assist with parking and perform other duties.

The Farm and Ranch Expo is a great place to check out the latest farm and ranch equipment, but the show is also a venue for entertainment and educational demonstrations. Each year is different. Some highlights for the 2020 Expo include horse training demonstrations, multi-chapter FFA benefit auction, K-State Research & Extension presentations, low stress cattle handling, health screenings and a wheat demo field day. A variety of concessions and a beer garden will be available as well. Great Bend welcomes everyone to the show. Motels fill up, so, if you’re planning an overnight trip during the next Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, be sure to book ahead.

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Loads of fun & prizes! oin your gal pals at the Women’s Expo. This event has become a highly anticipated September tradition for women throughout the area. Get your tickets at the Great Bend Tribune office, 2012 Forest or online at As part of this annual event, donations and non-perishable food or pantry items will be collected at the door to benefit the Barton County Food Bank.

The Great Bend Tribune’s Women’s Expo is a chance for you to see what’s in and new in the worlds of fashion and beauty, health and fitness, personal and work life. Check out exhibits, demonstrations, services and wares from area businesses as well as door prizes and give-aways provided by vendors and so much more! Don’t forget to register for tons of prizes. Once again there will be a Grand Prize drawing this year (must be present to win).

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Pawnee County Source | BARTON COUNTY POINTS OF INTEREST FORT ZARAH East of Great Bend on Hwy. 56 • Roadside park located near one of the two original locations of the fort. • Fort was established in 1864 to help protect mail service along the Santa Fe Trail. ELLINWOOD UNDERGROUND WORLD

ARGONNE FOREST 2100 McKinley, Great Bend 620-793-4160 • North side of Veterans Memorial Park • Dedicted to the young men from Barton County and the surrounding area who fought in World War I with emphasis on the Battle of Argonne in Germany on Sept. 26, 1918. • Displays, artwork, photos and signage BARTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & VILLAGE 85 U.S. 281, Great Bend 620-793-5125 • Located on five acres, just south of Great Bend on US 281, across the Arkansas River Bridge, the Village boasts several authentically furnished period buildings including a one-room school house, a church, a pioneer cabin and a Lustron home. Collections tell the story of this area from the Paleo Period through the Indian Wars to World War II and beyond. • Admission $4 for non-members 16 & older. SUMMER HOURS (APRIL-OCTOBER) Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. WINTER HOURS (NOVEMBER-MARCH) Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. B-29 BOMBER MEMORIAL PLAZA Great Bend Army Air Field Great Bend Municipal Airport entrance • Great Bend’s B-29 Memorial Plaza is open to visitors every day, to honor the men and women of the Great Bend Army Air Field. • No admission charge. Self-guided.

Northwest corner of Main & Santa Fe, Ellinwood, U.S. 56 at the stoplight. To make tour reservations call 620-564-2400 • Built in 1887 and listed on the Kansas State Historical Register. • Tunnels originally connected the business district. • Original flooring, wallpaper, and barber’s mirror. • Tunnels under the Dick Building and the Historic Wolf Hotel. • Tours are conducted only by advance reservation. • Prohibition era Speakeasy open on Friday and Saturday nights. • Period style lunch on Sundays. • Hotel open year around by reservation. • Admission $6 adult per side or combined tunnel tour $10.

GOLDEN BELT VETERANS’ MEMORIAL 59 NW 50 Rd., Great Bend • Honoring Barton County Veterans from all six branches of the military from the Civil War until today • Project paid for through donations, call 620-793-1800 for information. Details also found at and on Barton County’s social media pages • Three stones are in place with the names of 1,139 veterans. Names are being accepted for Stone IV. CLAFLIN MUSEUM 210 Main Street, Claflin 620-786-9307 or 620-793-0546 • Open all holidays and by appointment • Housed on the second floor of the old Claflin Grade School with over 1800 items and old photographs • Pertains mainly to the history of northern Barton County, including the towns of Claflin, Odin, Beaver, Hitschman, Dubuque and St. Peter & Paul Church


CHEYENNE BOTTOMS 204 NE 60 Rd, Great Bend 620-793-3066 • The largest marsh in the interior of the United States, designated a “Wetland of International Importance”. • The Bottoms is one of the most important ecosystems in Kansas and one of the most important migration points for shorebirds in North America. • Hunting, primarily duck and goose, is a big draw for locals and those from other states.

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Barton Community College 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend • Attached to the Fine Arts Building on BCC campus • Featuring trending regional and national artists • Workshops and family activities • Free admission, open year round Winter Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Tour groups welcome • Gallery is closed for most college observed holidays


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BARTON COUNTY POINTS OF INTEREST | Pawnee County Source JACK KILBY SQUARE Downtown Great Bend • The grounds that surround the Barton County Courthouse • Massive bronze sculpture created by local artist Chet Cale entitled “The Gift” • Splash pad • Home to the Clayton M. Morrison Memorial Bandshell and Thelma Faye Harms Stage • Holiday lights

KANSAS OIL & GAS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM 5944 10th St., Great Bend 620-793-8301 • Displaying the history of the oil & gas industry, geography of Kansas, and much more • The Midwest Energy Education Center offers an interactive space for youth programming • The Biggs Conference Room is available for private party rentals • Summer hours open Monday - Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. April through September 30 • Weekend & evening visits, programs & tours available by appointment KANSAS WETLANDS EDUCATION CENTER

GREAT BEND COMMUNITY THEATRE 1905 Lakin Ave., Great Bend 620-792-4228 • Renovated former movie theater • Live performances HEARTLAND FARM 1049 CR 390, Pawnee Rock 620-923-4585, • Registered agri-tourism operator • Tours welcome by appointment • Workshops and demonstrations held year-round • Walking trails, labyrinth, pottery, fiberarts, weaving, spinning, organic gardening methods • Great spaces for bird watching • Guest house available for small groups of 6-8 or individuals • Home to lovable alpacas

592 NE K-156, Great Bend 620-566-1456 or 877-243-9268 • Branch of Fort Hays State University’s Werth College of Science Technology and Mathematics • Located on the SE corner of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area on Hwy. 156 along Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway • Interpretive exhibits on Cheyenne Bottoms, including the importance of wetlands and the plants and animals inhabiting them • Scheduled educational programs, Nature Trail, Classroom, Auditorium, Gift Shop • Free admission OPEN APRIL 1 - OCTOBER 31 Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. OPEN NOVEMBER 1 MARCH 31 Tuesday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Monday

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SRCA DRAGSTRIP Expo Complex, Great Bend 620-792-5079 • Home of the first NHRA Nationals in 1955 • Total length of track is 3/4 mile • NHRA sanctioned 1/4 mile dragstrip which holds a Lucas Oil Division race • Summit Points racing series held through the year • Check facebook for more information FARMERS MARKET • Broadway parking lot of Great Bend Public Library, Great Bend. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings in the spring, summer and fall. • Jack Kilby Square, downtown, Great Bend. Thursday nights during Summer Street Stroll 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. May - September. PAWNEE ROCK MONUMENT 12 miles west of Great Bend on U.S. 56 Hwy., Pawnee Rock • Natural landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. In the trail days it was 30 feet higher than it is today. A pavilion atop the rock, erected through the efforts of several women’s service clubs a century ago, indicates the original height before the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad took the top portion of the rock to use as fill in railroad construction. • Enjoy a panoramic view across the prairie • Carving in rocks mark where travelers on the Santa Fe trail paused in their journeys, some as far back as the early 1800s.

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1223 Main St., Great Bend 620-796-2242 • Twenty-four one-of-a-kind lifesized, international Santas personally made by Great Bend artist Loretta Miller OPEN NOVEMBER 30 DECEMBER 23 Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more by appointment Admission is a freewill donation Presented by the Rosewood Roots and Wings Foundation CLAYTON M. MORRISON MEMORIAL BANDSHELL AND THELMA FAYE HARMS STAGE Lakin St. side of Jack Kilby Square between Main St. and Kansas St. • Home of the Great Bend City Band summer concert series and live music during June Jaunt. For rental information contact Community Coordinator at TRAIL OF LIGHTS GREAT BEND • Memorable Christmas lights with original works designed and crafted by park department employees. • Trail includes Brit Spaugh Park on North Main St., Jack Kilby Square, Downtown Main St. and Veteran’s Park located on McKinley St. Starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and ending January 1. For more information contact Great Bend Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 620-792-2750 or City of Great Bend 620-793-4111

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The nation’s largest inland marsh When was your last visit to Cheyenne Bottoms? Residents and visitors to Barton County can visit an internationally-known attraction any time of year! Cheyenne Bottoms is a 41,000 acre wetland complex designated a Wetland of International Importance due to its importance as a stopover for migrating birds along the Central Flyway. More than 350 species of birds have been documented at the wetlands. Ducks, geese, herons, egrets, cranes, pelicans, and sandpipers are commonly seen throughout the year. Birds are not the only visitors to the largest wetland on the interior of the United States. Visitors from all over the United States, and even other countries, ock to the wetlands to bird watch, hunt, and to see the expansive landscape and wildlife. The wetlands include the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area managed by Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism and the Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve managed by The Nature Conservancy. Visitors can access the wetlands by vehicle by driving raised dike roads and county roads through the wetlands. Check out the observation tower located at the K-4 Highway overlook. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) is your one-stop shop for every visit to Cheyenne Bottoms and is located at Cheyenne Bottoms along K-156 highway 10 miles northeast of Great Bend. The 11,000 square foot museum operated by Fort Hays State University is home to the Koch Wetlands Exhibit gallery with newly renovated interactive exhibits, a classroom with live animal exhibits, an auditorium, and the Wetlands Gift Store. Admission is free! Van tours, a nature trail, a pollinator garden, and many public programs provide a glimpse of what Kansas wetlands are and what you can ďŹ nd in them. Staff at the KWEC will answer your questions about the wetlands and give advice for how you can experience Cheyenne Bottoms. The KWEC is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Center is closed on Mondays from November 1 through March 31 and on major holidays. The KWEC offers a wide selection of public programs and events throughout the year. Check the KWEC website ( for more information on upcoming events or call 877-243-9268. Plan your visit around these favorite programs: Perseid Meteor Shower viewing party (August), Buttery Festival with Monarch buttery tagging and other activities (September), Hunter Appreciation Breakfast (October), Star Gazing (October), KWEC Holiday Open House (December), Winter Kids nature programs (February), Greater Prairie Chicken Lek Tours (April), Wings N Wetlands Birding Festival (odd years in April), Summer Kids nature camps ( July), and many other public programs throughout the year.

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STATE OFFICES: Governor Laura Kelly State Capitol 300 SW 10th Ave., St. 241S Topeka, KS 66612-1590 Phone: 785-296-3232 Toll Free: 877-579-6757

Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers State Capitol 300 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66612-1590 Phone: 785-368-8500 Toll Free: 800-748-4408

STATE REPRESENTATIVES: MARY JO TAYLOR, REPUBLICAN, SENATE DISTRICT 33 Capitol Room: 441-E Seat: 18 Phone: 785-296-7667 Email: Home: 114 N. Union, Stafford, KS 67578 Email: First Term: 2017 Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Lane, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Scott and Stafford Counties Hodgeman County: Cities: Hanston and Jetmore (part) Townships: Center, Hallet (part), Marena, North Roscoe, and Valley. Rice County: Cities: Alden, Bushton, Chase, Frederick, and Raymond. Townships: Bell, Center, Eureka, Farmer, Lincoln, Pioneer, Raymond, and Valley.

ALICIA STRAUB, REPUBLICAN, HOUSE DISTRICT 113 Secretary of State Scott Schwab Memorial Hall 120 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66612-1594 Phone: 785-296-4564

Capitol Room: 512-N Seat: 108 Phone: 785-296-7682 Email: Home: 401 S. Kennedy, Ellinwood, KS 67526 Phone: 620-564-2196 Email:

State Treasurer Jake LaTurner 900 SW Jackson, Ste. 201 Topeka, KS 66612 Phone: 785-296-4165 https://

First Term: 2019 Pratt and Stafford Counties Barton County: Cities: Ellinwood and Pawnee Rock. Townships: Comanche, Lakin and Pawnee Rock. Pawnee County: Townships: Logan, River and Valley Center. Rice County: Cities: Alden, Chase, Lyons and Raymond. Townships: Atlanta Bell, Center, Harrison, Lincoln, Pioneer, Raymond and Valley.

LEONARD MASTRONI, REPUBLICAN, HOUSE DISTRICT 117 Attorney General Derek Schmidt 120 SW 10th, 2nd Floor Topeka, KS 66612-1597 Phone: 785-296-2215

Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt 420 SW 9th St. Topeka, KS 66612-1678 Phone: 785-296-3071 Consumer Assistance Hotline 1-800-432-2484 (KS only)

Capitol Room: 352-S Seat: 103 Phone: 785-296-7396 Email: Home: 102 Fairway Dr., LaCrosse, KS 67548 Phone: 785-222-3260 Email: First Term: 2017 Edwards, Hodgeman, Kiowa, and Ness Counties Finney County: Township: Garfield (part) Ford County: Cities: Bucklin, Ford, and Spearville. Townships: Bloom, Bucklin, Ford, Sodville, Spearville, and Wheatland. Pawnee County: Cities: Burdett, Garfield, Larned, and Rozel. Townships: Ash Valley, Brown’s Grove, Conkling, Garfield, Grant, Keysville, Larned, Lincoln, Morton, Orange, Pawnee, Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Ridge, Pleasant Valley, Santa Fe, Sawmill, Shiley, and Walnut. Rush County: Cities: Alexander, LaCrosse, Liebenthal, and McCracken. Townships: Alexander-Belle Prairie, Big Timber, Hampton-Fairview, LaCrosse-Brookdale, and Union.


LOCAL OFFICES PAWNEE COUNTY The Pawnee County Commission has three elected commissioners who meet Mondays at 9:00 a.m. in the commissioner’s room at the Courthouse, second floor, 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-3721, Fax: 620-285-2559 Deborah Lewis, 1st District, 620-285-3721 Phillip Hammeke, 2nd District, 620-285-3721 Bob Rein, Jr., 3rd District, 620-285-3721 CITIES Burdett City Council City Hall, 207-1/2 Elm, Burdett 620-525-6279; 2nd Monday, 7:30 p.m. Mayor Leon Jennings, 620-804-0683 Councilman Gary McJunkin, 620-525-6238 Councilman Joe Griffie, 620-525-1003 Councilman Joe Miller, 620-525-6209 Councilwoman JoAnn Lewis, 620-525-6574 Councilman Gary Schmidt, 620-525-6322 Garfield City Council City Building, 217 3rd Street, Garfield 620-569-2385; 1st Monday, 7:00 p.m. Mayor Kevin Greathouse, 620-569-2544 Councilman Bill Philo, 620-569-2373 Councilwoman Denise Hoch, 620-569-2382 Councilman Robert Hoch, 620-569-2382 Councilwoman Janet Olson, 316-214-3370 Councilman Eldon Meckfessel, 620-569-2317 Rozel City Council City Hall, 110 Main St., Rozel 620-527-4399; 2nd Monday, 7:00 p.m. Mayor Erin Josefiak, 620-923-6302 City Clerk, Helen Thorne Councilman Derek Spreier Councilman Joe Trimble Councilman Terry Ryan Councilwoman Sonja Carson Councilwoman Ritch Foos Larned City Council City Hall, 417 Broadway, Larned 620-285-8500; 1st Monday, 6:30 p.m. Mayor William Nusser, First Ward, Gary Rainbolt, 620-285-6554 First Ward, Carroll Bennett, 620-285-6376 Second Ward, Terry Clark, 620-285-2334 Second Ward, George Elmore, 620-285-6778 Third Ward, Dennis Wilson, 620-285-3453 Third Ward, Jason Murray, 620-804-1345 Fourth Ward, Kim Barnes, 620-285-3541 Fourth Ward, Sharon McGinness, 620-285-6382

NATIONAL OFFICES President Donald J. Trump, Republican The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 White House Comments: Phone: 202-456-1414; Fax: 202-456-2461 U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Republican 109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., 20510-1605 Phone: 202-224-4774 Committee Assignments: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Select Committee on Ethics; Committee on Finance; Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Committee on Rules and Administration; Joint Committee on Printing; Joint Committee on the Library U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Republican Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 521 Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-6521 Fax: 202-228-6966 Committee Assignments: Appropriations Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; Environment and Public Works Committee; Veterans’ Affairs Committee; Indian Affairs Committee U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, Republican, 1st District 126 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-2715 Committee Assignments: Agriculture; Science, Space and Technology; Small Business U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, Republican, 4th District 2452 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6216 Fax: 202-225-3489 Committee Membership: Education and the Workforce; Homeland Security



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awnee County C t Kansas K was created in 1867 and named for the Pawnee Indians, who inhabited the area as their hunting grounds. The land recognized as Pawnee County was a high-traffic area long before its boundaries were officially plotted and a permanent settlement began in 1872. Pawnee County’s most recognized citizen is Clyde W. Tombaugh (1906-1997), who discovered the planet Pluto in February 1930. Tombaugh graduated from Burdett High School in 1925. He discovered Pluto while working at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. Other notable Pawnee County natives include Hall of Fame coach Gene Keady, former Purdue basketball coach; Ralph Terry, former New York Yankees pitcher; Gary Patterson, Texas Christian University head football coach; John Zook, All-Pro NFL player and All Big 8 player at the University of Kansas; Mitch Webster, major league baseball outfielder; Hal Patterson, Canadian football player; and Belle Jennings Benchley, past director of the San Diego Zoo. Pawnee County currently includes the cities of Garfield, Burdett, Rozel and Larned. The buffalo and Indians roamed freely for centuries before the white soldiers arrived in 1859 to establish a military post at Fort Larned to assist in commerce and travel along the Santa Fe Trail. George Custer, Kit Carson, William Cody, Black Kettle, Satanta, and Yellow Bear were but

a few of the legendary people frequenting the fort. The establishment of Fort Larned on the Santa Fe Trail was significant not only for defense of the trail, but also to assist settlers in the area. The Hancock-Custer expedition, referring to General Winfield S. Hancock and Colonel George Custer, arrived at Fort Larned on April 7, 1867, and the two men conducted meetings with Cheyenne Chiefs Tall Bull and White Horse in an attempt to satisfy Indian displeasure at white settlers. The meeting delayed problems along the Santa Fe Trail.

It was Henry Booth (18381898), retired captain of Company L, 11th Kansas Calvary, who petitioned the state for official organization of the county in 1872, naming it after the familiar Pawnee River as well as recognizing the Pawnee Indians who inhabited the area historically. Booth served in the Kansas Legislature, serving as the Legislature’s Speaker of the House. The organization of Pawnee County is colorful. A colonizer from Chicago, Dr. Samuel Grant Rodgers, had arrived in the Pawnee County area and he and

his associates had laid out a town, naming it Petersburg in honor of an official of the Santa Fe Railroad, T.J. Peters. Today it is called Kinsley. Realizing that Petersburg was a threat to Larned, as both towns were within the original boundaries of Pawnee County, Booth and other Larned promoters moved at once toward organization of the county. A law passed that same year by the Legislature prescribing that a petition asking for organization of a new county was to be signed by “40 householders who were legal electors of the county.”

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There were not 40 legal electors in Pawnee County, but Booth and A.H. Boyd secured the signatures by an extra-legal procedure. One report said they stopped an immigrant train that was toiling westward along the Santa Fe Trail and forced the men in the party to sign their petition. Booth forwarded the petition to Gov. James M. Harvey recommending F.C. Hawkins as a good man to take the census. Governor Harvey accepted Booth’s recommendation and appointed Hawkins. Nine days later Hawkins finished his enumeration and filed his certified report with the governor. It showed a population of 674 men, women and children, an amazing figure in view of the difficulty Captain Booth had experienced in finding 40 legal electors to sign his petition. Dr. Rodgers was in Chicago recruiting settlers for his colony while


Booth and his associates were taking the preliminary steps toward county organization. It is assumed that Dr. Rodgers went to Topeka and that he registered a protest with the governor and secretary of state, but they must have convinced him that nothing could or should be done to delay the organization of Pawnee County. Gov. James M. Harvey’s proclamation admitting Pawnee as the 65th county was dated November 4, 1872 by Henry Booth, A.H. Boyd, Timothy McCarthy, and George J. Cox. Larned became the permanent county seat of Pawnee County in an election held on October 7, 1873. Dr. Rodgers and Booth were opposing candidates for state representative. Rodgers won the seat, but Booth, although denied membership in the Legislature, had considerable influence in that body. The boundaries of Pawnee County were changed, cutting 12 miles off the south, which left out Dr. Rodgers’ town, Petersburg, and adding six miles on the north, taken from Rush County and six miles on the east, taken from Stafford County. This, Booth observed, “brought Larned nearer the center of the county and strengthened it as the county seat.” It also cut off Petersburg and practically every other town in the county. When in 1874, a petition was presented to the Legislature asking that the original boundaries of Pawnee County be restored, the Legislature again came to the rescue of Booth and his county seat by returning one township to Pawnee – the one containing Garfield – and creating Edwards County from the “orphan townships.” Interesting sites in the county include the nine original buildings at Fort Larned, the Pawnee County Courthouse (former), the Eagle Optic Building, the Masonic Building, the Campbell House (1886) and the Patterson House (circa 1876). The Larned Presbyterian Church was organized on July 15, 1873. The first county fair was held in 1876. Currently it is a 4-H fair. The first school district was Pawnee Number 1, formed in Larned on June 24, 1873.





Trustee—Tim Dryden, 620-285-2406 2063 150th Ave., Larned, KS 67550 Treasurer—Margaret Spreier, 620-285-2523 1638 X Rd, Larned, KS 67550 Clerk—Jon Roy Kelty, 620-285-7039 2171 140th Ave, Larned, KS 67550

Trustee—Ron Pfenninger, 620-527-4456 3040 X Rd, Nekoma 67559 Treasurer—Greg Umberger, 620-527-4472 3018 U Rd, Rozel, KS 67574 Clerk—Alan Hagerman, 620-527-4491 2247 270th Ave, Rozel, KS 67574

Trustee—David Hammeke, 620-995-3665 1205 C Rd, Belpre, KS 67519 Treasurer—Ruth Colglazier, 620-285-2560 1081 F Rd, Larned, KS 67550 Clerk—David Zook, 620-285-2507 496 Main, Larned, KS 67550




Trustee—Stanley Bryant, 620-525-6720 3248 O Rd, Burdett, KS 67523 Treasurer—Don Stejskal, 620-525-6680 3368 S Rd, Burdett, KS 67523 Clerk—Gary Pelton, 620-525-6586 3592 R Rd, Burdett, KS 67523

Trustee—Jerrod Smith, 620-285-2729 357 K Rd, Larned, KS 67550 Treasurer—Kathy Zook, 620-285-2577 895 40th Ave, Larned, KS 67550 Clerk—Alan Crane, 620-285-3323 1191 30th Ave, Larned, KS 67550

Trustee—Marty Loving, 620-982-4430 351 T Rd, Pawnee Rock 67567 Treasurer—Linda Slavik, 620-982-4480 399 R5 Rd, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567 Clerk—Steve Apley, 620-285-2598 1456 60th Ave, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567




Trustee—Dallas Hiebert, 620-527-4255 2132 W Rd, Rozel, KS 67574 Treasurer—Joe Colglazier 620-527-4223, 620-527-4223 2532 U Rd, Rozel, KS 67574 Clerk—Marc Pieschl, 785-372-4463 2316 210 Ave, Rush Center, KS 67575

Trustee—Justin Vanmeter, 620-527-4504 1513 US 183 Hwy, Larned, KS 67550 Treasurer—Danny Dipman, 620-285-3478 1727 190th Ave, Larned, KS 67550 Clerk—Stanley D. Crawford, 620-285-6266 1809 200th Ave, Larned, KS 67550

Trustee—Jared Larry Skelton, 620-285-5963 1153 180th Ave, Larned, KS 67550 Treasurer—Clint Barger, 620-285-7353 1692 I Rd, Garfield, KS 67529 Clerk—Bryan L. Fischer, 620-285-7466 1649 L Rd, Larned, KS 67550



Trustee— John Welch, 620-569-2295 1594 B Rd, Garfield, KS 67529 Treasurer—Robert Cline, 620-569-2459 1674 D Rd, Garfield, KS 67529 Clerk—Bill Lange, Jr., 620-569-2368 1670 D Rd, Garfield, KS 67529

Trustee—Dan Ryan, 620-525-6748 927 330th Ave, Burdett, KS 67523 Treasurer—Jim Ryan, 620-525-6664 1023 330th Ave, Burdett, KS 67523 Clerk—Leon Keith Winter, 620-525-6515 3215 M Rd, Burdett, KS 67523



Trustee—Allan Smith, 620-285-3087 1666 150th Ave, Larned, KS 67550 Treasurer—Roy Pleasant, 620-285-3632 1529 140th Ave, Larned, KS 67550 Clerk—Chad Erway, 620-285-0086 1457 160th Ave, Larned, KS 67550

Trustee—Edgar Schadel 620-525-6794, 620-525-6617 3724 Y Rd, Alexander, KS 67513 Treasurer—Rodney Albrecht, 620-525-6628 3448 T Rd, Burdett, KS 67523 Clerk—Steve Miller, 620-525-6551 3535 U Rd, Burdett, KS 67523

GARFIELD Trustee—Eldon Meckfessel 620-569-2317; 620-569-2454 115 N Sherman, Garfield, KS 67529 Treasurer—Melvina Prescott, 620-569-2563 687 200th Ave, Garfield, KS 67529 Clerk—Daryl Prescott, 620-569-2563 687 200th Ave, Garfield, KS 67529 GRANT Trustee—Jerry Knauf, 620-527-4265 204 Smith St, P.O. Box 85, Rozel, KS 67574 Treasurer—Robert Hammeke, 620-525-6675 2968 O Rd, Rozel, KS 67574 Clerk—Jim Snodgrass, 620-527-4486 1810 310th Ave, Rozel, KS 67574


KEYSVILLE Trustee—John Woelk, 620-527-4424 1146 270th Ave, Rozel, KS 67574 Treasurer—Bill Price, 620-527-4443 817 270th Ave, Rozel, KS 67574 Clerk—Ray Colglazier, 620-527-4236 2638 I Rd, Rozel, KS 67574

Trustee—Sharla Woods, 620-285-6773 1041 K19 Hwy S, Larned, KS 67550 Treasurer—Pete Schartz, 620-285-2951 826 I Rd, Larned, KS 67550 Clerk—Jane Zook, 620-285-3362 1227 I Rd, Larned, KS 67550



Trustee—Jerald Hadley, 620-285-5560 1254 O Rd, Larned, KS 67550 Treasurer—Debora Fox-Johnson 620-285-7449 1354 100th Ave, Larned, KS 67550 Clerk—Ken Fenwick, 620-285-7229 833 O Rd, Larned, KS 67550

Trustee—Alan Converse, 620-569-2296 2216 J Rd, Garfield, KS 67529 Treasurer—Richard Meckfessel 620-569-2359 2450 K Rd, Rozel, KS 67574 Clerk—Steve Hall, 620-569-2499 933 220th Ave, Garfield, KS 67529

VALLEY CENTER Trustee—Frederick Grizzell, 620-348-4968 344 30th Ave, Macksville, KS 67557 Treasurer—Gary Seibert, 620-348-2081 651 20th Ave, Macksville, KS 67557 Clerk—Teddy Gingrich, 620-348-4753 270 70th Ave, Larned, KS 67550 WALNUT Trustee—Jason Skelton, 620-285-3854 1276 U Rd, Larned, KS 67550 Treasurer—Kevin E. Fox, 620-285-2301 1206 U Rd, Larned, KS 67550 Clerk—Leonard Grant, 620-285-2573 1949 110th Ave, Larned, KS 67550

Township officials are elected by residents of their township. Elections are held during regular county-wide elections.

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he small Pawnee County community of Burdett has links to the stars. The famous astronomer Clyde Tombaugh and discoverer of the planet Pluto graduated from Burdett Rural High School in 1925. Tombaugh made his first telescope, and what he initially learned of astronomy was learned among the currant bushes on his family’s Kansas farm. In the fall of 1928, he went to Flagstaff, Ariz., and was put in charge of the new 13-inch telescope at the Lowell Observatory. But, the town has deep roots. Started originally as “Brown’s Grove” 23 miles west of Larned, Burdett was named for Dr. Gallatin Brown who staked out the townsite in 1876. It was a thriving settlement and in 1879 Wright and Johnson

built a flour mill with a dam on the Pawnee River furnishing power for the machinery. It was the first in Kansas west of Hutchinson and was in operation for eight years. The railroad was surveyed from Larned in 1885 and the first train arrived in 1886. The tracks came in a half mile south of “Brown’s Grove” so business moved to the railroad and the town was re-named “Burdett” by the railroad officials for a famous writer and humorist Robert Jones Burdette. This was the end of the line for a year and a hand operated turntable was used. These were the boom years for the town. At one time there was a grade school and a high school with the 64th and last class graduating from Burdett High School in 1966. Burdett and Rozel unified to become Pawnee Heights High School the next year.



Mayor – Leon Jennings 620-804-0683

City Clerk Ashley Selfridge 620-525-6279 or 620 923-5416 Street/Utilities Superintendent Leonard Mostrom 620-525-6676 or 620-525-6279 City Attorney Philip Martin 620-285-3813 City Fire Chief Gary McJunkin 620-525-1037 or 620-525-6279 City Library Paula Catlin 620-525-6743 or 620-525-6279 City Parks Gary Schmidt 620-525-6279 City Zoning Joe Miller 620-525-6279 Animal Control Leonard Mostrom 620-525-6676 or 620-525-6279 Water Joe Griffe 620-525-1003 EMS Director Brandi Johnson, 911

Council Members Council members can be reached at the city office. Councilman – Gary McJunkin 620-525-1037 Councilman – Joe Griffie 620-525-1003 Councilman – Joe Miller 620-525-6209 Councilwoman – JoAnn Lewis 620-525-6574 Councilman – Gary Schmidt 620-525-6322 Council members meet on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Burdett City Hall, 207-1/2 Elm 620-525-6279,

UTILITIES Electric Midwest Energy, 800-222-3121 Gas Black Hills Energy 1-888- 890-5554 (Customer Service) 1-800-694-8989 (24 Hour Emergency) Water City, 620-525-6279 OTHER SERVICES Medical Care The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus 923 Carroll, 620-285-3161

Recycling A trailer is located on Elm Street. Post Office 202 Elm, 620-525-6631 Zip Code 67523











bell now hangs in the Garfield City Park. That bell has an interesting, and presidential, story. But, first some background. The first settlers of Garfield came from Ohio, not Sweden, as was once believed. The Swedes came a few years later. In January 1873, two months after Pawnee County was organized by proclamation of Gov. James Harvey, members of the Ohio colony filed on about 30 pieces of land near the present site of Garfield, then known as Camp Criley. Camp Criley was established in the late summer of 1872 as a supply station for workmen building the Santa Fe Railroad. It was named for Capt. J.D. Criley, superintendent of the construction. In March 1873, the advance guard of the Ohio colony arrived.

During the summer of 1873, others joined the growing settlement on the Arkansas River. The first religious services were held in the town that summer, the Methodists forming a Sunday school class and the Congregationalists organizing a church. Later a Union Sabbath school was established. The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized in 1879. But, the founders changed the name of the town from Criley to Garfield in honor of James A. Garfield, the congressman from their old district in Ohio, and later president of the United States. When Mr. Garfield was informed of this honor, he wrote that he would present a bell to the first church erected in the town. The bell hung in the Congregational Church from 1875 to 1959 and is now part of a monument in the City Park. The park also features a bandstand-style gazebo.




Mayor – Kevin Greathouse

City Clerk – Linda Meckfessel 620-569-2373 City Treasurer – Evalina Craig 620-569-3442 Fire Chief – Robert Meckfessel 620-569-2373 City Maintenance Supervisor – C.J. Wilder

Sewer City of Garfield 620-569-2373

Council Members Councilman – Bill Philo 620-569-2373 Councilman – Eldon Meckfessel 620-569-2317 Councilwoman – Denise Hoch 620-569-2382 Councilman – Robert Hoch 620-569-2382 Councilwoman – Janet Olson 316-214-3370 The City Council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the City Building, 217 3rd Street

Post Office 213 Third 620-569-2210 Supervisor C.J. Wilder

Electric Midwest Energy 800-222-3121

Recycling Larned Industrial Park East of town off K-156 620-285-8555 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Gas Kansas Gas Service 800-794-4782

Trash Service Pawnee Sanitation 620-285-7780


Animal Control Lonnie Able 620-569-2484 Medical Care The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus 923 Carroll 620-285-3161 Police Department, 911 Dispatches out of Larned Zip Code 67565






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Larned There is a lot of history behind the City of Larned Larned was laid out in 1873 and the first post office was established at Larned in 1872. The city drew its name from nearby Fort Larned and named for Colonel Benjamin F. Larned, U.S. Army paymaster from July 1854 to his death Sept. 6, 1862. Now, the commerce hub for Pawnee County, Larned is situated along the Santa Fe Trail which was a thoroughfare for early expeditions, traders, and the livestock movement. From 1822 to 1880, the Santa Fe Trail was one of America’s most important trade routes, carrying millions of dollars worth of goods annually in commercial traffic between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, N.M. A military establishment was needed along the trail and in October 1859, Camp Alert was constructed. It was renamed Camp on the Pawnee in 1860 and later that same year became known as Fort Larned. The Fort became the principal guardian of Santa Fe Trail commerce.

Today, Fort Larned National Historic Site is a part of the National Park Service. It was designated an historic site in 1964 and underwent major renovations in the years that followed. It is one of the few frontier forts where the original buildings have been preserved.

In addition, the Santa Fe Trail was established as a national historic trail in May 1987 and trail ruts made by the countless ox and mule drawn wagons can still be seen near the Fort. The Fort is located at 1767 K-156, west of Larned. Also situated near Larned

are the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility which falls under the Kansas Department of Corrections and Larned State Hospital which falls under the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Both are major employers for the area.

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Fire Department Randy Bird, Fire Chief 814 Main 620-285-8520 Emergency Medical Service Joe Dickenson/Kara Lawrence EMS directors 123 W. 9th 620-285-8505

UTILITIES Electric, Water, Trash, Sewer City of Larned 620-285-8500 Gas Kansas Gas Service 800-794-4780 OTHER SERVICES

Larned Swimming Pool 620-285-8570

Poison Control 800-332-6633

Parks/Cemetery 620-285-8535 620-285-8500 (records)

Post Office 803 Broadway, 620-285-2791

Building Inspection 620-285-8509 Street Department 620-285-8560

MUNICIPAL OFFICES City Clerk 417 Broadway 620-285-8500

Wastewater Treatment 620-285-8513

Animal Control Larned Police Department 419 Broadway 620-285-8545

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City Manager – Brad Eilts Finance Director – Monica Steiner City Clerk – Kara Rath Building Inspector – Frieda Smith City Attorney – Ronald Smith Municipal Judge – Julie Fletcher Cowell City Treasurer – Joseph Simmons Police Chief – Chuck Orth Fire Chief – Randy Bird EMS Director – Joseph Dickinson/Kara Lawrence

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1st Ward – Gary Rainbolt 620-285-6554 1st Ward – Carroll Bennett 620-285-6376 2nd Ward – Terry Clark 620-285-9011 2nd Ward – George Elmore 620-285-6778 3rd Ward – Jason Murray 620-804-1345 3rd Ward – Dennis Wilson 620-285-3453 4th Ward – Kim Barnes 620-285-3541 4th Ward – Sharon McGinness 620-285-6382 The city is governed by the mayor and city council. The city manager is hired by the city council and provides administrative services. City elections are held every year. The mayor is elected from the city at large for a two-year term. Council members are elected for two years from their respective wards and serve staggered terms with an election of one position in each ward annually. There is no limit on the number of terms that may be served. The Larned City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 417 Broadway. Council members can be reached at the city office, 620-285-8500.

Jordaan Memorial Library 724 Broadway Municipal Court 417 Broadway, 620-285-8500 Larned Community Center Mike Seeman Larned Recreation Director 1500 North Toles 620-285-6002

Pawnee Sanitation 620-285-7780

Recyling 620-285-8555 620-792-1321

Medical Care The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus 923 Carroll 620-285-3161

Larned Country Club Consists of a nine hole golf course and a clubhouse located in Edwards Park. 611 E. 14th


Moffett Stadium 318 Mann Stadium has a seating capacity of 1,100 with a baseball diamond and tennis courts. MUNICIPAL PARKS Schnack Park 544 W. 1st Shelter house, playground equipment, charcoal grills, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming pool, duck pond, skateboard park and train Lowery Park 544 W. 1st Park benches and glider, statuary and monuments, drinking water hydrant, off-street parking, playground equipment, basketball court, ball field, Zebulon Pike Plaza, Youth Building for rent Doerr Vernon Park 1500 Carroll Tennis courts, picnic shelter, playground equipment Jordaan Memorial Park 18th & Toles Softball fields, Pawnee County Fair Facilities, John Haas Building for rent, walking path with exercise stations, and Community Center South East Neighborhood Park 3rd & Park Playground equipment Cemetery The city owns and maintains the cemetery located one mile west of Larned on 8th Street. Records and maps are located at City Hall. Airport The Larned-Pawnee County Airport is located one mile north and one mile east of Larned. A 4,200 ft. paved and lighted runway is featured. Rental hangars and a selfservice credit card fueling facility is available. Zip Code 67550



The Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility (LCMHF) currently includes two units. The Central Unit which has the capacity to house 310 male offenders, and the West Unit, which has the capacity to house 288 male offenders, for a current total population capacity of 598. The LCMHF Central Unit houses medium and maximum custody, general population offenders. The population is further divided into two separate categories - Youthful Offender Program offenders, and regular programming offenders. Both meet the specific needs of the individual offender assigned to this facility. The Youthful Program population consists of offenders 25 years old and younger, who meet other specific programming criteria. Emphasis is placed on offenders needing education (GED) and/or vocational education. LCMHF partners with Barton Community College providing degree and certificate opportunities in carpentry, Computer Certification, Introductory to Craft Skills, OSHA 10, plumbing, welding, Associate in General Studies, and High School Diploma, empowering offenders towards successful reintegration through education and career training. The regular programming population consists of offenders older than 25. These offenders receive programming consistent with their specific risk need area(s), such as substance abuse, attitude, family/marital, and financial. The LCMHF West Unit is a minimum custody, work facility. These offend-

ers provide support services to LCMHF and the Larned State Hospital, Hospital holding jobs that simulate the regular hours and routines usually associated with employment found in the community. Offender employee positions in Non-Prison Based and Prison Based Industries Programs are also available, allowing offenders to begin saving and preparing for eventual release, and to begin paying for expenses such as room and board, transportation, court costs, fines, restitution, child support and taxes, while they are still incarcerated. Additionally, there is some limited programming available at the West Unit. Most notably, Substance Abuse Program and Thinking 4 Change.

Laid out on a 78-acre campus, Larned State Hospital (LSH) is the largest psychiatric facility in the state serving Kansas with nearly 1,000 employees and the capacity to treat more than 450 patients daily, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The hospital is rich in history, opening in April, 1914. Located on the campus is the Psychiatric Services Program, which serves approximately two-thirds of the state; the State Security Program, which serves district courts from across the state; and the state’s Sexual Predator Treatment Program. LSH is operated by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). The hospital employs Medical Staff, Nurses, Mental Health Technicians, Social Workers, Psychologists, a full time Chaplain, and Therapists to address the routine medical and psychiatric needs of patients and access outside medical personnel as needed. Additionally, the hospital has multiple support service areas, including Laundry, Purchasing and Supply, Financial Services, and Safety/Security to name a few. The hospital is also home to the popular Sunflower Grill, where lunch specials are available Monday through Friday. The grill is open to the public and located on the south side of the hospital campus. Visitors can look for the blue and gold sign that reads “Route 264-Sunflower Grill.” LSH also has a greenhouse that offers bedding plants and crafts to employees as well as the public.

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REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE Burdett-Rozel A Pride Committee organizes recycling efforts. A trailer is shared between Rozel and Burdett. When it’s in Rozel it’s located on Main Street. When it’s in Burdett it’s located on Elm Street. Larned Recycling Larned recycling is handled by Sunflower Diversified Services in Great Bend. Drop-off location: 831 E. 14th Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc. 8823 4th Street Great Bend, KS, 67530 620-792-1321 Items accepted • Office pack • Pastel paper, envelopes, • Mailings, file folders, • Carbonless forms • Shredded office papers • White ledger • Typing and copy paper • Adding machine tape • Computer paper • Green bar, blue bar • Orange bar, white form feed • Non-corrugated • Construction paper, dark paper • Paper board boxes • Gift wrap (no foil) • Paperbacks, egg cartons • Paper tubes, toilet backing

• Phone books, brown envelopes • TV guides, digests • Magazine and catalogs • All slick paper mailings • Newspapers • Rechargeable battery • Misc. Metals • Plastic pop and juice bottles • Plastic milk bottles (rinse and remove lids) • Aluminum cans (purchased or donated) • Pie plates, clean foil, misc. • Glass jars and bottles (rinse and remove lids) • Steel or tin cans (rinse) • Corrugated cardboard • Brown paper bags • Hard backed books • Plastic grocery bags Items not accepted • Carbon paper • Wax paper • Foil coated paper • Plastic food containers • Colored plastic containers • Plastic food wrap • Paper towels • Photographs • Motor oil containers • Chemical containers • Window glass • Batteries • Household hazardous waste containers • Styrofoam

LANDFILL HOURS Monday, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Note: All trash with mixed loads must be taken to transfer station first Household hazardous waste: Ask for the Transfer Station Supervisor Rod Wheaton 620-285-2016 Pawnee County Landfill 1044 K Road, Larned 1.5 miles south of Larned on K-19 south to K Road, then 1/2 mile east on the north side of the road Pawnee County Solid Waste Transfer Station 1044 K Road, Larned 1.5 miles south of Larned on K-19 south to K Road, then 1/2 mile east on the north side of the road Supervisor Rod Wheaton 620-285-2016 Household Waste: (Transfer Station) A. Trash should be bagged B. Furniture, TV’s, carpet, five-gallon containers other than chemicals, box springs and mattresses C. Oil filters with a hole punched in the end and drained D. Burned trash must be put in plastic bags or box Burnpit: (No Trash) A. Tree limbs Compost: (No Trash) A. Yard waste grass and leaves, do not bag White Goods: Appliances (No Trash) A. Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners B. Stoves, furnaces, dishwashers, washers & dryers, water heaters C. Clean wire will be accepted with no posts in an adjacent area (ask attendant) Used Oil: A. No anti-freeze or other liquids Construction and Demolition Pit: (No trash) A. Concrete, composition shingles, house demolition debris, plaster, lath and sheetrock (ask attendant)



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ocated 17 miles west of Larned, Rozel is home to 128 residents. It was incorporated Nov. 29, 1929, and has a mayorcouncil form of city government with water and gas systems municipally owned. It is situated on the Jetmore branch of the Santa Fe Railroad, formerly the Chicago, Kansas and Western R.R. The original townsite was deeded to the Arkansas Valley Town and Land Company by the railroad on July 19, 1886. The name Rozel was selected in honor of a daughter of one of the founders of the Land Company, whose name was Rozella. A Methodist church was built in 1905; replaced by a new building in January 1965, and dedicated April 23, 1972. The

Baptist church was built in 1916. The first post office was in 1870 and known as Keysville. In 1880 the name was changed to Ben Wade to honor a Civil War lawyer. Rozel has survived two disastrous fires, a tornado and numerous floods. Nearly all the business district was destroyed by fire on Sept. 24, 1929. On May 20, 1949, a tornado and hailstorm severely damaged or destroyed nearly every building in town. And, a huge tornado wider than the town itself passed just west of Rozel on May 18, 2013, clipping five farms before it finally lifted. A portable Doppler radar measured wind speeds of up to 185 mph, making it an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

The city of Rozel received a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. The grant was used to remodel an existing building that is used for the Rozel Community Center at 105 Main.

Rozel is home to the Pawnee Heights Unified School District 496 and the Pawnee Heights Tigers. Along with the district office, the elementary school, junior high school and the high school are located here.




Mayor – Erin Josefiak 620-923-6302 (c)

City Attorney – Don Anderson 620-564-2923 City Clerk – Helen Thorne 620-527-4399 City Superintendent – Glen McFann 620-527-4399, 620-923-5220 (c) Fire Chief – Doug Colglazier 620-527-4399 Asst. Fire Chief – Trevis Galliart 620-527-4399

Post Office 108 Main 620-527-4229


Recycling A Pride Committee organizes recycling efforts. A trailer is shared between Rozel and Burdett. When it’s in Rozel, it’s located on Main Street. When it’s in Burdett it’s located on Elm Street.

Council Members Councilman – Derek Spreier Councilman – Joe Trimble Councilman – Terry Ryan 620-357-5137 Councilwoman – Sonja Carson Councilman – Ritch Foos Council members meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the City Building, 110 Main Street, Rozel, except for the summer months from June through October at 8:00 p.m. at the Rozel Community Center at 105 Main St., Rozel Messages for council members can be left at the city office at 620-527-4399.

Electric Midwest Energy 800-222-3121 Water, Gas & Sewer City Office 620-527-4399

Medical Care The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus 923 Carroll 620-285-3161

Zip Code 67574


Pawnee County Commission Pawnee County has three elected commissioners who meet Monday of each week at 9:00 a.m. in the commissioner’s room at the courthouse, second floor, 715 Broadway Larned 620-285-3721; Fax: 620-285-2559 Deborah Lewis, 1st District 620-285-3721 Phillip Hammeke, 2nd District 620-285-3721 Bob Rein, Jr., 3rd District 620-285-3721 Directory of Departments Pawnee County Appraiser Carl Miller 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-2915; Fax: 620-285-3802 Pawnee County Attorney Douglas W. McNett 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-2139; Fax: 620-285-6293 Pawnee County Clerk Ruth M. Searight 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-3721; Fax: 620-285-2559

Pawnee County Register of Deeds Dolores Wren 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-3276; Fax: 620-285-2908

Pawnee County Sheriff Scott King 116 W. 8th, Larned 620-285-2211; Fax: 620-285-7073

Pawnee County Treasurer Tami Keenan 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-3746; Fax: 620-285-6704

Emergency Management/Zoning Director Mark Wagner 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-8966; Fax: 620-285-8910

Clerk of District Court Kay Schartz 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-6937; Fax: 620-285-3665

Solid Waste Supervisor Rod Wheaton 1044 K Rd, Larned 620-285-2016

Road & Bridge and Noxious Weed Kurt Demel County Highway Administrator 615 East 10th, Larned 620-285-6141; Fax: 620-285-2910 County Shop: 11th and Trail Noxious Weed: 10th and Trail County Health Administrator Cheryl Hoberecht 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-6963, 800-211-4401 Fax: 620-285-3246


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Pawnee County Jail Sheriff Scott King Undersheriff Derek Slack 116 W. Eighth, Larned 620-285-2211 Fax: 620-285-7073

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Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett 620-285-2139 Fax: 620-285-6293 Pawnee County District Court Pawnee County Courthouse 715 Broadway St., Larned 620-285-6937 Clerk of the District Court Kay Schartz 620-285-6937 District Judge Bruce Gatterman 620-285-2247 Magistrate Judge Julie Fletcher-Cowell 620-285-6937


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HELPFUL NUMBERS | Pawnee County Source There’s an emergency. Police and fire departments – 911 There’s a power outage in your neighborhood. KPL – 620-285-8585 Midwest Energy, Rozel & Burdett 800-222-3121 You suspect child abuse. Kansas Department for Children & Families – 620-792-5324 Pawnee County Sheriff 620-285-2211 Larned Police – 620-285-8545 You smell gas. Kansas Gas Service 888-482-4950 Black Hills Energy, Burdett 800-694-8989 You find an injured animal. Burdett – City Maintenance Manager 620-525-6676 or 620-525-6279 Garfield – Mayor – 620-569-2544 Rozel – City Office – 620-527-4399 Larned Police – 620-285-8545 Pawnee County Sheriff 620-285-2211 You see someone being cruel to an animal. Burdett – City Maintenance Manager 620-525-6676 or 620-525-6279 Garfield – Mayor – 620-569-2544 Rozel – City Office – 620-527-4399 Larned Police – 620-285-8545

Your water main breaks. Burdett – 620-525-6279 Garfield – 620-569-2385 Larned – 620-285-8500 Rozel – 620-527-4399 You want to register to vote. Pawnee County Clerk 620-285-3721 Pawnee County Health Dept. 620-285-6963 Larned City Office – 620-285-8500 You want to talk to the mayor. Burdett – Leon Jennings 620-804-0683 Garfield – Kevin Greathouse 620-569-2544 Larned – William Nusser 620-285-8500 Rozel – Erin Josefiak 620-923-6302 You want to know if you live in a flood zone. Emergency Preparedness Director Mark Wagner 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-8966 You have a zoning question. Burdett – 620-525-6279 Garfield – 620-569-2385 Larned – 620-285-8500 Pawnee County – 620-285-8966 Rozel – 620-527-4399

You see someone illegally dumping garbage in an unincorporated area. Your pet is at the pound. Burdett – City Maintenance Manager Pawnee County Sheriff 620-285-2211 620-525-6676 or 620-525-6279 Garfield – Mayor – 620-569-2544 You know of an unsafe sidewalk Rozel – City Office – 620-527-4399 or street or have a street light Larned Police – 620-285-8545 problem. Burdett – 620-525-6279 You want to complain about Garfield – 620-569-2385 a parking ticket or loud music. Larned – 620-285-8500 Pawnee County Sheriff Rozel – 620-527-4399 620-285-2211

You have a question about water quality. Burdett – 620-525-6279 Garfield – 620-569-2385 Larned – 620-285-8500 Rozel – 620-527-4399 You have a health question. Pawnee County Health Department 620-285-6963 or 1-800-211-4401 You want to escape domestic violence. Family Crisis Center 620-792-1885 You want to dispose of household hazardous waste. Pawnee County Landfill 620-285-2016 You want a business license. Burdett – 620-525-6279 Garfield – 620-569-2385 Larned – 620-285-8500 Rozel – 620-527-4399 You dispute your property tax bill. Pawnee County Treasurer – 620-285-3746

You want to know if you are eligible for an affordable rental or housing unit. Contact a local real estate agent Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing counseling for home buyers and renters. 1-800-569-4287 You want to subscribe to a local newspaper. Great Bend Tribune, 2012 Forest Ave., Great Bend 800-950-8742 The Tiller & Toiler 115 W. 15th, Larned 620-285-3111 You have a question about farming activities. Pawnee County Extension 620-285-6901 You are interested in adoption or foster care. Catholic Social Service 620-792-1393 Emberhope – 800-593-1950

Larned Police – 620-285-8545

POST OFFICES Burdett 67523 Postmaster Judith Wasko 202 Elm, 620-525-6631 Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - noon Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Forever stamps and priority mail flat rate envelopes may be purchased. Garfield 67529 213 3rd, 620-569-2210 Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - noon Saturday: 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


Rozel 67574 Postmaster Holly Lund 108 N. Main, 620-527-4229 Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - noon Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Larned 67550 Postmaster Steve Penick 803 Broadway, 620-285-2791 Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

You need a referral for day care. Pawnee County Health Department 620-285-6963 or 800-211-4401





Pawnee County Source | HOTLINE NUMBERS Child Find of America 800-426-5678, 800-292-9688

Poison Control 800-222-1222

Youth in Trouble/Runaways 800-786-2929

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas 800-860-5260

Kansas Department for Children and Families 1305 Patton Road, Great Bend 620-792-5324

Child/Adult Abuse Reporting 800-922-5330 CrimeStoppers 620-285-3277 Domestic Abuse Sexual Assault 888-363-2287, 888-END-Abuse Family Crisis Center 620-792-1885, 866-792-1885

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)

Kansas Children’s Service League Parent Helpline Box 517, Wichita 316-942-4261, 800-332-6378

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)

Kansas Legal Services, Inc. 800-723-6953

Tobacco Cessation 800-QUIT-NOW, 800-784-8669

Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program 800-333-4636

Fraud Abuse Hotline 800-432-3913

Medicaid (Customer Assistance) 800-766-9012

Missing/Abducted Children National Center Missing & Exploited Children 800-843-5678

Nursing Home Complaints Kansas Department of Health & Environment 800-842-0078

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CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS | Pawnee County Source Larned Garden Club Merlene Baird, 620-285-6070 Meets 4th Friday, 2:00 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce meeting room Larned Music Club Connie Carlton, 620-285-9216 Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. September-May at Larned Chamber of Commerce building Jordaan Club Room Larned Civic PRIDE 620-285-6901 Meets every Monday noon - 1:00 p.m. except the first Monday of the month at the University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus meeting room 923 Carroll, Larned

LARNED 4-H Clubs of Pawnee County Pawnee County Extension Office 715 Broadway, Rm. 6, Larned 620-285-6901 The Pawnee County clubs are Gem Dandys, Pawnee Peppers, Tiny Toilers, Western Wranglers, Zook Zippers Walter S. Chears American Legion Post 106 American Legion Community Building 603 Edwards, Larned 620-285-6146 Commander Charlie Perez 620-804-2499 American Legion Auxiliary Post 106 American Legion Community Building 603 Edwards, Larned Rita Kurtz, 620-285-1262 American Legion Riders Chapter 106 Larned, Director Mark Johnson 620-804-0578 Veterans of Foreign Wars Jack Kreiger Post No. 7271 603 Edwards St., Larned 620-285-6036 VFW Auxiliary Post No. 7271 603 Edwards St., Larned Rita Kurtz, 620-285-1262 DAR Donna Campbell, 620-285-6997 FCE Units in Pawnee County Pawnee County Extension Office Rm. 6, 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-6901 The units in Pawnee County are Sunflower Homemakers FCE, Rozel FCE, Modern Homemakers FCE Knights of Columbus Norman Dreiling, 620-285-2035 1216 M Road, Larned Meets 1st Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

Larned Quilting Bees Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. at Larned Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall 8th and Morris Laureate Beta Nu Connie Mauney, 620-804-1001 Meets in member’s homes, call for location. Meets 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. during the school year Noon Lions Club Dr. Kristy Mull Meets Wednesday at noon at the University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus meeting room Fort Larned Lions Club Steven Lewis, 620-285-1609 Meets 1st and 3rd Monday, 6:00 p.m. at the University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus meeting room 923 Carroll, Larned Pawnee Co. Farmers Union Tom Giessel, 620-285-2517

P.E.O. Nancy Adams, 620-285-2053 Prairie Arts Unlimited Patricia Hassman, 620-285-7223 Rotary Club Merlene Baird, 620-285-6070 Meets every Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. at Sweets ‘n Eats 422 Broadway, Larned Women’s Golf Association 620-285-3935

BURDETT Frederick A. Browne American Legion Post 280 206 Elm, Burdett Commander Orel Schadel 620-525-6770 American Legion Auxiliary Post 280 American Legion Community Building 206 Elm St., Burdett Linda Schadel, 620-525-6770 EMS (volunteer) Senior Center, 211 Elm, Burdett Brandi Johnson, Director 620-285-5620 Meets 1st Monday every other month Volunteer Fire Department Fire Station 209 Elm, Burdett Gary McJunkin, 620-525-1038 Meets 3rd Tuesday

ROZEL Rozel Lions Club Meets 3rd Monday September - May at Rozel Methodist Church, 7:00 p.m. Rozel PRIDE Pam Taylor



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Proud to make a difference Larned Civic PRIDE has raised $700,000 for community projects over 10 years


he Larned Civic PRIDE organization has been a driving force for community support and action since 2009. A group of local citizens with a mission of creating a better environment and enhancing the health of those in Pawnee County and the surrounding area partnered with Kansas State University Research and Extension and Kansas Pride Inc. to organize the group. Since then, members have raised over $700,000 in grant projects in Pawnee County. The first project the group undertook was the creation of a unique community garden on the west side of Larned, which soon after expanded to include a community orchard and community farmers market. With abundant rain and mild weather in the Spring of 2019, the orchard trees filled with fruit, and each week, the garden supplies numerous residents, as well as guests passing through, with fresh vegetables and herbs.

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A bumper crop of sweet corn was one of the highlights in July, and the community eagerly awaited the early fall crop of sweet potatoes. Volunteers from charitable organizations work alongside PRIDE members to complete maintenance on planters, benches and tables, and to prune, deadhead and weed the garden. Many hands make light work. Member interests are wide-ranging, so even those not interested in gardening find plenty they can do to improve their community and create a hometown they can

be proud of. Members help out monthly to staff a night at Larned’s State Theatre together. Projects have included fundraising to provide Wiis for the Senior Center, charging stations, a walking fitness course at Jordaan Park, renovation of the Schnack Park train and recent updates to Moffet Stadium at Larned High School. The group also took the lead on the Doerr-Vernon Park Splash Pad. They’ve also lent a hand with ongoing renovations at Camp Pawnee west of Larned. Fundraising dinners and lunches provide a seasonal opportunity for fellowship and fun. In addition, almost weekly noon meetings at The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus cafeteria provide members and guests a chance to meet and become informed about projects other groups and local governments are undertaking. The group is always on the lookout for ways it can be of service to the community. A calendar of upcoming meetings and guest speakers appears monthly in the group’s facebook feed. To reach PRIDE, visit the Pawnee County Extension office at 715 Broadway, Room 6, Larned, KS 67550, call 620-285-6901, or message them at the Larned Civic PRIDE facebook page.




Find a fur-ever friend at the Pawnee County Humane Society


he mission of Pawnee County Humane Society Inc. is to prevent suffering, neglect, abuse and cruelty to animals through community awareness and education, promoting responsible pet ownership and ending the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in Pawnee County. If you want to bring a new furry friend home with you, stop by the shelter and fill out an application in person. Online applications are available at the website, Kansas adoption laws require that all animals adopted from shelters be spayed or neutered. Most of the time the animals available for adoption will already have this procedure done. If not — usually because they are too young when adopted — the new owner will be required to sign a Certificate of Sterilization and will pay a spay or neuter deposit. Fees Adoption fees are $20 for neutered/spayed cats and $125 for neutered/spayed dogs. Surrender fees are $10 for cats or kittens and $20 for litters — with or without the mother — $15 for puppies 6 months old and younger and $20 for older dogs. The surrender fees for a litter of puppies is $15 for the first puppy and $5 for each additional puppy.

The staff at the Pawnee County Humane Society are dedicated to saving as many animals as possible. However, due to space limitations they are unable to take in every animal. If you would like to surrender your animal due to circumstances that make it difficult to no longer keep your pet, you must call the shelter first to find out if there is room to take your pet in. If they don’t have room, they can put your name on a wait list and contact you when a space opens up. Surrendering a pet should be considered as a last resort and they would like to help you keep your pet if at all possible. For that reason, PCHS can provide counseling and information that might help you keep your pet instead of surrendering it. Director Andrea Buhler Lartz has a blog on the PCHS website that explains clicker training, a simple way to begin dog obedience training. To encourage adopters to train their new dogs, PCHS is now including a clicker, information about clicker training, and a bag of treats in the adoption packet. Microchipping Losing your pet can be a heartbreaking event. Last year PCHS reunited 99 lost pets brought into the shelter as strays with their owners. According to the American Humane Association, only about 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners. That’s why it’s so important that your pet has some form of ID like a microchip to make sure you’re reunited with your pet if he or she ever gets lost. Pawnee County Humane Society offers microchips from 24 Pet Watch for only $10 dollars per pet. If you’d like to come and get your pet microchipped, please call ahead to make sure somebody is at the shelter who can place the chip. Other services PHCH also offers a Trap, Neuter and Return Program for feral cats and the Best Chance Dog Program, that utilizes inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility as dog handlers.

1406 M5 Road, Larned 620-285-8510 Hours: Noon - 2:00 p.m. Monday - Friday 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday Volunteers wanted In 2008 the Pawnee County Humane Society was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 charity and opened the animal shelter at the corner of West 8th Street (M5 Road) and K-264. Their success is due to the countless hours put in by the many volunteers who truly want

to make life a little better for the homeless pets in Pawnee County. Also, thanks to the support of local veterinary clinics the homeless pets are spayed, neutered, and living healthier lives. For more information on how to help, contact volunteer coordinator, Reva Preeo through the shelter, 620-285-8510. You can also support the PHCH with donations, memberships and memorials. Fundraisers include the annual pet lover’s calendar and a doggie day at the Larned City Pool, just after the pool closes for the season.

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CHURCHES | Pawnee County Source

ASSEMBLY OF GOD Assembly of God Church 921 Broadway, Larned 620-285-3077 Pastor Ryan Webster Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m.

CHURCH OF CHRIST Larned Church of Christ 1515 Carroll Ave., Larned 620-285-6143

Faith Fellowship Church 27311 NE 232 Road, Hanston 7 miles west of Burdett on K-156 620-525-6261 Pastor Doug Ellison Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m.

EPISCOPAL Sts. Mary & Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church 803 Main St., Larned 620-285-6503 Rev. Mark Cowell Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m.

BAPTIST Rozel First Baptist Church 100 Grand, Rozel 620-527-4385

PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church 1004 W. Eighth Street, Larned 620-285-6033 Rev. P.J. Southam Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship: 11:00 a.m.

LUTHERAN – ELCA Garfield Lutheran Church 203 Sherman, Garfield Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m. Sunday school: 10:15 a.m.

First Southern Baptist Church 1224 Corse Ave., Larned 620-804-1863 Pastor Mark Slattery Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship: 10:45 a.m.

UNITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church 701 Main, Larned 620-285-3183 Pastor Trish North Sunday worship: 10:15 a.m.

LUTHERAN – MISSOURI SYNOD Grace Lutheran Church 524 Carroll, Larned 620-285-2013 Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible study and Sunday school: 9:30 a.m.

Independent Baptist Church 124 E. 14th St., Larned 785-826-6397 Pastor Plato Shepherd Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Wednesday worship: 7:00 p.m.

NAZARENE New Beginnings Church 1014 Broadway, Larned 620-285-6392 Daryl Riffel Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible study: 7:00 p.m.

CATHOLIC Sacred Heart Church 1111 State Street, Larned 620-285-2035 Father Bernard Felix Sunday Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Mass: 5:00 p.m. For more service times at the church, Larned State Hospital and Belpre, see the website:

NON-DENOMINATIONAL The Father’s House of Larned 221 E. 10th St., Larned 620-285-7377

CHRISTIAN First Christian Church 716 Broadway, Larned 620-285-2964

Rozel Christian Fellowship Smith & Edwards Street, Rozel 620-525-1500 Pastor Stan Bryant Saturday worship: 7:30 p.m. Covered dish dinner: 6:30 p.m.

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Rozel United Methodist 103 Lowery Street, Rozel 620-527-4375 Pastor Linda Doyle Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m. Fellowship and Sunday school follows worship Burdett and Rozel United Methodist plan to combine in November 2019.

The Lord’s Remnant 521 Corse Ave., Larned 620-285-3724 Saturday worship: 10:30 a.m.

CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL Escue Chapel CME 1220 Carroll Street, Larned 620-285-6611 Rev. Cameron J. Moore Sunday school: 9:45 a.m. Sunday worship: 11:00 a.m.

Burdett United Methodist 502 Elm, Burdett 620-525-6232 Pastor Linda Doyle Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m.

Garfield United Methodist 204 Sherman, Garfield 620-285-3183 (Larned office) Pastor Trish North Sunday worship: 8:45 a.m.

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Elder or dependent adult abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual, emotional or financial. Abusers can be caregivers, acquaintances or family members.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at First Christian Church Annex 716 Broadway, Larned 785-621-4350 Meetings are Sunday 8:00 p.m. Tuesday 7:00 p.m., Thursday 5:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m.

Kansas Department for Children and Families 888-369-4777 Employed parents financial help with child care expenses. (Cash assistance)

Report Abuse Kansas Department for Aging and Services 800-922-5330 Nursing Home Complaints Kansas Department of Health & Environment, 800-842-0078

NA Larned Main St. Group 803 Main, 620-285-3823 Alcoholics Anonymous 504 Broadway, 620-285-2656

Safe Haven Sites for Infants: Newborns up to 45 days old can now be safely given up by mothers to employees at Health Departments, Hospitals, Medical Facilities or Fire Departments in Kansas with no consequences or abandonment charges.


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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Family Crisis Center Inc. Great Bend, 620-792-1885 ECONOMIC & EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT Social and Rehabilitation Services Larned State Hospital, Larned 620-285-4630 Temporary assistance for families (cash assistance), food assistance, medical assistance, child care assistance and general assistance.

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EMERGENCY SERVICE AID American Red Cross Central and Western Kansas 120 W. Prescott Salina, KS 67401 1-785-827-3644 United Way of Central Kansas 1125 Williams, Great Bend Gaila Demel, 620-792-2403 First United Methodist Church 620-285-3183

Pawnee County Ministerial Alliance Provides emergency aid. Most pastors in Pawnee County are contacts.



Friendship Meals 113 W. 4th, Larned 620-285-3504

Helping Hands Ministries 501 Main St., Larned 785-259-2140 Tonya Andrews, Director Open Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Provides emergency assistance to local persons; Salvation Army vouchers also available to assist with clothing, rent, utilities, glasses, prescriptions, school supplies, etc. Transient assistance for gasoline, lodging, and food. Disaster assistance is also available.

Pawnee County Food Pantry 501 Main Street, Larned Linda Wyman, 620-285-3449 Open Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Center for Counseling Consultation 5815 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-2544 A Full Service, Licensed, Community Mental Health Center

FAMILY SERVICE Family Preservation Kansas Department for Children and Families 785-296-4653 Intensive in-home services are provided through a contract with a Child Welfare Case Management Provider.

HOSPICE CARE Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice 3515 Broadway Great Bend 620-792-8171 Kindred Hospice 620-664-5757

Haviland Care Center 200 N. Main St., Haviland 620-862-5291 SEXUAL ASSAULT Family Crisis Center Inc. Great Bend 620-792-1885 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287)

IN HOME SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS ElderCare, Inc. 1121 Washington St. Great Bend 620-792-5942

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n May, Physical Therapist Kevyn Soupiset helped continue a tradition of physical rehabilitative services in the area. He purchased Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine and Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine (Larned, Great Bend and Hays) following the retirement of long-time owner Teresa Malone. Malone retired after a long and very successful physical therapy and business career. Soupiset has worked in outpatient orthopedics the majority of his career and is quite passionate about this area of physical therapy. He has practiced in the Central Kansas area since 2002 and helped co-found Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine in Larned in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas (1996) with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 1999 and then a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in the spring of 2013. He has advanced his clinical and professional skills by completing advanced certifications in Sports Physical Therapy (STC) with his training through the North American Sports Medicine Institute and Manual Therapy (MTC) through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine prides itself in developing physical therapy programs that are tailored to each individual client who walks through the door. Everyone has different life styles and needs for their function. They will work with you to develop the best program to help you attain your goals in the shortest period of time possible. “Today’s world of high deductibles and co-pays require that we be the best stewards of insurance funds available. We are experts in combining hands on treatment techniques, exercise and education to relieve pain, restore motion and strength, to get function back. To get their LIFE back. No one should have to live with pain or limitations when there are proven and effective options available,” he said.

“Our mission is to provide our clients with compassionate, comprehensive and personal care utilizing best practices in a highly skilled and professional manner,” Soupiset said. “We strive to make an impact with the client experience that encourages them to move forward and share their positive experience with others.” Soupiset and Advance Therapy’s 19 employees, at its three area locations offer physical therapy services that cover all orthopedic conditions, including back and neck pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, neurological conditions, headaches, vertigo, balance and fall prevention and pelvic pain. They also partner with Barton Community College to offer WorkFit, a service dedicated to reducing work-related injuries and associated costs for employers including lowering their workers compensation premiums. This comprehensive testing procedure utilizes 28 medical measurements to provide objective baseline data about an employee’s maximum physical performance. Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine started in 1984 in Great Bend. It has grown from a single one-man clinic to three very active clinics. Great Bend is the home office with satellite clinics in Larned and Hays. The Larned site has a staff of 5, which includes Vickie Wilson in the front office; PT’s Kevyn Soupiset, Ashley Peintner and Carrie Hildebrand and PTA Shawn Jecha. “I can’t express enough, how excited we are to continue with the company’s vision and growth with the same great staff, into the future,” he said. The staff at Advanced/Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine are leading Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine providers in the area and boasts over 130 years of combined experience. “Our staff is absolutely among the best, and continue to be patient advocates and proactive clinicians, I’m very proud to work with them” he added. The company plans to increase the programs offered, including balance and fall prevention, work comp rehab, and treatment of vestibular disorders.

“Health care has changed over the last few years and we have tried to adapt to allow for the best care that can be given within the limitations of the insurance companies and to keep out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum,” Soupiset said. In Kansas, patients can receive physical therapy care without a physician’s referral, in most instances, depending on a few insurance requirements. With the advent of direct access, this allows the ability to start your musculoskeletal treatment quicker and often with less out-of-pocket expense to you, driving down your actual health care costs. LOCATIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION: • Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine - Larned 117 W. 6th Street Hours of operation Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Phone - 620-285-6011 • Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine - Great Bend 4801 10th Street Hours of operation Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Phone - 620-603-4421 • Progressive Physical Therapy Center Hays 2209 Canterbury Drive Hours of operation Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Phone - 785-621-4570


Immunization Requirements for the 2019-2020 School Year K.A.R. 28-1-20 defines immunizations required for any individual who attends school or a childcare program operated by a school. Below are the requirements for the indicated school year. Please carefully review the requirements. The usual number of doses required are listed; however there are exceptional circumstances that could alter the number of doses a child needs. If you have questions about your child’s immunization status, contact your chld’s primary care provider or local health department. Proof of receiving the required immunizations must be provided to the school prior to the student attending the first day of school.

Early Childhood Program Operated by a School Ages 4 Years and Under Vaccine DTaP/DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Hib (Haemophilus Influenza Type B) Prevnar (Pneumococcal Conjugate)

Requirement 4 doses 3 doses 1 dose 1 dose* 2 doses 3 doses 4 doses** 4 doses**

Kindergarten and Grade 1 - New Requirement! Vaccine DTaP/DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis A - New NEWRequirement! REQUIREMENT! Hepatitis B

Requirement 5 doses 4 doses*** 2 doses 2 doses* 2 doses 3 doses

Grade 2 - 6 Vaccine DTaP/DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis B

• Influenza (Flu) Vaccine: Annual vaccination is recommended for all those 6 months of age and older. • HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: 2 doses recommended at age 11 years 2 doses needed if started at 11-14 years 3 doses needed if started at 15 years or older

Grades 8, 9, 10 and 12 Vaccine Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis B

Requirement 1 dose ~ 4 doses *** 2 doses 2 doses* 3 doses

Grade 11 - New Requirement! In addition to above vaccines for Grades, 8, 9, 10 & 12:

Meningococcal (serogroup A, C, W, Y) 1 dose Notes: * Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine is not required if child has had Chickenpox disease and disease is documented by a physician’s signature. Without a physician’s signature, vaccine is required even if you believe your child has had Chickenpox disease. ** Total doses needed are dependent on vaccine type and the age doses were administered. *** All students in grades K-8, all new students and students currently completing the Polio series must have 6 months between the last 2 doses of Polio Vaccine, and one dose must be after the 4th birthday. ~ All students in grades 7-12 are required to have one dose of Tdap regardless of the interval since the last dose of DTaP or Td.

PAWNEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Requirement 5 doses 4 doses*** 2 doses 2 doses* 3 doses

Grade 7 - New Requirement! Vaccine TdaP/DT (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis B NEW NEWRequirement! REQUIREMENT! Meningococcal (serogroup A, C, W, Y)

Additional ACIP RECOMMENDED Vaccines Not Required for School Entry

Requirement 1 doses ~ 4 doses*** 2 doses 2 doses* 3 doses 1 dose

715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-6963 or 1-800-211-4401 Fax: 620-285-3246 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., phones answered 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closed Fridays The Pawnee County Health Department is a public health agency that provides preventive health care, such as immunization clinics and well child clinics. It can assist clients to obtain medical care if needed. Pawnee County Health Department’s professional staff provides care to individuals through its services. Services are strictly confidential. Emphasis is placed on preventive health care services and education. Health care with the department is partly paid for through federal and state grants; Fees for service/self pay; Medicaid, Medicare and other 3rd party insurance. Donations accepted. Child Safety Seat inspection by appointment.



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ou can always count on the patrons of Fort Larned USD 495 to show pride in their schools, whether recognizing academic excellence or athletic achievements. Many kudos can be found on the district’s new website, www.usd495. com. For example, in June of 2019, the site showed students who achieved perfect attendance for the 2018-2019 school year (Lauren Sleder, Madelyn Snodgrass, Paisley Weiszbrod, Colten Brabb, Kade Johnson, Addison Snodgrass and Caleb McDonald); and Larned High School student Samajay Alboyd, who qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament. There was also a feature on Marcy Wagner’s math class at Larned Middle School; during the school year, they kept a checkbook and paid “rent” to learn financial

skills. At the end of the year, those who finished with positive balances were able to use their money to bid on prizes at an auction conducted by LHS English/ broadcasting instructor Gary Wagner. The new website also features live feeds from Superintendent Bryce Wachs and others, an eventss calendar and school board agendas and minutes. 120 E. 6th, Larned, KS 67550 Phone: 620-285-3185 FAX: 620-285-3185 The Board of Education meets the second Monday of each month at the District Office. Bryce Wachs, Superintendent Phil Martin, Attorney Tiffany Burris, Board Clerk Board of Education: Jenny Manry, President Sharon Lessard, Dr. David Sanger, Kimi Bowman, Charles Tabler, Jessie Pleasant, Sharon Toll

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Larned High School Dustin Wilson, Principal 815 Corse 620-285-2151 Larned Middle School Shane Sundahl, Principal 904 Corse 620-285-8430 Fort Larned Elementary Catrina McGurk, Principal 2104 Broadway 620-285-2141 Tri-County Cooperative, ALC Cris Seidel Special Education Director 904 Corse 620-285-3119 Tri-County Preschool Cris Seidel 904 Corse 620-285-3119 Jump Start Fort Larned Elementary Catrina McGurk 2104 Broadway 620-285-2141



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Pawnee Heights USD 496 in Rozel and Burdett has a tradition of excellence. A low student to teacher ratio provides for more one-on-one instructional opportunities in the classroom. The staff encourages academic excellence in the classroom and good sportsmanship in extracurricular activities. Recent sports highlights included Kade Scott, a tailback on the Pawnee Heights football team, scoring a state-record 14 touchdowns in the 6-man state football playoffs in October 2018. In May of 2019, members of the senior class took a trip to San Diego to celebrate their graduation. Pawnee Heights USD 496 100 W. Grand, Rozel, KS 67574 620-527-4212

Casey Robinson, Superintendent and K-6 Principal Mark Pywell, 7-12 Principal The Board of Education meets at the district office. Board of Education: Candi Polson, President; Laurie Josefiak, Vice-President; Rochelle Miller, Rod Eldridge, Tracy Hands, Jeff Holste Phil Martin, Attorney Traci Nuckolls, Board Clerk

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Free books available for children


n 2018, more than 4,600 books were sent to more than 400 area children monthly through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. A program of the United Way of Central Kansas, it is completely free to those who sign up, but is financially supported by local donors. Every month, from birth until their fifth birthday, a child in this program will receive a free book appropriate for his or her age, UWCK Executive Director Gaila Demel said. “United Way of Central Kansas is grateful to our library partners throughout our area who take the lead on the day-today operations and enrollment for this program.” This program started in the area in 2012 in Larned and Ellinwood. In May 2017, the program was expanded to Hoisington and Otis, and just a month later, it was available to residents in Great Bend. Now, with the support of a grant from Golden Belt Community Foundation, UWCK is able to extend this to cover every zip code in Barton and Pawnee counties. Starting Thursday, Nov. 1, 2019 it will go from five communities to 11.

Jordaan Memorial Library Debby Gore, Library Director 724 Broadway St., Larned 620-285-2876 Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday

Pawnee Heights Community Library 603 Elm St., Burdett In the former Pawnee Heights Grade School Hours: Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - noon

Garfield City Library City Building 217 3rd St., Garfield 620-569-2385 (City Office)

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Continuing our history of community care you can trust. Experts at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates have been caring for this community for years. Our American Board of Family Medicine-certified physicians and advanced practice providers specialize in comprehensive care for you and your whole family. We see patients of all ages, and even offer sports medicine services. Call to schedule an appointment today.


The kind of care that meets your needs: • Same-day appointments are available. • Establish a relationship with one of our providers. Together, we have more than 45 years of combined experience in this community. • Receive quality care and access to the resources of a world-class academic medical center.

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Pawnee County Source | HEALTH LISTINGS Heart of Kansas Family Health Care 522 Broadway St., Larned 620-804-6100 1905 19th St., Great Bend 620-792-5700 412 Grand Ave., Stafford 620-792-5700 Hutchinson Clinic 2101 N. Waldron, Hutchinson 800-779-6979

HEALTH CARE SERVICES Pawnee County Health Department 715 Broadway, Larned 620-285-6963 or 1-800-211-4401 Fax: 620-285-3246 Catholic Social Service Pregnancy Counseling 2201 16th St., Great Bend 620-792-1393

Clara Barton Hospital 250 W. 9th St., Hoisington 620-653-2114 Clara Barton Medical Clinic Family Practice 252 W. 9th St., Hoisington 620-653-2386 1031 Jackson, Great Bend 620-793-6900

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The University of Kansas Health System Great Bend Campus Full Service Hospital with Emergency Room 514 Cleveland St., Great Bend 620-792-8833 The University of Kansas Health System St. Rose Medical Pavilion Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic 3515 Broadway Ave., Great Bend 620-792-2511 The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus 923 Carroll, Larned 620-285-3161 The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Medical Pavilion 713 W. 11th St., Larned 620-285-3161

HOME CARE EQUIPMENT SERVICES Central Kansas Respiratory Services LLC 902 Broadway, Larned 620-804-6104 MENTAL HEALTH CARE Haviland Care Center 200 N. Main St., Haviland 620-862-5291 MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL Larned State Hospital 1301 Kansas Highway 264, Larned 620-285-2131 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY/ SHOULDER, ELBOW, HAND Achieve Rehab David Gonzales, OT, CHT 1410 Polk St., Great Bend 620-792-2111 PHYSICAL THERAPY The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus 923 Carroll, Larned 620-285-3161 Physical Therapy & Advanced Rehabilitation

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PHYSICAL THERAPY/ OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine Kevyn Soupiset, DPT Ashley Peintner, DPT Carrie Hildebrand, PT Shawn Jecha, PTA 117 W. 6th, Larned 620-285-6011 PHYSICAL THERAPY/ OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY & SPEECH THERAPY Clara Barton Hospital 250 W. 9th, Hoisington 620-653-5065 RESPIRATORY SERVICES Central Kansas Respiratory Services LLC 902 Broadway, Larned 620-804-6104

REHABILITATION/ OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine Kevyn Soupiset, DPT Jessica Pauly, DPT Carrie Hildebrand, PT Dan Crites, PTA Cheryl Ralston, PTA Bonny Schartz, PTA 4801 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-7868


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Pawnee County Source | SENIOR CITIZENS

Pawnee County senior citizens are invited to socialize at the Welcome Inn Senior Center, 113 W. Fourth Street in Larned, and the Burdett Senior Center, 203 Elm Street in Burdett. Both offer coffees, meetings, and occasional carry-in meals. Larned is also a Friendship Meal site. Welcome Inn 113 W. Fourth St., Larned 620-285-3504 Open 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building can also be rented. Friendship Meals Director Marilyn Bell said lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon, followed by cards and dominoes. Lunch is $3.50 for those 60 years or older and $5.75 for those younger than 60. Take-out meals and frozen meals are available. Homedelivered meals are also

available Monday through Friday for eligible persons. Activities and meeting times: • Friendship Meals Monday through Friday, noon • Birthdays celebrated on the 2nd Wednesday with cake from Sweets & Eats • Carry-in meal and card party 3rd Thursday, 6:00 p.m. • Nutrition programs • Coffee Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. • Free blood pressure checks 1st Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. Angel Care 3rd Monday, 11:30 a.m. Barton County Health Department • Free legal service quarterly • Diabetes support group 2nd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. • Hand waxing Tuesday and Friday 11:30 a.m. • Yoga Monday and Thursday 11:00 a.m.


620-285-6914 1114 W. 11th Street, Larned

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Burdett Senior Center 203 Elm Street, Burdett 620-525-6655 Activities and meeting times: • Potluck Mondays at noon • Coffee and doughnuts 3rd Friday 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • Ladies Coffee Tuesday & Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Mens Coffee Sunday - 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. SERVICES AVAILABLE IN PAWNEE COUNTY Senior services The SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging,, is a planning, coordinating and funding agency for services

to anyone age 60 and older living in southwest Kansas. This includes rental assistance and caregiver programs, call 800-742-9531. Eligibility requirements among the programs administered by SWKAAA vary. Offices are located at 236 San Jose Drive, Dodge City, and 1905 Washington, Great Bend. SWKAAA has information vital for senior citizens’ wellbeing and lifestyle. Printed materials can be picked up at either senior center. ElderCare Inc., 5611 10th St., Great Bend, can be reached at 620-792-5942 or 877-792-5942. Services include Friendship Meals and home services such as care management, personal

care, homemaker, respite, medication management, nutrition management, wellness checks with a Registered Nurse and companionship. Employment The Older Kansans Employment Program (OKEP) is funded by the Kansas Legislature through the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist individuals age 55 and older in obtaining gainful employment. SWKAAA is the contracted provider for these and other employment services. For information contact Vernita Lackey, OKEP Coordinator, at 800-742-9531 or

Welcome Inn Leisure Center 620-285-3504 Open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. NOON MEAL 3.50 - age 60 & older $ 5.75 - those under 60 $

Reservations are not necesary

We are a center with Friendship Meals that is a focal point in the community for Senior Citizens 60 & over to gather for fun, fellowship & good food. Younger people are welcome.

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At our residence your loved one has the freedom to live with choice in their care, while you can be secure that they are being cared for by compassionate and professional staff.

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Legal services Elder Law Hotline, 888-353-5337, is a project of Kansas Legal Service. At the tollfree hotline, attorneys answer questions in civil cases for Kansans age 60 or older. Free or low cost assistance for cases may be referred to a local Senior Citizens Law Project attorney or a private attorney. Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in English or Spanish. Disabled Placard and/or Plate Pawnee County Treasurer 715 Broadway, Larned, 620-285-3746 Fax: 620-285-3802 Transportation The Welcome Inn Senior Center dispatches the Pawnee County Bus, which is available to anybody who needs transportation, not just senior citizens. Call 620-285-3504 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. The eight-passenger bus is funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation through grant money, and volunteer drivers operate the bus. Schedules are built on the availability of the bus and drivers. The fare for in-county transportation is $2 per person. Out-of-county fares are $7.

On-call trips, if available, are made to Hutchinson, Great Bend, Hays and Wichita for doctors’ appointments.

Woodhaven Care Center 510 W. 7th, Ellinwood, 620-564-2337

Jordaan Memorial Library 724 Broadway, Larned, 620-285-2876 Large print books, audio books, Talking Books, magazines, DVDs, meeting room, copy machine, Internet access, microfilm reader, microfilm of Pawnee County newspaper and censuses, magnifiers and vision aids.

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Pawnee County oil production According to the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas, the earliest production oil well in Pawnee County was drilled in July 1936. The operator was Simpson Oil Company and it was located in the northeast corner of the county, northwest of the City of Pawnee Rock. Located in what is known as the Arbuckle Formation, the well was 3,841 feet deep. The well was plugged in October 1939. The KSGS reported that in 2018, 173 oil wells produced 259,497 barrels of oil. In addition, 86 wells produced 501,233 mcf of natural gas

(one mcf equals 1,000 cubic feet). As of April 2019, 145 wells had pumped 78,436 barrels, and 72 wells had extracted 134,082 mcf of natural gas. There are 107 active oil and gas fields in Pawnee County. Pawnee County ranks 43rd of the 105 Kansas counties in terms of oil production for .74% of the state’s total. It ranks 457th nationally. Kansas total oil production for 2018 was 34,707,978 barrels, ranking 10th nationwide. For gas, the total was 202,139,702 mcf, ranking 16th nationwide.




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he drought-plagued 2018 wheat harvest was followed by the 2019 monsoon wheat harvest for Pawnee County. Ample spring and early summer moisture was preceded by the lack of fall precipitation that lowered yields for the local wheat harvest, which was delayed several weeks. “We didn’t get a lot of rain when the wheat went into the ground,� said Kim Barnes, chief financial officer and grain merchandiser for the Pawnee County Coop Association. “The rainy weather was the biggest factor. There were a lot of drowned-out acres. There were a lot of vacant acres. In many places, it was too wet.� A destructive hailstorm knocked down production near Garfield and areas north of Larned produced little wheat because of poorly-timed excessive rain. The 2019 Pawnee County wheat harvest delivered 2.2 million bushels at the Pawnee County Coop Association to nearly match last year’s yield of 2.3 million bushels. Barnes said individual yields ranged from 8 bushels to 80 bushels per acre, but even the high-end yields lost acreage to the rainy weather.

“It ended up being an average wheat crop,� he said. The back-to-back average harvests follows consecutive 4 million bushel harvests the prior two years. Wheat prices ranked between 4.20 and 4.34 during the prime buying season. “The price was low. There wasn’t a market for export,� Barnes said. “There is still a strong

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mid-May to the third week of May, the wheat was dying prematurely.� Hot spots of stripe rust and leaf rust cropped up in central Kansas. Fusarium head blight, known as head scab, hit fields in north and south-central Kansas. The prospective Pawnee County fall harvest of corn, milo and soybeans is uncertain because of the summer weather. Corn harvest generally starts in August along with milo and soybeans. “Of course, there was lots of rain,� Barnes said. “But the summer heat has taken a toll on dryland corn. They’re losing bushels due to the heat.� The Pawnee County Coop Association has worked with the local farming community since 1905. The wheat harvest delivers revenue that is constantly recirculated into other aspects of the economy. PCCA has changed the grain storage skylines of Larned, Garfield, Macksville and Dartmouth. PCCA was formed when Larned farmers met at the Pawnee County Courthouse in 1905 to plan a wooden grain elevator in Larned. Since then, the PCCA has expanded to offer complete grain handling facilities, with more than five million bushels of storage space. Winter wheat, corn, sorghum, soybeans and alfalfa headline Pawnee County’s cropland

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