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Today's Headlines

Painting a landmark for Goodland

  The 24-by-32-foot replica of a Vincent Van Gogh sunflower painting by Canadian artist Cameron Cross has been getting noticed. People pull off I-70 to look at the giant painting and to take photos of the 80-foot easel near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Business U.S. 24. The painting was erected over four years ago through a special project at a total cost of $150,000. The Sunflower USA non-profit corporation received an attraction grant from the State of Kansas to help with the project. This is one of three large Van Gogh sunflower paintings in the world with one in Altoona, Canada and Emerald City, Australia. Cameron Cross plans to build paintings in South Africa, Argentina, Norway and Thailand.

 

 

Citywide cleanup scheduled for Saturday (May 10) morning

Goodland Chamber of Commerce Beautification committee will have volunteers scouring the city Saturday morning to pick up trash. Items to be picked up are to be put out on the curb. Call (785) 899-7130 or (785) 821-4694 to volunteer to help. Volunteers are to gather between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the vacant lot across the street west of Rasure Lumber Do-It Center at Sixth and Caldwell. Teams will be assigned sections of the city and will fan out collecting from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Goodland Wal-Mart will be collecting recyclables on Saturday, May 10, in containers at the back door of the building. The containers are for clear plastice bottles, prescription bottles, plastic hangars, aluminum and tin cans, shredded paper and paperback books with the cover torn off.  Wal-Mart in cooperation with NIKE corporation will be collecting old athletic shoes for recycling. The shoes should not have any cleats or metal. NIKE will grind up the shoes and use the material to surface playgrounds.

At-large commissioner voting bills passes The bill (HB2307) passed both houses of the legislature unanimously on Saturday as amended by the Senate in March. The bill would allow Sherman County citizens to decide if they want to elect county commissioners on an at large basis. The final step is for the governor to sign the bill into law, and it will be on the Sherman County ballot in November.

Shine On Sherman County projects receive applause Volunteers who raised more than $30,000 in the past year for a new skate park won the applause of the more than 80 people at the Shine On Sherman County "community conversation" on Thursday at the Goodland Elks Lodge.
Each of the five Shine On task forces got a chance to tell what it had been doing for the past year, giving the audience a chance to ask questions, said Jessica Cole, chairman of the steering committee.

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Travel Information Center testing new program Artisans displaying their work at the state-run Goodland Travel Information Center have been told they have to join a new program and pay $250 a year — or move out.
So far, area artists, unable to deal with state standards, have chosen the latter, moving their works out.
The Kansas Travel and Tourism Division is pushing TakeKansasHome.com, a two-year pilot program that will allow vendors to display products at the center west of Goodland and sell them through a web site.

Celebrating National Tourism Week Visitors to the state Travel Information Center west of Goodland on Saturday will be in for a surprise or two, as the center will offer free food and gifts, along with prize drawings.
The center, on I-70 eastbound at mile marker 7 between Kanorado and Goodland, will hold "A Taste of Kansas" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to commemorate National Tourism Week from May 10-18.
The center will give out bottled water and sunflower seed packets until supplies run out, said supervisor Mona Carver, and visitors can take the seeds home to plant their own sunflower patch.

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