Great Plains Development receives grant

DODGE CITY — Great Plains Development Inc. announced recently that it received a grant from the Kroger Company Foundation for operating expenses.

A charitable 501(c)3 organization, Great Plains Development serves 28 counties of southwest Kansas as a business loans and municipal grants public service agency through co-executive directors Faye Trent and Bob Wetmore.

Working together with community organizations, the Kroger Company Foundation works to make a difference in communities with focusing on the needs of today and finding solutions to help end hunger as well as achieve meaningful change.

“It’s exciting to be able to work with so many different people from a wide variety of locations, businesses and government agencies across our region,” Trent said. “The Kroger Co. recognizes our important role in supporting us to continue those relationships and helping our communities grow.”

According to Great Plains Development, it have created and/or retained 7,748 jobs in its operating region, an average of 250 a year.


District working to acquire land for new schools

BASEHOR — Officials with the Basehor-Linwood school district are working to secure locations for new elementary schools.

District officials broke ground last month for an early learning center. But they plan to also construct two elementary schools as part of a $51.6 million bond issue that was approved last year by voters.

During a meeting Monday, members of the Basehor-Linwood Board of Education met behind closed doors in executive session to discuss matters pertaining to the acquisition of property.

Superintendent David Howard said board members took no action Monday as a result of the executive session. But board members could be taking action soon.

“We’re trying to kind of finalize a contract, but we did not have a contract yet,” Howard said.