Pratt Optimist Club Bicycle Give Away

bicycleThe Pratt Optimist Club will be giving away 50 refurbished bicycles (first come first serve basis).

Saturday, September 6, 2014
9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

At the New Pratt Fire Station
(Old JC Foods Building)

These bikes are all sizes and suitable for all children.
Parents or Guardians are required to sign release form for each bike.


What’s Happening in Pratt


Ribbon Cutting – Balloons And More Tuesday, September 2 – 10:00 am
Join us as we cut the ribbon for Balloons And More in their new location at 105 W. First Street.

Ride for the Red Saturday, September 6 12th Annual Ride for the Red Charity Run! You’ll enjoy an approximate 100 mile ride, free lunch and a chance to win the top prize! For more information contact Donna Meier-Pfeifer at or (620) 672-3651

Ribbon Cutting – Best Western Plus Monday, September 8 – 4:00 pm Join us as we cut the ribbon for the Best Western Plus located at 112 NE SR HWY 61.

Horizons Mental Health Center presents Breaking Barriers, Resorting Hope! A workshop designed to destigmatize mental health issues

Thursday, September 11 
Ramada Hotel & Convention Center – Hutchinson For registration and details visit

Community Resource & Disability Fair Wednesday, September 24 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Municipal Building Have you ever wondered what services might be available to you in the Pratt community? Have you ever wished you knew more about the Hope Center or Pratt Community College or (you name it)? Prairie Independent Living Center, Inc. (PILR) is hosting a community resource fair with the hope that we can gather all of the area service providers together under one roof. If you would like to be a presenter at this Fair, or need more information, please contact Prairie Independent Living Center, Inc. (PILR) at 103 West 2nd, 620-672-9600.

Save the Dates!

  • Pratt Community College Rodeo – October 3, 4, & 5
  • The Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Annual Celebration on Thursday, October 23rd!

Pratt Garden Club celebrates 65 years! Sunday, October 12 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm Pratt County Historical Society Museum – 208 South Ninnescah Come & go reception to celebrate 65 years in Pratt!

1Serenity Massage and Kempton Chiropractic Clinics are happy to announce and addition to our health care staff; RN and Certified Massage Therapist, Cliff Mock.  We are lucky to have him join our team, as he is an exceptional massage therapist.  He specializes in Swedish, sports, pre and post natal, deep tissue massages among others.  Cliff is now accepting clients, please call 672-7443 for an appointment.

Prairie Independent Living Center, Inc. 400 South Main (large conference room) 

  • Living Well Series 1:30 – 3:00 pm
  • Diabetes – Third Tuesday of Every Month

What’s Happening @ Your Library – August

  • PreSchool Story Time (ages 3 – 5 years) – Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 am
  • Toddler Time (ages 0 – 2 years + mom/caregiver) – Tuesdays at 10:00 am
  • After Hours @ Your Library – 7:00 pm August 26 – TALK Book discussion “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett
  • Tech Thursdays – 5:30 pm August 28 – Kindle eLibrary Class
  • Annual Book Sale ends Saturday, August 23

Vernon Filley Art Museum: For Museum Hours and Admission Fees, please visit August 22 to November 30th: Guest Exhibit “Kansas Ties” from the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg KS Details at

  • Friday August 22nd, at 7pm: Member’s Exhibit Opening and Reception:
  • Saturday August 23rd, 10:00am-5:00pm: Public Exhibit Opening- Special Hours!
  • Saturday September 6th, 1:30 pm:  Museum Docent Guided tours beginning at 1:30 p.m. 10% discounts for groups of 10 or more.
  • September 15th: Fall Art Classes Begin: See our list of classes and Register now at:

The Learning Center at Pratt is enrolling NOW! Do you know an adult who needs a high school diploma? Tell them to call 620-672-2800 or go to The Learning Center at Pratt, located on the PCC campus. Or you may want to bring them out because the friendly TLC staff serves warm cookies fresh from the oven!!!  Learn more about The Learning Center at Pratt and on their Facebook page. Adult Program – On-Site or Online – Flexible Scheduling – Only 21 Credits to Graduate – TLC/PCC Scholarships – Free Enrollment

Support our local student athletes!

  • USD 382 - For a complete list of sports and activities visit
  • USD 438 - For a complete list of sports and activities visit
  • Pratt Community College - For a complete list of sports and activities visit

Diabetes and You Health Fair

healthfairThe health fair will be conducted from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 9 at Pratt Community College, 348 NE SR 61, Pratt.

The evening will include:

  • Tips about how to make smarter food choices while dining out or eating at home by Jodi Drake, K-State Research and Extension agent.
  • Self-management guidelines to help improve heart health and maintain normal blood sugar numbers from Kathy Smith, ARNP, CDE.
  • Opportunities to win prizes.
  • Diabetes-friendly displays.
  • A snack of fruits and vegetables.

While the health fair is free, pre-registration will ensure there are enough samples and handouts for those in attendance. For more information or to register, go to or contact Drake620-672-6121.


Agape Health Clinic


The Agape Health Clinic will be open on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 4-8 p.m.  The clinic is being held at the Hope Center @ 314 S. Main, Pratt.  Doors open for registration at 3:30 p.m. This clinic is for the uninsured, low income people of Pratt County.  You must bring proof of income and a photo I.D.  To see a physician you must be registered by 7:00 p.m.  For those that just need refills a system has be developed where you will not have to wait to see a physician.  Those will appointment cards please contact us if you are not going to be there.

The October clinic will return to the first Saturday of the month of October, which will be October 4th.  Those hours will be 8:30 to 11:30 am.  Must be registered by 11:00 to see a physician.  Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

For any questions contact Jeanette @ 620-388-4191.  Should you wish to volunteer, please give Jeanette a call.


$1.2 billion in projects will improve roads and bridges, create jobs

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             Hundreds of projects that will improve Kansas roads and bridges, as well as create short- and long-term jobs, have been scheduled by the Kansas Department of Transportation for the next two years.

            The projects will preserve, modernize and expand roads on both state and local road systems. The work list includes 464 highway projects, 194 bridge/interchange projects and 1,603 miles of improvements.

“This continues the steady flow of work – and the construction jobs created by that work – under the 10-year T-WORKS transportation program passed during the 2010 legislative session,” said Transportation Secretary Mike King.

Secretary King is making the announcements today during visits to Liberal, Wichita and McPherson.

The estimated cost of the work, for which construction will be underway during the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, is $1.2 billion. About 65 percent of the projects are considered preservation work, which will protect the investment Kansans have already made in the state’s public road system.

“The construction work will create jobs for hundreds of workers, who will spend their paychecks in communities all over the state, spreading the benefits far beyond the construction industry,” said Secretary King.

“But the better news is the long-term job prospects these improvements will help make possible.”

To view the entire list of projects, visit the KDOT website at

Work Type

# Highway Projects

# Bridges/ Interchanges

Miles of Work

Construction Cost Estimate

Heavy Preservation:  This includes major road rehabilitation including substantial milling & overlays, as well as pavement replacement. Bridge replacements are also considered heavy preservation.




$399 Million

Light Preservation:  This includes seals and light overlays. Bridge repairs are considered light preservation as well.




$242 Million

Modernization Projects:  This includes projects that improve alignment, flatten hills, widen shoulders or improve intersections.




$85 Million

Expansion Projects:  This includes projects that add lanes or interchanges to a roadway.




$397 Million

Local Construction:  This includes projects for transportation improvements typically on the highway system within city limits.




$76 Million





$1.2 Billion