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Feeling Eureka's pain

This past Tuesday evening, the city of Eureka took a direct hit from a tornado. No one was killed, but eight people were injured, two critically, and 175 structures were damaged, according to reports. This comes less than two years after the town was hit by a tornado in July 2016.

June 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Juneteenth celebration set for Saturday

A historic national event will be celebrated in downtown Great Bend Saturday as Myers Chapel presents Juneteenth 2018.

June 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer School Days

Jarad Allen from C&V Kansas Doors climbed up and down an extension ladder on Wednesday so he could drop Eisenhower Elementary School students' science projects on the pavement below.

June 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC extends Heilman’s contract

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to extend President Carl Heilman's contract for another year.

June 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Scenes from Camp Hope

Camp Hope 2018 wrapped up Saturday, after a week of activities in Barton County. Camp Hope Media Coordinator Barb Keltner, Eudora, reports there were 72 campers who spent the week at Camp Aldrich, and five campers who were there for one day of their choice. All of these children have been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, but for this week their job was to focus on having fun.

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Going Buggy

Dancing slugs and butterflies from the StoneLion Puppet Theatre interacted with audience members Saturday at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery. The gallery and CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions hosted a Family Day full of activities, including the free puppet show and a visit from the Kansas State University Insect Ambassador Zoo.

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker to stand trial for death of cyclists

The man accused of accidentally causing the deaths of two people riding a motorcycle through Great Bend on Aug. 16, 2014, may face a jury trial this fall.

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘Best camp in the world’

Harrison Sellers gives Camp Hope two thumbs up. Harrison, who prefers to be called "Harry," is almost 10 years old and is attending the annual camp for the fourth time.

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This is US

President Trump's apparent change of heart over children being separated from their parents at our southern border is a good thing.

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Hope is back

CAMP ALDRICH - Nine-year-old Bailey Thompson from Mulvane caught four little fish Tuesday morning before landing a "whopper," with the help of a Camp Hope volunteer.

June 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jose Luis Chavez, 1957-2018

GREAT BEND -- Jose Luis Chavez, 60, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Wichita.

June 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Obituaries


Prairie Godmothers announce community service event

The Prairie Godmothers will help Catholic Charities restock its "dry goods" panty at its Great Bend location, 2201 16th St. Current Prairie Godmothers and those wishing to join are invited to a community service event there from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton rolls out new online schedule

Barton Community College hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday morning, June 7, to celebrate its new online course schedule.

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


No Cake Walk

A divided Supreme Court on Monday absolved a Colorado baker of discrimination for refusing to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ruling that the state exhibited "religious hostility" against him.

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Neighborhood Tiger

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe is alive and well at the Public Broadcasting System, now as an animated children's program called "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood." The show's modern star, 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, was featured Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library.

June 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Duty, Honor, Country

The Great Bend City Band wrapped up its summer series Tuesday by sharing the stage with the Kansas Army National Guard 35th Infantry Division Band ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kolb suggests Stone Street revision

The city's project of major waterline replacements is taking a toll on some Great Bend streets. Interim City Administrator George Kolb suggested the city ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Larned man charged with cyber attacks

WICHITA - A Larned man who allegedly hired a hacker to damage computers served by internet service provider Nex-Tech was charged Tuesday in a federal indictment ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free lunches still available for kids

Great Bend USD 428 served more than 12,000 breakfasts and lunches at five elementary schools in June. Lunches are still being served this month ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 online enrollment starts

Online enrollment for all USD 428 students opens on Wednesday, July 18. Those who choose not to enroll electronically may do so in person on ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Multi-million dollar senior housing proposed

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a rezoning request from Richard "Scott" Reddig and learned about investors' plans to develop a nursing home ...

July 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HE'S HIRED

Kendal Francis was named Great Bend's next city administration on Monday during the city council meeting. Francis, who previously served as city manager in ...

July 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Colyer, Farm Bureau pres. visit Great Bend

Governor Jeff Colyer and Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts stopped by the Great Bend Tribune on Saturday en route to the Ellis County Fair ...

July 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Libraries Rock with 'Magical Musical Tour'

Dan Dan the Magic Man, the traveling library magician, will be at the Great Bend Public Library next week to help young people get excited ...

July 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


See it all

With the Barton County Fair in full swing, it's worth your time to visit the Great Bend Expo Complex and enjoy the experience.

July 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


County Fair opens

The Barton County 4-H Fair got underway Wednesday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Most of the Open Class and 4-H exhibits were ...

July 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Special ed staff covering school psych posts

Great Bend USD 428 has all of its teaching positions covered for the fall semester, Assistant Superintendent John Popp told the board of education on ...

July 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


McGee eligible for parole hearing

A man convicted of sex crimes in Pawnee and Barton County will be eligible for a parole hearing this fall. Randy Ray McGee, 53, is ...

July 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Master Gardeners hard at work

Multiple groups of volunteers with the Master Gardener designation have been at work on the grounds of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in recent ...

July 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Photo Op: New signs installed at zoo

New signs were installed Monday at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo's Butterfly House. The outline of a large Monarch butterfly is a colorful ...

July 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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