For one week in July, the Expo grounds west of Great Bend become a microcosm of Barton County. Our work and our creative hobbies, our favorite music and what we do for fun all come together as the Barton County Fair.
Barton Community College officials plan to ask the Board of Regents to approve a new educational program for cowboys. The idea is to create a certificate for beef cattle production, similar to the certificate that can now be earned for knowledge of crop production.
The Barton County Fair officially got under way Wednesday, but many of the people who attended had been at the Expo complex west of Great Bend since setup began Monday.
A 1988 Dodge Dakota pickup that was stolen from Barton County around the same time law enforcement officers were searching for a fugitive has been recovered, Undersheriff Larry Holliday said. It was found Tuesday in Wichita.
Next year's Great Bend Recreation Commission budget anticipates spending down more unencumbered cash for capital outlay expenses, GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said Monday.
Fireworks, heat and lightning were among the causes of unrelated fires Friday and Saturday in Barton County. Structure fires were reported in Great Bend and Olmitz.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office announced Sunday evening that the search for fugitive Michael Aaron Jayne had been called off for the Barton County area, after federal authorities confirmed he had left the area. Authorities believe he left in a pickup stolen from a Barton Hills residence.
The cost of insurance for Barton Community College athletes is going up next year, but it is still lower than it has been in the past, Dean of Business Management Mark Dean told college trustees.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees heard a preliminary budget report at Thursday's study session. Dean of Business Management Mark Dean said he doesn't anticipate a mill levy increase for next year's budget, based on early figures on Barton County assessments. The mill levy was 32.807 in 2010-11 and 32.771 in 2011-12.
Most Kansans have driven past farms and seen signs like the one that reads, "One Kansas farmer feeds more than 128 people, and you." Now, thanks to a viral video by three Kansas brothers, the entire world may see that sign.
It's hot. We know, and our animals know it – including the animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
Most years in Great Bend, Fourth of July firecrackers start popping early in the morning, and can be heard nonstop from 10 a.m. to midnight, when they are "legal" under city ordinance. But while many people enjoy the fireworks, city firefighters have always approached the holiday with concern for safety.
With no fireworks to light, some Great Bend residents have canceled Fourth of July block parties scheduled for Wednesday. Others say the parties will go on, in their own way, and still others say their parties aren't canceled, but postponed until the next big firecracker day.
Editor's Note: Early last week, the Great Bend Tribune interviewed Battalion Chief John Stettinger at the Great Bend Fire Department concerning fireworks safety. However, with current conditions of drought, high heat and windy weather, Great Bend and most other locations in Barton County have officially nixed shooting fireworks at this time, including on the Fourth of July. The following information still applies to wherever fireworks can be shot.
Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks within the city limits that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.
Sometimes, the decisions we make have eternal consequences. That is the premise behind Judgement House, a walk-through gospel presentation with an edge. Once again, First Church of the Nazarene in Great Bend is offering Judgement House as an alternative to Halloween haunted houses.
Editor's note: With the increased use of railroad transportation for other purposes, there could be fewer train cars available to haul farm crops from area grain elevators to their final destinations. This potential shortage comes at a bad time for Kansas farmers who are in the midst of multiple fall harvests, including milo, corn and soybeans. In this four-part series, the Great Bend Tribune will explore the potential impact of this looming problem. Part two considers the economic impact of agriculture on the local economy.
It's official: Great Bend has extended Halloween from a single night to two weekends of costuming and candy.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
Paying property taxes has something in common with baseball.
THURSDAY, Oct. 16
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Three arrests were made Saturday night after someone reported a burglary in progress at the Rand Mobile Home Park, 5540 Second St., south of Great Bend.
The 10th Rosewood Rodeo drew a crowd to Expo III on Saturday, showcasing the riding abilities of more than 40 riders with developmental disabilities.
For those who love the artistic lines of a classic car or truck, vintage vehicles are nothing short of rolling sculptures. With that in mind, the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village held an open house Saturday, and invited car buffs to display their collections.
Great Bend will be the site for the Kansas State High School Activities Association's 2A-1A State Baseball Tournament again in 2015. Diann Henderson, executive director of the Great Bend Recreation Center, shared the news Friday morning at the monthly GBRC board meeting.
A monarch butterflies enjoys the Butterfly House at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Wednesday afternoon. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said summer is the best time for viewing butterflies, but there was no shortage of monarchs this week.
At this year's Big Benefit Auction for the Barton Community College Foundation, Great Bend residents Gary and Anna Burke submitted the winning bid on a unique item - naming rights to two cougar cubs recently acquired by the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo. They named the cougars after their grandchildren, Tanner Ford and Tommie Lankerd.