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June Jaunt: Fun and a good deal

It would be difficult to find a Kansas community that isn't having some sort of festival this weekend. Close to home, there's June Jaunt all along K-96 from the Colorado border to Ellinwood, and Santa Fe Trail Days in Pawnee County.

June 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Magician, clown to entertain at Nex-Tech Zoo Fest

Travis Wizardry and Bumpy the Clown will entertain at Nex-Tech Zoo Fest, going on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at Brit Spaugh Zoo.

June 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers carry a torch for Special Olympics

Employees from the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility carried the "Flame of Hope" from Larned to Great Bend on Wednesday in anticipation of the Special Olympics Summer Games. After reaching the edge of town, the LCMHF crew caught a ride to Brit Spaugh Park, where they joined members of The Storm Special Olympics team and Barton County law enforcement for a parade down Main Street to the courthouse.

June 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


'Mad Scientist' sparks summer learning

Good magicians don't reveal their secrets, but scientists are happy to share. Monday afternoon, "Mad Scientist" Erik Pratt entertained dozens of children to kick off the summer reading program at the Great Bend Public Library.

June 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Vets receive Quilts of Valor at American Legion

Nearly 100,000 quilts have been individually presented to veterans since the national Quilts of Valor program started in 2003, and central Kansas quilters have provided many of them. Friday evening, local quilters surprised five veterans at Great Bend's American Legion Post 180 with quilts.

May 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Church News: Kudos to Father Tighe

Most of the "Religion News" in today's Tribune is dedicated to the Rev. Dermot Tighe, Great Bend, who is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

May 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Father Tighe celebrates 60 years of priesthood

A Kansas Bishop's call for priests brought six young men from Ireland in the 1950s. On Sunday, one of those men, the Rev. Dermot Tighe, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination during the prayer service at Prince of Peace, St. Patrick Church in Great Bend.

May 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Brit Spaugh prepares for final Zoo Fest

The Nextech Zoo Fest at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. That will be the first time the general public can purchase tickets for the fall fundraiser, a program by animal expert Jack Hanna, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.

May 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Play Ball: City prepares for next state tournament

Chris Umphres adds a touch of art to the state baseball/softball tournaments coming to the Great Bend Sports Complex.

May 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Memorial Tribute

Great Bend honored veterans on Memorial Day with its traditional ceremony at Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Cemetery. This year's program was coordinated by Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27.

May 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County Veterans Memorial dedicated

With the dedication of a new veterans memorial on Sunday, Barton County had an additional ceremony honoring those who have answered the call to serve the United States as members of the armed forces.

May 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Students with perfect attendance get chance to win bikes

For the second year, Great Bend USD 428 elementary students were given a chance to win a bicycle if they posted perfect attendance during the past school year.

May 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Voting mess

What will Kansas do, with thousands of potential voters in limbo? Kansas and Arizona passed laws requiring people to show proof of citizenship if they want to register to vote. But anyone who registers using the federal "motor voter" form just has to say he or she is a citizen. In January, Barton County had 315 "suspense voters," and 200 of those registrations were pending because proof of citizenship had not been submitted.

May 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Honoring Our Troops

The Barton County Historical Museum and Village is honoring men and women in the armed forces this summer with free admission, and by displaying historic military uniforms and modern heirloom Quilts of Valor created especially for combat veterans.

May 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend man hopes to live on Mars

Grady Bolding of Great Bend is in the running for a trip to Mars. The 27-year-old man says he wouldn't miss the opportunity to be part of a colony on the Red Planet, even though it would mean never returning to Earth.

May 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Children ready to meet 'Ivan'

Great Bend elementary students received copies of the children's novel "The One and Only Ivan" on Friday. These books are theirs to take home ...

September 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Read to them

Community literacy program One District One Book is underway. On Friday, children in grades K-6 will each receive a copy of the award-winning children's ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


A gorilla's voice

When ambassadors from the Sedgwick County Zoo visited Great Bend's elementary schools on Thursday, students got to do two things they really seem to ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shafer offers free mask making workshop

Just in time for Halloween, the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College will host a free workshop, "Marvelous Mask Making," for anyone from 5 ...

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sky's the Limit

Now that Great Bend High School owns its own fleet of drones, students are learning how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles could fit into their future.

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


White Out or Red & Black, Homecoming

Great Bend High School and the rest of USD 428 are gearing up for Homecoming 2016 this Friday.

September 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club sharing warmth, color and tacos

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club is conducting two community service drives through Nov. 30, sharing the gift of warmth and making the lives of ...

September 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Splash

In May of 2015, Barton Community College trustees thought the college might need to raise local taxes to pay for upkeep on its swimming pool ...

September 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College celebrates 10-year partnership

Barton Community College is celebrating a 10-year partnership with a Great Bend business, Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine. Together they created the Limited Liability Company WorkFit ...

September 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC looks at swim program

Barton Community College could add competitive swimming to is sports programming, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs said Tuesday.

September 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE awards bid on sound system

A new sound system purchased for the Great Bend High School Gymnasium could change the experience of watching a program in the gym, school administrators ...

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Schools seek input from candidate Marshall

Members of the Kansas Association of School Boards visited Great Bend on Monday to talk to Dr. Roger Marshall, the Republican candidate for the U ...

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shots fired into USD 428 office

Someone shot several rounds into the USD 428 District Education Center shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, Sheriff Brian Bennendir reports.

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


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