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Representation: 3-mile zone creates issues

A while back the League of Women Voters asked Great Bend City Attorney Robert Suelter to discuss the three-mile zone around the city limits, which has been overseen by the city since 2000. The area has a mix of agricultural, industrial and residential uses.

December 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Brit Spaugh Zoo continues search for new animals

One of the new animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is a 6-month-old African serval cat named Akida. This male cat was shipped to the zoo from New Zealand and Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he will try to find a female from another zoo so they can attempt to breed the pair.

December 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Historical Society announces ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ open house

Nostalgia, entertainment and music are on the agenda for the Barton County Historical Society's holiday open house, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." It will take place 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the museum. Admission is free for the day.

December 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Every Christmas Story

Last year, Great Bend Community Theatre's holiday gift to the community was "It's A Wonderful Life, a Radio Show." This year director Sally O'Connor will deck the halls with "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)." The play opens Thursday, Dec. 5, with nightly shows at 8 p.m. through Dec. 7, and ends with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. The box office will be open over the noon hour this Monday through Friday, and one hour before each performance.

November 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'Trick or Tree' contest pleases tree lovers

As the fall colors began to turn, Great Bend's Tree Board announced its first Trick or Tree photography contest. Contest coordinator Toni Rice announced the winners this past week.

November 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Wholistic center celebrates quarter century of healing hands

The "Heartland" ministries of Great Bend's Dominican Sisters of Peace have always been intended to address body, mind and spirit. One of those ministries, the Heartland Center for Wholistic Health at 1005 Williams St., is celebrating 25 years.

November 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Acres for birds

You'd think people would be happy with the rise of ethanol, a renewable energy source, taking the place of some oil, which is non-renewable. By creating another market for corn farmers, it should be a win-win.

November 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Santa's Workshop opens Monday

After Thanksgiving, the elves at the north pole get busy. A winter tradition, Santa's Workshop will be open from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the City Auditorium.

November 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Mayor to throw switch on 'Trail of Lights'

The newest holiday display in Great Bend is located on the north side of the courthouse square. Christina Hayes, Great Bend Community Coordinator, described the interactive light display.

November 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


2nd Grade Civics

Second graders from Park Elementary School took a trip to the Golden Belt Humane Society on Monday for story time. After Kennel Technician Aaron Pike read a story, there was time for cookies and juice. Children also got to pet some puppies and kittens while learning important lessons about animals from the shelter's staff.

November 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Library announces Food for Fines and other events

The Great Bend Public Library is once again holding Food for Fines to support the local food bank. From Dec. 2 until Jan. 4, bring in one non-perishable food item for every $1 in late fines on library materials. Food may be dropped off inside the library anytime during library hours.

November 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Home for the Holidays events listed

Great Bend's holiday events calendar explodes this week as Thanksgiving and the annual Home for the Holidays celebration approaches.

November 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


House fire does extensive damage (updated report)

A fire at 1418 20th St. did extensive damage to the house, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

November 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend youth learn 'Pillars of Stewardship'

Students at Great Bend's Holy Family School and the Prince of Peace Parish accepted a challenge to make videos about "The Four Pillars of Stewardship."

November 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Two rollovers in Barton County

The weather was definitely a factor in a rollover accident Thursday morning on U.S. 56, west of Great Bend, Undersheriff Bruce Green said. An earlier accident south of town on U.S. 281 was also reported, promoting the Barton County Sheriff's Office to post a reminder on Facebook for everyone to stay off the highways if possible and drive carefully.

November 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Summer food service program ready to roll

Great Bend's five elementary schools will serve free breakfast and lunch to anyone who is 18 years old or younger this summer, starting Tuesday.

May 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SPLASH!

It was a pleasant 75 degrees when the Wetlands water park in Great Bend opened for the season on Saturday, but it was a bit ...

May 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Donations accepted for poppies

American Legion Auxilary had 3,000 crepe paper poppies to distribute for Memorial Day weekend. If there are any left, volunteers will be out at ...

May 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

May 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Memorial Day

As flags and poppies blow in the wind, this Memorial Day our thoughts will turn to loved ones no longer with us. Recalling an Irving ...

May 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Historical Village open Monday

The Barton County Historical Society's Village and Museum will be open Monday, May 30, from 1-5 p.m.

May 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Key Leader scholarships available for teens

JUNCTION CITY - The Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club will be taking high school students to Key Leader Camp, June 2-4 at Rock Springs 4-H Camp ...

May 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Storms move into Barton County

Trees and power lines were down in parts of Great Bend as the Tribune was preparing to go to press Tuesday evening.

May 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College trustees approve contracts

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved contracts for administrators, management staff and head coaches Tuesday. Changes in staff included offering math instructor Brian ...

May 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Dispatcher Liz Nolan passionate about her career

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one story in a monthly series about Barton County law enforcement.

May 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


District Court Roundup: Defense says murder charges will be dropped

The attorney for one of three men facing charges of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary has asked that his client be released from wearing an ...

May 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mental Heath Awareness Day teaches ‘no stigma’

A bounce house and a beanbag toss, face painting and free popcorn were all part of the carnival atmosphere Friday in the parking lot at ...

May 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Experts hope mental health kiosks can save lives

In the future, central Kansas residents may be able to check their mental health as easily as they can now check their blood pressure while ...

May 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hope sinks

A photo taken this week in Topeka shows Gov. Sam Brownback smiling as he shakes hands with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Peace Treaty Pageant, Carrie Nation part of Gyp Hills history

John W. Nixon from Medicine Lodge will share some Gypsum Hills history at the next Barton County Historical Society meeting. The program is set for ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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