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Kids, council members tour city departments

Each year, the City of Great Bend schedules the Youth Academy, where middle school students tour city departments and get a firsthand look at what goes into running our community. This year's Youth Academy coincided with another annual event, the Great Bend City Council's tour of city departments.

June 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Youth Academy

If you see local youths being hauled around in police cars or in the back of ambulances today, it is not because they are in trouble with the law or injured in an accident. Approximately 80 seventh and eighth graders are participating in the annual City Youth Academy sponsored by the City of Great Bend.

June 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Hope need becomes Eagle Scout project

By the time the first Camp Hope campers arrive in Barton County on Sunday, many hours of behind-the-scenes work will have already taken place. One service project comes from a young man who had never heard of Camp Hope, until he read a news article about a fire that threatened to spoil this year's fun.

June 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff reports on county jail operations

Sheriff Brian Bellendir reported on operations at the Barton County Jail during Monday's county commission meeting, answering questions about the facility and the staff. It's been 10 years since construction of the detention facility.

June 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


County Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion funds to be restored

Barton County and other oil-producing counties in Kansas will get back at least some of the state's Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund (OGVDTF) money that was withheld last year, County Administrator said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Man arrested on warrant for attempted 2nd-degree murder

A Great Bend man who was already in custody at the Barton County Jail was arrested on a warrant for alleged attempted second-degree murder on Thursday.

June 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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


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Survey seeks input on USD 428 facilities

Great Bend USD 428 officials are turning to the community for input on long-range facility needs.

January 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School fundraisers approved by BOE

Parents and others who support school fundraisers will have plenty of opportunities next year to buy everything from trash bags to cookie dough.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More cancellations announced as storm looms

When the National Weather Service office at Wichita issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for most of central Kansas last Thursday, Barton ...

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police seize meth, marijuana ‘vape’ vials

Traffic stops led to more than one drug bust this past week in Great Bend, Police Chief Cliff Couch said. Two suspects were arrested on ...

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More events canceled

Several area events have been canceled or postponed due to the expected ice storm.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Icy Sidewalks

When Great Bend merchants hold their annual Icy Sidewalk Sale in January, they always hope the sidewalks aren't really icy. We've had some ...

January 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reading, math skills improve with help

Reading and math tests taken by Great Bend students last month show positive progress when compared to test scores at the start of the school ...

January 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend High School students plan for fifth annual Community Service Day

Great Bend High School's Student Council got a green light Monday to organize the fifth annual all-day school-wide Community Service Day. Weather permitting, it ...

January 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teaching service

One item on next Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting agenda is to approve the fifth annual Community Service Day at ...

January 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Weather made for arctic foxes

It's January 5. Do you know where your alligators are?

January 04, 2017 | 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


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


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