Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will be waiving fines and giving away prizes all week, to celebrate National Library Week.
Barton Community College staff hope to offer a certificate in natural gas measurement in the near future, college trustees learned Thursday. Mike Baugh, coordinator/instructor of Barton's Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution program, said the industry has identified a need for this advanced certificate, and they already have a curriculum approved. Pending final approval by the Kansas Board of Regents, Barton hopes to offer the course this fall, or no later than next spring.
Members of Habitat for Humanity of Barton County left their shovels inside when an April shower threatened to dampen a scheduled groundbreaking on Thursday. But Rachel Mawhirter, co-chairman on the nonprofit group's board of directors, said a new home will be built at 19th and Hubbard this year.
This week, the Great Bend Tribune will publish its annual guide to animals of the zoo. Watch for that supplement in Sunday's paper. In it, Zoo Director Scott Gregory talks about the ongoing effort to earn AZA accreditation.
Complex sculptures and impressionistic paintings have been moved from the spotlight at the Barton County Arts Center this month, replaced with the media of youth. Now, crayons and construction paper take their rightful place for the annual "Watching Young Artists Grow" exhibition.
Last week I reported on Randy Smith's neighborhood watch tips for crime prevention.
A GMC pickup reported stolen on Friday was found Saturday morning in the area behind Diane's Diner, 807 10th St. in Great Bend. It was discovered by a Great Bend police officer around 4 a.m. The GMC had plenty of gas and there was also a rifle inside it when it was taken while the owner of the vehicle was farming. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports the gun was also recovered.
Great Bend Fire Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office, along with the State Fire Marshal's Office, spent Friday investigating an early morning structure fire in a machine shed located at 633 West U.S. 56 in Dundee, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. A blue Ford F-150 pickup that was stolen from a two-car garage at the same location was later recovered.
No one remembers exactly when the neon "Eagle" stopped lighting Main Street at night, but it's been more than five years. Now the Fraternal Order of Eagles has contracted for the repairs, with hopes it will be relit when Great Bend hosts the state convention on June 1.
The building blocks for a successful musical career were laid in Great Bend, according to Linda Richter Brady with Kansas City Youth Jazz. Brady will return to her hometown this weekend for the 17th Great Bend Jazz Festival.
A key ring and wasp spray are among common household items that can be used to deter crime, according to Randy Smith, instructor and coordinator of the Criminal Justice program at Barton Community College. Smith, who is also a former Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent, recently shared tips with the Citizens Watchdog Association and also spoke to the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis.
A man serving prison sentences for robbery in Barton and Pawnee counties, and additional crimes in other counties, is eligible for a parole hearing in May. The Kansas Parole Board has announced public comment sessions that will take place in April.
Attorneys for Adam Longoria agreed Tuesday to the collection of his DNA sample for the KBI databank. Longoria is charged with capital murder and criminal sodomy in connection with last year's killing of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt. He appeared in Barton County District Court for about 15 minutes Tuesday, as attorneys discussed pre-trial motions with District Judge Hannelore Kitts.
A good Samaritan who lost his life defending a Houston woman from an armed robber last November has been recognized by Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
DeleteMark and Krista Ball were named the 2014 Great Bend Greater Award recipients during a rare evening meeting of the Noon Kiwanis Club, Thursday at Montana Mike's. In addition to recognizing the couple for their commitment to community service, the club gave away more than $1,500 to area organizations to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.
A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.
Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.
Live theater choices abound this weekend in Barton County. Adults seeking to quench their thirst for laughter should save at least one night for the Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Beer for Breakfast."
It was kind of exciting to post "I survived the Kansas earthquake of Nov. 12, 2014," on Facebook and Twitter, but it turns out earthquakes are becoming rather common in the Wheat State.
Salina firm Harbin Construction won the bid to build a new dining hall for Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich. The original dining hall was destroyed by a fire last April.
Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society had a lot to celebrate at their annual meeting, Monday night at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo. But members were also saddened by last week's announcement that Zoo Director Scott Gregory will be leaving at the end of the year, to accept a job in Florida.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is offering seventh- and eighth-grade basketball for the first time this fall. Sports Director Chris Umphres said enrollment has begun for boys and girls, and will continue for two weeks.
Barton County saw several accidents involving deer over the weekend, continuing a trend that began in October. Kansas Highway Patrol reports deer activity on and near Kansas roadways always poses a seasonal traffic hazard during deer-breeding season, which starts in October and runs into December.
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