Things can get mixed up in dreamland, and that's how a modern auto sales lot turns up in Bethlehem - and travels more than 2,000 years back in time - for Holy Family School's annual Christmas musical, "Camel Lot."
Barton Community College may have the answer to a federal mandate requiring Head Start employees to be better educated, said Cheryl Couch, coordinator of the college's Early Childhood Education program. Her department has spent the past year developing two certificate programs for child-care workers.
The elections of 2010 are history, but on Tuesday a new group, Barton County Progressives, held its first meeting.
Just because Santa drops in from the North Pole doesn't mean it has to be freezing in Great Bend. Unlike recent years, this year's Santa's Workshop wasn't hampered by snow or ice. So, while it was a chilly 32 degrees outside, throngs of children, parents and volunteers made their way to the Municipal Auditorium Monday night to frolic with elves.
The trustees at Barton Community College are looking at raising the rates for tuition, fees or both for the fall 2011 semester, but one scenario also has local students getting a price break.
For shoppers there was Black Friday - a crush of humanity in the holiday spirit. For elves at the North Pole, the biggest activity leading to Christmas takes place the first Monday in December, when hundreds of kids meet at the Great Bend Auditorium for Santa's Workshop.
An Ellinwood man who attended Thursday's study session of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees had questions after listening to discussion on the college's Camp Aldrich facility near Cheyenne Bottoms.
The biggest news this week at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo was the arrival of a new animal on Wednesday. (See story on page 1.) Seems like the zoo is always adding new animals, especially if one counts the hundreds of migrating birds that visit every December.
What has the head of a cat, the body of a bear - and smells like freshly popped popcorn?
Police were asked to conduct extra patrols near one Great Bend school after two strangers in a car gave a boy a ride home Tuesday afternoon.
A Pawnee Rock woman was injured Sunday after the van she was a passenger in struck a deer in Barton County.
A woman received 40 stitches to her face Sunday after being cut in a fight, officials report. Great Bend Police were dispatched to investigate the alleged aggravated battery at 2:28 a.m. Sunday.
Frigid weather mixed with cheerful madness - that was the scene late Thursday and into the early morning hours Friday.
Comparing Barton Community College to area peers using the institution's own data is one thing, but an independent, apples-to-apples survey is even better, says Charles Perkins, Barton's dean of information services. A website allows prospective college students and their parents to compare schools online, checking everything from enrollment and graduation rates to costs, Perkins said.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced Wednesday that several thousand dollars worth of property that was allegedly stolen by burglars has been recovered over the course of the last several days.
A baby bobcat rescued off an oil rig near Great Bend last spring has become an animal ambassador at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, Calif.
Barton Community College will add wrestling to its list of sports in 2015-2016, a decision made official at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting. Board members also learned that Barton has landed a five-year contract with the Kansas Department of Agriculture – Weights and Measurements Division to offer training for scales technicians.
The Great Bend Tree Board recently added 10 trees to the Argonne Forest on the north edge of Veterans Memorial Park, with plans to plant more in the spring, according to Charles Waknitz, chairman of the organization.
Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.
Family friendly Halloween costumes and treats can be found at area churches. Others have announced fall festivals.
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.
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