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 noon Sunday. Look for them outside Walmart, Orscheln Farm & Home Supply, Waters True Value Hardware, Sutherlands and both Dillons stores. Poppies are available for a donation.
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 Berlin song from 1927, "The song is ended, but the melody lingers on."
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, Junction City. This three-day event is available for graduating eighth graders through graduating seniors. Cost is $250; however scholarships are still available that could pay all or part of the fee, said Barb Esfeld, local coordinator.
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 Howe a contract as Dean of Academics. Dr. Richard Abel has stepped down from that job and will be in charge of the theater department.
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 electronic monitoring device, now that the murder charge is to be dropped. This is one of several felony cases in Barton County District Court that the Great Bend Tribune is following.
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 The Center for Counseling and Consultation in Great Bend. The event was Mental Health Awareness Day.
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 Health and Human Services Committee, for helping pass a welfare reform bill. Others in the photo are smiling and applauding for the bill that reduces the length of time people can receive cash assistance and tightens work requirements for welfare recipients.
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 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.
Great Bend students who started the year with skills below their grade level are catching up, thanks to interventions tailored to their needs. That was the message Jefferson Elementary Principal Art Baker and his team of teaching coaches shared at Wednesday's school board meeting.