Fake blood and cobwebs are coming out of storage as area groups work on haunted houses for Halloween. Several of the attractions open this week, while others are keeping us in suspense for one more week. Attractions include:
Robby Gardner may have a pilot license, but it doesn't change his status as a newbie at the MACK flying field.
Catholics will be praying the Holy Rosary in front of the Barton County courthouse this Saturday at noon, said Ruth McFrederick from Holy Family Parish. Believers of all faiths are invited to come and pray for the nation.
Most weeks the Great Bend Tribune reports on at least one fundraiser that involves food. We can mark our calendars by pancakes, spaghetti or homemade chicken-noodle soup. In the coming weeks we'll have several opportunities to sample some food specialties by local cooks. In so doing, we may actually be helping others.
Friends of a Russell man who died last Saturday on U.S. 281 won't use that highway when they travel to his funeral today.
A Great Bend USD 428 teacher arrested last month on drug charges had her bond reduced Wednesday pending her preliminary hearing, which is set for 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Barton County District Court.
More than 11 months after hunters discovered the body of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, the Pawnee Rock man accused of murdering him is headed to court.
A Russell man who was attempting to upright a motorcycle Saturday night was struck by a pickup on U.S. 281, about two miles south of Hoisington.
Great Bend Recreation Commission Director Diann Henderson has been elected to serve as president-elect and then president of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association. Her three-year term will begin in January.
The Environmental Protection Agency will collect soil and water samples this month at the former O'Neill Tank site near the Great Bend Municipal Airport, to determine if there is contamination from hazardous materials. The EPA also plans to collect samples at and around the former Plating Inc. site in the industrial park near the airport. Plating Inc. is a contaminated site that is monitored by EPA's Superfund Division, under a federal program to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
In the next week or so, many Great Bend children will have some homework and will need their parents to lend a hand with it.
Great Bend's firefighters plan to visit every elementary school in town this month, and several preschools as well, teaching lessons they hope kids will learn - and then teach to their parents at home.
The swift fox may not be on the endangered species list, but it could be headed that way. Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he hopes to acquire a pair of the foxes for breeding.
Natural, accidental, and "unknown" - three fires with three causes in the past week.
Forget about global warming. The biggest man-made problem facing Americans – that is, the biggest problem we can do something about – may be obesity.
The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," and a local exhibit on hometown "Heros on the Sideline" opened Saturday at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave.
The Great Bend Public Library will reopen at the its temporary location on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. The temporary address is 3407 10th Street, next to AT&T.
Central Kansas CASA will reach a milestone this year, celebrating its 30th year of helping area children. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the nonprofit organization will reach another milestone, holding its 10th annual Chocolate Auction.
Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt. District Judge Ron Svaty said 220 potential jurors have been summoned.
The Great Bend Fire Department responded two small structure fires, one Wednesday and one Thursday, each resulting in about $500 damage.
Julie Zeck is one of the featured speakers scheduled to minister at the 2015 Hearts Aflame Women's Conference in Great Bend.
Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.
The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.
With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.
ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.
In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.
Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.
Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.
Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.
Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.
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