The eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge hit the mid-way point this week, leaving four weeks for teams to reach their goal. Some six-person teams are collectively walking 423 miles - the length of Kansas - while others are walking 1,200 miles - the perimeter of the state.
Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will celebrate Earth Day from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 22, with an after-hours event. Admission will be $3 person, with children under 4 years old admitted free.
More than 40 people hit the walking trail at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday for "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," promoting awareness of the more than 4,500 adults and children with developmental disabilities who are on waiting lists for services.
The processing fee for dropping a Great Bend Recreation Commission program will increase from $3 to $5, effective May 1. The GBRC Board of Directors approved the fee change when it met Monday.
Great Bend's Robert Button, a longtime supporter of the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, has loaned the museum a collection of 30 native American Indian artifacts for a new exhibit. Navaho, Apache, Sioux and Anasazi are just a few of the tribes featured.
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.
The bright yellow school buses in front of Great Bend's Walmart and 10th Street Dillons store Wednesday weren't carrying children. Rather, they were part of the United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus project. Shoppers were invited to drop off items from the "wish lists" of the 19 United Way agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties.
Fans of K-State sports attended Wednesday's Noon Kiwanis meeting in Great Bend to hear the latest news on plans for a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
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Detective David Bailey said the Great Bend Police Department is close to wrapping up a recent case where someone used window chalk to write racist graffiti on the cars of an African American family.
At one of Great Bend's historic churches, the congregation is focusing on "church outside the walls."
The trouble with tax cuts is that they cost so much.
A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later this year, according to the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.
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Search warrants executed Tuesday evening in Great Bend yielded suspected methamphetamine and marijuana, and a stolen gun was recovered during a related traffic stop. A total of six people were arrested.
The gymnasiums at Great Bend's City Auditorium and the Great Bend Activity Center are closed for the remainder of the month, GBRC board members learned Monday. Both gyms and the exercise area at the Activity Center closed Monday and will remain closed while floors are being refinished by the Great Bend Recreation Commission staff.
Demolition of the fire-ravaged Camp Aldrich dining hall will begin next Tuesday, the first step in construction of a new building. The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved an insurance settlement of more than $2 million to build a new dining hall. Fire destroyed the main building at BCC's Camp Aldrich conference center last April.
Barton Community College is putting the final touches on Bluestem Hall, a three-story student housing building with 150 rooms. At a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman invited community members to tour the "recently completed - VERY recently completed" facility.
The first day of school is just 10 days away, which means it's not too early to remind motorists to slow down.
Two male cougar cubs that arrived at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo this spring are waiting to be named - but they won't have to wait much longer.
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