Dr. Carl Heilman's contract as president of Barton Community College was extended by one year, to June of 2014, at Thursday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has applied for a grant that could help with its transportation costs, and the Shafer Gallery is seeking its annual funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. Since both RSVP and Shafer Gallery are overseen by Barton Community College, it falls to the college president to approve their grant applications.
Great Bend clothing stores brought their spring styles to the Senior Center on Monday, for the annual fashion show.
Students of Great Bend High School English instructor Crystal Cross rallied residents to support U.S. troops, by organizing a bicycle/walking fundraiser Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.
Graduates of Barton Community College know as well as anyone, many of life's lessons aren't learned in a classroom. As they attended Barton's commencement ceremonies Thursday in the BCC Gymnasium, students were reminded to use what they've learned and to remain lifelong learners.
Barton Community College fell short of meeting goals set with the Kansas Board of Regents last year, which means the college will only receive 80 percent of new funding, instead of 100 percent.
The spring migration of Monarch butterflies is under way, and soon their colorful wings will be a common sight at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. A new conservation garden is expected to attract native butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as people, Zookeeper John Zimmerman said.
Just in time for baseball and softball season, the Great Bend Recreation Commission plans to improve its presence on Facebook.
The man injured when a tanker trailer hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline went off a Barton County road Saturday morning was in fair condition Monday afternoon, a spokesman at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita said.
An upturn in the amount of vandalism to road signs is costly and potentially dangerous, local law enforcement officers report.
Attorneys for the man accused of murdering a 14-year-old Great Bend girl have asked the court to dismiss a charge of criminal sodomy, saying it creates double jeopardy.
Anyone who drives past Barton Community College this Saturday may see several police cars and a couple of ambulances on campus. But they shouldn't reach for a cell phone to call 911, college officials said, because it's all part of a planned learning event.
Knowing something about her Mexican heritage helped Yessenia Bustamante in her quest to become this year's Cinco de Mayo Queen for Great Bend's annual celebration. But a desire to help others is what cinched the decision for the judges.
Check this out: There's a television in the library.
The newest animals at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo include hissing cockroaches and a Kenyan sand boa.
It isn't often that the team behind Housing Opportunities Inc. takes a break, but this past Thursday everyone stopped to celebrate last year's completion of 11 duplexes in Great Bend. The 22 residences were all filled by March of this year as required by grants used to finance this income-based development.
SUNDAY Nov. 2
Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum, 85 South U.S. 281, Great Bend, will soon switch to its winter schedule. It will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.
Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.
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.
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