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​Augustine joins Sunflower Electric Power Corporation

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation announced that Joe Augustine has joined the company as a Substation Technician Apprentice II-1st 6 months in Great Bend.

March 21, 2015 | | Business


Xeriscaping encouraged at Garden Club meeting

At a recent Great Bend Garden Club meeting, Alicia Boor, the agriculture and natural resources agent for the Barton County Extension Service, presented an informative program entitled "Gardens for our Varying Climate." Armed with data from Kansas State University's Agricultural Research and Extension Services, Boor first described the serious lack of water facing many parts of the state and what is currently being done to help prevent the very probable water crisis that faces the whole state in the future. Although watering of gardens is only a small segment of the increasing water problem, Boor brought a wealth of ...

March 21, 2015 | | Club News


Model railroad group to hold swap meet

Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Album feat. GB native Pinkall hits No. 1 on 'Billboard'

MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Guided 'lek' tours offered at wetlands

Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Recycle old T-shirts into braided rugs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


NCAA Tournament on TV

SATURDAY'S GAMES

March 21, 2015 | | AP Sports


OTR for March 21-22, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 20, 2015 | | On the Record


No. 2 seed KU routs No. 15 seed Aggies

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The last few weeks have been an exercise in patience for Kansas. Shots haven't been falling, the offense hasn't looked good. The game has been a struggle.

March 20, 2015 | | AP Sports


Central Kansas Community Choir and Barton Orchestra to present concert

The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) accompanied by the Barton Community College Orchestra, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Fine Arts Auditorium on at Barton Community College.

March 20, 2015 | | Entertainment


Tinseltown Talks

How much mileage could a studio expect from a 1950s film starring a biologist with a fascination for a secluded fishpond? Quite a bit, when the scientist is beautiful Julie Adams wrapped in a skin-tight white latex bathing suit and the fish turns out to be an angry piscine amphibious humanoid – aka a "Creature from the Black Lagoon."

March 20, 2015 | Nick Thomas | Entertainment


KWEC’s Turtle Tot Club

There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.

March 20, 2015 | | Local News


2016 Madness

March 20, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Iran Fighting ISIS – Is it Really a Problem?

As Iran continues to take an active role in helping Iraq fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), many neocons are upset that the U.S. military is not over there on the ground doing the fighting. They want Americans to believe that only another U.S. invasion of Iraq – and of Syria as well – can defeat ISIS. But what is wrong with the countries of the region getting together and deciding to cooperate on a common problem?

March 20, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The World of Sonia Sotomayor

We all know that some people, for genetic or other reasons, experience depression more frequently and deeply than normal. At the other end of the spectrum are people like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who, despite having experienced painful losses and disadvantages that would understandably depress a normal person, achieve success and a life of remarkable accomplishment.

March 20, 2015 | Jan Ting | Columnists


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As the spring weather waivers back and worth, trying to decide what do do, the Great Bend Sanitarian Department is unwavering in it's commitment to continue to implement strategies to ensure compliance with City Property Ordinances, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster said.

April 10, 2015 | | News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a National Public Safety Telecommunications Week proclamation, the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial and the 2015 paint striping program.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


Duane Louis ‘Uke’ Ukens 1940-2015

HUTCHINSON - Duane Louis "Uke" Ukens, 74, died April 8, 2015, at his home in Windom.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Tommy Max Schulz 1934 - 2015

GREAT BEND - Tommy Max Schulz, 81, died April 8, 2015 at Arkansas Veterans Home at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Ark. Born Feb. 16, 1934, in Chapman, he was the son of Walter Joseph and Marcella (Keegan) Schulz. On Dec. 23, 1958, he married Donna Fay Richards in Kanopolis. She died on Aug. 26, 1985. He earned his bachelor and master degrees fro Fort Hays State University. A resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Hays and moving to Wichita in 2005, he was an English teacher at Roosevelt Junior High and Great Bend Middle School.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Juanita Geneva (Jordan) Casey 1923 - 2015

PLAINVILLE - Juanita Geneva (Jordan) Casey passed away April 7, 2015 at Hays Medical Center at the age of 92. She was born on Jan. 9, 1923, in Jennings, Okla. to the late Edmund Earl "Doc" and Flora (Cranbrink) Jordan.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Steven Wayne Stueve 1963 - 2015

STAFFORD – Steven Wayne Stueve, 51, passed away April 5, 2015 at his home in rural Stafford. Born May 13, 1963 in Great Bend, the son of Kenneth and Agnes Stoecklein Stueve. Steven grew up in Great Bend. He was a 1981 graduate of Great Bend High School. In the years following high school he worked as a welder for Eddie Stremel Oil Field Service in Great Bend, Mid States Metals of Stafford, and was employed in farming and ranching by Joe Fritzemeyer and Lawrence Newell of Stafford. He had been self-employed as an oil field welder for the last 15 ...

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Speaker will address depression, anxiety

LARNED - Layton Hein, Angels Care Home Health, will talk about behavior health programs for depression and anxiety during Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation's "Ask The Expert" Coffee Chat from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday in the St. Joseph Meeting Room at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Thursday’s GBMS tennis results at Salina Lakewood Invitational

#1 singles, Dylan Sateren, 0-3

April 09, 2015 | | Prep Sports


GBHS’s Regan Unruh signs with Cougars

The Barton Community College women's basketball program proudly announces the signing of Great Bend High School's Regan Unruh to its 2015 class of Lady Cougars on the first day of national signings.

April 09, 2015 | Todd Moore, Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


2015 Larned High School Baseball

The 2015 Larned High School baseball team competes in the Central Kansas League. The Indians play CKL league-leader Halstead at home Friday.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Larned High Softball 2015

The 2015 Larned High School softball team is coached by Dustin Wilson. The Larned girls play Halstead at home Friday.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Time? Clocks go out in minor-league opener

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Minor league baseball's new speed-up rules have hit a glitch on opening day.

April 09, 2015 | | AP Sports


Texas coaches swear, in testimony, they share play calling

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The $600,000 question at Texas is just who calls the plays for the Longhorns' anemic offense.

April 09, 2015 | | AP Sports


Distraction and teen crashes: even worse than we thought

Drive-cam video shows distraction a factor in 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes

April 09, 2015 | | Local News


Late-inning outbursts lead Barton to sweep at Dodge City

DODGE CITY- Taking care of business when it mattered most. That is what the Barton Community College softball team did Wednesday afternoon in a sweep of Dodge City.

April 09, 2015 | Mike Marzolf, Special to the Tribune | Community College


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