Lan-Lan Wang, Taiwan, arrived in Kansas on June 17 as one of four IFYE students visiting rural communities in the United States from Taiwan this summer. Other students are visiting Montana, Colorado and South Dakota.
The annual 4-H Fashion Revue, leading up to the 2013 Barton County Fair, brought glamour to the catwalk at the Crest Theatre in Great Bend Monday evening. Participants in the buymanship and clothing construction projects were spotlighted as they followed the yellow brick road. Club members modeled outfits they painstakingly built with an eye towards economy, and the garments they constructed with attention to detail and creativity in the weeks and months leading up to the show.
The face of tourism in America is changing, with both domestic and international tourists seeking more authentic experiences, explained Cris Collier. The director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau recently led a workshop on agritourism for local entrepreneurs at Heartland Farms west of Great Bend.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
An ultralight single occupant aircraft piloted by Lucas J. Campbell, 26, of Great Bend crashed at the Great Bend Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon. Airport manager Martin Miller said the crash, witnessed by several bystanders, was reported at 1:10 p.m.
Public concern over the exact location of a proposed oil well in The Nature Conservancy Preserve next to Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area erupted following a report in The Great Bend Tribune Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, June 18, the U.S. Drought monitor showed Barton County still firmly in the Extreme Drought category. However, a tiny sliver on the eastern edge had been pushed back to Severe Drought status. That's before more rain fell in the Great Bend area this week. It's enough to give homeowners hope for drought affected landscapes once more.
What a difference a year makes. This time last year, Barton County farmers were wrapping up the 2012 wheat harvest, and everyone, farmers and non-farmers alike, were praying for rain.
At the regular school board meeting in June, Superintendent Tom Vernon presented his annual report on drop-outs, something he's been doing since 2007. Back in 2008, 30 students dropped out, but the numbers went down in 2008 through 2010. In 2011, the numbers began to rise again, with 38 and 39 students dropping out in the 2011 and 2012 school years.
An oil well could be drilled 870 feet inside the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands if a permit requested by H&C Oil Operating Inc., of Plainville is granted.
At around 2:30 p.m., the Great Bend Fire Department was called away from the Pawnee Rock fire to a hay bale fire at 251 NW 10th Ave. adjacent to Mid America Feeders. Five hundred large-sized hay bales with an estimated value of $80,000 were on fire, according to Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano. They were continuing to burn Saturday morning. "It's nearly impossible to put the fire out because the bales burn so deep within," he said.
If the turnout at the Great Bend Regional Hospital race pavilion Saturday morning is any indicator, color makes running more fun. Excitement over being doused with paint brought out more than 500 participants for the first ever Color Run. The event happened in conjunction with the third annual Human eMotion Charitable Run, Walk and Ride event sponsored by GBRH, with all proceeds going to support the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend.
At approximately 11 a.m. Friday morning, Great Bend Police apprehended Brandon Dannebohm. The fugitive was found sleeping in a vehicle within the city limits of Great Bend, according to Barton County Undersheriff Bruce Green He was arrested and is being held on a no-bond warrant from Stafford County. Barton County charges are pending for aggravated endangerment of a child, abandonment of a child, possession of narcotics, and other charges.
The USD 428 Board of Education welcomed Delores Baker and her family and friends Monday evening at the district office. Board president Dwight Young awarded her the R.O.S.E. (Recognizing Outstanding Support of Education ) certificate, recognizing her for her years of commitment to a Riley student through her 12 years of education in the district through the Youth Friends program.
For six years, Delores Baker, Great Bend, volunteered as a Youth Friends mentor for a Riley Elementary School student. For six more years, they nurtured their friendship through letters and lunch visits. This year, Baker had the great joy of seeing her friend graduate from Great Bend High School. And on Monday night, the USD 428 Board of Education will honor her with a R.O.S.E. (Recognizing Outstanding Support of Education) award at their regular June meeting.
Drag Week, and events like them, help keep Great Bend relevant in the world of racing. Especially when Hot Rod Magazine chose the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association Dragstrip to host Day 4 of the event. Not only did they signal to the racing world that Great Bend is a great place to race, it gave a nod to the history of the track, where the first NHRA drag racing event was held in 1955.
Coming on the heels of an upset Wednesday in Noble, Okla., Thursday's Day 4 of Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week at the SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend promises to be an exciting race day.
Superintendent Brad Reed visited each school in the district on the first day of school this year and was impressed, he told USD 428 Board of Education members Monday.
Sunday, the Tribune began a four part series about the military service of brothers Jack and Donald Matthews, two Great Bend veterans who served their country during World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict. Both will be memorialized at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park. Don Matthews shared his brother's memoirs with readers, which covered the period between D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge during 1944. Today, some history about Donald's service as the Cold War began.
This is part three of a four part series which began Sunday. The Matthews brothers, veterans of World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict, share their stories. Today, Jack Matthews' memoir describes the bond between soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.
Sunday, part one of a four-part series about the military experiences of two Barton County veterans introduced readers to the memoir of Jack Matthews, Great Bend, who served his country during World War II in Northern France and during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is part two.
Jack and Don Matthews each served their country, and will be memorialized on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. Here is part one of a four part series that tells the stories of their service and beyond.
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