The digital sign outside the Great Bend Convention Center features among its rotating images a lit and flaming barbecue grill. Across it are the words "Happy Labor Day."
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management will hold a preliminary damage assessment at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Room 101 at the Barton County Courthouse in Great Bend to gather information on damages sustained during the flooding and severe weather July 22-Aug. 16, said Amy Miller, Barton County emergency management director.
Editor's note: The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau conducted surveys to gauge opinions of lodging in the community. In the second of two parts, the Great Bend Tribune will examine the Great Bend Convention Center.
With all the hubbub over the embattled Great Bend Convention center it could be easy to assume the hospitality industry in this community is lacking or is in some way inferior to that in towns our size. Coffee talk chatter is rife with stories of problems faced by travelers and convention goers.
Editor's note: The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau this spring conducted surveys to gauge opinions of lodging in the community. In the first of two parts, the Great Bend Tribune will examine the overall impressions of lodging experiences. Part two Friday will deal specifically with the Great Bend Convention Center.
Within hours after a story about Dutch man seeking the family of a World War II veteran whose dog tag he found hit the Great Bend Tribune, the phones and social media exploded with people offering their help to make the reunion happen.
With the recent rains, it may be easy to forget the drought that still grips much of Kansas and the western United States. It may also be easy to overlook the long-term impact of what we do with our water.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an update to the county's employee handbook to better accommodate mothers who are breast feeding.
Noting there were no safety concerns and to avoid harming a local business, the Barton County Commission Monday morning lessened the distance a large fireworks stand has to be from surrounding structures.
When County Clerk Donna Zimmerman spoke to the Barton County Commission this past Monday morning, as she does regularly, she sought approval of property tax abatements and refunds.
Yes, you, too, can make a difference. What's more, it doesn't take much.
Somewhere beneath the tons of brand-new concrete being poured at the Great Bend Municipal Airport are chunks of another era, an era when the facility served as a training base for B-29 pilots headed to do battle in World War II.
In her report to the Barton County Commission Monday morning, County Appraiser Barb Konrade said Appraiser's Office personnel are still in the process of the annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.
Looking at the city's sales tax revenue so far this year, Great Bend City Administrator told the City Council Monday night that things are looking bright.
Sometimes, agencies serving the needy in Barton and Pawnee counties need more than just cash. They need supplies.
Noting that the money brought into the county and the jobs created by through its efforts, it was an easy call for the Barton County Commission to re-up with Great Plains Development.
Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.
Emergency personnel and first responders in Barton County will now have a back-up method to receive messages and alerts from dispatchers after the County Commission approved the purchase of the Active911 system Monday morning.
At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.
Earl Mark served his country in the Army during the 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and the veteran could no longer serve himself.
HAYS - They eyes of the nation may have been on March Madness and the national collegiate basketball tourney, but thousands swarmed to Hays this past weekend for the 47th-annual Kansas Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.
If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.
Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.
The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.
Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.
Barton County voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the April 7 city/school/hospital general election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.
This past Saturday, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster worked with First Assembly of God Church volunteers for a community service day cleanup of storm water drainage ditches around the community.
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