CLAFLIN - In an agreement designed to be mutually beneficial, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce and Claflin have joined forces to promote rural Kansas, market events and promote businesses.
Head basketball coaches Gregg Marshall, Wichita State University, Bill Self, University of Kansas and Bruce Weber, Kansas State University, are joining local Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters officials in urging participation in the upcoming Bowl for Kids' Sake. The idea is to boost awareness of the positive impact of and urgent need for mentoring Kansas kids.
High quality musical goodness will be in abundance as Barton Community College hosts the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band the evening of Thursday, April 10, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by Barton Community College, The Great Bend Tribune, The National Association for Music Education and the Great Bend Jazz Festival Committee.
Students in Jake Hoflinger's Introduction to Blueprint Production class took advantage of nice weather earlier this week, and headed over to Brit Spaugh Park to complete a scavenger hunt.
TOPEKA - The State Library of Kansas announces the First Annual Talking Books Traveling Art Show, "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective," featuring artwork created by Kansans with visual and/or physical impairments. The exhibition will be at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., from Saturday, April 5, through April 20, with free admission.
Thankfully, the winter of 2014 appears to be over, allowing road crews to finally breathe a sigh of relief. The snow-prone season has been an expensive one.
ELLINWOOD - Anticipation abounds at Ellinwood School District this spring as 5th and 12th graders receive cutting edge technology that allows them to search for the front door of Ellinwood Grade School on Google Earth or message a teacher with a question about an assignment.
TOPEKA – The Charles Hulme Foundation of Great Bend has given $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, for the Our Kansas Prairie Legacy: The Next Steps capital campaign. The donation is a lead gift in the campaign and will be used to protect and improve wetland habitats across Kansas, including at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve.
This week, Zoo Director Scott Gregory signed the contract that will bring Jack Hanna, the star of award winning animal television shows, to Great Bend this October.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is getting two young cougars, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Wednesday.
The Barton County Landfill is gearing up for the start of household hazardous waste collection season which officially began Tuesday, Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt reported to the County Commission Monday morning. The first on-site collection will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, at the facility.
ELLINWOOD -The Ellinwood Community Library will host an event with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas on April 11 at 1:45 p.m. at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, 210 N. Schiller Ave. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.
Voters trickled out for local elections Tuesday, with only 1,336 checking in at polls county wide. The general election was for city council positions in the cities of Great Bend, Hoisington, and Ellinwood, and to elect two positions for the Ellinwood Hospital District Board of Trustees.
Great Bend police were called to the scene of a three vehicle injury accident that occurred around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of 18th St. and Main St. in Great Bend. The Great Bend Fire Department was called to extract a passenger.
Children at Tiffany's Day Care in the 900 block of Williams enjoy an early Easter visit from the Easter Bunny. The business is operated by Tiffany Nily.
It only took minutes for hundreds of area children to clean the Argonne Forest floor of thousands of pieces of colorful foil-wrapped chocolates Saturday morning. Great Bend's Kiwanis Club arrived early that morning to scatter boxes of candy around the area in Veterans Memorial Park where the club has planted several varieties of trees for public enjoyment and education.
Members of Great Bend's National Education Association still wait for answers from legislators they feel turned their back on them. The education finance bill took educators by surprise as it quickly made its way through the Senate and the House, to be passed on to Governor Brownback April 6. It includes legislation that takes away hard-fought protections against arbitrary termination. The bill, HB 2506, is now in the hands of Governor Sam Brownback, who indicated Monday during a visit to Emporia State University that he would sign it into law.
When Great Bend was first chartered, most people walked from point A to point B. It was the norm for home builders to install wide sidewalks and buffer strips between the walk and the road in most parts of the city.
ELLINWOOD - Saturday at 3:55 a.m. Ellinwood Officer Renfro attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction. The vehicle refused to stop and a short chase ensued, ending in the driver, Dalton Staudinger, loosing control of the vehicle and hitting a carport and fence in the 200 block of North Wilhelm.
HOISINGTON - Which is the better, faster, stronger tractor? Allis Chalmers, John Deere? Massey Ferguson?
Great Bend Community Theatre members take the stage this week with "Becky's New Car," a comedic cruise by playwright Steven Dietz.
The Barton Community College Planetarium is getting a "re-boot," as the staff is calling it.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
LARNED – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan joined staff and members of the community Thursday to observe and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Larned State Hospital.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.
Members of the Jack Kilby Committee plan to bring signage for the project up to date Friday when they add another bronze plaque recognizing donors to the Kilby Plaza, located on the west side of the Barton County Courthouse Square.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59.
The federal Food Stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, underwent changes beginning in October of 2013, and as a result, local charities that provide food are now seeing an increase in usage.
The Barton County Historical Society Museum is holding its first art exhibit, with works inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Andy Warhol, to name three.