The USD 428 Board of Education met for a noon meeting at Lincoln Elementary school Tuesday, and approved requests that will mean a major turnover in the music programs at Great Bend Middle School for the next school year. Board members approved the certified teacher retirement of Mr. Kurtis Koch, Teacher of Instrumental Music, and the certified teacher resignation of Mrs. Andrea Gardner, Teacher of Vocal Music at Great Bend Middle School. Gardner and her husband will be moving to the Goddard area.
In an effort to recruit and promote new business in the State of Kansas, The Kansas Department of Commerce created a program entitled "Small Town Spotlight" which highlights the towns and companies that are joining forces for success. Recently, Great Bend was featured as a small town success story for the strides in economic development over the last several months.
It was a small step Monday morning, but it was a step forward for the tire recycling firm Blizzard Energy Inc. in its efforts to open shop at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. The Barton County Commission agreed that the company's business process was consistent with the county's Solid Waste Management Plan.
Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society got an early look Friday at Vixey, the new arctic fox at the Brit Spaugh Zoo. As the 11-month-old fox was released into her spacious new enclosure, she capered through the grass, inspecting every corner, and climbed every perch.
Cold and freezing rain nixed outdoor activities around Great Bend Saturday, but several still came out for the Central Kansas Spring Expo at the Expo building at the Barton County fairgrounds. Both Expo one and two, plus the courtyard in between were full, but wind and moisture kept most visitors inside.
A Kansas Senate bill aimed at expanding the corporate farming opportunities in the state would bolster farming in general, say supporters of the measure known as the Kansas Agricultural Growth and Rural Investment Initiative. However, detractors of SB 191 say it would pave the way for corporate farms to overrun the state's family farm tradition.
The Invest in Kids membership drive had a solid start recently at the Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala, Sunflower Executive Director Jim Johnson said. More than $4,500 in donations laid the groundwork for the $50,000 goal.
Barton Community College officials have been following several bills proposed by the 2013 Legislature, including the repeal of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. The Great Bend Tribune contacted BCC Trustee Robert Feldt, a Great Bend attorney, for his response to Wednesday's hearing.
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.
City of Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker received a letter of intent from Andy Mingenback, president of Brentwood Builders of Great Bend, stating his plans to repair the wall that was left exposed from the demolition of the old opera house at Forest and Williams.
The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team competed at the KSHSAA 2A State Championships on Saturday, May 2 at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita. The team placed seventh out of 42 schools participating.
Twenty-two Hoisington students, ranging in age from Kindergarten through sixth grade, participated in a two-weekend program courtesy of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce retail promotions committee. On Saturday, April 25, they attended Business Basics, where they learned how to run a basic entrepreneurial business and chose a product to bring to market. Then, on Saturday May 2, with products prepared, they attended Market Day. Creativity was at an all time high with their business ideas, with items at Market Day ranging from snacks for people, birds and dogs, arts and crafts, graduation themed goodies and surprise eggs!
"Pathway" is another buzz word parents of middle and high school students will need to get used to in coming years. Picture clusters of classes, with each class being essential to a particular group of similar careers. This was the main focus of new business at the USD 431 Hoisington Board of Education meeting Monday night.
Washington, D.C., – The Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover Executive Committee announced Tuesday that the Flyover will be streamed live on Friday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The link for the live webcast is usvets.tv/Events/ArsenalofDemocracy2015.aspx.
There will be a lot going on in downtown Great Bend this summer, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night. The council approved several street closures and took other action to accommodate the festivities at Hayes' request.
Poppy, the 6-month-old binturong at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, made an appearance at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said this Saturday, May 9, is World Binturong Day.
The Great Bend Police Department has identified two Hoisington residents who were arrested on drug charges last Friday after a traffic stop. Johnathon Hiserote and Amanda Decker were booked into the Barton County Detention Center.
Sister Charlotte Brungardt welcomed visitors to St. Rose Saturday afternoon. They came to say farewell to the circular towers which are slated to be demolished as the next phase in a renovation that will carry the medical facility into the next century of carring for the people of Great Bend and the surrounding area. There was singing and stories of the hospital's founding in 1902 by the Dominican Sisters. There were also tears shed. The towers, built in the early 1960s, have been a familiar landmark in the city for over 50 years.
Smoke, sirens, firehoses, hats and badges, and Kia the K-9 officer drew a sizable turnout to the first annual Guns and Hoses open house Saturday morning. Great Bend Police, Fire and Rescue collaborated on the event that showcased the elements of how these men and women work and train to keep the people of Great Bend safe each day.