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.
Agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties serving those in need sometimes need more than just money.
Up until three years ago, Barton County was self insured. Then, at the recommendation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county signed up for the state health care plan.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning took steps to make legal the maintenance of the streets in a small, northwestern Great Bend subdivision. Now the ball is in the Great Bend City Council's court.
Music lovers came from nine states this weekend for Polka Days. The music and dancing that started Friday evening with the Wes Windholz band continues through Sunday at the Great Bend Convention Center.
Ten years ago, Houston-based consultant Ted Eubanks helped create the nature-tourism strategy for Great Bend that culminated in the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway designation and building the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on K-156. Now Eubanks, through his company Fermata Inc., has been hired to develop "interpretive plans" for each of the 11 Kansas scenic byways.
The Great Bend City Council had a simple agenda when it held a special meeting Saturday morning to discuss the city-owned convention center – decide how it wanted to run the facility, when it wanted to take it over and when to close it for much-needed renovations.
TOPEKA – Kansans looking to save time and gas by eliminating a visit to a county treasurer's office can now take advantage of the state's convenient online option for renewing vehicle tags without credit card or electronic check processing fees.
Humans have a soft spot for butterflies. They're more visible than most insects and are a symbol of beauty with their various colors and dancing, graceful flight.
Technology that monitors mouse clicks and other information is being used to combat identity fraud on the Internet, the director of EduKan said. The e-college consortium formed by six community colleges, including Barton Community College, is using Biometric Signature Identification to stop students enrolled in online college courses from having someone else take their tests.
School nurses in Great Bend started a two-week countdown this week as students returned to classes for the 2012-2013 school year. That's how much time parents have to get their children's immunizations up to date. Notices of what students within the district needed went out to parents by May 15, Cindy Prescot said. That gave parents 90 days, which the state requires. Now, as new students enroll, nurses are busy determining what these new students may need to be up to date, and will begin sending notices home and giving parents two weeks to comply. After that, unless ...
Freshmen had exclusive access to Great Bend High School Wednesday for orientation and the first day of school. Instead of fear reigning the halls, mentors were on hand to make sure their transition into high school went smoothly.
The future of the Great Bend Convention Center will be the topic of a special City Council meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers, 1209 Williams.
Great Bend High School Social Studies teacher Barbara Harris spent a week in Washington D.C. in July learning instead of teaching.
Members of the Great Bend High School Panther Danceline are doing a happy dance or at least they will when they reach the end of their fund-raising efforts.
The number of trees in Great Bend is nearly half what it was 40 years, according to a "tree census" taken in 2012 by the city's Tree Board. City Administrator Howard Partington has asked the board to implement an accelerated tree planting program.
Two vehicles collided at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday in Barton County. Injuries were minor but one driver, Cindy Aracely Esquivel-Dominguez, was arrested for driving without a license, a traffic infraction and no insurance.
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters summed up this past year this way – "2014 was a 'Royal' year."
The Shafer Gallery at Barton County Community College is closed for the holidays, and the quilt exhibit has been sent to Harlingen, Texas, where it will be on display next at the Harlingen Heritage Museum. A recent press release erroneously stated Dec. 20 was the final date for the exhibit, gallery administration said, offering their apologies for the error.The gallery will reopen Jan. 16 with the show, "Prairie Pulse," featuring works by Christina Lamoureaux. More information will be available closer to the opening, including details about the opening reception.
A.J. Mosier, Hoisington, is a band member on a mission, and he brought that mission to the attention of board members at the USD 431 Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 1.
When the Golden Belt Community Foundation introduced central Kansas to Giving Tuesday, the result was $127,245 raised for area communities, said Christy Tustin, director of the foundation.
A monitoring well will be installed on city property at the southwest corner of 10th and Morphy to track the spread of gasoline that leaked at the site many years ago, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night.
The Great Bend Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Eduction program joined forces with local businesses at Monday night's City Council meeting to recognize 12 fifth-grade students for writing outstanding essays as a part of their D.A.R.E. classes.
Calling it a good idea, the Great Bend City Council Monday night joined forces with the Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club to make playground improvements at Brit Spaugh Park.
A driver who was being pursued by the Russell Police Department last Friday afternoon was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.
The public is invited to take part in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which started Sunday and continues through the first week of January.
LARNED - The wind was howling, but Larned Mayor Bob Pivonka celebrated the long-awaited $3.2 million City of Larned-sponsored housing project with a ribbon cutting Monday.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
TOPEKA – A driver stopped in western Kansas with more than five pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
HOISINGTON - Ashlynn Steinert is a pint-sized typical 8-year-old girl.