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Earliest harvest on record leaves county searching skies for rain

The 2012 wheat harvest is the earliest on record in Great Bend, said Rosie Meier, a grain accountant with Great Bend Co-op. The first truckload of wheat was unloaded at their Great Bend facility at 1:02 p.m. on May 24. It's also one of a handful of short crop years Meier can rattle off by memory 42 years into her career. She knows of only one possible exception, 1952, the year she was born, when it may have began earlier. On Monday, Meier said the wheat harvest is about 50 percent complete.

June 05, 2012 | By Veronica Coons vcoons@gbtribune.com | News


Hoisington Mud Run a success

HOISINGTON - Adults and youth both tried their luck and skill at running a truck or ATV through the mud this weekend in Hoisington.

June 05, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


BCC may expand bidding opportunities

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is considering changes that might give more vendors a chance to bid on BCC contracts.

June 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


City to sell excess stuff

The City of Great Bend's impound and surplus auction set for Friday evening continues to grow, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster told the City Council Monday night.

June 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Four primaries scheduled for August

Barton County will have primaries for three positions in August to determine which candidates' names will appear on the November ballot.

June 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Recent Communities That Care data shows favorable teen attitudes toward drinking

BARTON COUNTY - The Barton County Communities That Care data has been released for 2011-12 school year, showing that work remains in the areas of alcohol use by area teens.

June 04, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


History Writ Large

Master penman Michael Sull, Ronald Reagan's former calligrapher, was the guest speaker Sunday at Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery. He gave a detailed history on artistic penmanship and calligraphy, and demonstrated the techniques that yield intricate, beautifully detailed script.

June 04, 2012 | | News


Three-story cactus in Chase on the verge of blooming

CHASE - After 53 years of marriage, Joyce Ward says Ed is one of those husbands who don't give presents often.

June 04, 2012 | | News


Commission honors business students

There are 12 students from two Barton County high schools headed to the national Future Business Leaders of America conference later this month in San Antonio, Texas. They were recognized Monday morning as the Barton County Commission approved a proclamation honoring them.

June 04, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Lorene Bethell honored to represent 113th District

TOPEKA - Lorene Bethell said she felt her husband's presence from the moment she entered the Kansas House of Representatives' session Friday.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Honor Flights still on mission

Maybe a local group can't officially use the name "Honor Flights," anymore, but the former Central Prairie Honor Flights, coordinated by the Great Bend Central Prairie Resource Conservation and Development office, is proceeding full speed ahead. The governing board of Honor Flights Network, based in Springfield, Ohio, voted to decertify Central Prairie Honor Flights in April. The local group has earned state and national recognition for honoring World War II veterans. The chairman of the Honor Flights Network offered no explanation why Central Prairie Honor Flights lost its certification. The Central Prairie Honor Flights have coordinated 17 flights for ...

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Sterling physician applies for 113th District position

STERLING - A physician who works part-time at the Great Bend Regional Medical Center has announced his candidacy for the 113th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives formerly held by the late Bob Bethell of Alden. Lorene Bethell will finish his term in the Kansas Legislature, but does not plan to seek a full term.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


PURE MAGIC

The first thing "Matthew the Magician," did before coming to Great Bend was check the weather forecast.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


New captain raised to be firefighter

Great Bend Fire Department firefighter Travis Parmley has really climbed the ladder, so to speak. The eight-year GBFD veteran was promoted to captain in May.

June 01, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


School at home

Alicia Straub is thankful she overheard the conversation that day in Pizza Hut.

May 31, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE YOUNG Tribune correspondent | News


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Tiny railroads featured at swap meet

Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Seven candidates seek USD 428 school board positions

Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


A HOMEY ALTERNATIVE

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.

March 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


St. Rose donates portable cooling units to Barton County Fair

A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.

March 26, 2015 | | News


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County falls in health rankings

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.

March 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

March 23, 2015 | | News


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