There was good news coming out of last week's Kansas Department of Transportation regional meeting in Hutchinson.
The Great Bend Zoo Boo drew 2,733 children and 1,532 adults to Brit Spaugh Zoo on Saturday, Zoo Director Scott Gregory reported.
The Great Bend High School debate team competed at the Valley Center Halloween Tournament Saturday, Oct. 30. This is the team's fifth weekend of debate competition. They have continued to bring home awards from every tournament.
All military veterans and their families, as well as individuals who want to express their appreciation, are invited to attend the 4th Annual Veteran Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Nov. 10 at the KANSASWORKS office located at 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
Polling places for Tuesday's general election have been announced by the Barton County Clerk's Office.
Bob Parrish has been chosen to lead Great Bend's holiday parade on Nov. 27, sponsors at Sunflower Diversified Services announced.
Little lawmen and firefighters walked the streets with cowboys, ninjas and princesses, Saturday in downtown Great Bend. Mild fall weather boosted attendance at the annual Halloween parade, where hundreds of kids picked up candy.
INMAN – After six weeks of voting, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the results of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People contest. Former Great Bend resident and microchip pioneer Jack Kilby, and Civil War nurse and veterans advocate Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke (who lived at Bunker Hill, Ellsworth, Great Bend and Russell) were not among the top vote getters.
Another opportunity to cast ballots in the general election has been announced by County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
A dozen cowgirls? That's right. These girls, all Kayettes and Great Bend High School students, were among the 130 to 140 in the Commons Area at the school Thursday night, waiting to go Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. Faculty sponsors are Barbara Harris and Karen Clark. Harris said the Kayettes have done this yearly at Halloween time "for a long time." They go from home to home, and have maps, and each sub-group has its own particular area of the "divided-up" city. They expected to trick-or-treat for an hour to an hour and a half.
It's not often that the Great Bend High School marching band yields the field to a guest singer when it's time to perform the national anthem. But for the Oct. 15 football game, the honor went to 12-year-old Allison Muth.
On Oct. 25 treasurers for candidates running for state and county office filed their pre-general election campaign reports. In addition, on Oct. 28, a report of last minute contributions will also be filed by any state or local candidate who receives any contributions in the amount of $300 or more. These reports are a matter of public record and are available for review in each candidate's home county with his or her county election officer. Candidates for statewide office file their reports only with the Secretary of State. These reports contain the names of most contributors and the amounts ...
BARTON COUNTY - Regional Prevention Centers around the state are highlighting the 2010 Communities That Care student school surveys, and the results show Barton County's rates for overall alcohol use, binge drinking and drug use is higher than the average for the state and surrounding counties.
There are all sorts of preparations under way for a successful Halloween.
Weeks before the Jack Kilby Plaza in Great Bend became a construction site, a Topeka couple was on a summer quest to visit every courthouse in each of the state's 105 counties. Barton County's courthouse ranked as an overall favorite with travelers Randy and Gayla Starkey.
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.
The Barton Community College Foundation Clay Shoot set for May 4 has been canceled, due to last Saturday's fire at the Camp Aldrich Conference Center. Meanwhile, sponsors of Camp Hope and dozens of other scheduled events are scrambling to find alternate locations.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Kansas City returned indictments Wednesday against a Mexican national charged with using false identification documents and identity theft in Barton County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
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.
Property valuation notices were mailed to the Barton County taxpayers on March 17 and County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reminds residents they have 30 days to appeal their valuation from that mailing date.
It's been about a year since Barton County offices switched to a unified bookkeeping software. Although the conversion was at times rocky, officials are now comfortable with the new system and ready to expand it.
Editor's note: This updates a story that was previously published on the website.
Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley wants to bring poetry home to Kansans, and in that vein, is beginning a weekly poetry column that will be published in the Great Bend Tribune.
ELLINWOOD - Wyatt Townley, Shawnee Mission, finds poetry in every day life, in trains, in the Kansas wind, and in nature. Imaging magical ways to weave words, she comes home to poetry.