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Tree topping kicks off 'Thirsty Thursdays'

The 26-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree in the courthouse square will be even taller this week, after city employees cap it with a magnificent topper, according to Community Coordinator Christina Hayes. City employees will add the custom-made decoration as the City of Great Bend hosts its first Business After Hours, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Downtown businesses will stay open until late, in the first of a series of "Thirsty Thursdays."

November 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Christmas lights illuminate Hoisington

HOISINGTON - "Light up Hoisington" became a community project in 1999, and homes and buildings throughout the city are now illuminated throughout the Christmas season.

November 28, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


BCC classes canceled

All classes at Barton Community College have been canceled due to a power outage, Monday.

November 28, 2011 | | News


City projects continue to advance

While there was understandably a great deal of interest this past week in the news that a new six-screen movie theater would be developed in downtown Great Bend, that was only one of the announcements of improvements planned for local projects.

November 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Giving Tree lists kids to help at Christmas

A local non-profit agency is teaming up with a local business to provide Christmas gifts for children who might not otherwise have much under the tree.

November 26, 2011 | | News


Gingerbread fund raiser helps send packages to troops

As Loretta Miller spoke Friday morning, she unwrapped packages containing pre-assembled gingerbread houses in her downtown Great Bend business, the Gallery.

November 26, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


‘TIS THE SEASON

This year's theme for Great Bend's Home for the Holiday's Christmas Parade is "Let it Snow." The parade is just one of more than a dozen activities taking place this Saturday. Here is the schedule of events:

November 25, 2011 | By Tribune staff 'Let it Snow' is holiday parade theme | News


Shop safely this holiday season

TOPEKA - A shopping cart may not seem dangerous, but more than 20,000 children under 5 years old suffered cart injuries each year, according to Safe Kids Kansas.

November 25, 2011 | | News


County keeps busy with varied program

Barton County officials approved spending almost $4,000 on a sidewalk replacement project at one of the county office buildings, and also moved ahead on other recent projects.

November 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


State event highlights county strengths

As Dorothy Gale learned by the end of the 1939 motion picture classic, "The Wizard of Oz," there's no place like home.

November 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


State event highlights county strengths

As Dorothy Gale learned by the end of the 1939 motion picture classic, "The Wizard of Oz," there's no place like home.

November 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Golden Belt Cinema 6 expected to bring thousands downtown

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the development of a new downtown theater in Great Bend.)

November 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Library ready to unwrap Bookstore

It looks like a big Christmas present now, but this Saturday evening the wrapping paper will come off of the Great Bend Public Library's "Bookstore." The unveiling will take place following the 5:30 p.m. Home for the Holidays Parade.

November 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


THANKFUL FELLOWSHIP

The aroma of 18 turkeys roasting had barely had a chance to waft out of the Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen Wednesday morning when the line began to form outside.

November 23, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Student loan debt on the rise

Barton Community College Director of Financial Aid Myrna Perkins said BCC students are receiving record amounts of financial aid - $1 million more than in 2010-11.

November 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Pawnee Rock Council ponders new fire truck

If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.

March 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


The next step

The long-running campaign to clean up Veterans Memorial Lake took another step forward Monday night when the Great Bend City Council approved the application of a chemical jolt to help eliminate the toxic blue-green algae.

March 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Some new faces

The City of Great Bend has a new police chief and a new City Council member.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Council OKs fund transfer for library

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a resolution allowing the transfer of funds for the Great Bend Public Library heating and air conditioning system loan. The amount being transferred is $762,012.92.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Hoisington honors Seuss

Monday, March 2, was "Read Across America Day". This year, the book is the Seuss classic, "Oh, The Places You'll Go." At Hoisington Middle School several activities were planned such as crazy sock day, guess the number of gold fish in a bowl, dress like your favorite Seuss character, etc.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


For the Love of Reading

Students at Lincoln Elementary school arrived at school Monday morning dressed in the costumes of beloved book characters. Hours of work went into preparations for the school's celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. The popular children's author would be 111 years old this year.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington gaining ground on EMT shortage

At the Hoisington City Council meeting Feb. 23, EMS Director Scott Fleming announced the successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician training for five new volunteers.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


County shop remains in the cold

A lengthy discussion over the replacement of a heating and air conditioning system in the Barton County Road and Bridge Department shop ended in a stalemate at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


County ups jail fee for Great Bend

A 40-plus-year-old arrangement between the City of Great Bend and Barton County over the cost to house inmates in the Barton County Jail has been revised, Sheriff Brian Bellendir told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Weather preparedness important

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, and to mark its importance to the safety of area residents, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution denoting this observance locally.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Jury selected for LaVeta Miller trial

A jury was selected Monday for LaVeta D. Miller's trial in Barton County District Court. Miller has entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of theft by deception.

March 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Burkes to chair BCC Foundation fundraiser

The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.

February 28, 2015 | | News


NOW PLAYING

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.

February 28, 2015 | | News


​Storm Fury on the Plains coming to Great Bend

With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.

February 28, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


GODSPELL

Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.

February 28, 2015 | | News


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