Editor's note: The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau this spring conducted surveys to gauge opinions of lodging in the community. In the first of two parts, the Great Bend Tribune will examine the overall impressions of lodging experiences. Part two Friday will deal specifically with the Great Bend Convention Center.
Within hours after a story about Dutch man seeking the family of a World War II veteran whose dog tag he found hit the Great Bend Tribune, the phones and social media exploded with people offering their help to make the reunion happen.
TOPEKA – Extreme drought conditions continue for western Kansas while central and eastern counties see improvement. This has led Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with an Executive Order 13-02 today. For the first time since July 2012 conditions have improved enough to remove or decrease the emergency drought status for some Kansas counties.
Food and entertainment are on the menu again for the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake dinner. Tickets are now available for the event, which is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Prince of Peace Parish Center, 4100 Broadway, Great Bend.
LARNED - Hollywood couldn't write a better script than one about a juvenile offender, motivated to put himself on a better path, mentored by wise, caring adults, who graduated from a correctional facility to star on a college basketball team.
Starting around Thursday, Aug. 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt paving project on K-4 in Barton County. This asphalt surface recycle and overlay project will start at the Rush/Barton County line and continue east 10 miles to the west junction of K-4 and U.S. 281 highways.
SALINA - A Saline County jury convicted Jason M. Gleason Friday of six charges he faced stemming from an October high-speed chase and shoot-out with a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. His sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
It's been several years since Old Glory flew from a flagpole at the Great Bend Police Department, but that will change this week. On Friday, thanks to a donation from the Fraternal Order of Police, a new pole was installed.
The typical educational journey often starts with a student earning a community college degree and then moving on to a four-year institution. Now Barton Community College and Kansas State University have made it easier for students to transfer credits in the opposite direction, college officials announced.
BUSHTON – Farmers like to say Mother Nature has to kill a wheat crop a few times before harvest. And Bushton farmer Kyle Kaiser would agree. At the beginning of April, Kyle was ready to call his crop insurance agent to evaluate his short, dry wheat with some visible winterkill. But, after receiving nine to ten inches of rain in May, the wheat was waist high by mid-June.