KANSAS CITY, MO. - As the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approached last week, three Great Bend firefighters paid tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives. Dressed in full bunker gear, including air packs, they climbed 110 flights of stairs – representing the 110 flights of the Twin Towers.
Brody Schneider didn't need pedals as he raced across the finish line Saturday in the Kiwanis bike race at Brit Spaugh Park. Brody was first in the 3-year-old division, the first race of the day, and continued to push his scooter around the park as older kids lined up to compete.
No matter how many times Bubba Blackwell lands one of his death-defying jumps, he never lets it go to his head. After a tragic crash in 2001 while attempting to clear fourteen semi-trucks, Blackwell nearly lost his life.
Tickets are now on sale for the Unified School District 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.
When the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday, sparks may fly. Both agendas include discussion over the public discharge of fireworks.
HOISINGTON - Dan Boese of Hoisington, creates accurate, life-like tractors that are intricate recreations of the idyllic memories of yesteryear.
For the past three years, Barton Community College has started its fall semester with full dorms – housing some students at Great Bend hotels for the first weeks of classes. Now college trustees are being asked to consider replacing the two oldest dormitories with one new building that will hold about 35 more students.
Starting around Monday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt paving project on U.S. 281 highway in Barton County, KDOT spokesperson Martin Miller said Thursday.
"Always Ask, Always Act," said Dr. Jason Deselms, suicide prevention coordinator for the VA Hospital and city of Wichita. In an effort to increase understanding of suicide and how to prevent it, Dr. Deselms spoke to area residents on Wednesday on "Break the silence: Responding to suicide risk in your community."
OLMITZ - A 38-year-old Olmitz man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday after a standoff with law enforcement officers.
ELLINWOOD - Little blue people swarmed the crowds at Ellinwood High School at recent games, advancing spirit and excitement, and radiating the golden treasure of positive energy for Ellinwood fans.
Teams or individuals are still being sought for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's planned for Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Barton County Courthouse Square.
Not many people can say they fly upside down every day, but that's exactly what 81-year old Bud Pinkston does. The retired corporate pilot once flew for Davis Mud and Chemical of Great Bend, and now is a flight instructor operating out of the Great Bend Airport. He teaches acrobatic flight in his Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon, but when he wants a real thrill, he takes out his American Electric 1966 Piranha. The one of a kind plane can make two complete rolls in one second, he says. Pinkston will have both planes on display at the upcoming Great Bend ...
Financial expert and radio personality Dave Ramsey coaches listeners to become debt free, manage spending and save for retirement, and have something left to give to others. Locally, residents can attend the money guru's "Financial Peace University," offered several times a year at various locations.
There were a lot of good reasons stated back in 1997 when USD 428 decided to switch from a seven-period day to block scheduling at GBHS, and there are several good reasons today to make the case for switching back, said GBHS Principal Tom Friess Monday evening at the BOE meeting.
Capt. Eric Yoder thinks his work clothes could make a pretty good Halloween costume. Dressed in full fire fighting gear, including mask and breathing equipment, he sounds like Darth Vader and may kind of look like him, too. But Yoder wanted kindergartners at Park Elementary School to see there's nothing to be afraid of. Yoder wants children to know that if they see a fireman reaching for them in a smoke-filled room, he's there to help.
A support group, called Sisters of Hope, for recently widowed women will soon start up again.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the numbers of West Nile virus cases in Kansas have inched up slightly. Barton County still has the most cases in the state.
Jazz filled the air in the Great Bend High School auditorium Tuesday night as the GBHS Jazz Band took the stage for its fall concert, which was open to the public. Soloists include Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Michael Raymer, Michelle Rooney and Allison Regehr, practicing since August, weeks before classes started, were polished and ready to show their chops.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington is the oldest school in the USD 431 school district, and the school board has been considering plans for modernization of the building.
The upcoming Elvis Tribute concert at Great Bend's American Legion will feature Frank Werth & the Vibrations. An article in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune said the backup group would be on tape. While the soundman uses tracks for the instrumentation, the Vibrations is a four-person vocal group that joins Werth for a live show known as Frank's Attribute To Elvis, or F.A.T.E. The benefit concert will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
The razing of the Pitcock building, also known as the old opera house building, will begin in two weeks, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Nelson Stone advised he plans to start setting fence on Monday, Oct. 20, and start the work on Wednesday, Oct. 22.