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New rules and fees planned for Kirkman Activity Center

The Kirkman Activity Center at Barton Community College has become an unofficial drop-in gym for the public, but all that will change after a $300,000 renovation is done.

February 16, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


FROZEN IN TIME

Historic buildings in downtown Great Bend provide a glimpse into the city's interesting past. Nostalgic and handsome, they stand tall and distinct along the heart of Main Street and surrounding blocks. But building facades can only reveal so much. Local businesswoman Tammy Hammond has taken steps to enhance that glimpse by telling stories through a series of five bronze sculptures that she has collectively titled, "A Lifetime."

February 16, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Pink Out returns

February 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Officials fear losing voice

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington stood before the Kansas Senate's Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee Monday morning. He told the members his very appearance in Topeka could be construed as a violation of the bill he came to testify against.

February 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Vandals target county equipment

The Barton County Road and Bridge Department wasn't feeling the love Valentines Day after employees discovered several pieces of their equipment vandalized at a remote job site south of Ellinwood Thursday morning.

February 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


US Attorney calls teen dating violence a 'hidden crime'

Valentine's Day may be a time to celebrate loving relationships, but it's also a good time to talk about preventing violent or otherwise unhealthy relationships, says U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom in Wichita.

February 13, 2013 | | News


Pawnee Heights schools compete in pop tab contest

ROZEL – Last year the Pawnee Heights High School National Honor Society had their first "pop tab" collection to raise pop tabs for a contest they had entered which benefited the Ronald McDonald House in Wichita. They raised quite a few, but this year when they were again invited to enter the state-wide contest, sponsor Lee Durler decided there really wasn't any reason to enter that contest, because in reality PHS is a very small school, but that they should still have a contest of their own, with proceeds still going to Wichita.

February 13, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Kansas Avenue project to close intersection

As the Kansas Avenue resurfacing project nears the end of week two, Kansas Avenue may find orange cones and signage greeting them this week, Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke said the second installment of the work may cause some inconvenience for motorists.

February 13, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC royalty

February 12, 2013 | Mack McClure | News


Web site and web hosting changes at USD 428

Soon, visitors to the USD 428 website will notice some positive changes. The USD 428 Board of Education voted to accept a bid by SOCS to host the district's website, despite the fact it was not the lowest bid. Dan Brungardt, assistant superintendent, said two features the company could provide caused the administration to recommend the company. First, they offer a mobile application, and second, they offer templates, so each school will be able to maintain their own sites.

February 12, 2013 | | News


Great Bend native, KC Chorale score Grammys

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The winners of the 55th-annual Grammy Awards have been announced and the Kansas City Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, won two of the honors for its recording "Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen." Bruffy and over 20 singers, including Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall, celebrated the wins in Los Angeles at the ceremony this past Sunday.

February 12, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Groundwater drops in Western, Central Kansas

LAWRENCE - Average groundwater levels across western and central Kansas showed significant declines for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.

February 12, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Gerdes soaring as an Eagle Scout

Great Bend High School sophomore Nick Gerdes has recently attained the prized Eagle Scout status by installing a light for the U.S. flag surrounded by a rock garden at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center last summer.

February 12, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


​Pringle turns in longest tail feather

Steve Pringle was the winner of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's "Longest Tail Feather" contest, turning in a pheasant feather that is 24.5 inches long.

February 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


The Bottoms will bounce back

Kansas Wetlands Education Center Site Manager Curtis Wolf had one word to summarize this past year at Cheyenne Bottoms – dry.

February 11, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


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Scenic overlook project advances

The Kansas Department of Transportation informed Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco that the bid letting for the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area scenic overlook tower will be in August.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


POLICE RAID TWO HOMES

Two drug raids at two locations Monday resulted in four arrests on methamphetamine-related charges, the Great Bend Police Department announced Tuesday morning.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Fire departments restricting some outdoor burning

With the warm, dry weather the region has experienced over the past few days, area fire departments are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have threatened to get out of control, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


City to fill public lands director post

Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison Monday night named a selection committee for the long-vacant position of director of public lands. The committee will interview applicants for the job and make a recommendation to the full City Council.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


TAKING WING

Plans for the 2015 Great Bend Airfest are starting to take flight, the City Council learned Monday night.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission honors farmers, Ag Week

The Barton County Commission took time Monday morning to honor farmers by proclaiming this as National Ag Week and Wednesday as National Ag Day.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Holmes, Edmonds weigh in on SB7

A proposal to eliminate the way Kansas currently decides how much funding a school district receives in favor of block grants was the main topic of conversation at a legislative coffee held in Hoisington Saturday morning.

March 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Dannebohm, Kirkman to Co-chair Heartland Farm Advisory Council

The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.

March 14, 2015 | | News


​Two arrested in drug raid on home

Great Bend Police detectives executed a narcotics search warrant at 3006 23rd St. around 4:22 p.m. Thursday. A man and woman were taken into custody for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Both were booked into the county jail.

March 13, 2015 | | News


Wetlands center prepares for spring

There were still snow geese at Cheyenne Bottoms this past week, but Curtis Wolf, site manager of Fort Hays State University's Kansas Wetlands Education Center, said they will be heading out any day.

March 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Wanted: Adult volunteers to go for a walk

Great Bend's Unified School District 428 is about to launch a Walking School Bus program in all five of its elementary schools and adult volunteers are needed.

March 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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