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Cookie Town

To say that Jake Hofflinger's yearly candy house project just keeps getting bigger and better seems like a huge understatement. After all, half of this year's undertaking measures more than 14 feet long.

December 20, 2012 | By Jennifer Schartz Special to the Tribune | News


Snow and ice visit area briefly

Snow blew into Barton County Wednesday night around 7 p.m., starting first with sleet and rain. In Great Bend, the snow didn't begin to stick until after 9 p.m. Icy conditions were a problem for drivers with several sliding off roadways into the ditch. Motorists woke up to a thin blanket of icy snow and began the task of clearing pavement and defrosting and scraping windshields before hitting the streets.

December 20, 2012 | Staff Reports | News


Madrigals put wraps on 2012

Great Bend High School's Madrigal Pops group gave its final public performance of 2012 on Wednesday, singing at the noon Kiwanis meeting.

December 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Santa wears a badge

Several area children were treated to a holiday shopping spree at Walmart on Wednesday, courtesy of Great Bend police officers.

December 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


KDOT offers personalized traveler information

Just in time for the holidays, the Kansas Department of Transportation has made it easier than ever for travelers to get the latest information about their route to work, school or holiday gatherings.

December 19, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Stafford motorist dies, others injured

A Stafford woman died Monday when the car she was driving was hit from behind and pushed into the path of an oncoming semitrailer in Pratt County.

December 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


GBHS go-getter new intern

Recently Great Bend city Manager Howard Partington gave the nod to community coordinator Christina Hayes to hire an intern to assist her. After observing her outstanding organizational skills at work with the Panther Paw Craft Fair, Hayes knew GBHS junior Sara McAfee was just the person for the position.

December 18, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Downtown promotion to change for new year

At a retail roundtable meeting Dec. 10, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes, other officials and local business leaders decided to revamp the downtown promotional program known as Thank You Thursdays.

December 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Convention Center plans on hold

With only two weeks before the City of Great Bend takes over management of the contentious city-owned Convention Center, the City Council Monday night learned that the cost of razing it and starting from scratch would cost about the same as remodeling the existing facility.

December 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

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.

December 17, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


More suspects named in drug busts

The Barton County jail "media log" for Friday, Dec. 14, was released Monday and contained more names of men arrested last week on drug charges, including at least two who are suspects in a Kansas Bureau of Investigation case.

December 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Situation’ raises concerns at Larned, GBHS

A rumor that there might be shooting at "the high school" spread through two towns Monday afternoon. While students at Great Bend and Larned weren't sure what was going on, law enforcement officers were checking out the same information. Then students with smartphones quickly spread the word through social networks – adding a fair share of speculation. Students said it started with something posted on Facebook.

December 17, 2012 | BY SUSAN THACKER and JIM MISUNAS | News


Cookies and cutting

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Grade School fourth graders learned practical measurement skills to supplement in-the-classroom learning on Tuesday, spending the day at Ellinwood High School using the student kitchens and wood lab.

December 17, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Chamber open late for last-minute gift certificate sales

This Thursday, the staff of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development will be making it easier than ever to take care of last-minute Christmas shopping by staying open until 7 p.m. to fill gift certificate orders.

December 17, 2012 | | News


County lists holiday hours

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed both Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will be closed at this same time. The Landfill will close to the public at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Christmas. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

December 17, 2012 | | News


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Dannebohm eyeing resignation

TOPEKA – Although it remains unofficial, a heartbroken J. Basil Dannebohm said Monday he may resign his seat in the Kansas Legislature due to the debilitating ravages of his young onset Parkinson's disease.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Arson reported on Plum Street

The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.

February 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County honors FFA, future of agriculture

The world of agriculture is changing, and so is a long-standing youth program that promotes it.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Nels Lindberg honored as NextGen Leader of the Year

Nels Lindberg was recognized as the 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Community pride earns Westfall 2014 Citizen of the Year award

There are countless people raised in Great Bend who are proud of their hometown. But none have exhibited more pride than Jan Westfall.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Great Bend Co-op Association earns Business of the Year honor

Fifty five years ago, when Great Bend's landscape looked a lot different than it does now, the Great Bend Co-op Association was just getting started with first-year sales of under $1 million.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Fort Zarah Club celebrates 86 years

Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider's mother.

February 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Becoming ‘Organ Wise’

First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.

February 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


From sports to space

The two 2014 inductees into the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame were recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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