BY CHUCK SMITH
On Feb. 25, the American Legion Riders Post 180 in Great Bend hosted a "welcome home" for two soldiers, Sgt. Shawn Littrell and Spc. 4 Ben Kolas. Both were National Guard, 161st Field Artillery and 35th Military Police, from Great Bend. They recently returned from a one year deployment at Cape Horn, Africa. They were welcomed by family, friends and the Legion Riders. Pictured in the photo are American Legion Riders Director Chris Krueger, Kolas, Littrel and codirector Roy Titsworth.
The winner of the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee is Clara Wicoff, an eighth grader from Iola. This is the third time for her to win the bee and advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
As the temperature rose about 80 degrees Saturday afternoon in Great Bend, things were even hotter inside the Barton Community College Fine Auditorium, site of the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee.
HOISINGTON - Three people died when a car hit a truck near Hoisington at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
tholic Social Services offers non-judgmental counseling and adoption services to pregnant moms and will help them consider all of their options.
A juvenile was lifewatched to Wesley Medical Center Friday evening after being struck by a vehicle entering a driveway in the 2500 block of Lakin Ave at about 7 p.m.
Local programs are dependent on all sorts of non-local funding, and this week county officials gave the nod for applications that, if successful, will bring state and federal funding into the county.
Friday's issue of the Great Bend Tribune includes the official program of the 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee, which takes place Saturday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received more than a clean audit report Thursday from Doug Volkland. The certified public accountant with D. McMillin Chartered presented a positive financial statement as part of the 2010-2011 audit.
HOISINGTON -Making a business plan, estimating pricing and seeking funding are all challenges that any owner of a small business faces.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School students now have the opportunity to explore career interests and goals in a new career mentoring class, giving them practical on-the-job training.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about Severe Weather Awareness Week.)
Work is concluding on one bridge project in Barton County this week and will begin on another, it was announced.
Time is growing short to get ready for the next local election, according to County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
After months of controversy, delays and additional expenses, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the 2013 county audit report, a reported labled by the auditors as "unqualified" and "clean."
School nurses in Barton County sent letters to parents in April about immunizations their children would need. Now, with the start of the new school year only a week away, the Barton County Health Department has seen a jump in families bringing kids in for the required shots. It's that way every year, said Melissa Hagerman, RN. One thing families should keep in mind, she said, is there are also some important vaccinations available to children that parents forget about because they are not required.
HOISINGTON - A group of community partners, including e-community, Hoisington Chamber of Commerce and the city of Hoisington have formed in Hoisington to consider buying a downtown building for use by the high school entrepreneurship class and possibly community members as a place to form small businesses and sell merchandise.
Flashing yellow lights around town herald the start of another academic year. It also signals that drivers to be aware children could be crossing the streets in those school zones.
The babies are out of the nests and hiding places that wild moms use to hide them from predators in the early and most vulnerable part of their lives. This mother with twin fawns is knee deep in water at the Cheyenne Bottoms. A lot of people are surprised to discover a thriving deer herd in our marsh. Jim Glynn got beautiful pictures of a doe with triplets. This herd roams the farm land adjacent to the refuge and also feeds on the Nature Conservancy ground that is nearby.
Labor Day kid's races moved
The putrid stench of rotting fish hung heavy over Veterans Memorial Lake Friday morning and buzzards circled overhead.
TOPEKA – The State of Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review three recent Kansas Supreme Court decisions that overturned death sentences imposed on two convicted murderers in Wichita and one in Great Bend, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
Demolition of the fire-ravaged Camp Aldrich dining hall will begin next Tuesday, the first step in construction of a new building. The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved an insurance settlement of more than $2 million to build a new dining hall. Fire destroyed the main building at BCC's Camp Aldrich conference center last April.
Barton Community College is putting the final touches on Bluestem Hall, a three-story student housing building with 150 rooms. At a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman invited community members to tour the "recently completed - VERY recently completed" facility.
For those young people in need of a job, but are in need of assistance, the Flint Hills Job Corps, located in Manhattan, provides free job training for those who qualify. The program provides training in carpentry, cement-masonry, construction craft laborer, dental assistant, facility maintenance technology, plumbing, security & protective services, CNA, Home Health aide, and recently revamped high school academics or high school equivalency for those ages 16 through 24.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Ellinwood School District has hired a new athletic director, Derek Schoenthaler, who moved to Ellinwood three weeks ago.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.