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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.

September 10, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


School Board considers dropping block scheduling at GBHS

The USD 428 School Board considered still more proposed fundamental changes to the way school is done in Great Bend at the BOE meeting on Monday, Sept. 10. Whether to continue with block scheduling of the past 14 years at the high school, or to follow suit with many other districts and return to a seven-period day prompted several questions.

September 10, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Rec Commission mulling computer upgrades

In the coming months, the Great Bend Recreation Commission plans some major changes to its computer system, Director Diann Henderson told the GBRC board Monday.

September 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


TO GATE OR NOT TO GATE

Barton County Commissioners and residents of extreme southeastern Barton County stood on a dirt road in East Comanche Township Monday afternoon.

September 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


TRENDING TRANSFORMATION

In Great Bend, 2012 might be called the year of the Tattoo. Within six months, the city of nearly 16,000 has gone from a tattoo-parlor free zone, to the home of two start-up licensed tattoo artists. Tattoos have gone from taboo to acceptable. At one time associated only with sailors, bikers, hoodlums and gang-bangers, they now decorate the hides of lawyers, doctors, nurses and teachers. While there are still those who choose to get a tattoo on a whim, perhaps after an evening of libations and poor judgement, many more take months or even years to consider and finally ...

September 08, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Irrigators running dry in drought

When the clouds opened and it started to rain Friday, it was an answer to many prayers. But that brief downpour dropped less than half an inch of moisture on area lands, which is still about 10 inches under the average rainfall for this time of year.

September 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Sunflower Spelling Bee moving to Hays

The state spelling bee hosted by the Great Bend Tribune for the past five years will move to Hays in 2013.

September 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Family uses pain of suicide to help others

On Nov. 5, 2011, the lives of an area family changed forever when 17-year-old Thomas Karlin committed suicide. Coming as a complete shock to his family, friends and church, the handsome, friendly young man was – unknown to those that loved him – silently tormented by pain and angst.

September 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Final, desperate act: Suicide prevention and education

One of the last acts of some sorrowful, angry minds, a suicide shatters everyone it touches. From the searing, indescribable pain afflicted upon family members, friends and even acquaintances, suicide wounds the hearts of loved ones, and what they thought they once knew, changed.

September 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Grand jury indicts man on hunting charges

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A grand jury has indicted a Tennessee man on two counts of transporting wildlife across the state line after violating Kansas hunting laws in Stafford County. The charges were made Thursday at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

September 06, 2012 | | News


Memories Matter camp allows children to grieve after loss of loved one

When little Alisha Wheeler, 9, visited her grandpa's grave recently, she asked her mom where his lap would be. Kim Wheeler indicated a spot, and Alisha took a seat.

September 06, 2012 | | News


State fair opens Friday in Hutch

HUTCHINSON – With the theme "Weird, wild and wonderful, the Kansas State Fair never gets old," the 100th official Kansas State Fair opens Friday in Hutchinson and runs through Sept. 16.

September 06, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Council looking to fill vacant seat

The search is on for a replacement to fill the Great Bend City Council vacancy left by the resignation of Marty Keenan.

September 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


​Who… err… What is ‘Old Bill?’

The Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction had a Western theme in 1981, and the Claflin Fire Department donated the buffalo head to add a bit of humor to the event.

September 05, 2012 | | News


Koelsch family to be recognized at Barton Foundation Auction

There are many ways to describe the notion of being honored with the sale of a stuffed buffalo head. Some might call it strange or unusual. Outsiders would probably call it a little crazy.

September 05, 2012 | | News


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Council says farewell to Roberts

It was with regret Monday night that the Great Bend City Council accepted the resignation of First Ward Council Member Edwin Roberts.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


LOCAL ROYALTY

Hannah Maddy, Ellinwood, and Courtney Blankenship, Pratt, achieved royalty status Saturday night at the Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageant.

January 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Cheyenne Bottoms documentary to be shown at Wetlands Center

HAYS - "The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms," the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

January 17, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Two arrested after pursuit

Two adult males under age 21 were arrested Thursday night after a police pursuit in the city of Great Bend.

January 17, 2015 | | News


Restoration of B-29 memorial needed

The Great Bend B-29 Memorial Plaza was dedicated in 2000 With much fanfare. The monument was a gleaming tribute to the city's rich World War II heritage.

January 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Hog Feed Sunday to help GBHS A Capella Choir

The Great Bend High School A Capella Choir will hold a hog feed Sunday afternoon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the high school commons. All proceeds will be applied to the choir's much anticipated annual trip to Washington D.C. Tickets can be purchased in advance from A Capella members or at the door on Sunday. They cost $10 each. Supporters can designate an individual student or the choir in general when purchasing at the door. The meal will consist of a hearty serving of pork, dressing, beans, bread, a desert of your choice, and a ...

January 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HaysMed, Centura finalize joint venture for St. Rose

The plan for Hays Medical Center and Centura Health to co-own St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgical Center is now official, a spokesman for HaysMed announced Thursday. With the signing of the joint venture, it will now be known at St. Rose Health Center.

January 15, 2015 | | News


Carpenter's grandson recalls history of chapel woodwork

The woodwork for the chapel in Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose Health Center, was crafted by Herman Dreiling from Hays. Herman, born in Victoria in 1896, was the father of Noreen (Dreiling) Duncan. Noreen and her husband James Duncan were residents of Great Bend from 1951 to 2013. They moved to Lenexa in 2013 to be closer to their children who all live in the Johnson County area. All four children (John, Tim, Mike, and Ann) graduated from Great Bend High School.

January 15, 2015 | | News


Driver injured when vehicle overturns

A rural Ellinwood man was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident at 10:50 p.m. in the 700 block of NE 40 Road.

January 15, 2015 | | News


KWEC offers winter kids programs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs. Kids will investigate feathers, birds and tracks, learning more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.

January 15, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Tickets available for Valentine’s Day fundraiser

Habitat for Humanity has made a name for itself by hosting an annual dinner theater known as Barton County's Got Talent every year since 2010. However, several factors have led the nonprofit organization's board to take a new direction for this year.

January 14, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Energy policy for 2015 - a unique opportunity

Over the last several years, our nation has left behind decades of energy scarcity and has become a worldwide leader in energy production. We should take full advantage of this unique American moment of global energy leadership. What we need from our elected leaders are smart energy policies that promote our nation's position as a leader in energy production.

January 14, 2015 | BY ED CROSS | News


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