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Speedweek takes its mark

Kansas Speedweek has arrived. The much anticipated nine-day event will shine the spotlight on Great Bend as the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association celebrates it's 60th anniversary with a whole slate of activities that will draw visitors from across Kansas and out of state to the city.

April 25, 2013 | Tammy Mason | News


Huelskamp discusses Kansas beef with Japanese Ambassador

WASHINGTON D.C. - Wednesday night, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) was Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae's guest at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan. Japan recently raised the age cap on its beef imports from 20 months of age to 30 months. The U.S. Meat Export Federation projects this change will increase U.S. beef exports to Japan by 45% in 2013.

April 25, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


BAREBACK OR BUST

Colton Delgado started buying horses and breaking them at 15 years old. That same year, he entered his first rodeo event in Salina, and by age 16, he travelled to Salina for his first bareback event. He came in first at a Park City rodeo in 2010, but he feels he started to "finally get decent" last year, winning a buckle for qualifying for Nationals, another for winning at State, and another for winning at another rodeo event. In just three years, he's in the running to be the 2013 state champion bareback rider according to Kansas High School ...

April 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

April is a month filled with violent history, both in the past and present day. By 1886, Great Bend's lawless days were over. Violence, however, still erupted from time to time. This week, the Tribune presents an essay by local historian Karen Neuforth recounting two such incidents for Out of the Morgue.

April 24, 2013 | Special to the Tribune | News


Barton County state’s only meth disposal site

For years, the State of Kansas, through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Bureau of Waste Management, operated three facilities for the storage of methamphetamine-related materials. Law enforcement officers would bring the contaminated items to landfills in Great Bend, Ottawa and Wichita.

April 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Household hazardous waste disposal now available

It is spring and time for spring cleaning. For some Barton County residents, that means digging in dark basement or garage corners and finding cans and bottles of old household chemicals.

April 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Park second graders build “cool” hideout

Park Elementary School second grade teacher Deena Smith hatched a plan with her students to build a milk carton igloo in class last winter. She urged the kids and other teachers to save the opaque white plastic bottles for the class.

April 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


CARTON CREATION

Park Elementary School second grade teacher Deena Smith hatched a plan with her students to build a milk carton igloo in class last winter. She urged the kids and other teachers to save the opaque white plastic bottles for the class.

April 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Weather forces Service Day postponement

Due to the winter-like weather, organizers decided Tuesday to postpone the first-ever Great Bend High School Community Service Day that was scheduled for today. The new date is Wednesday, May 1.

April 23, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Card provides medical benefits to county residents

It's free to Barton County residents. It can save them hundreds of dollars. All they have to do is ask.

April 23, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


​Kansas Honor Flight departing on first trip of 2013

HUTCHINSON - Honor Flights are still going on in Kansas, and 27 World War II veterans will be headed to Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.

April 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County runners brave incoming cold to show support for Boston

Runners of Barton County facebook page invited area runners to participate in an impromptu three mile run around Vets Park Monday evening to show support to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing that happened a week ago on April 15.

April 22, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Commission gives nod to waste tire processor

A Ness County tire recycling company is one step closer to opening a facility near the Great Bend Municipal Airport after the Barton County Commission Monday morning agreed that the firm's plan meets the county's Solid Waste Management Plan.

April 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


​Police investigate widespread vandalism

Several vehicles in various parts of Great Bend had windows broken over the weekend. In most cases, police reports show they were shot with BB guns or pellet guns, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department. There were also reports of broken windows on buildings, and other damage, including a vehicle at 2607 Forest Ave. that was keyed on Friday.

April 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


​Fire disrupts Trinity Methodist Church service

Fire interrupted the service Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church.

April 22, 2013 | | News


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A cup of Joe (and some cool old trucks)

"I didn't even know this was here."

April 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | 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.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Chase farmer testifies to Senate Ag Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, recently held a hearing on opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. Fifth generation wheat farmer Doug Keesling of Chase offered testimony of support.

April 22, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Downtown Art & Wine Walk announced

Sixteen businesses will take part in Great Bend's downtown Arts & Wine Walk, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 1.

April 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Tot Spot equipment fully funded

Two civic groups have raised more than $50,000 for new playground equipment at Brit Spaugh Park. One final fundraiser is planned to make "The Tot Spot" even better, members said.

April 21, 2015 | | News


New life breathed into landfill

Barton County will now have a landfill through at least 2075.

April 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Ball rolling for tax credit application

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the first step in designating the Fairways at StoneRidge as a Rural Housing Opportunity District. The action was taken at the request of Rick Ball, who owns the lots in question and is developing them.

April 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Addresses for care packages sought

The Great Bend Military Moms are preparing to send another shipment of care packages to those serving in the war zone areas, group founder Leslie (Halbower) Barrett said. These areas include Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Africa.

April 21, 2015 | | News


READY FOR BUSINESS

There were several familiar faces and one new one as the Great Bend City Council reorganized Monday night.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Marshall says he’s running for Congress

Great Bend physician Roger Marshall said Saturday he has filed with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for the First District congressional seat now occupied by fellow Republican Tim Huelskamp of Fowler.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Week focuses on plights of crime victims

Every year, around 26 million Americans become crime victims.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Spike in rabies cases seen

Great Bend veterinarian Nels Lindberg has some advice for animal owners – get those critters vaccinated for rabies right away.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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