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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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Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Poppy Program starts Friday

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand-crafted, red crepe paper poppies for donations from 2-6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | 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.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County looking at security issues

Last Friday, several Barton County employees gathered in the County Commission chambers for a program on what to do should there be an active shooter in the building.

May 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Five arrested in drug warrant sweep

On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 20, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers needed for baseball tourney

The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cops have suspects in graffiti outbreak

The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Future Looks Bright

After days of rain and storms, the future was so bright for Great Bend High School seniors, many had to wear shades.

May 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Longer Memorial Day flower period OKed

Those wishing to place flowers on the graves of loved ones at the Great Bend Cemetery for Memorial Day will have an extra week to do so, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Verizon granted permission for temporary cell tower

Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


City-wide clean-up efforts keep county tidier

Community-wide clean-up efforts are mixed blessing, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock told the County Commission Monday morning.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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