KANSAS CITY, MO. - As the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approached last week, three Great Bend firefighters paid tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives. Dressed in full bunker gear, including air packs, they climbed 110 flights of stairs – representing the 110 flights of the Twin Towers.
Brody Schneider didn't need pedals as he raced across the finish line Saturday in the Kiwanis bike race at Brit Spaugh Park. Brody was first in the 3-year-old division, the first race of the day, and continued to push his scooter around the park as older kids lined up to compete.
No matter how many times Bubba Blackwell lands one of his death-defying jumps, he never lets it go to his head. After a tragic crash in 2001 while attempting to clear fourteen semi-trucks, Blackwell nearly lost his life.
Tickets are now on sale for the Unified School District 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.
When the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday, sparks may fly. Both agendas include discussion over the public discharge of fireworks.
HOISINGTON - Dan Boese of Hoisington, creates accurate, life-like tractors that are intricate recreations of the idyllic memories of yesteryear.
For the past three years, Barton Community College has started its fall semester with full dorms – housing some students at Great Bend hotels for the first weeks of classes. Now college trustees are being asked to consider replacing the two oldest dormitories with one new building that will hold about 35 more students.
Starting around Monday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt paving project on U.S. 281 highway in Barton County, KDOT spokesperson Martin Miller said Thursday.
"Always Ask, Always Act," said Dr. Jason Deselms, suicide prevention coordinator for the VA Hospital and city of Wichita. In an effort to increase understanding of suicide and how to prevent it, Dr. Deselms spoke to area residents on Wednesday on "Break the silence: Responding to suicide risk in your community."
OLMITZ - A 38-year-old Olmitz man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday after a standoff with law enforcement officers.
ELLINWOOD - Little blue people swarmed the crowds at Ellinwood High School at recent games, advancing spirit and excitement, and radiating the golden treasure of positive energy for Ellinwood fans.
Teams or individuals are still being sought for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's planned for Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Barton County Courthouse Square.
Not many people can say they fly upside down every day, but that's exactly what 81-year old Bud Pinkston does. The retired corporate pilot once flew for Davis Mud and Chemical of Great Bend, and now is a flight instructor operating out of the Great Bend Airport. He teaches acrobatic flight in his Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon, but when he wants a real thrill, he takes out his American Electric 1966 Piranha. The one of a kind plane can make two complete rolls in one second, he says. Pinkston will have both planes on display at the upcoming Great Bend ...
Financial expert and radio personality Dave Ramsey coaches listeners to become debt free, manage spending and save for retirement, and have something left to give to others. Locally, residents can attend the money guru's "Financial Peace University," offered several times a year at various locations.
There were a lot of good reasons stated back in 1997 when USD 428 decided to switch from a seven-period day to block scheduling at GBHS, and there are several good reasons today to make the case for switching back, said GBHS Principal Tom Friess Monday evening at the BOE meeting.
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters summed up this past year this way – "2014 was a 'Royal' year."
The Shafer Gallery at Barton County Community College is closed for the holidays, and the quilt exhibit has been sent to Harlingen, Texas, where it will be on display next at the Harlingen Heritage Museum. A recent press release erroneously stated Dec. 20 was the final date for the exhibit, gallery administration said, offering their apologies for the error.The gallery will reopen Jan. 16 with the show, "Prairie Pulse," featuring works by Christina Lamoureaux. More information will be available closer to the opening, including details about the opening reception.
A.J. Mosier, Hoisington, is a band member on a mission, and he brought that mission to the attention of board members at the USD 431 Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 1.
When the Golden Belt Community Foundation introduced central Kansas to Giving Tuesday, the result was $127,245 raised for area communities, said Christy Tustin, director of the foundation.
A monitoring well will be installed on city property at the southwest corner of 10th and Morphy to track the spread of gasoline that leaked at the site many years ago, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night.
The Great Bend Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Eduction program joined forces with local businesses at Monday night's City Council meeting to recognize 12 fifth-grade students for writing outstanding essays as a part of their D.A.R.E. classes.
Calling it a good idea, the Great Bend City Council Monday night joined forces with the Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club to make playground improvements at Brit Spaugh Park.
A driver who was being pursued by the Russell Police Department last Friday afternoon was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.
The public is invited to take part in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which started Sunday and continues through the first week of January.
LARNED - The wind was howling, but Larned Mayor Bob Pivonka celebrated the long-awaited $3.2 million City of Larned-sponsored housing project with a ribbon cutting Monday.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
TOPEKA – A driver stopped in western Kansas with more than five pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
HOISINGTON - Ashlynn Steinert is a pint-sized typical 8-year-old girl.
Sadly, Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner said her agency stays busy.
Primus Sterilizer, based in Omaha, Neb., has been in the international spotlight recently because it's thanks in part to their autoclave machine that the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit has been able to successfully treat two patients that were on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in Africa.