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New at Brit Spaugh Zoo: Four new animals revealed

Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society got an early look Friday at Vixey, the new arctic fox at the Brit Spaugh Zoo. As the 11-month-old fox was released into her spacious new enclosure, she capered through the grass, inspecting every corner, and climbed every perch.

March 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Winter weather returns for Spring Expo

Cold and freezing rain nixed outdoor activities around Great Bend Saturday, but several still came out for the Central Kansas Spring Expo at the Expo building at the Barton County fairgrounds. Both Expo one and two, plus the courtyard in between were full, but wind and moisture kept most visitors inside.

March 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Bill would boost farming in state, ag officials say

A Kansas Senate bill aimed at expanding the corporate farming opportunities in the state would bolster farming in general, say supporters of the measure known as the Kansas Agricultural Growth and Rural Investment Initiative. However, detractors of SB 191 say it would pave the way for corporate farms to overrun the state's family farm tradition.

March 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Another Winter Storm Headed Towards Kansas

Although recent days of warm weather have given Kansans a taste of spring, winter is not over and the public is reminded to keep themselves prepared for winter storms.

March 22, 2013 | Kansas Adjutant General's Office Press Release | News


Invest in Kids 2013 campaign under way

The Invest in Kids membership drive had a solid start recently at the Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala, Sunflower Executive Director Jim Johnson said. More than $4,500 in donations laid the groundwork for the $50,000 goal.

March 21, 2013 | | News


Local attorny calls threatened repeal 'short sighted'

Barton Community College officials have been following several bills proposed by the 2013 Legislature, including the repeal of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. The Great Bend Tribune contacted BCC Trustee Robert Feldt, a Great Bend attorney, for his response to Wednesday's hearing.

March 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas immigration hearing draws emotioal response

TOPEKA (AP) - An emotional crowd gathered for a House committee hearing on a measure that seeks to repeal in-state tuition for Kansas students without legal residency.

March 21, 2013 | | News


USD 431 offers four day preschool

HOISINGTON - Preschool, kindergarten and first grade have come a long way since the days of Tom, Dick and Jane and even from the days when preschool was time for children to learn social skills.

March 21, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | 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.

March 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton County Extension welcomes new Ag agent

It's been seven months since Barton County Extension had it's own Ag agent. This week, just in time to get her bearings at the start of the planting season, Alicia Boor arrived from Sedgewick county to take over the reins of that position, and she's excited to be here. It turns out, Boor and her husband, Richard Todd Boor, have plenty of ties in the area. Her father, Dennis Brauer, grew up in Great Bend, and worked at the Ellinwood Packing Plant in high school. Her mother-in-law, Corrine Boor (Hartig) also worked there. She now lives in ...

March 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton not the most nor least healthy county

When it comes to the overall health of residents, Barton County ranked 76th out of the 105 counties in Kansas, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

March 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Youth Hunt helps continue tradition

On Saturday, March 16, despite the cold and wind, twelve boys, ages eight to 16, woke early, dressed in warm clothes and met for a hunters breakfast at Braums before heading out on what for many of them would be their first pheasant hunting experience. Joining them were members of Rooster Booster Pheasants Forever Chapter. Some were fathers, and some were friends, but all were mentors who had one goal in mind-- to give the boys a positive experience with the outdoors and carry on a tradition that in Kansas has been losing ground.

March 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Election prep well underway

With advance voting becoming available last week ahead of the April 2 county-wide general election County Clerk Donna Zimmerman told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that voting was slow.

March 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Convention Center improvements in the works

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved bids to make the first cosmetic improvements to the embattled Great Bend Convention Center

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Local organizations embrace reauthorization of V.A.W.A.

On March 7, President Barack Obama signed the "Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013", reauthorizing several VAWA grant programs through 2018. The legislation received bipartisan support, and passed unanimously. This is good news for the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, and Barton County Community College students will benefit too.

March 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | 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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