Wednesday's predicted snow did not begin to fall in the Great Bend area until after 6 a.m., and the forecast for one to three inches of snow during the daylight hours did not cause Barton County schools to call off classes. But as classes started, snow began to accumulate, leading administrators to consider calling an early release day.
Few people would feel comfortable stopping a complete stranger and asking them to answer a series of questions about their living arrangements. It's even more difficult when you are anticipating finding the person may be in a desperate situation for which you have no immediate answer. But that's exactly what a group of Great Bend volunteers committed to do the last week of January.
Several Great Bend dentists,Larry Kutina, Ross Hildebrand, Marc Hueslig, Keith Ritter and Mike Allison, and Blake Herres of Hoisington, met Friday at the Tribune offices to discuss House Bill 2157, which seeks to create a mid-level dental provider called a Registered Dental Practitioner. RDPs would be allowed to perform some dental procedures, including surgery, under general rather than direct supervision of a licensed dentist.
Four students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team at an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.
Historic buildings in downtown Great Bend provide a glimpse into the city's interesting past. Nostalgic and handsome, they stand tall and distinct along the heart of Main Street and surrounding blocks. But building facades can only reveal so much. Local businesswoman Tammy Hammond has taken steps to enhance that glimpse by telling stories through a series of five bronze sculptures that she has collectively titled, "A Lifetime."
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington stood before the Kansas Senate's Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee Monday morning. He told the members his very appearance in Topeka could be construed as a violation of the bill he came to testify against.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.