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Story comes full circle Fallen soldier remembered

ELLINWOOD - A story that began almost 100 years ago with the birth of Thomas Edward Cooney on July 24, 1917 in Ellinwood, came full circle this Memorial Day weekend, when his life and his service to his country were remembered and celebrated.

May 29, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


County burn ban in place

Hot gusts whipped a wheat field fire Saturday afternoon, requiring fire departments form Albert, Great Bend and Hoisington to remain at the scene for hours. Firefighters returned throughout the night to douse hot spots.

May 29, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


National Spelling Bee starts Tuesday

The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. gets under way Tuesday with 278 spellers, including the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee champion, Clara Wicoff from Iola Middle School.

May 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Vets memorial campaign advancing slowly

In February, the Barton County Commission approved plans for a fundraising effort by the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee to begin collecting money for a new veterans memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.

May 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Pawnee Rock celebrates 125th

PAWNEE ROCK - Residents of Pawnee Rock celebrated the city's 125th anniversary on Monday.

May 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


LEST WE FORGET

Like blurs of red, white and blue, American flags of all sizes popped as they whipped in the early summer breeze Monday morning at Great Bend Municipal Cemetery's Veterans Circle.

May 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Claflin celebrates 125 years

CLAFLIN - The city of Claflin celebrated 125 years this weekend, with events that included a parade, kids games and a dance.

May 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Tornadoes rake central Kansas

LA CROSSE - Several tornadoes raked sections of area counties Friday night, damaging homes and businesses, ripping down power lines and injuring at least one person.

May 26, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | News


WHOSE YARD IS THAT?

Great Bend City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster challenges residents to take a quick drive around town.

May 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Ellinwood’s 3 Coin Club meets for 60 years

ELLINWOOD - Since the early 1940s, the 3 Coin Club, a group of businessmen and farmers in Ellinwood has been meeting each day for coffee. Now mostly retired, they shoot the bull, tell tall tales also known as lies, and talk about sports and politics in the company of good friends every day for half an hour.

May 25, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Kansas breaks ground on statewide digital health network

PLAINVILLE - Jennifer Brull's father needed urgent medical attention.

May 25, 2012 | BY PHIL CAUTHON KHI News Service | News


A TIME TO SAY THANKS

Great Bend Military Moms has its own way of observing Memorial Day.

May 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


​Area residents face federal indictments

WICHITA - A Great Bend man was indicted on a federal drug charge and a Russell woman was indicted on a counterfeiting charge, Thursday in U.S. District Court. These and other indictments were announced by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

May 24, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


LaCrosse man charged in one of two eagle shootings

WICHITA - A La Crosse man has been charged with shooting a golden eagle earlier this year in Trego County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced.

May 24, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


GED grads

Barton Community College GED candidates line the hallway of the Fort Riley Conference Center on Thursday morning as they prepare to take the next step in their lives and educations. The graduates were a mix of Great Bend and Fort Riley students. Although only 27 chose to walk, more than 90 received their general equivalency diplomas from Barton this year. BCC President Dr. Carl Heilman addressed the students regarding their success, telling them it's a sweet victory, but advised them not to settle and to continue to pursue education at the college level.

May 24, 2012 | | 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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