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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.