The Barton County Fair turns 20 this year and has chosen that milestone as its theme. Although the fair officially runs July 6-10 at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend, a few "pre-fair" events take place this week.
By Jim Misunas
Modern technology is great, but it doesn't stay great for long if it doesn't keep up, and for the organizers of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, that includes keeping a popular Internet web site updated, and making it more user friendly all the time.
In a scene reminiscent of the Oklahoma Land Rush, dozens of children ran onto the south baseball field at Brit Spaugh Park on Thursday to claim a free bicycle.
City crews will hit the streets again tonight in the continuing war on bugs and according to Public Works Department Secretary Laurie Bard that battle will continue next week, too, because it's not long before we can expect a lot of local residents to plan to spend extra time outdoors over the Fourth of July weekend.
By Jim Misunas
Everyone was a winner at Wednesday's Camp Hope golf tournament.
In the span of one hour Wednesday afternoon, many of the 50 two-member teams participating in the truncated 2011 Air Race Classic stopped and refueled at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
HOISINGTON - Intricate, unique and delicate metalwork is the hallmark of Hoisington artist Bruce Bitter. For this reason, the Transportation Security Administration approached Bitter earlier this year to craft a 9/11 Memorial for Kansas airports using a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center.
Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he's gotten approval for the next animal or animals at the zoo, but he isn't saying just what will take the place of the bison that were removed earlier this month.
The Great Bend Raptor Center at Brit Spaguh Zoo is about to get a major exhibit makeover that will tie in to the Scenic Byway and Cheyenne Bottoms, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Tuesday.
With flames raging above them, Mark and Josie Roehrman literally made it out of their basement apartment in downtown Ellsworth with the shirts on their backs Sunday evening.
When the high temperature is near or at the century mark, it doesn't take long for a non-air conditioned structure to get too hot for comfort.
Bad news around the world has brought good news for local drivers, as fuel prices continued to drop over the weekend, bringing Great Bend back under $3.50 per gallon.
This is where the rubber meets the road. The second-annual Relay for Life of Barton County bicycle poker run is set for Saturday, June 25, at Brit Spaugh Park.
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.