In 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, Barbara Stecklein began her art career concentrating on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added charcoal and pastel.
Low price in the state on Tuesday morning was not too far below Great Bend, though it was still below where this community was before this week's dime-a-gallon hike.
Thanks to good bids for a federally-funded street improvement program, part of Great Bend will also get sidewalk improvements, the Great Bend City Council decided this week.
Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller reported to county officials this week that a long-term county project is now in the hands of federal officials, and the Barton County Commission approved a resolution that adopted its version of the Barton County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
By a nearly two-to-one margin over challenger and city council member Randy Myers, Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison retained his job in Tuesday's general election.
Take a group of highly recognizable people – some with actual talent and some with just a talent for being a good sport – dress them up, turn up the music, let them feel the beat and wait for the fun to begin. I
The days are getting longer.
Barton County Commissioners have joined with other officials in choosing April as a time to help raise awareness about the plight of sexual abuse.
Voting locations for today's local and school elections have been released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.
A GMC pickup reported stolen on Friday was found Saturday morning in the area behind Diane's Diner, 807 10th St. in Great Bend. It was discovered by a Great Bend police officer around 4 a.m. The GMC had plenty of gas and there was also a rifle inside it when it was taken while the owner of the vehicle was farming. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports the gun was also recovered.
Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts will be a part of history.
February Marriage Licenses
People visit one of the 200+ booths at the Central Kansas Spring Expo "Discover Your Treasures," Saturday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. It continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office has released more information about the death of an Olmitz man who was hit by a semi-trailer as he walked along U.S. 56 on Wednesday.
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on its latest project, at 19th and Hubbard, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. This is being done in conjunction with Habitat's Chamber Coffee, and the public is invited, said Rachel Mawhirter, co-chairman of the nonprofit organization's board of directors.
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.