SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE - Terri Hurley
Local school officials will be able to move ahead in providing additional parking at a busy elementary school, city officials decided this week.
This marks the second year and second campaign for the newly renamed United Way of Central Kansas. The annual drive to raise funds for charities begins Sept. 1.
Animals at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo have a new way to beat the heat. This week the staff is adding misting systems to all of the exhibits.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a head-on collision that claimed the life of a Hoisington teenager, Wednesday on U.S. 281 near the 4-H Building.
Signs of criminal damage were evident at the scene of a Wednesday morning house fire at 15 Chisholm Trail, on the southeast side of Great Bend.
City officials report that work is progressing at the city's baseball complex on south McKinley and the work should be done soon.
A three-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of 24th and Washington streets Tuesday. Two accident victims were airlifted to Wichita's Via-Christi Hospital following the accident. Great Bend police report an apparent medical condition by a driver triggered the accident at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday.
Barton Community College staff are gearing up for the fall semester, starting with one last early enrollment session at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Learning Resource Center.
As Leonard Bunselmeyer celebrates the end of an era with his recent retirement from a 41-year career, 34 of which were at Barton Community College, he looks forward to spending time with his grandchildren and taking advantage of volunteer opportunities.
So far, it appears, the continued local burning ban has been doing its job, Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller told the Barton County Commission Monday.
WILSON - In 1874, a caravan of covered wagons brought men, women and children to the rugged prairie.
Officers returned to the site of a previous drug raid Saturday morning, and arrested two Great Bend residents for the second time in three months - this time on federal charges.
What is quickly becoming a local tradition will be continues in September when the Third Annual POW-MIA Recognition Ceremony and Flag Retirement is held in downtown Great Bend on Sept. 17.
LARNED - Volunteers are taking care of dogs and cats at the Pawnee County Humane Society building.
Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.
Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.
Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.
Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.
Barton County Commissioners Monday morning approved a proclamation denoting this as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week at the request of 911 Director Doug Hubbard. In part, the proclamation honors public safety communications officers for their "vital role in protecting the life and property of Barton County citizens."
Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the "Barton Student Art Exhibit" juried art show from April 13 through May 2. The reception will be Friday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.
Mother Nature finally got it right.
The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A Topeka man has been charged in federal court in Topeka with attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb at the Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, District of Kansas, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin announced today. The defendant was arrested as part of an FBI investigation, and the device used by the defendant was, in fact, inert.
A policy change at Larned State Hospital means the mental health facility is no longer accepting voluntary admissions, according to Douglas W. McNett, executive director of The Center for Counseling and Consultation, based in Great Bend.
As the spring weather waivers back and worth, trying to decide what do do, the Great Bend Sanitarian Department is unwavering in it's commitment to continue to implement strategies to ensure compliance with City Property Ordinances, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster said.
This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.
Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.