by Veronica Coons
by Veronica Coons
Each year, the City of Great Bend schedules the Youth Academy, where middle school students tour city departments and get a firsthand look at what goes into running our community. This year's Youth Academy coincided with another annual event, the Great Bend City Council's tour of city departments.
Relay for Life Barton County starts this evening. He are two photos from the set-up in the afternoon.
The Barton County Health Department has a new electronic sign. It shows public service messages, and can also show the time and temperature or a holiday greeting, as in this "Happy Fathers Day" message.
This year, voters can change party affiliation until July 1 despite new legislation passed by the state of Kansas, according to Donna Zimmerman, Barton County Clerk. When HB 2210 is published in the Kansas Register on July 1-that is the date the new law will go into effect.
Daryl Beck has been incarcerated at Ellsworth Correctional Facility for nearly eight long years, but like most inmates, Beck will not be in prison forever – he will be a free man again. His release date is Aug. 15.
Workers will begin performing slurry seal work on 10th Street next week, City Engineer Robert L. Winiecke said.
Heartland Farm held its annual Peace Camp the first week of June, with 20 children in attendance. The theme this year was Native Americans, said Marilyn Pearson, camp spokesperson.
Still sharp and witty at the age of 90, former Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole graciously spoke and then greeted each of the dozens of community members who waited in line to see the elder statesman in Great Bend Wednesday afternoon in Great Bend.
By the time the first Camp Hope campers arrive in Barton County on Sunday, many hours of behind-the-scenes work will have already taken place. One service project comes from a young man who had never heard of Camp Hope, until he read a news article about a fire that threatened to spoil this year's fun.
Barton County department heads are asked to submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. These are presented every other week to the Barton County Commission as a means of reaching the public and keeping citizens aware of the duties and services completed.
At approximately 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Great Bend Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Morton St. and Lakin Ave.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reported on operations at the Barton County Jail during Monday's county commission meeting, answering questions about the facility and the staff. It's been 10 years since construction of the detention facility.
Youths in Great Bend Recreation Commission baseball and softball leagues can't run home when a batter is swinging at a pitch, GBRC Sports Director Chris Umphres said.
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.
The .40 caliber bullet holes in Chrystal Wilson's 2002 Ford Taurus are proof that shots were fired. The Great Bend Police Department is still sorting out what actually happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 1318 Macarthur Road.
Vandalism was the last thing Ed McGilber thought he'd wake up to.
TOPEKA – The State's June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in May and down from 5.6 percent in June 2013.
Great Bend's Burger King is out $300 and the Great Bend Police Department received three counterfeit $100 bills this week.
An injured Rush Center man was taken to Gove County Medical Center after swerving to miss a deer on Interstate 70. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 12:58 a.m. Wednesday in Gove County.
Every Thursday evening during the summer, downtown squares in Great Bend and St. John come to life as vendors peddle garden fresh produce.
LARNED - Pawnee County Sheriff Scott King had a pleasant surprise for the Pawnee County commissioners Monday - a reimbursement check from the state of Kansas for $31,032.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday, approved a resolution to put on the November ballot a raise in retail sales tax of .25 of one percent for the community. This increase will put the city at the same increment as the city of Great Bend.
Dean Akings has outspent incumbent Jennifer Schartz in the Republican primary election for Barton County Commissioner representing District 5. In District 4's Republican primary, incumbent Ken Lebbin has outspent the challenger, Alicia D. (Schartz) Straub.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is hosting a viewing party for the 2014 Perseid Meteor Shower! Join us at the KWEC at 9 pm on Saturday, August 9th for a FREE fun filled family evening of crafts, games, snacks, and stargazing.
Every veteran with ties to Barton County should have a chance to be honored on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial, Great Bend Tribune Publisher Mary Hoisington told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
HOISINGTON - The City of Hoisington will hold a meeting to discuss the property owner rental agreement that the Hoisington City Council recently enacted.
One of the most popular vegetables grown by home gardeners is squash. Many years, it produces and produces in such great numbers, that it is frequently a popular giveaway.
Barton County citizens are being asked to help with current hazard mitigation planning efforts by taking a survey that asks for participants opinions about hazards, funding and the current Hazard Mitigation Plan. Local participation is important in the development of emergency plans.