There are many "untold stories" about Great Bend Army Air Field during its brief, but very active, existence during World War II. One of those stories involves six young women, assigned to air base as WASPs, or Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Five generations ago, a couple left Iowa and came to Barton County. They came to farm. They came to set down roots. They came to build a family, which they did.
LUCAS – When Erika Nelson saw the northern wall of Troy's Grocery on this small northern Russell County community's Main Street, she saw more than a wall.
Financing for the farmer memorial that will be erected at 10th and K-96 is moving forward.
A local firm had the low bid to provide Barton County with paving material for the coming construction season.
By Jim Misunas
Barton County officials approved a bid with a local electrical company this week, taking another step forward in the continuing project that will provide superior emergency communications to all of the county.
The Great Bend Fire Department is still trying to give away a little peace of mind.
Attorneys for Adam Longoria agreed Tuesday to the collection of his DNA sample for the KBI databank. Longoria is charged with capital murder and criminal sodomy in connection with last year's killing of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt. He appeared in Barton County District Court for about 15 minutes Tuesday, as attorneys discussed pre-trial motions with District Judge Hannelore Kitts.
Barton Community College is inviting everyone who works with children to "Kick Up Your Heels" and play Cowboy at the annual Child Education Fair, set for April 16.
LARNED – The second of two prospective banking groups made a sales pitch to the Pawnee County Commissioners Monday.
Barton County Commissioners approved the application for state grant funding for area juvenile programs, though there are concerns about whether the programs will actually receive full funding this year or not.
Streamlining of the system for issues involving property development was approved by the Great Bend City Council Monday night.
It is fondly referred to by members of the Barton County Sheriff's Office as "the beast."
Head basketball coaches Gregg Marshall, Wichita State University, Bill Self, University of Kansas and Bruce Weber, Kansas State University, are joining local Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters officials in urging participation in the upcoming Bowl for Kids' Sake. The idea is to boost awareness of the positive impact of and urgent need for mentoring Kansas kids.
High quality musical goodness will be in abundance as Barton Community College hosts the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band the evening of Thursday, April 10, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by Barton Community College, The Great Bend Tribune, The National Association for Music Education and the Great Bend Jazz Festival Committee.
Students in Jake Hoflinger's Introduction to Blueprint Production class took advantage of nice weather earlier this week, and headed over to Brit Spaugh Park to complete a scavenger hunt.
TOPEKA - The State Library of Kansas announces the First Annual Talking Books Traveling Art Show, "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective," featuring artwork created by Kansans with visual and/or physical impairments. The exhibition will be at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., from Saturday, April 5, through April 20, with free admission.
Thankfully, the winter of 2014 appears to be over, allowing road crews to finally breathe a sigh of relief. The snow-prone season has been an expensive one.
ELLINWOOD - Anticipation abounds at Ellinwood School District this spring as 5th and 12th graders receive cutting edge technology that allows them to search for the front door of Ellinwood Grade School on Google Earth or message a teacher with a question about an assignment.
TOPEKA – The Charles Hulme Foundation of Great Bend has given $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, for the Our Kansas Prairie Legacy: The Next Steps capital campaign. The donation is a lead gift in the campaign and will be used to protect and improve wetland habitats across Kansas, including at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve.