The word that the Great Bend City Council received from Red Barn executives about the company's first year in Great Bend was welcome news, indeed, and it was the type of message any community would like to hear from any business.
Ayden Davis, Hoisington, gets an up-close view of Digger, a black-tailed prairie dog, during the "Mammals R Us" program at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Saturday. Participants also viewed a least shrew, grasshopper mice and big brown bat, made their own prairie dog, and played a mammal matching game.
With the Great Bend Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee less than two weeks away, coordinators are working on final details. This year's bee will see as many as 76 contestants from 66 counties.
A Great Bend man died and two people were injured on Saturday, after vehicles collided at the U.S. 281/K-19 junction, 11 miles north of St. John in Barton County.
Sen. Ruth Teichman, R-Stafford, said western Kansas may have one less senator when voting districts are redrawn in 2013 to keep them relatively equal in population.
BARTON COUNTY - Skip Yowell, a man who has made it his life's goal to discover for himself and possibly climb all four corners of the earth, who chooses to motivate with kindness, respect and fun, will inspire nature lovers with his spectacular photographs and stories of his adventures at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at 7 p.m. April 15. Snacks will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Those who studied local history might be tempted to paraphrase the old axiom and suggest that Ray "Jiggs" Schulz forgot more about local farming history than most people ever knew, except that those who knew him would argue Schulz never forgot anything.
Great Bend Municipal Airport Manager Martin Miller had quite a bit of news for the Great Bend City Council this week, and it was all good - well, almost all.
A long-standing program that serves economically disadvantaged children and their families in Unified School District 428 is no more, at least for now, local education officials learned Thursday.
Donita Wolf is laying the groundwork for a future expansion of Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice into two more central Kansas counties.
Children from Holy Family School are shown with some of the school's Fun Day prizes. Fun Day is actually a two-day event, with bingo from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the St. Patrick Parish Center (ham sandwich meal served from 6:30-8:30) and the official Fun Day from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Parish Center and HFS Commons Area. There will be carnivals, raffles, silent auction and a meal.
A spokesman for the Northwest Kansas Regional Prevention Center says a proposed law to allow wine and spirits to be sold in grocery and convenience stores would increase youth access.
State and local money will unite in the coming year to improve a number of streets in the community, Great Bend City Council members decided Monday night.
Anyone who has ever stumbled over a throw rug should realize, being safer at home can start with small modifications. That's why Karen Sessler, care manager at the regional ElderCare office in Great Bend, recommends picking up tripping hazards as a first step for senior safety.
The Family Crisis Center in Great Bend is one of five sexual and domestic violence advocacy organizations in Kansas to receive a new form of accreditation. The process required months of self-study followed by a two-day site visit, but has resulted in service that is more supportive and effective for survivors, said Laura Patzner, executive director of the Center.
The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College's Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40.
Murl Reidel, Director of Grants with the Kansas Humanities Council, felt the story of South Hoisington was a unique story that had not been heard before. So, when the Barton County Historical Society applied for a Heritage Grant to collect and preserve the oral histories of former residents of the now razed town, he was excited to make that partnership possible.
Great Bend Police are investigating a robbery reported Saturday morning at 2002 Holland St. At 10:39 a.m. they were dispatched to that address, where the victim reported he came home and a man was in his house. He said the man hit him in the face and took his wallet and $300 cash, then left on foot.
Shortly before the end of the school day Monday, an incident occurred at Great Bend High School. Although a student had a BB gun in his backpack, it was not pointed at anyone and school dismissed as usual, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
As more middle Americans look for ways to save for and transition into a successful retirement, CUNA Mutual Group and its retirement plan business in Great Bend are refocusing efforts to help this often neglected market niche.
The Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in the chapel, will graduate its first group at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The three students, who faced life altering addictions, will share their stories.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.