The state's jobless rate continued its downward trend in March as unemployment in Kansas hit 7.1 percent, the Kansas Department of Labor announced this week. This is down from 7.2 percent in February 2011 and down from 7.5 percent in March 2010.
From sports cars to railroad cars, next Sunday will be a busy day in Great Bend as Mid-America Mopar and the Golden Belt Model Railroaders Association plan their annual showcase events.
The USD 428 Education Foundation, which is proudly observing its 22nd year of philanthropy, recently awarded 16 minigrants to local teachers totaling $10,589.
Within the next couple of weeks, ads will go out to seek applications for a community coordinator for Great Bend.
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The recent "Transition Ritual" at Central Kansas Medical Center focused on change, while recognizing the contributions of all its employees over the years. CKMC will become St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center on Sunday, May 1.
Barton Community College's Board of Trustees hired two employees for the athletics department on Thursday. Trevor Rolfs, who will take over at the new Athletic Director on July 1, and Patrick Hall, hired as the new women's volleyball coach, are both leaving positions at Pratt Community College to come to Barton.
City leaders are not supposed to use their position with the city for personal gain. Anyone who attended a Constitution or civics class in high school should have already been exposed to that issue, or one similar to it, and this week the Great Bend City Council made its stand on this and other ethical issues official as it adopted the city's new ethics policy.
After Tuesday's "Dancing with the Barton Stars," where local celebrities raised over $23,000 for Barton Community College's fine arts programs, the audience was ready for more.
Bonnie the black bear paced around her outdoor exhibit area Wednesday at Great Bend's Brit-Spaugh Zoo, seeming to miss her mate, Clyde. The male bear was inside the cages with zoo staff, out of sight as it received a routine physical exam.
A group of local grade school students were recognized by the Great Bend City Council Monday night for their involvement in promoting the growth of trees.
City officials have approved a program that will help improve access to the Arkansas River recreation areas from Stone Lake.
Ten area celebrities showed their star power Tuesday night, raising $23,089 for Barton Community College through the "Dancing with the Barton Stars" competition.
SEWARD - Donations that were intended for an 8-year-old boy's expensive medical procedure were stolen, and the area Crime Stoppers organization is seeking information about who took it.
A former Ellinwood High School teacher, now living in Topeka, has been charged in Barton County District Court with two felony counts of electronic sexual solicitation of a minor between the age of 14 and 16 years.
Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series about the Great Bend City Council's 2015 budget-planning session Tuesday night. Part one dealt with the council's goals. This installment will delve into the budget's numbers and what they mean.
Volunteers named as grand marshals for Labor Day event
HOISINGTON - At the Hoisington City Council meeting on Monday, several landlords were present, upset about the rental licensing agreement just passed by the council. The Great Bend Tribune featured a story on the program on July 6. The rental agreement requires minimum standards for rental housing and rental inspection.
Winnie Ashley, better known to her customers as "the jelly lady," has been selling homemade jam and jelly since 1996. She sets up her tent at the farmers market at the Great Bend Public Library parking lot three days a week from May through September. From peach to apple, choke cherry or marmalade, she is ready with the small, jewel-toned jars full of captured seasonal flavors to be released whenever the urge strikes.