As of Wednesday, Barton County will be out of debt.
Residents of Barton and Pawnee counties will again have the opportunity to show they can "Live United" as the United Way of Central Kansas' 2011 campaign opens Thursday.
WILSON – On Saturday, Sept. 3, a glowing landmark will return to the Wilson skyline.
Here's a driving tip that could save a life, or maybe just put a buck in your pocket. Starting Sunday, Aug. 28, and continuing through Sept. 10, local volunteers will be handing out $1 bills to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicle.
A Great Bend woman who helped burglars sell guns stolen from a local business last December was convicted last week in Barton County District Court.
Golfers were calling Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings "Payne" - as in Payne Stewart - Friday at the Club at StoneRidge. Akings and his fellow team members emulated the late golf pro Stewart by wearing old-style bloomers and tam-o-shanters for the annual Law Enforcement Valor Awards Golf Tournament.
BARTON COUNTY - The Communities That Care data, which is a survey of 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders from across the state, has been released from the 2010-11 school year for Barton County. Some good news is reported in data.
If you drive up to Galatia some day and stop by the local cemetery, and you look around at the old headstones there, you may notice an old, old bed of flowers that could seem like something you'd have seen at your great-grandmother's house. And if it seemed that way to you, you would be right, because the bed of irises is just about that old.
When a teenage mother was in danger of losing her home because it was not painted, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings worked alongside other high school students to help paint her house. Now the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association has recognized the role Akings plays in programs for the community's youth by presenting him with the Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year Award.
Seth Converse Stevens sent text messages with sexual content to one of his female students when he was a teacher at Ellinwood High School in 2009, Assistant County Attorney Amy Mellor said Thursday in Barton County District Court.
It's not only elected officials, or even hired staff members who make decisions that affect the future of Barton County, but volunteers also have a hand in making important decisions.
Barton County continues to find ways to help youth offenders to get back on the straight and narrow, including through the use of peer programs.
Sometimes when it comes to the agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties that serve those in need, that need isn't about money.
EL DORADO – A last-minute fund-raising campaign has saved a southeast Kansas ranch that has served as a camp for thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, at least for now. The Kansas Cerebral Palsy Ranch was slated to go on the auction block Saturday, Aug. 27.
As a lot of people have found out, expensively, with the rise in popularity of home electrical generators for emergencies, there is more involved in setting a building up with a gas-powered generator than just cranking one up when the power goes out.
Editor's note: With the increased use of railroad transportation for other purposes, there could be fewer train cars available to haul farm crops from area grain elevators to their final destinations. This potential shortage comes at a bad time for Kansas farmers who are in the midst of multiple fall harvests, including milo, corn and soybeans. In this four-part series, the Great Bend Tribune will explore the potential impact of this looming problem. Part one delves into just what crops are in the fields now, how they are looking and what storage challenges lie ahead.
Starting this month, lunch patrons of the Great Bend Senior Center and Meals on Wheels saw a change in the food they received, and some of the customers were not happy.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
ELLINWOOD - A national retail store is coming to Ellinwood, the city has announced. A closing date on the sale of property has been set for Nov. 6.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Oct. 2
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Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.