Birders from all four corners of the country – including Connecticut, California, Michigan and New Mexico – flocked to Barton County this past weekend to enjoy all of the bird watching available during the spring migration at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
By Jim Misunas
A three-member panel of the Blue Ribbon Commission that has been appointed to review all facets of the Kansas judiciary will conduct two public meetings in Hutchinson on Wednesday, to hear local concerns and suggestions to improve access and efficiency in the state's court system.
It's not exactly like coming home for Leanne Irsik but there certainly is a lot that is familiar. She is a Kansas native who is acquainted with some of her new colleagues in the organization she had served for many years.
Unified School District 428 officials are warning Great Bend parents of a scam involving ACT/SAT testing.
Central Kansas Community Corrections continues to work to keep this region's non-violent offenders out of the prison system, and again this year it appears it will do the work with less.
A 2008 felony drunk driving case against Delbert Leroy Adams Jr. that was dismissed by a Barton County District Judge is back in the court system, following a ruling by the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Although it remains to be ratified by district teachers and approved by the School Board, negotiators for the teachers and administrators reached a preliminary contract Wednesday, Superintendent Tom Vernon told the Unified School District 428 School Board Thursday afternoon.
For some green-thumbed fifth graders, education is taking place not only in the classroom, but also across the street from their school in a once-vacant lot. But coming from a school named Park, it's not much of a stretch to think that students there would be interested in gardening.
County Engineer Clark Rusco is moving ahead with work on historic Barton County stone bridges, he reported recently.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fifty-one years after being selected to take part in the Project Talent study of American high school students, the class of 1961 from Great Bend High School is being asked to participate once again.
TOPEKA – As much of the Southern United States withers under an unrelenting dry spell, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Wednesday requested U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, issue a drought disaster declaration for 21 Kansas counties.
Not only will a new piece of equipment at the Road and Bridge Department do a better job than the old one it is replacing.
This time next year, Nobel Laureate Jack Kilby may be standing in Barton County's courthouse square.
A 1946 Dodge was a casualty of an early morning fire in a detached garage at 4612 Railroad Ave.
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.