Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
The USD 428 School Board considered still more proposed fundamental changes to the way school is done in Great Bend at the BOE meeting on Monday, Sept. 10. Whether to continue with block scheduling of the past 14 years at the high school, or to follow suit with many other districts and return to a seven-period day prompted several questions.
In the coming months, the Great Bend Recreation Commission plans some major changes to its computer system, Director Diann Henderson told the GBRC board Monday.
Barton County Commissioners and residents of extreme southeastern Barton County stood on a dirt road in East Comanche Township Monday afternoon.
In Great Bend, 2012 might be called the year of the Tattoo. Within six months, the city of nearly 16,000 has gone from a tattoo-parlor free zone, to the home of two start-up licensed tattoo artists. Tattoos have gone from taboo to acceptable. At one time associated only with sailors, bikers, hoodlums and gang-bangers, they now decorate the hides of lawyers, doctors, nurses and teachers. While there are still those who choose to get a tattoo on a whim, perhaps after an evening of libations and poor judgement, many more take months or even years to consider and finally ...
When the clouds opened and it started to rain Friday, it was an answer to many prayers. But that brief downpour dropped less than half an inch of moisture on area lands, which is still about 10 inches under the average rainfall for this time of year.
The state spelling bee hosted by the Great Bend Tribune for the past five years will move to Hays in 2013.
On Nov. 5, 2011, the lives of an area family changed forever when 17-year-old Thomas Karlin committed suicide. Coming as a complete shock to his family, friends and church, the handsome, friendly young man was – unknown to those that loved him – silently tormented by pain and angst.
One of the last acts of some sorrowful, angry minds, a suicide shatters everyone it touches. From the searing, indescribable pain afflicted upon family members, friends and even acquaintances, suicide wounds the hearts of loved ones, and what they thought they once knew, changed.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A grand jury has indicted a Tennessee man on two counts of transporting wildlife across the state line after violating Kansas hunting laws in Stafford County. The charges were made Thursday at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.
When little Alisha Wheeler, 9, visited her grandpa's grave recently, she asked her mom where his lap would be. Kim Wheeler indicated a spot, and Alisha took a seat.
HUTCHINSON – With the theme "Weird, wild and wonderful, the Kansas State Fair never gets old," the 100th official Kansas State Fair opens Friday in Hutchinson and runs through Sept. 16.
The search is on for a replacement to fill the Great Bend City Council vacancy left by the resignation of Marty Keenan.
The Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction had a Western theme in 1981, and the Claflin Fire Department donated the buffalo head to add a bit of humor to the event.
There are many ways to describe the notion of being honored with the sale of a stuffed buffalo head. Some might call it strange or unusual. Outsiders would probably call it a little crazy.
ELLINWOOD - A new city council member, James Cornwell, was sworn in at the regular meeting of the Ellinwood City Council last Tuesday. Cornwell was appointed by Mayor Frank Koelsch to replace Ken Lebbin, who was appointed as a Barton County Commissioner in May.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo lost one of its older residents Monday. Barusha, an 18-year-old female lion had to be euthanized due to ill health.
The Great Bend Renaissance Fair is starting to take off, organizer David LeRoy told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, in his annual request for financial assistance he asked for less than in years past.
Great Bend's historic Sunflower Rod and Custom Association drag strip was filled to the brim this last Thursday as Hot Rod Magazine's Drag Week made a pit stop here, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.
ELLSWORTH - A man and woman from Russell died Sunday in a two-vehicle collision at the K-14/K-156 junction, 1.5 miles south of Ellsworth.
As of Monday, not only will be illegal to light up in county buildings, but the use of electronic cigarettes will also be banned.
Some southwest Barton County residents who had complained about the condition of township gravel roads got some good news at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
Photos taken Sept. 13, 2014 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Story Time to begin at library
ELLINWOOD - At a meeting with a light agenda, the USD 355 Ellinwood School Board celebrated successes at its regular meeting on Monday.
Most Kansas festival planners are at the mercy of Mother Nature to some degree, especially when nature is the featured attraction. Saturday's weather, an early taste of fall, was perfect for most humans attending the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual fall Butterfly Festival. Those who wished they'd brought a jacket could sip coffee or hot chocolate indoors before heading outdoors in the 55-degree weather.
Boot kicking cowboy fun will entertain the entire family at the second annual Healing Hearts Ranch Rodeo fund raiser scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Barton County Fair Grounds, Arena Expo Complex. Real cowboys will show real ranch activities.
Each member of Linda Feist's family has favorite recollections of the event but two highlights were the Memory Box and the burning of a letter.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen praised Barton Community College staff Thursday for creating a program that will allow LSH employees to advance in their careers and better serve patients. A program for a Mental Health Technician certificate is expected to begin by the fall of 2015, college trustees were told at their monthly study session.