In February, the Barton County Commission approved plans for a fundraising effort by the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee to begin collecting money for a new veterans memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.
PAWNEE ROCK - Residents of Pawnee Rock celebrated the city's 125th anniversary on Monday.
Like blurs of red, white and blue, American flags of all sizes popped as they whipped in the early summer breeze Monday morning at Great Bend Municipal Cemetery's Veterans Circle.
CLAFLIN - The city of Claflin celebrated 125 years this weekend, with events that included a parade, kids games and a dance.
LA CROSSE - Several tornadoes raked sections of area counties Friday night, damaging homes and businesses, ripping down power lines and injuring at least one person.
Great Bend City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster challenges residents to take a quick drive around town.
ELLINWOOD - Since the early 1940s, the 3 Coin Club, a group of businessmen and farmers in Ellinwood has been meeting each day for coffee. Now mostly retired, they shoot the bull, tell tall tales also known as lies, and talk about sports and politics in the company of good friends every day for half an hour.
PLAINVILLE - Jennifer Brull's father needed urgent medical attention.
Great Bend Military Moms has its own way of observing Memorial Day.
WICHITA - A Great Bend man was indicted on a federal drug charge and a Russell woman was indicted on a counterfeiting charge, Thursday in U.S. District Court. These and other indictments were announced by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
WICHITA - A La Crosse man has been charged with shooting a golden eagle earlier this year in Trego County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced.
Barton Community College GED candidates line the hallway of the Fort Riley Conference Center on Thursday morning as they prepare to take the next step in their lives and educations. The graduates were a mix of Great Bend and Fort Riley students. Although only 27 chose to walk, more than 90 received their general equivalency diplomas from Barton this year. BCC President Dr. Carl Heilman addressed the students regarding their success, telling them it's a sweet victory, but advised them not to settle and to continue to pursue education at the college level.
Four large oil-painted murals from Bank of the West have been donated to the Barton Community College Foundation. The murals by artist Pat Potucek were moved to the college's Shafer Gallery on Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday that federal aid has been made available for the state of Kansas, including several Golden Belt counties, and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of April 14-15.
Bottoms Up Outdoor Showcase, noon to 9 p.m. June 15, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 16, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 at Great Bend Expo Complex, 455 W. Barton County Road:
It's official: Great Bend has extended Halloween from a single night to two weekends of costuming and candy.
Dear old dad is proud of his son.
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
Great Bend Fire/EMS
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.