Third graders from Great Bend's public schools got a glimpse of Kansas history on Wednesday when they traveled to the Barton County Historical Museum and Village for Pioneer Day. Barton County Historical Society members, some dressed in old-time apparel, guided 241 students from Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Park and Riley elementary schools through nine stations.
When asked if the new motor vehicle computer system was up and running after the recent computer upgrade, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra gave a mixed response.
Armed with long-handled rollers, Great Bend Park Department employees applied a fresh coat of white paint to the floor of the Wetlands Aquatic Center pool Wednesday afternoon.
The investigation into an explosion and fire at Lake Wilson Marina Monday continues, authorities said Wednesday.
Barton Community College's Child Development Center has increased revenue while cutting expenses, although it still operates in the red, according to the annual report compiled by CDC Director Larissa Graham.
Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, examines the zoo's bald eagle, last Wednesday at the zoo. The eagle was dusted with powder, which deter mites, while zookeepers were busy adding new tree branches to its enclosure. Although the bird was none too happy, it was safely back in its enclosure a short time later.
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters told the City Council Monday night Great Bend is indeed a great place.
Barton Community College's Board of Trustees looked at bidding procedures during its study session last Thursday.
It's a facility that no one ever wants to have to use, but Barton County Communications Director Doug Hubbard told the County Commission Monday morning it's nice to know it exists.
CLAFLIN - The city of Claflin will be celebrating its 125th anniversary as a community from May 25-27 with a full range of activities.
There are changes in the works for how Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will fund the state's 20-some community domestic violence centers. The change was not greeted well in all corners.
Mayor Mike Allison was on hand Saturday to proclaim May 5 as "Cinco de Mayo" in Great Bend, kicking off the 19th annual Hispanic cultural festival.
Great Bend's 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival was held Saturday in the courthouse square.
There are days with young children that stretch out before parents like an ocean.
LARNED - The wind was howling, but Larned Mayor Bob Pivonka celebrated the long-awaited $3.2 million City of Larned-sponsored housing project with a ribbon cutting Monday.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
TOPEKA – A driver stopped in western Kansas with more than five pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
HOISINGTON - Ashlynn Steinert is a pint-sized typical 8-year-old girl.
Sadly, Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner said her agency stays busy.
Primus Sterilizer, based in Omaha, Neb., has been in the international spotlight recently because it's thanks in part to their autoclave machine that the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit has been able to successfully treat two patients that were on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in Africa.
A video record
After a Ferguson, Mo., police officer fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, and the subsequent rioting, the Obama administration suggested more body cameras for police officers. As it turns out, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation were already headed in that direction.
When it comes to health care, the choice still belongs to the patient. That's the message Great Bend Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Brent Hanson wants the community to hear.
Some Kansas homeowners could see their property taxes go up next year, to make up for an expected reduction in tax revenue from oil.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the First District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed over 260 town halls during his time in office.
Auditions for the Great Bend Community Theatre production of "2 Across," by Jerry Mayer, will be held Sunday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. There are roles for one man and one woman.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes declaring a road as minimum maintanance, a Family Crisis Center update, improvements to the memorial parks and appointments to the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
The Barton Community College board of trustees awarded auto bids to area dealerships on Thursday, continuing a tradition of choosing local over the lower state contract bid.