It would seem that the least of local land owners' problems right now would be high water, but as local officials of long standing can recall, it very easy to go from a drought year - the summer of 1980 - to a flood year - in the flood of 1981 - in a relatively short amount of time.
On a recent afternoon, dozens of students from Jefferson Elementary School roamed the Long Pumpkin Patch northeast of Great Bend.
The preliminary hearing for the man arrested after the death of a 15-year-old runaway did not happen on Thursday as scheduled.
Changes are coming in how Kansans vote and County Clerk Donna Zimmerman is working now to make sure everyone in this area is aware in plenty of time.
Timber! Well, sort of.
With the heat advisories of July and August behind us, a Tribune reader asks, "Did Great Bend break the record for the number of 100-degree days?"
You can come home again especially when you have an invitation.
If you plan to walk in Veterans Memorial Park in the next few days, you may have to alter your path. However, that is just temporary and it is making way for an improved walking experience, according to City Engineer Robert Winiecke.
Two Great Bend women endured sore feet and rain to walk 60 miles for the cause of breast cancer.
For the Unified School District 428's proposed policy governing electronic communications between teachers and students, it was takes three and four at the School Board's luncheon meeting Tuesday.
Barton County Commissioners are supporting the choice of the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee for the development of a veterans' memorial in the Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend, though the design adopted will cost almost $9,000 more than another proposal.
A township official did, or did not, resign her position during a disagreement about how the township's business would be conducted, but Monday the Barton County Commission accepted her resignation, as presented to it by the rest of the township government.
More than 30 years of service and the institution of numerous new public health programs recently earned state recognition for a Barton County official.
Great Bend Police Department received several reports of vehicular burglaries Friday.
SEWARD - With a crowd that overflowed the sanctuary, St. Francis Xavier Church in Seward celebrated its 125th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the priesthood of Father Rene Guesnier on Sunday.
Wilson Reservoir, about an hour north of Great Bend, attracts 'staycationers' for miles in every direction to camp and play along the shores of its clear water, and to enjoy boating, water skiing, and fishing. But ongoing drought has led to lower water levels which have some residents and visitors concerned.
HOISINGTON - 21st century skills for students today involve knowledge that is different than it was a hundred years ago. With that in mind, the Hoisington School District is working towards an entrepreneurship project that will provide tools for students, including time management, accountability, responsibility, and hands-on employee skills.
It has been a long time coming, but the electronic directory kiosk at Great Bend Cemetery is up and running. It was officially christened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
It was back in November of 2012 that Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters introduced Blizzard Energy to the Great Bend City Council. Since then, it's been a long road for the tire recycling business to establish a state-of-the-art facility, which is still not up and running.
HOISINGTON - "How lucky can you get?"
HOISINGTON - Guardian angels come in many forms. Never was that more true than over the last year for Leo and Marjorie Moeder of Hoisington.
RSVP in need of volunteer drivers in Hoisington
WICHITA (AP) - American State Bancshares, a bank holding company, plans to move its headquarters from Great Bend to Wichita.
The bright yellow school buses in front of Great Bend's Walmart and 10th Street Dillons store Wednesday weren't carrying children. Rather, they were part of the United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus project. Shoppers were invited to drop off items from the "wish lists" of the 19 United Way agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties.
Fans of K-State sports attended Wednesday's Noon Kiwanis meeting in Great Bend to hear the latest news on plans for a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
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 Barton County Road and Bridge department is in the middle of the summer sealing season. This is the time when crews tackle a portion of the county's nearly 400 miles of blacktop roads.
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Aug. 7