A local program that helps get senior citizens to out-of-town doctor appointments will get almost $6,000 in county funding, the Barton County Commission decided this week.
Local officials are being encouraged to "work with" ATV riders in their recreational use of the local flood control levee system, but they were also warned that if damage to the levees continues unabated, it could end up costing many local residents - and costing them a lot, whether they enjoy ATV riding or not.
Tuesday could only be described as a Snow Day.
The Barton County Fair Board and its Barbecue Committee have invited cookers from across the nation to bring the heat to cold central Kansas for the third-annual Winter Q barbecue cookoff. The event is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend.
A major Barton County employer added county recognition to a recent state honor when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
There will be another public comment session held in March to discuss final design plans for the Broadway and Harrison intersection, and discussion of the current comment process became heated when the Great Bend City Council met Monday night.
At the Kansas State Fair in September, then Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson unveiled the artwork for a new postage stamp that celebrates the Kansas' sesquicentennial. The stamp features an traditional windmill in the foreground and a row of modern wind turbines in the background.
Students across the state are studying word lists as they prepare for the Great Bend Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee on March 12. But in order to compete in that regional qualifier for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, student must first win county championships. Barton County students will get that chance this Saturday, said Paul Snapp, with the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis.
There are still a few days left for those who want to vote in the coming local election to register to vote, according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
State health and safety officials want fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every home in Kansas and a grant recently received by the Great Bend Fire Department will help local firefighters do their part.
Monday is HIV Awareness Day, and the Barton County Health Department would like everyone to know their HIV status.
Barton County may be headed back into the balmy spring-like weather, but for much of the nation, conditions are not nearly so nice. And the deep freeze and unprecedented snow fall are combining to cause a variety of challenges, some of which end up being life threatening.
After his amazing rescue out of a wrecked car in a frozen creek near Topeka this week, Ken Fergel, 80, was whisked to the hospital - not because he was injured in the wreck, but because he'd been covered in the freezing water, according to an Associated Press report.
SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE
The boys and girls of summer have already returned to the Great Bend Sports Complex, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Ballfield preparations have been made and high school games have started at the new facility.
In the coming week, the Great Bend Public Library will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week - April 13-19.
The Talking Books program has taken a decidedly visual approach to public awareness with the launch of a traveling art exhibit titled "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective."
The make-up of the Great Bend City Council changed Monday night as it reorganized and new members took the oath of office.
A few weeks back, Barton County commissioners toured the 911 Communications Center. They had an eye-opening experience.
John Isern, district court administrator for the 20th Judicial District, presented a $5,000 check to the Barton County Commission Monday morning. The money came from a now-defunct bond program.
The Kansas Legislature passed two bills for Education Finance last week, and were hard at work Saturday negotiating to reach an agreement Saturday. An evening vote was anticipated, but as the House and Senate adjourned Saturday night, no word was forthcoming.
CLAFLIN - In an agreement designed to be mutually beneficial, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce and Claflin have joined forces to promote rural Kansas, market events and promote businesses.
Head basketball coaches Gregg Marshall, Wichita State University, Bill Self, University of Kansas and Bruce Weber, Kansas State University, are joining local Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters officials in urging participation in the upcoming Bowl for Kids' Sake. The idea is to boost awareness of the positive impact of and urgent need for mentoring Kansas kids.
High quality musical goodness will be in abundance as Barton Community College hosts the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band the evening of Thursday, April 10, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by Barton Community College, The Great Bend Tribune, The National Association for Music Education and the Great Bend Jazz Festival Committee.
Students in Jake Hoflinger's Introduction to Blueprint Production class took advantage of nice weather earlier this week, and headed over to Brit Spaugh Park to complete a scavenger hunt.
TOPEKA - The State Library of Kansas announces the First Annual Talking Books Traveling Art Show, "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective," featuring artwork created by Kansans with visual and/or physical impairments. The exhibition will be at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., from Saturday, April 5, through April 20, with free admission.
Thankfully, the winter of 2014 appears to be over, allowing road crews to finally breathe a sigh of relief. The snow-prone season has been an expensive one.
ELLINWOOD - Anticipation abounds at Ellinwood School District this spring as 5th and 12th graders receive cutting edge technology that allows them to search for the front door of Ellinwood Grade School on Google Earth or message a teacher with a question about an assignment.