It's official. The holidays have come to Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - While character education is common in elementary school and junior high schools, it is unusual to find high schools that are teaching responsibility, honesty, and making good choices, but Hoisington High is doing just that.
Frigid weather mixed with cheerful madness - that was the scene late Thursday and into the early morning hours Friday.
With only a few months left until Habitat for Humanity plans to break ground on their next building project, the nonprofit organization's board is hosting their second-annual "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater with hopes for raising at least $15,000. These funds will be acquired through a combination of ticket sales, table sponsorships from local business, and free will donations at the event.
Beverly Prescott of Larned and Sr. Patricia Martinez of Great Bend were honored for their service as Foster Grandparent volunteers at the November In-service and Holiday Luncheon held at Cedar Park Place in Great Bend on Nov. 17th.
ST LOUIS Mo. - The Internal Revenue Service is looking for almost 112,000 taxpayers who are missing regular refund checks totaling more than $164.6 million.
Comparing Barton Community College to area peers using the institution's own data is one thing, but an independent, apples-to-apples survey is even better, says Charles Perkins, Barton's dean of information services. A website allows prospective college students and their parents to compare schools online, checking everything from enrollment and graduation rates to costs, Perkins said.
The jobless rate in Kansas dipped from 6.7 to 6.4 percent from September to October as state businesses gained over 6,000 jobs since this time last year, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. This was the same unemployment rate at October 2009.
As most Americans continue to strain their vision watching for the promised economic recovery, it's not just the working class that is having a difficult time making ends meet.
It was President Calvin Coolidge who said: "The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten."
This Thanksgiving season, Brent Tiede won't get to toss a football around with his kids, go hunting or even go to work, but he is counting his blessings - among them the promise of a new, healthy heart.
Congressman Jerry Moran's 14th and final listening tour made a stop in Great Bend Tuesday morning. Come January, Moran will address constituents as one of Kansas' newest senators.
With a school zone, baseball complex and growing array of health providers, city and county officials have become concerned about the speed that traffic follows on McKinley, south of 10th Street.
Great Bend's schedule of holiday events will move into Official Christmas Mode at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a parade down Main Street. A 13-foot Serbian spruce was planted in the courthouse square last week, so that the annual lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree can take place at 6:45 p.m., said Scott Keeler, superintendent of the city's parks.
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.
TOPEKA – The Charles Hulme Foundation of Great Bend has given $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, for the Our Kansas Prairie Legacy: The Next Steps capital campaign. The donation is a lead gift in the campaign and will be used to protect and improve wetland habitats across Kansas, including at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve.
This week, Zoo Director Scott Gregory signed the contract that will bring Jack Hanna, the star of award winning animal television shows, to Great Bend this October.