In next Tuesday's general election, votes will be cast in three of the five Barton County Commission districts. To help inform the public on where the candidates stand, the League of Woman Voters of Great Bend asked each of them to respond to a series of five questions.
Incumbent Republican Bill Wolf and challengerDemocrat Christina Stein, both of Great Bend, are facing off in next Tuesday's general election to fill the 112th District Kansas House seat. Each took time recently to respond to five questions posed by the League of Woman Voters of Great Bend.
While it has been the point of Fire Prevention Month in October to keep fires from happening, it is also important to know what to do in case there is a fire, and how to be prepared with the right equipment.
First came a sizzle/whoosh!, like a firework launching into the air. That was followed by the sound of running feet, as two high school students came around the Fine Arts Building.
The World Series is set to begin Wednesday and the Great Bend Public Library is having a World Series of its own.
City and county officials are planning to travel to Hutchinson, Thursday, for an important highway meeting and they are encouraging more local residents to go also.
Barton County Commissioners approved a new contract with a juvenile detention center in Finney County, though it's hoped the center won't be needed, due to the distance from Barton County. One reason an alternative detention area is needed is because the juvenile section that was designed for the county jail taxpayers funded wasn't designed correctly, commissioners were told.
STAFFORD – It's all about the chocolate as the second-annual Chocolate Sampler AFair is set to tickle taste buds Saturday is Stafford.
CLAFLIN - Kans for Kids held an informational meeting for Claflin High School students last Wednesday, providing information about childhood cancer victims in Barton County.
A Barton Community College program for law enforcement officers will examine two real-life cases as it reviews what happens when an officer is attacked.
Great Bend zoo staff headed to western Kansas in September for the Fall 2010 Ferret survey. Marge Bowen, curator at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, and zookeeper Trish McKinley traveled to Logan County, where conservationists have reintroduced the black-footed ferret, bringing the species back from the brink of extinction.
Students attending Barton Community College's seventh annual Jack Kilby Science Day will meet Bret Mahoney, a man who takes science literacy very seriously. As the Academic Networking Coordinator for Science Museum Oklahoma, he works to ignite passion and inquiry in students and teachers.
Toxic blue-green algae continues to be a problem at Great Bend's Veterans Memorial Lake, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Friday. The lake remains closed to recreational activity as the agency continues to monitor the water.
Whooping Crane fall migration is here in central Kansas. Each year during late October and early November, the endangered birds can be seen at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, and in marshes and crop fields around the region. At Quivira, the best areas to look for them are at the south end of Little Salt Marsh (where there is an Observation Tower from which to scan the marsh) and the west side of Big Salt Marsh.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Kansas City returned indictments Wednesday against a Mexican national charged with using false identification documents and identity theft in Barton County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
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.
Property valuation notices were mailed to the Barton County taxpayers on March 17 and County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reminds residents they have 30 days to appeal their valuation from that mailing date.
It's been about a year since Barton County offices switched to a unified bookkeeping software. Although the conversion was at times rocky, officials are now comfortable with the new system and ready to expand it.
Editor's note: This updates a story that was previously published on the website.
Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley wants to bring poetry home to Kansans, and in that vein, is beginning a weekly poetry column that will be published in the Great Bend Tribune.
ELLINWOOD - Wyatt Townley, Shawnee Mission, finds poetry in every day life, in trains, in the Kansas wind, and in nature. Imaging magical ways to weave words, she comes home to poetry.
The cost of employee health insurance at the Great Bend Recreation Commission is expected to increase 11 percent overall this year, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the GBRC Board of Directors on Monday. The board voted to renew the major health coverage for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
The cause of Saturday's fire at the Camp Aldrich Conference Center Dining Hall hasn't been determined, Claflin Fire Chief Doug Hubbard said Monday.
WICHITA – A registered sex offender residing at Larned State Hospital pleaded guilty Monday to sending obscene material to a minor while he was a patient at Larned State Hospital, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
On Monday morning, Kansas Highway Patrol responded to at least three injury accidents caused by icy roads. KHP also responded to accidents Friday and Saturday, in which central Kansas residents were injured.
Last August, some areas of Barton County experienced severe flooding. The cost of dealing with those storms was high, prompting county officials to apply for a federal disaster declaration to help clean up the soggy aftermath.
The Barton Community College theater department will hold its last performance of the school year at the Thespian Showcase at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
An early morning fire destroyed the Camp Aldrich dining hall on Saturday. It created an orange glow that could be seen from Claflin.
The Great Migration Rally plans for Sunday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center have changed due to the fire at Camp Aldrich. The event will end at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus, 114 N. Main.