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Tree topping kicks off 'Thirsty Thursdays'

The 26-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree in the courthouse square will be even taller this week, after city employees cap it with a magnificent topper, according to Community Coordinator Christina Hayes. City employees will add the custom-made decoration as the City of Great Bend hosts its first Business After Hours, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Downtown businesses will stay open until late, in the first of a series of "Thirsty Thursdays."

November 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Christmas lights illuminate Hoisington

HOISINGTON - "Light up Hoisington" became a community project in 1999, and homes and buildings throughout the city are now illuminated throughout the Christmas season.

November 28, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


BCC classes canceled

All classes at Barton Community College have been canceled due to a power outage, Monday.

November 28, 2011 | | News


City projects continue to advance

While there was understandably a great deal of interest this past week in the news that a new six-screen movie theater would be developed in downtown Great Bend, that was only one of the announcements of improvements planned for local projects.

November 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Giving Tree lists kids to help at Christmas

A local non-profit agency is teaming up with a local business to provide Christmas gifts for children who might not otherwise have much under the tree.

November 26, 2011 | | News


Gingerbread fund raiser helps send packages to troops

As Loretta Miller spoke Friday morning, she unwrapped packages containing pre-assembled gingerbread houses in her downtown Great Bend business, the Gallery.

November 26, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


‘TIS THE SEASON

This year's theme for Great Bend's Home for the Holiday's Christmas Parade is "Let it Snow." The parade is just one of more than a dozen activities taking place this Saturday. Here is the schedule of events:

November 25, 2011 | By Tribune staff 'Let it Snow' is holiday parade theme | News


Shop safely this holiday season

TOPEKA - A shopping cart may not seem dangerous, but more than 20,000 children under 5 years old suffered cart injuries each year, according to Safe Kids Kansas.

November 25, 2011 | | News


County keeps busy with varied program

Barton County officials approved spending almost $4,000 on a sidewalk replacement project at one of the county office buildings, and also moved ahead on other recent projects.

November 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


State event highlights county strengths

As Dorothy Gale learned by the end of the 1939 motion picture classic, "The Wizard of Oz," there's no place like home.

November 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


State event highlights county strengths

As Dorothy Gale learned by the end of the 1939 motion picture classic, "The Wizard of Oz," there's no place like home.

November 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Golden Belt Cinema 6 expected to bring thousands downtown

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the development of a new downtown theater in Great Bend.)

November 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Library ready to unwrap Bookstore

It looks like a big Christmas present now, but this Saturday evening the wrapping paper will come off of the Great Bend Public Library's "Bookstore." The unveiling will take place following the 5:30 p.m. Home for the Holidays Parade.

November 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


THANKFUL FELLOWSHIP

The aroma of 18 turkeys roasting had barely had a chance to waft out of the Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen Wednesday morning when the line began to form outside.

November 23, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Student loan debt on the rise

Barton Community College Director of Financial Aid Myrna Perkins said BCC students are receiving record amounts of financial aid - $1 million more than in 2010-11.

November 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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​Pratt woman injured in rollover accident

STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.

February 28, 2015 | | News


Mellor named to statewide commission

Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Setting a heck of a pace

The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Expanded Walking School Bus program set to begin this spring

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Driver injured on U.S. 281

A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

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.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Thank A Farmer

When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.

February 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Commercial vehicle renewal deadline Friday

For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.

February 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Veterans’ hunt delivers much-needed camaraderie

BARTON COUNTY - The Wounded Warriors Pheasant Hunt started as a way to thank veterans for their service by Crosby's Wildgame Adventures and members and sponsors of Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 504 of Barton and Stafford counties.

February 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Family Crisis Center receives sexual assault services grant

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday announced the recipients of the $267,572 grant from the 2015 Federal Sexual Assault Services Program. SASP grants provide intervention; advocacy; accompaniment to court, medical facilities, and police departments; support services; and related assistance to adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of sexual assault victims; and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault victimization.

February 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Kansas must match jobs to those wanting them

Ostensibly, the employment picture in the nation as a whole and in Kansas is a rosy one, said Linda L. Bonewell, human resources manager for Fuller Industries. But, the numbers only show part of the picture.

February 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


CHAMBER PRIDE

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development leaders want to give members every advantage to being a Chamber member.

February 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


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