From 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 28, could be a crucial morning for the development of both Great Bend and central Kansas, and local residents are being encouraged to travel to Hutchinson that morning to support the proposed improvements to K-96 highway between Hutchinson and Sterling.
Back in the Great Depression there was a common saying: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without."
LARNED – Local and area churches have recently received letters and phone calls from "Pastor" Bob Ruth, who is in the Larned State Hospital, from the "Church of the Redeemed," soliciting donations and the names of prayer partners for patients at LSH. The letter asks the churches to "join with their LSH ministry in praying for the prisoners."
There's no doubt about it. Crime is a going concern in Kansas, which is why it's so important that programs like Central Kansas Community Corrections do their job to keep convicts out of prison and in programs that point them out of the criminal career.
The timing of Dr. Victor Martin's arrival as Barton Community College's new agriculture coordinator/instructor couldn't have been better. Not only is the program getting a new instructor, it also has a new classroom and new equipment to put its students in the ideal setting for learning about agriculture and the careers it has to offer them.
Two bad drivers plus one patrol car equaled one drug bust, Wednesday morning in Great Bend.
A thick cloud of brown dust settled over portions of downtown Great Bend Wednesday and Thursday as a demolition crew carefully began the delicate process of razing the old Trading Post building at 1315 Williams.
The first and second grade students sat on the Lincoln Elementary School library floor Thursday afternoon, seemingly oblivious to the tables full of adults behind them.
Two armed men reportedly forced entry into a Great Bend residence Wednesday night, tied up the occupants and took electronic equipment.
When the organizers of a car show to benefit Relay for Life realized their fundraiser was the same weekend as the Big Bend Bike Rally, they decided to take their event where the crowd would be. So, people who attend the motorcycle rally this Saturday at the Great Bend Expo will also get to see some classic cars, said Valerie Locke at CPI Qualified Plan Consultants.
You don't have to dig very far to come up with a lot of colorful history involving the Santa Fe Trail in this part of Kansas.
ELLINWOOD - The emergency sirens sounded Wednesday evening in Ellinwood High School and the lights were turned off in an eerie version of a lone gunman drill.
Motorcycle races, stunt riders and tattoo artists are all part of the fun of the third Big Bend Bike Rally, Saturday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. For music lovers, there's a Battle of the Bands contest, followed by a concert featuring Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, an ambitious rock band that toured with ZZ Top this spring.
Dr. Bryan Pinkall, who grew up in Great Bend, recently drove home from Manhattan and broke the news to his parents, Michelle and Gary, with a short video that he had a special vacation planned in August.
HUDSON - The Hudson community in Stafford County will hold its annual Chicken Ride, Turkey Trot or Not, and Ham & Jam this Saturday, Aug. 2.
The spaghetti was flying - as was the ketchup, mustard, whipped cream and Hawaiian Punch - Friday afternoon on the lawn of the Great Bend Public Library.
The Barton County Courthouse will be open Saturday for anyone wishing to vote in the primary election, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The courthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including over the noon hour.
Bradley Wicks, driving while suspended, failed to appear
It is always a thrill for me when someone calls with a wildlife sighting or event in our community. A lady called and said there were vultures spending the night in Great Bend. This roosting tree is at 18th & Harrison in the back yard of a residence. There are about 20 birds using that tree.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood School/Community Library has new books available for checkout. They are:
Barton County Treasurer employees asked to meet with The Tribune Wednesday to talk about problems that are ongoing with a conversion to new software that is preventing them from being able to reliably complete their work for the county. Incomplete work that has left County Treasurer Kevin Wondra in the hot seat for several months.
TOPEKA (AP) The court also struck down three of the four capital murder convictions each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr. It upheld one capital murder conviction for each of them.
As the heat continues, it was, sadly, a matter of time. A 10-month-old baby girl died Thursday after being left in a vehicle in Wichita. She was 10th child that has died in a hot car in the state of Kansas since the year 2000.
Change can be difficult, but you can't move forward without it.
Registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Aug. 5 primary election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Thursday.
Even with a cut in state aid expected, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't ask local property owners for more tax money in Fiscal Year 2015, Barton's Dean of Administration Mark Dean said Thursday.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met at a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the proposed mill levy assessment for 2015. The council approved the budget for publication.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Recreation Commission has several openings left on upcoming bus trips.