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More gun show photos

The Gun and Knife Show continues Sunday at Expo I.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


First baby of 2015

Great Bend Regional Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2015 on Jan. 3. Jeremiah Lee Singleton was born at 12:54 a.m. to Emelia Fricks and Jeremy Singleton. He weighs 8 pounds and is 21 inches long.

January 03, 2015 | | News


​New Year’s Tradition: Gun and Knife Show

Expo I was the scene Saturday for the fourth annual gun and knife show in Great Bend. Spokesman Anthony Lutz said the show sponsored by RK Shows Inc. will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Winter is peak season for U.S. home fires

Winter is the peak season for U.S. home fires, a fact demonstrated by the devastating blaze that left a Great Bend man homeless earlier this week.

January 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


New Year's rape suspect arrested

The Barton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man suspected of holding a woman again her will overnight on Jan. 1-2 and raping her.

January 03, 2015 | | News


Four injured after pickup slides off county road

Four people were injured after a pickup slid off a county road early on New Year's Day, just east of Great Bend.

January 02, 2015 | | News


New Year’s Day crash injures four

Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating the first major injury accident of the new year that occurred early on the morning of New Year's Day. The accident occurred Thursday at approximately 2:38 a.m. just east of Great Bend.

January 02, 2015 | | News


Up and coming bills and resolutions for 2015 Legislative Session

On Jan. 12, the Kansas Legislature will reconvene. Some have been busy meeting in special sessions, while others have been visiting with constituents or spending time with their families over the Christmas Holiday. Committee assignments have been made, and freshman and senior legislators alike have been studying the issues, readying themselves for the months ahead.The Tribune has compiled a list of the 2015 prefiled bills and resolutions that will meet them when they return to work. Among them are reviewing the definition of sexually explicit conduct as it relates to sexual exploitation of children, and renaming a stretch of ...

January 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


A closet full of crafty things

Editor's note: This is the sixth and final installment in a two week series featuring ideas of low- and no-cost activities families and kids can do during winter break.

January 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Still making it happen

For 11 years, the Great Bend Military Moms organization has shipped care packages to American service personnel serving overseas, a mission sparked by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror, and now to those serving in Africa fighting the ebola outbreak.

January 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Planning for the year to come

Editors note: This is the fifth installment in a two week series featuring ideas of low- and no-cost activities families and kids can do during winter break.

January 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tsunami, cold case, school funding in 2005

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.

January 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Zoo prepares for Spidey’s 50th birthday

Spidey, the spider monkey at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will turn 50 years old this month. Spidey is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


ENERGY OF LIFE

The tai chi classes Dee Krier teaches for the Great Bend Recreation Commission defy the conventional wisdom of American fitness gurus. While Westerners tend to "burn" energy and use phrases such as "No pain, no gain," Eastern philosophy sees energy as life giving. "You use it to create more energy," she said.

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo director proud of accomplishments

Five years ago, the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo was at a turning point. Scott Gregory was the new zoo director, charged with improving the facility's safety and moving toward accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Restoration of B-29 memorial needed

The Great Bend B-29 Memorial Plaza was dedicated in 2000 With much fanfare. The monument was a gleaming tribute to the city's rich World War II heritage.

January 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Hog Feed Sunday to help GBHS A Capella Choir

The Great Bend High School A Capella Choir will hold a hog feed Sunday afternoon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the high school commons. All proceeds will be applied to the choir's much anticipated annual trip to Washington D.C. Tickets can be purchased in advance from A Capella members or at the door on Sunday. They cost $10 each. Supporters can designate an individual student or the choir in general when purchasing at the door. The meal will consist of a hearty serving of pork, dressing, beans, bread, a desert of your choice, and a ...

January 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HaysMed, Centura finalize joint venture for St. Rose

The plan for Hays Medical Center and Centura Health to co-own St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgical Center is now official, a spokesman for HaysMed announced Thursday. With the signing of the joint venture, it will now be known at St. Rose Health Center.

January 15, 2015 | | News


Carpenter's grandson recalls history of chapel woodwork

The woodwork for the chapel in Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose Health Center, was crafted by Herman Dreiling from Hays. Herman, born in Victoria in 1896, was the father of Noreen (Dreiling) Duncan. Noreen and her husband James Duncan were residents of Great Bend from 1951 to 2013. They moved to Lenexa in 2013 to be closer to their children who all live in the Johnson County area. All four children (John, Tim, Mike, and Ann) graduated from Great Bend High School.

January 15, 2015 | | News


Driver injured when vehicle overturns

A rural Ellinwood man was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident at 10:50 p.m. in the 700 block of NE 40 Road.

January 15, 2015 | | News


KWEC offers winter kids programs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs. Kids will investigate feathers, birds and tracks, learning more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.

January 15, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Tickets available for Valentine’s Day fundraiser

Habitat for Humanity has made a name for itself by hosting an annual dinner theater known as Barton County's Got Talent every year since 2010. However, several factors have led the nonprofit organization's board to take a new direction for this year.

January 14, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Energy policy for 2015 - a unique opportunity

Over the last several years, our nation has left behind decades of energy scarcity and has become a worldwide leader in energy production. We should take full advantage of this unique American moment of global energy leadership. What we need from our elected leaders are smart energy policies that promote our nation's position as a leader in energy production.

January 14, 2015 | BY ED CROSS | News


Getting in on the act

Great Bend High School presents a night of one-act plays Thursday night. The three plays include "Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story," "Lockdown," and "Dinner with the MacGuffins."

January 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Deadline nearing for April election filing

There will be a host of school board, city council and other positions up for election on April 7, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Registered voters in the involved districts must file for on or before the filing deadline at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

January 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Sizing things up

It was literally standing room only Monday night at the USD 428 District Education Center as Jefferson Elementary School students and their parents filled all available seats. They were there to be recognized by Jefferson Elementary School physical education teacher Tyler Shirley. Fourteen students received Shirley's Sportsmanship Awards over the fall semester for demonstrating impressive actions worthy of all-school recognition.

January 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Smith, Piper join Rec Commission

There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.

January 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


New BCSO patrol cars purchased

In order to keep the Barton County Sheriff's Office fleet of vehicles up to date, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the purchase of three new patrol cars for the department.

January 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


TAKING THEIR OATHS

Starting Monday morning, there was one new face on the Barton County Commission. Fourth District Commissioner Alicia Straub took her seat at the table after taking the oath of office.

January 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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