There are many events planned in Barton County for the first-ever June Jaunt this weekend. Many events are free or require a small charge.
In her office Wednesday, City of Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes continued to tweak the final details for this weekend's massive multi-city tourism initiative. She still gets questions.
Barton County Departments are asked to submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Tuesday morning.
ELLINWOOD - A story that began almost 100 years ago with the birth of Thomas Edward Cooney on July 24, 1917 in Ellinwood, came full circle this Memorial Day weekend, when his life and his service to his country were remembered and celebrated.
Hot gusts whipped a wheat field fire Saturday afternoon, requiring fire departments form Albert, Great Bend and Hoisington to remain at the scene for hours. Firefighters returned throughout the night to douse hot spots.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. gets under way Tuesday with 278 spellers, including the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee champion, Clara Wicoff from Iola Middle School.
In February, the Barton County Commission approved plans for a fundraising effort by the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee to begin collecting money for a new veterans memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.
PAWNEE ROCK - Residents of Pawnee Rock celebrated the city's 125th anniversary on Monday.
Like blurs of red, white and blue, American flags of all sizes popped as they whipped in the early summer breeze Monday morning at Great Bend Municipal Cemetery's Veterans Circle.
CLAFLIN - The city of Claflin celebrated 125 years this weekend, with events that included a parade, kids games and a dance.
LA CROSSE - Several tornadoes raked sections of area counties Friday night, damaging homes and businesses, ripping down power lines and injuring at least one person.
Great Bend City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster challenges residents to take a quick drive around town.
ELLINWOOD - Since the early 1940s, the 3 Coin Club, a group of businessmen and farmers in Ellinwood has been meeting each day for coffee. Now mostly retired, they shoot the bull, tell tall tales also known as lies, and talk about sports and politics in the company of good friends every day for half an hour.
PLAINVILLE - Jennifer Brull's father needed urgent medical attention.
Great Bend Military Moms has its own way of observing Memorial Day.
It started as a concern expressed by a rural southwest Barton County resident over the conditions of gravel roads in the area, but it evolved into a discussion of the township road system and whose responsibility it is to maintain them.
Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco has met with Bartlett Grain Company officials over how traffic to and from the new grain-handling facility will impact U.S. 56, which runs along the north edge of the site, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.
Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.
Students now have two modern options for living on the Barton County Campus as the brand-spanking new "Bluestem Hall" is ready to house students for the upcoming school year. Move-in day is scheduled for August 16 and 17. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and after-hours event hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in the lobby of the new building, which is south of the Student Union. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and tours of the new facility will be given.
'Cheyenne Bottoms During World War II' presentation to be held
Hoisington Municipal Court - July 18
Three bidders have had a peek inside the old opera house building at Forest and Williams, all eying the possibility of razing the beleaguered structure.
Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament to be held
Noting that it was more than double previous projections, the Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to reject a bid submitted for utility improvements in the Amber Meadows housing development.
Monday, volunteers were on hand at the St. Rose Auditorium for the day-long 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive that has become an annual tradition in Great Bend. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, Great Bend Chief of Police Dean Akings and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano were some of the first in line to roll up their sleeves to give blood. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite agency. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.
Hoisington Winner Plans to Pay off Home with Lottery Prize
Her voice brimming with enthusiasm, new Big Brothers, Big Sisters area director Diane Shoemaker has come on board with the non-profit organization which provides a little attention to kids-in-need, but has big results.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Heritage Senior Center will feature guest speaker Linda McCaffrey during a July 28 noon pot luck lunch.
It was a time Monday morning to show appreciation. The Barton County Commission recognized two long-time county employees who are leaving after years of service.