TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.
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.
Kristy Straub of Great Bend is one of 26 Kansas women selected to participate in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series.
Just in time for the holidays, the Kansas Department of Transportation has made it easier than ever for travelers to get the latest information about their route to work, school or holiday gatherings.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Barton County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of an inmate held at the Barton County Detention Facility, according to a news release from the Barton County Sheriff's Office.
The Barton County Commission will hold its next agenda meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, instead of on Monday, which is Christmas Eve day. The agenda includes the Workforce Investment Board agreement and appointment, cereal malt beverage license renewals, a discussion about a road being declared minimum maintenance and a janitorial services proposal.
From children to senior citizens, the Great Bend Recreation Commission has been helping people stay active and get ready for the holidays since Thanksgiving.
"I'll be home for Christmas," the song says.
The Great Bend Tribune will not publish an edition on Tuesday, Christmas Day so employees can observe the holiday. The Tribune staff will prepare Wednesday's issue, which will come out at the usual time Wednesday morning, on Monday. Should there be any breaking news, visit the Tribune's website, gbtribune.com.
CHASE - A Chase family must rely on their faith and friends to overcome a tragic overnight fire, which destroyed their home, possessions and valuable medical equipment.
According to the American Automobile Association, Midwesterners will be on the move this holiday season in numbers higher than last year.
To say that Jake Hofflinger's yearly candy house project just keeps getting bigger and better seems like a huge understatement. After all, half of this year's undertaking measures more than 14 feet long.
Snow blew into Barton County Wednesday night around 7 p.m., starting first with sleet and rain. In Great Bend, the snow didn't begin to stick until after 9 p.m. Icy conditions were a problem for drivers with several sliding off roadways into the ditch. Motorists woke up to a thin blanket of icy snow and began the task of clearing pavement and defrosting and scraping windshields before hitting the streets.
Great Bend High School's Madrigal Pops group gave its final public performance of 2012 on Wednesday, singing at the noon Kiwanis meeting.
Several area children were treated to a holiday shopping spree at Walmart on Wednesday, courtesy of Great Bend police officers.
Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.
Great Bend City personnel anticipate beginning the introduction of algae-battling alum into Veterans Memorial Lake starting next week, weather permitting, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. The effort will take about three weeks.
Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.
Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.
What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?
Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.
Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.
With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.
Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.
The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the myriad city council, school board and other elections in Barton County. The following results are from Election Officer Donna Zimmerman and her office.
By a vote of 395 to 144, Great Bend City Council Ward 2 Councilman Wayne Henneke held on to his seat, defeating political newcomer Matt Aycock in the county-wide general election Tuesday.
LARNED - Fort Larned USD 495 voters passed a $22.2 million bond issue by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday that will construct a new elementary school. The yes votes were 1,036 and the no votes were 517.
In an effort to return Brit Spaugh Park and the Great Bend Zoo to their former glory and to make them more walker friendly, the City Council Monday night approved a plan to relocate much of the fencing enclosing the facilities and make improvements to the walking paths.
The Great Bend Convention Center will have a new identity. The City Council Monday night approved renaming the facility the Great Bend Events Center.