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​Olmitz standoff ends in suicide

OLMITZ - A 38-year-old Olmitz man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday after a standoff with law enforcement officers.

September 12, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Blue E-Whats? stir up spirit at Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - Little blue people swarmed the crowds at Ellinwood High School at recent games, advancing spirit and excitement, and radiating the golden treasure of positive energy for Ellinwood fans.

September 12, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Walkers wanted to end Alzheimer’s

Teams or individuals are still being sought for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's planned for Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Barton County Courthouse Square.

September 12, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Orphan jet one unique aircraft coming to Airfest

Not many people can say they fly upside down every day, but that's exactly what 81-year old Bud Pinkston does. The retired corporate pilot once flew for Davis Mud and Chemical of Great Bend, and now is a flight instructor operating out of the Great Bend Airport. He teaches acrobatic flight in his Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon, but when he wants a real thrill, he takes out his American Electric 1966 Piranha. The one of a kind plane can make two complete rolls in one second, he says. Pinkston will have both planes on display at the upcoming Great Bend ...

September 12, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Finance guru helps consumers break debt cycle

Financial expert and radio personality Dave Ramsey coaches listeners to become debt free, manage spending and save for retirement, and have something left to give to others. Locally, residents can attend the money guru's "Financial Peace University," offered several times a year at various locations.

September 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Adding it all up

There were a lot of good reasons stated back in 1997 when USD 428 decided to switch from a seven-period day to block scheduling at GBHS, and there are several good reasons today to make the case for switching back, said GBHS Principal Tom Friess Monday evening at the BOE meeting.

September 11, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Soldier show and share with Head Start kids

Residents adjacent to Washington Early Education Center were treated to a parade Tuesday morning by students in Amy Peska's and Lisa Hoffman's Head Start classes on the 11th anniversary of terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. 2001. The students marched single file, beating tambourines, shaking maracas and waving the flag as they circled the block, showing their patriotic spirit. Earlier they visited with PFC Dalton Lutz, an area Army soldier and Tanya Shryock, the mother of SPC Zachary Shryock, a deployed Army soldier stationed in Afghanistan, who gave a question and answer program about what it means to be ...

September 11, 2012 | 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.

September 10, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


School Board considers dropping block scheduling at GBHS

The USD 428 School Board considered still more proposed fundamental changes to the way school is done in Great Bend at the BOE meeting on Monday, Sept. 10. Whether to continue with block scheduling of the past 14 years at the high school, or to follow suit with many other districts and return to a seven-period day prompted several questions.

September 10, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Rec Commission mulling computer upgrades

In the coming months, the Great Bend Recreation Commission plans some major changes to its computer system, Director Diann Henderson told the GBRC board Monday.

September 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


TO GATE OR NOT TO GATE

Barton County Commissioners and residents of extreme southeastern Barton County stood on a dirt road in East Comanche Township Monday afternoon.

September 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


TRENDING TRANSFORMATION

In Great Bend, 2012 might be called the year of the Tattoo. Within six months, the city of nearly 16,000 has gone from a tattoo-parlor free zone, to the home of two start-up licensed tattoo artists. Tattoos have gone from taboo to acceptable. At one time associated only with sailors, bikers, hoodlums and gang-bangers, they now decorate the hides of lawyers, doctors, nurses and teachers. While there are still those who choose to get a tattoo on a whim, perhaps after an evening of libations and poor judgement, many more take months or even years to consider and finally ...

September 08, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Irrigators running dry in drought

When the clouds opened and it started to rain Friday, it was an answer to many prayers. But that brief downpour dropped less than half an inch of moisture on area lands, which is still about 10 inches under the average rainfall for this time of year.

September 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Sunflower Spelling Bee moving to Hays

The state spelling bee hosted by the Great Bend Tribune for the past five years will move to Hays in 2013.

September 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Family uses pain of suicide to help others

On Nov. 5, 2011, the lives of an area family changed forever when 17-year-old Thomas Karlin committed suicide. Coming as a complete shock to his family, friends and church, the handsome, friendly young man was – unknown to those that loved him – silently tormented by pain and angst.

September 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


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Spin fitness

LARNED - LA Psycle is spinning its way to success.

January 20, 2015 | | News


​Rollover accident under investigation

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rollover accident that was discovered around 4:15 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of NE 30 Road. It was determined that the owner of the vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Avenger, was Ahmad Walker, 22, a student at Barton Community College. The occupants of the car were located with the help of BCC security.

January 20, 2015 | | News


2015 tax sale in the works

The Barton County Commission Monday morning paved the way for the 2015 tax sale by authorizing tracts of real estate be sold for back taxes.

January 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Fire reported in Barton County

The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Claflin Fire Department and fire units from Ellsworth County responded to a structure fire 3:24 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. The location of the fire was at 1835 NE 150 Ave.

January 20, 2015 | | News


How would the county respond to Ebola?

It's a frightening possibility, but what would happen if there was an Ebola outbreak in Barton County?

January 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


On the front lines

The Great Bend City Council had a chance to get to know the members of the Police Department a little better when the officers and other personnel were introduced Monday night.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


B-29 restoration effort approved by council

Noting that the popular B-29 Memorial Plaza is a valuable asset as a historical landmark and tourist attraction, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved spending up to $18,050 to help restore the marker.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Council says farewell to Roberts

It was with regret Monday night that the Great Bend City Council accepted the resignation of First Ward Council Member Edwin Roberts.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


LOCAL ROYALTY

Hannah Maddy, Ellinwood, and Courtney Blankenship, Pratt, achieved royalty status Saturday night at the Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageant.

January 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Cheyenne Bottoms documentary to be shown at Wetlands Center

HAYS - "The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms," the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

January 17, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Two arrested after pursuit

Two adult males under age 21 were arrested Thursday night after a police pursuit in the city of Great Bend.

January 17, 2015 | | News


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


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