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John Keenan answers “Where I went wrong”

"Failure has been my greatest teacher," John Keenan said Tuesday afternoon at Perks Coffee Shop in Great Bend. The 28 year old Great Bend High School graduate was dropping off a stack of his newly cut CDs with uncle Greg Keenan, who will make them available to the public. The journey to create the album of songs, along with younger brother Mark and friend Scott Martz has been both illuminating and life changing.

December 11, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


GBRC board extends Henderson’s contract

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Monday extended GBRC Director Diann Henderson's contract by three years, to June 30, 2019.

December 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Ranks of homeless growing in SW Kansas

Members of the Barton County Commission had their eyes opened Monday morning when Pattie McGurk with Catholic Social Services addressed them about a grant the agency received to help the homeless find homes.

December 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Fuller Industries, completes acquisition of Fuller facility, the industrial line of business

Fuller Industries LLC officially took possession of the former Fuller Brush Company's manufacturing and distribution facility in Great Bend on Saturday morning Dec. 1, as part of a bankruptcy settlement bid to purchase all personal property, real estate and industrial business segments, which includes the custom brush and commercial janitorial supply businesses. This overall effort was made possible with the commitment and cooperation of numerous local investors who rallied local resources to purchase this company and retain the 200 plus jobs in our community.

December 10, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Trains deliver Christmas magic

Rich Fox, a member of Great Bend's model train club, has been busy recently sharing the Christmas spirit by transporting and setting up model trains around the city. A few weeks ago, he brought an HO gauge set out to Waters True Value Hardware. He brought an "old timey" steam locomotive G gauge to the Shafer Art Gallery, and a slightly more modern version that looks like an old narrow-gauge railroad to the Barton County Historical Museum which will be on display this weekend.

December 09, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


KWEC to host December bird counting events

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will host two bird counting events this month for birders, from novices to experts, on Dec. 14 and 18.

December 08, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Santa sighting

Residents in the southeast part of Great Bend reported seeing Santa Claus in town Saturday, handing out bags of candy. Taking advantage of the nice weather, George Weber put on a Santa suit and hitched his mule to a wagon. "I've been doing this for several years," he said, adding the candy was furnished by his cousins, Rick and Randy Suchy. Weber said he'd given away 100 bags of candy, including one to Darien Montes, shown here with his mom. Darien will be 3 years old on Dec. 20.

December 08, 2012 | | News


Gone, but not for good

After 16 years, Great Bend City Clerk/Finance Manager Wayne Henneke sat at his City Hall desk for the last time Friday. Well, it was his last day working full time.

December 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Need help? Rent a student

If you can't get your own teenager to help around the house, here's an idea: Rent one.

December 07, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Arctic fox arrives at zoo

With her white winter coat, the newest arrival at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo looks ready for Christmas. But it will be several weeks before Vixey, an arctic fox, will move to an enclosure that is open to public viewing, said Marge Bowen, zoo curator.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers sought for upcoming homeless count

The lack of homeless shelters in most rural towns and counties may give the wrong impression. Homelessness in rural America simply looks different than it does in urban areas. While higher concentrations stand outside church basements and temporary nightly shelters in downtown USA for all who drive by to see, the rural homeless are far more likely to be isolated, hidden, and voiceless.

December 06, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Antique horse glider a “Ghost from Christmas Past”

While digging around for Christmas decorations for Sunday's Ghost of Christmas Past community open house at the Barton County Historical Museum, director Beverly Komarek rediscovered two pieces from the museum's collection, a toy wooden sleigh, and a circa 1890 horse glider. As it turns out, the horse fit with the sleigh just right. A engraved metal plate on the lower cross rail of the glider reads "Converse."

December 06, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Bank recognizes area charities for work

Christmas came a little early for some of the area's helping organizations on Wednesday morning a the Farmers Bank and Trust. Representatives, board members and volunteers from over 30 charitable non-profits attended the bank's 16th Annual Holiday Charity Recognition Coffee.

December 06, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Adventist Christmas program has multicultural flair

Note: Content has been changed to correct the time of the program.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Trout stocking to begin at Stone Lake

At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.

December 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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Grass fires reported Saturday

Great Bend Fire Department and other area departments were kept busy Saturday night with two grass fires, GBFD Chief Mike Napolitano said.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Chapman sentencing set for Thursday

Jeffrey Wade Chapman's sentencing hearing, schedule for 1 p.m. Monday, April 6, as been continued. It is now scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, April 9.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Hoisington EMS team honored at KEMTA

Hoisington was in the spotlight last weekend as two dedicated EMS personnel were honored by their peers in Topeka.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Where do you go to vote?

With voters heading to the polls Tuesday for local general elections, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has some last–minute reminders.

April 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Area nurse honored for support of citizen soldier

The Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award was presented to Jane Schepmann, vice president and chief nursing officer for Clara Barton Hospital, during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Hoisington facility.

April 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Dispatchers log path of storm

When a storm roared through Barton County Thursday night, dispatchers received reports of arcing power lines and blowing debris.

April 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Storms bring power outages

Beginning at 11 p.m. Thursday, powerful thunder storms rolled through the Golden Belt and brought down over 300 power poles, Midwest Energy reported Friday morning. The areas impacted hardest were primarily South of K-96, from Jetmore in the west to just west of Hutchinson in the east.

April 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | 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.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Housing news looking up in Hoisington

Hoisington is finally on a builder's radar.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Event recognizes local volunteers for their efforts

Meals On Wheels volunteers gathered for an appreciation breakfast Thursday morning Great Bend Recreation Commission Burnside Room to help commemorate Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service which will take place Tuesday.

April 03, 2015 | | News


Easter tradition continues at Pawnee Rock

PAWNEE ROCK - A sunrise pageant is planned for Easter morning at the Pawnee Rock State Historic Site, one-half mile north of U.S. 56 and the town of Pawnee Rock. The pageant starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 5.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Crisis City: GBFD sends 10 firefighters

SALINA - The training is intense at Crisis City, a hands-on All Hazards Emergency Response Training Center west of Salina. Great Bend Fire Department sent five firefighters for training on Tuesday, and five more on Wednesday, Capt. Travis Parmley said.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend sends firefighters to Crisis City

Participants from state, local and private organizations across Kansas took part in a two-day emergency response exercise at Crisis City, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. Great Bend Fire Department sent several people.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stafford County fire spreads to Barton County

By SUSAN THACKER

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Drivers arrested after pursuits

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a pursuit Wednesday evening in Great Bend started after a deputy saw motorist run a red light.

April 02, 2015 | | News


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