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Firefighters climb 110 flights of stairs for 9/11 tribute

KANSAS CITY, MO. - As the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approached last week, three Great Bend firefighters paid tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives. Dressed in full bunker gear, including air packs, they climbed 110 flights of stairs – representing the 110 flights of the Twin Towers.

September 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Kids show pedal power at Kiwanis bicycle race

Brody Schneider didn't need pedals as he raced across the finish line Saturday in the Kiwanis bike race at Brit Spaugh Park. Brody was first in the 3-year-old division, the first race of the day, and continued to push his scooter around the park as older kids lined up to compete.

September 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Daredevil to jump 10 trucks in Great Bend

No matter how many times Bubba Blackwell lands one of his death-defying jumps, he never lets it go to his head. After a tragic crash in 2001 while attempting to clear fourteen semi-trucks, Blackwell nearly lost his life.

September 15, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Tickets on sale for USD 428 Foundation dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the Unified School District 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.

September 15, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


It may not be the fourth, but it may be popping

When the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday, sparks may fly. Both agendas include discussion over the public discharge of fireworks.

September 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Hoisington artist recreates history with his hands

HOISINGTON - Dan Boese of Hoisington, creates accurate, life-like tractors that are intricate recreations of the idyllic memories of yesteryear.

September 14, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


BCC trustees look at student housing shortage

For the past three years, Barton Community College has started its fall semester with full dorms – housing some students at Great Bend hotels for the first weeks of classes. Now college trustees are being asked to consider replacing the two oldest dormitories with one new building that will hold about 35 more students.

September 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


TRAFFIC DELAYS EXPECTED

Starting around Monday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt paving project on U.S. 281 highway in Barton County, KDOT spokesperson Martin Miller said Thursday.

September 13, 2012 | | News


Break the silence; Always Ask, Always Act

"Always Ask, Always Act," said Dr. Jason Deselms, suicide prevention coordinator for the VA Hospital and city of Wichita. In an effort to increase understanding of suicide and how to prevent it, Dr. Deselms spoke to area residents on Wednesday on "Break the silence: Responding to suicide risk in your community."

September 13, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


​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


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​Veteran asks for strict sentencing in Miller case

A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rollover accident reported

A Great Bend man was treated and released for injuries after a rollover accident Sunday afternoon in Barton County.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Emergency work to close bridge, road

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved emergency repairs to county bridge 200, located 2.7 miles east of Great Bend on East Barton County road (the first bridge east of the Kiowa Kitchen restaurant). Work will likely begin today and will cause the road to be closed Wednesday through Friday.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Stolen vehicles, other property recovered

Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Commission honors those who lend a hand

The efforts of organizations that help Barton County residents through volunteerism or in times of crisis were recognized by the County Commission Monday morning."Some of the best people who live in this county are here this morning," Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said. The first proclamation declared Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service."America's counties turn to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs," said Linn Hogg, Volunteers in Action/RSVP executive director. "In doing so, participants in national, state and local service organizations, such as the Volunteers in Action, Meals on ...

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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


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