BY SUSAN THACKER
The Ellinwood Fire Department hosted an area-wide firefighters conference on Rapid Intervention Techniques to rescue trapped firefighters on Monday night at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Ellinwood.
Great Bend Fire Department
A local program that helps get senior citizens to out-of-town doctor appointments will get almost $6,000 in county funding, the Barton County Commission decided this week.
Local officials are being encouraged to "work with" ATV riders in their recreational use of the local flood control levee system, but they were also warned that if damage to the levees continues unabated, it could end up costing many local residents - and costing them a lot, whether they enjoy ATV riding or not.
Tuesday could only be described as a Snow Day.
The Barton County Fair Board and its Barbecue Committee have invited cookers from across the nation to bring the heat to cold central Kansas for the third-annual Winter Q barbecue cookoff. The event is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend.
A major Barton County employer added county recognition to a recent state honor when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
There will be another public comment session held in March to discuss final design plans for the Broadway and Harrison intersection, and discussion of the current comment process became heated when the Great Bend City Council met Monday night.
At the Kansas State Fair in September, then Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson unveiled the artwork for a new postage stamp that celebrates the Kansas' sesquicentennial. The stamp features an traditional windmill in the foreground and a row of modern wind turbines in the background.
Students across the state are studying word lists as they prepare for the Great Bend Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee on March 12. But in order to compete in that regional qualifier for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, student must first win county championships. Barton County students will get that chance this Saturday, said Paul Snapp, with the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis.
There are still a few days left for those who want to vote in the coming local election to register to vote, according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
State health and safety officials want fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every home in Kansas and a grant recently received by the Great Bend Fire Department will help local firefighters do their part.
Great Bend Police are investigating a robbery reported Saturday morning at 2002 Holland St. At 10:39 a.m. they were dispatched to that address, where the victim reported he came home and a man was in his house. He said the man hit him in the face and took his wallet and $300 cash, then left on foot.
Shortly before the end of the school day Monday, an incident occurred at Great Bend High School. Although a student had a BB gun in his backpack, it was not pointed at anyone and school dismissed as usual, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
As more middle Americans look for ways to save for and transition into a successful retirement, CUNA Mutual Group and its retirement plan business in Great Bend are refocusing efforts to help this often neglected market niche.
The Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in the chapel, will graduate its first group at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The three students, who faced life altering addictions, will share their stories.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.
"Pheasants Forever does amazing things for the Wounded Warrior Project every year," said Troy Brien, the newly appointed alumni manager of the newest Wounded Warrior Project office expected to open in Kansas City in mid summer 2014. "We're excited they've chosen to give back in this way."
Friday evening, nine men, warriors of various conflicts that have spanned a decade and a half involving America, hopped in their vehicles and began driving mostly west. They traveled interstates, two-lane highways and paved roads that eventually turned into dirt roads flanked on both sides by fields and farm houses, until they finally arrived at a lone country church, Peace Lutheran, the landmark for the last turn west that would deliver them to Hidden Hollow Lodge at Albert.
Saturday night, Feb. 22, the 2013 Business Person of the Year and Business of the year were announced at the 92nd Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at the Great Bend Convention Center.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Beginning next week, the law enforcement and safety agencies in Kansas will join forces to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – young drivers and passengers dying in car crashes after not using seat belts.
The public is invited to a free memorial concert in honor of Connie Schneweis, set for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at St. Patrick's Church, 4200 Broadway Ave.
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.
When the Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America team went to the annual State Leadership Conference in 2013, watching eight of her fellow classmates win a trip to the FBLA Nationals lit a fire under Selam Ball.
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington Monday said a number of city staff members and Harms Trust trustees are working with PBA Architects of Wichita to come up with a proposal to present at the March 3 City Council meeting.
The Barton County Fair Association announced Thursday the signing of county group Parmalee to perform at this year's Barton County Fair. Parmalee will perform on Friday, July 11, with special guest the Jared Daniels Band.