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.
Area high school students were all over the road Wednesday as they attempted to send text messages while driving – and there was no way they'd avoid the occasional pedestrian in the cross walk or deer crossing their paths.
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of visitor experience delivered within the Great Bend community and along the national scenic byway corridor, training and certification as an interpretive host will be offered free of charge this month.
There is all kinds of information available at the finger tips of the Barton County Records Management Department, as woman from Orem, Utah, found out recently.
During last month's back-to-back snow storms, Kansas Department of Transportation snow crews pretreated and plowed nearly 880,000 lane miles of highway – enough to circle the earth 35 times.
Eli and Margaret Sweany will this week board an airplane for the long flight to Senegal, Africa, where they will take jobs as house parents in a school for the children of missionaries.
PAWNEE ROCK - A 911 call from an observant citizen Tuesday morning led to the arrest of a suspect in two burglaries, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Scrap metal and other stolen items were recovered.
Understandably, the two winter storms that pummelled the area in the past couple weeks dominated the efforts of several Great Bend city departments, City Administrator Howard Partington said. But, he praised the team effort that kept the streets cleared and doors open.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a bid so that additional improvements could be made to the walking path on the north side Veterans Memorial Park.
A pursuit of an Ellis County escapee that began Sunday morning in Hoisington ended when the suspect lost control of a stolen car at 31st and Washington Ave. in Great Bend. He was not injured and is back in custody.
Editor's note: This is the second of two articles about last Saturday's Legislative Coffee at Hoisington.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning declined to take action vacating a half-mile portion of a dirt road in the far northwestern part of the county, effectively leaving the stretch open.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The dental debate continues. Following a previous story, "Great Bend dentists speak out: Dental crisis fact or myth", representatives from Kansas Action for Children and the W.K. Kellogg foundation contacted the Tribune to comment about access to dental care in rural Kansas. They expressed concerns about the information about access to dental care presented in the story, which ran on Sunday, Feb. 20. We listened, and did some more digging, and this is what we found.
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Saturday's Legislative coffee in Hoisington. Today's article looks at the remarks of Sen. Mitch Holmes and Rep. John Edmonds. Part II will cover the question and answer period.
LUCAS – Ever since he was a wee lad scrambling among the rocky limestone bluffs around what is now Wilson Lake, D. Craig Lilak has been intrigued with the Native American etchings known as petroglyphs.
Two drug raids at two locations Monday resulted in four arrests on methamphetamine-related charges, the Great Bend Police Department announced Tuesday morning.
With the warm, dry weather the region has experienced over the past few days, area fire departments are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have threatened to get out of control, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison Monday night named a selection committee for the long-vacant position of director of public lands. The committee will interview applicants for the job and make a recommendation to the full City Council.
Plans for the 2015 Great Bend Airfest are starting to take flight, the City Council learned Monday night.
The Barton County Commission took time Monday morning to honor farmers by proclaiming this as National Ag Week and Wednesday as National Ag Day.
A proposal to eliminate the way Kansas currently decides how much funding a school district receives in favor of block grants was the main topic of conversation at a legislative coffee held in Hoisington Saturday morning.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.
Great Bend Police detectives executed a narcotics search warrant at 3006 23rd St. around 4:22 p.m. Thursday. A man and woman were taken into custody for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Both were booked into the county jail.
There were still snow geese at Cheyenne Bottoms this past week, but Curtis Wolf, site manager of Fort Hays State University's Kansas Wetlands Education Center, said they will be heading out any day.
Great Bend's Unified School District 428 is about to launch a Walking School Bus program in all five of its elementary schools and adult volunteers are needed.
PRATT - Precinct committee men and women of the 113th Kansas House District met Thursday night and elected Greg Lewis (R-St. John) to complete the term of former House member Basil Dannebohm.
TOPEKA – Following on the success of the Kansas River being named a national water trail by the National Park Service in July 2012, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants the same designation for a portion of the Arkansas River in Kansas, including near Great Bend.
Ellinwood artist and retired nurse Rhea Grandon can add "published author" to her life list of accomplishments. Her cookbook, "Tasty Temptations for the Toothless," is now available online and in Barnes and Nobles stores. In creating it, she has touched on an untapped market, the dentally challenged, according to her publisher, Xlibris. Primarily a printer for independent writers, the company contacted her and said they wanted to handle the marketing of her book and has since made it available in both paperback and Kindle editions in English, German and Spanish versions.
When the USD 428 administration met to plan for summer school this year, they determined that it wasn't worth the time, effort or taxpayer money to continue offering the program.
Last year marked the last Great Bend Polka Days, as most of the members of the Polka Lovers of America Kansas Chapter have reached an age where the preparations and the dancing are too physically taxing.