The setting was the team wrap-up meeting for the 17th-annual Relay for Life of Barton County Monday night at the Great Bend Front Door facility. The announcement was a welcome one.
A lengthy discussion in Monday's Barton County Commission meeting boiled down to this: Though Independence Day falls on a Monday this year, creating a three-day weekend for many people, in Barton County it is legal only to set off fireworks on Monday, July 4 - except in Hoisington where they can be set off on Sunday, too, starting at 1 p.m.
Two males and a female were reportedly injured during a fight in the McDonald's parking lot this past weekend.
TOPEKA – SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki announced Monday that low income Kansans will have a little extra help paying their high utility bills this summer thanks to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
B3 Bomber, Sky Cruiser, Crying Saucer, Vengeful Texan, Europa 1 Missile, Crackling Saturn Missiles, The Detonator, Red, White and Bluetiful ...
The Barton County Fair turns 20 this year and has chosen that milestone as its theme. Although the fair officially runs July 6-10 at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend, a few "pre-fair" events take place this week.
By Jim Misunas
Modern technology is great, but it doesn't stay great for long if it doesn't keep up, and for the organizers of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, that includes keeping a popular Internet web site updated, and making it more user friendly all the time.
In a scene reminiscent of the Oklahoma Land Rush, dozens of children ran onto the south baseball field at Brit Spaugh Park on Thursday to claim a free bicycle.
City crews will hit the streets again tonight in the continuing war on bugs and according to Public Works Department Secretary Laurie Bard that battle will continue next week, too, because it's not long before we can expect a lot of local residents to plan to spend extra time outdoors over the Fourth of July weekend.
By Jim Misunas
Everyone was a winner at Wednesday's Camp Hope golf tournament.
In the span of one hour Wednesday afternoon, many of the 50 two-member teams participating in the truncated 2011 Air Race Classic stopped and refueled at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
HOISINGTON - Intricate, unique and delicate metalwork is the hallmark of Hoisington artist Bruce Bitter. For this reason, the Transportation Security Administration approached Bitter earlier this year to craft a 9/11 Memorial for Kansas airports using a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center.
Editor's note: With the increased use of railroad transportation for other purposes, there could be fewer train cars available to haul farm crops from area grain elevators to their final destinations. This potential shortage comes at a bad time for Kansas farmers who are in the midst of multiple fall harvests, including milo, corn and soybeans. In this four-part series, the Great Bend Tribune will explore the potential impact of this looming problem. Part one delves into just what crops are in the fields now, how they are looking and what storage challenges lie ahead.
Starting this month, lunch patrons of the Great Bend Senior Center and Meals on Wheels saw a change in the food they received, and some of the customers were not happy.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
ELLINWOOD - A national retail store is coming to Ellinwood, the city has announced. A closing date on the sale of property has been set for Nov. 6.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Oct. 2
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.