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Veterans rep visit for March changes

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. on Friday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The rep was scheduled to be in town Thursday, but that has changed. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

March 06, 2012 | | Local News


Barton County 4H Air Rifle Marksman compete at Ellis County Shoot

On Saturday, members of the Barton County 4H Air Rifle program traveled to Hays to compete in the Ellis County Open Invitational Match.

March 06, 2012 | | Local News


‘Giants’ of Africa coming to FHSU’s Sternberg Museum

Every continent has its own story to tell, and hundreds of millions of years ago, Africa was the perfect habitat for one of nature's most ferocious creatures.

March 06, 2012 | | Local News


Motorcycle wreck occurs on Susank Road

HOISINGTON - A Big Dog motorcycle crashed at Susank Road and NE 230 Rd. when it struck a sandy/dirt patch on the highway Sunday afternoon. According to a report by the Barton County Sheriff's Office, driver Curtis Davis of Hoisington lost control of the motorcycle at about 4:30 p.m., slid onto its side digging into the road causing it to flip onto its other side. Davis and passenger Sandra Davis slid into the ditch. Sandra Davis landed against a county sign.

March 05, 2012 | | Local News


Don Davis announces candidacy for Barton County Commissioner

Don Davis, resident of Great Bend, has announced his intention to run as a Republican Candidate for Barton County Commissioner in the 3rd District.

March 04, 2012 | | Local News


Nels Lindberg announces candidacy for City Council

Nels Lindberg has announced his candidacy for City Council for the First Ward of Great Bend. Nels and his wife, Karen, have lived in Great Bend since 2001, outside of a two year stint in Dodge City. Upon returning to Great Bend, in 2005, he purchased Animal Medical Center. He is the senior partner in Animal Medical Center, a regional mixed animal practice, as well as owner of Progressive Beef Consulting and Research, a diagnostic laboratory and also a research company performing contract research for clients, universities, and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Nels is a member of the Kansas Veterinary Medical ...

March 04, 2012 | | Local News


Li'l Abner star balances theater, school and National Guard

At 6'6" and 240 pounds, 18 year old Barton Community College freshman Tyler Wassenberg has become used to being a focal point. Whether it's his turn to be platoon leader in the national guard or gracing the silver stage, the Abilene native knows what it's like to have all eyes on him. Which is a good thing, because he has the title role in Barton Community College's upcoming musical "Li'l Abner," and with his larger than average stature and role, he will undoubtedly experience more than his fair share of the spotlight.

March 03, 2012 | | Local News


Hop on board FrogWatch USA

Beautiful sunsets along picturesque shorelines can be had by signing up to volunteer for FrogWatch USA. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is jumping into a new venture and needs your help.

March 01, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Barton music department to host vocal masterclass forum

The public is invited to witness professional vocal tutoring when Barton Community College holds a masterclass forum, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building on the Barton campus.

February 29, 2012 | | Local News


Zoo news: Brit Spaugh Zoo gearing up for AZA application

The water level of the ponds in Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is down this month, and not by accident. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the ponds are being dredged and cleaned, with new side walls built to stop erosion.

February 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


RSVP offers out-of-town transportation for Dr.'s appts.

he Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers many services, and one of the services they offer is transportation for out-of-town medical appointments.

February 27, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Local News


GBMS Band Concerts

The Great Bend Middle School Band Department announces three programs in February and March that the public may attend.

February 26, 2012 | | Local News


Spanish Brass to present Concert Association's sixth show of season

Spanish Brass with its offering of classical to contemporary music will perform for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.

February 25, 2012 | | Local News


BCC enrollment increase ranked second in state

A news release recently published by the Kansas Board of Regents shows Barton Community College attracted the second largest number of new students compared to the other 18 community colleges in Kansas. In the fall semester of 2011, 257 students found their way to Barton's campus for the first time.

February 25, 2012 | | Local News


Registration continues for Kansans Optimizing Health Program

A workshop targeting people who have or are caring for someone with a chronic condition is set to begin Thursday, March 1st. The six week long workshop will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through April 5th, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th Street. Local class leaders, John and Donna Krug, have completed the training through a partnership with KDHE and K-State Research and Extension. If you are currently living with or caring for someone with arthritis, diabetes, heart or lung disease, asthma, the effects of a stroke, or any other chronic condition on ...

February 24, 2012 | | Local News


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Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

If you have been to the library in the past few days, you will have noticed a big change! Many of the tables and chairs have been removed to make way for the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibit. Crates should be arriving before Friday filling up the empty space. Library services will remain as usual, and we have tables set aside for you to continue to use. Set up will begin next week, docents will be trained, and there will be a Chamber Coffee on Friday, January 30th. Sharon Sturgis has prepared wonderful accompaniments to the display, and there should be ...

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams. Items on the agenda include the R.O.S.E. Award; approval of FY 2015 Carl D. Perkins Reserve Grant; and approval of licensed teacher retirement and teacher resignation. Park Elementary School Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Estate planning workshop

An estate planning workshop will be held on Feb. 7, at the Bazine Senior center. Speakers include Dr. Gregg Hadley, FACS agent, Erin Petersillie and attorney, Julie Haas. For more information and RSVP, call 1-800-460-9079 by Feb. 2nd.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


How about those hawks?

If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...

January 25, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


The Wetland Explorer: Eagle Days

One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.

January 25, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Kansas Day lecture

Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Stafford County Spelling Bee scheduled Wednesday

STAFFORD - Students from Stafford, St. John and Macksville schools will compete in the 2015 Stafford County Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Stafford's south gym.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


Local Emergency Planning Committee to meet Jan. 27

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, election of 2015 chairperson and vice-chairperson, and a presentation on the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


​HHS basketball team raising funds with Soup Supper

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School girls basketball team will hold a Soup Supper fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Freewill donations will be accepted.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower Diversified accepting auction items for Charity Gala

Preparations for the 10thAnnual Charity Gala sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services are in high gear with just a few weeks left before the event.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Prairie Land Food now available to order

Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Sen. Moran now accepting applications for summer internships

Positions available in Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dress It Up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Melinda Kurth and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


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