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Great Bend featured in new book

"The place of my beginning was Great Bend, Kansas on Saturday, February 5, 1916 ... "

March 09, 2012 | | Local News


Chili Challenge

Dave Collier, a chili-making competitor, talks with a participant in the recent Bikers of Central Kansas Chili Challenge. BOCK raised $870 for Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice during the event. Gene and A.J. Budig won first place, Kansas Sidewinders MC took second and Brad Brack of BOCK placed third. The American Legion Auxiliary won the traveling trophy for its presentation and Dan (Rooster) Kathrens won the quilt. Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice is part of the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center family.

March 08, 2012 | | Local News


Barton County nurse topic of women's history program

The League of Women Voters will celebrate Women's History Month next week with a program on a famous Civil War caregiver with a Barton County connection.

March 08, 2012 | | Local News


'Biggest Loser' Cahill shares weight loss insights

After losing more than half his body weight, the Season 8 winner of "The Biggest Loser" reality show on NBC is used to people asking for insights on dieting. Danny Cahill shared some of those tips last Saturday when he spoke at the Crest Theater in Great Bend.

March 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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


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​Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists to discuss amphibians

The March meeting of the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Recently launched, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists provides monthly opportunities for adults and interested teens to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities and enjoy hands-on activities. Programs are free and open to the public.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Imagination Playground open Wednesday

Parents are invited to bring their children to the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., to use the Imagination Playground. The playground will be set up from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday and again from 6:30-7:30 Wednesday evening.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Forensics 3rd at Great Bend

The Hoisington High School forensics team placed third out of 8 schools at a forensics tournament at Great Bend High School recently.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Williams seeking position on local school board

"I have a desire to help make the great school district we already have into the best that it can be for all children!" This is Dr. Don Williams' goal as he seeks a position on the USD 428 Board of Education. Although only a resident of Great Bend for a little less than three years, Williams, his wife, and family, have been long-time residents of central Kansas. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in 1970, he taught all of the sciences in the junior and senior high at Hanston. In addition, he was the junior high coach for ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Filmmaker Jay Kriss to speak at Dust Bowl Series

Filmmaker Jay Kriss will be speaking as part of the program for "It blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the Kinsley Library, 208 E. 8th St. Kinsley.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the fourth season for Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor our frogs and toads.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


C&V Home Improvement sponsors Lead Safe Certification Training for contractors and landlords

In 2010, Kansas enacted legislation requiring contractors and landlords to follow Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) when remodeling homes and certain commercial entities built prior to 1978. Contractors and landlords must assume lead is present in paint and stains for all pre-78 homes. Contractors are required to complete certification and to conduct their work in compliance with the LSWP. One struggle facing certification for contactors is the lack of local certification classes. The closest available training is in the Wichita area. "We are sponsoring this class so that all contractors and landlords can have convenient access to certification and recertification ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Wetland Explorer

In a room darkened by blankets placed over the drapes, the tick tock of a clock sounds a steady beat. Pungent vapors waft through the room, radiating from a cloth covered in Vicks vapor rub wrapped around the child's neck. Unconcerned, she turns the pages of the book quickly as she reads.

March 01, 2015 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Educator | Local News


GBHS Spring Play

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3. Anyone who has ever had a roommate can relate to the conflict that forms the basis of Neil Simon's female version. Living with someone - whether best friend or total stranger - will produce stress in even the closest of relationships. The minor tensions and major flare-ups between Olive Madison and Florence Unger run the gamut of what can go wrong when two people share the same space.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Colleges facing new Title IX responsibilities

Most people who have heard of Title IX associate the term with gender equality in school athletics, but the federal act is much more than that. Angie Maddy, dean of Student Services at Barton Community College, recently provided college trustees with a status report on BCC compliance.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mars One candidate misses final cut

A local man won't be one of the first colonists on Mars. Grady Bolding, 27, of Great Bend, was one of more than 200,000 people who applied to become an astronaut with Mars One, a Netherlands-based company that intends to begin sending people to Mars by 2024. All of those applicants knew it would be a one-way trip.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club visits Shafer Art Gallery

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club toured the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College on Feb. 13. Shafter Gallery Director Dave Barnes helped members identify pieces of artwork that they had been instructed to find at the gallery.

February 28, 2015 | | Local News


Touched by Cancer support group plans bake sale; no March meetings

Touched by Cancer Support Group will not meet in March. The next scheduled meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.

February 28, 2015 | | Local News


Walking School Bus

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


US-56 pavement widening and box bridge project in Lyons set to begin

Starting around Monday, March 2, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a project to replace the concrete box bridge on the west side of Century Road and widen US-56 to four lanes from the end of the existing four lane roadway west to the entrance to the airport. Project construction is scheduled to be completed in September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


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