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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


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


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Parolee arrested with suspected meth

A traffic stop at 1:21 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, resulted in a drug arrest, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Mosquitoes digging soggy conditions in Great Bend area

Sure, all the recent rains have been good for crops and yards, but they may be another pesky side effect.

May 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Annual Great Bend garden tour blooms next Sunday

Spring has arrived and the local Soroptimist International club wants to drive that point home, despite all the rain. The 2015 Gardens Galore garden tour runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, as part of the June Jaunt weekend.

May 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wild horse open house and adoption, Hutchinson Correctional Facility, June 5-6

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in Hutchinson, will host a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on June 5-6. The public is invited to observe training demos all weekend by inmates in a rehabilitation program at the facility. Free screenings of the documentary film "Unbranded" – the dramatic story of four riders and 16 mustangs making a 3,000-mile trek across country – will be shown throughout the weekend.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News


Saint Francis Community Services offers free class for prospective foster parents

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News


It is road-work season

Summer asphalt work is now underway, Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told to the County Commission Monday morning. On Monday, May 4, work began at U.S. 56 going north on Dartmouth Road (NE 60 Avenue).

May 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


​BCC trustees approve contracts and plans

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved several contract renewals on Wednesday, along with a contingency planning policy and a new strategic plan for the college.

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend’s Make a MOVEment event set for Saturday

The third-annual Make a MOVEment day is set for 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The event supports the Family Crisis Center's Del Hayden Child Advocacy Center in Great Bend.

May 28, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


​Train hits semitrailer in Clark Co.; Alexander motorist uninjured

A Rush County man was driving a semitrailer that was hit by a Union Pacific railroad train, Wednesday evening in Clark County. The truck driver, 30-year-old Joshua L. Coleman from Alexander, was able to get out of the vehicle and was not injured.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News


BCC to offer citizenship classes

Barton Community College will offer citizenship classes from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Tuesday, June 9 at the Center for Adult Education 1025 Main St., Great Bend in room 208.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News




IN GREAT BEND, LANDMARK TOWERS GO DOWN

The circular towers that have been Great Bend landmarks since 1964 will start coming down Monday, June 1. During the month-long process, dust will be controlled and traffic will continue to flow.

May 28, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Archeology Field School at High Plains prehistoric site near Hays

Between 500 and 1100 CE the treeless western Kansas plains were inhabited by people who made pottery and used spear throwers and the bow and arrow. They lived in small temporary houses with round packed-earth floors and ate deer, bison, pronghorn, fish, and small mammals. The Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association will hold the annual Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school June 5-20 at a High Plains prehistoric village site located west of Hays in Ellis County.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News


Asphalt overlay on US-281 Highway in Barton County

Starting around Friday, May 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt overlay project on US-281 Highway in Barton County, from the west US-281/K-4 junction continuing north 11 miles to the Barton/Russell County line. The purpose of this asphalt roadway surface milling and overlay project is to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and it is scheduled to be completed by the middle of July, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News


Out of the Morgue

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.

May 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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