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Take the Bull by the Horns

Brockel donates longhorns back to Foundation to auction again

June 18, 2015 | | Local News


Out of the Morgue

This week instead of delving into the history of Great Bend, we'll travel a few miles down the road to Pawnee Rock, through the pages of the Pawnee Rock Herald.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


PTSD picture book author visits Hoisington Public Library

Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Summer interns join the team at the 4-H extension office

The 4-H extension office of Great Bend has two summer interns for these warm months.

June 17, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Pump prices unexpectedly jump

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 7.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 per gallon earlier this weekly, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81.

June 17, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


St. Rose, local employers team up for wellness screenings

St. Rose Health Center is taking its mission to improve community health and wellness to the streets – one employer at a time.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Fatal collision in Barton County

An Ellsworth woman died when the vehicle she was driving collided with another vehicle on K-156, 14 miles northeast of Great Bend at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday. A 2000 Mazda protege driven by Teresa Mehl, age 45, was travelling east on K-156 and crossed into the westbound lane, colliding with a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 driven by Andrew Kirkpatrick, 31, from Ellinwood.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Wilson State Park OK Kids Event

Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K. Kids Event on Saturday. O.K. Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wi1dscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an alternative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Barton VP candidate praises community colleges

Dr. Robin Garrett holds a Ph.D., but her higher education began with a course at a community college. The third of three candidates seeking the job of vice president of academics at Barton Community College visited the campus Tuesday for a public forum.

June 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington says ‘Yes’ to new school

Unofficial results are in. Hoisington USD 431 will be building a new elementary school to replace its oldest structure, Lincoln Elementary School.

June 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


New officers join Great Bend Police Department

The Great Bend Police Department has added four new officers.

June 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend City Council commends Humane Society for turnaround

Members of the Great Bend City Council Monday night congratulated Golden Belt Humane Society officials for what they termed marked improvements in how it handles animals and the public.

June 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


​Library submits 2016 budget to city

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has submitted a 2016 proposed budget totaling $739,600, requesting $640,000 from the City of Great Bend.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicle thought to have rammed Claflin store during break-in

CLAFLIN – Sometime early Sunday morning, there was a break-in at Bailey's Food Bin in downtown Claflin, said Gary Vaughan of the Claflin Police Department.

June 15, 2015 | | Local News


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GBPD relates July 4 weekend activity

Of all the calls the Great Bend Police Department received over the extended Fourth of July weekend, about a fifth of them had to do with fireworks it was reported at the City Council meeting Monday night.

July 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Faces of Harvest: Ruthann Spare

The best answer to a complicated question is often the most obvious. Take Ruthann Spare. Searching for a future career path in college, she spent summers working on the family farm in Ellinwood. Eventually, she realized that returning home and farming full time was exactly the lifestyle she was looking for.

July 07, 2015 | Julia Debes | Local News


Sunflower Early Education screening

Sunflower Early Education will hold a free developmental screening open to all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 8 a.m. to noon on July 13, at the Sunflower Early Education Center, 1312 Patton Road. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing, and vision. Children 6 months and older will be screened using a brand new electronic spot vision screener donated by the Lions Club.

July 07, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend hires Events Center architect

The next step in improving the city-owned Great Bend Events Center are now in the works, after the City Council Monday night approved hiring an architect to sketch out what will be done.

July 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County audit to be late, again

It was a triple dose of bad news for the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

July 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


AG Schmidt’s office to provide consumer protection information at Barton County Fair

Information to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft, scams and deceptive business practices will be offered next week at the Barton County Fair, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


​Eagles plan sock hop, luau

Great Bend's Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 646, 1024 Main, has events planned for the next two Saturdays.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday July 9, at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. 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.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. For more information, contact the City Office at 620-793-4111.

July 04, 2015 | | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant for the Family Crisis Center's Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, the local recycling grant award and High Risk Rural Road sign replacement.

July 04, 2015 | | Local News


Crisis Center loses grant due to county audit

In 2013, the Barton County Commission approved partnering with the Family Crisis Center on an application for the Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant. It was successful and provided much needed funding for the agency charged with helping families in times of dire distress.

July 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Water used for hydraulic fracturing varies widely across United States

The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Ellinwood Garden Club quilt drawing

The Ellinwood Garden Club is offering tickets for a drawing to win a quilt following the After Harvest Parade on July 18. The quilt is pieced of "Jinnny Beyer Rose Garden" fabric, machine quilted, and measuring 84" x 100". It will be on display in the window at 113 N. Main St., Ellinwood. The suggested donation for the tickets is $1. Contact June Stephens 620-564-2852, P.O. Box 155, Ellinwood, KS 67526, or Helen Urban 620-564-2540, or JoAnn Roth 620-564-2920.

July 03, 2015 | | Local News


Continuing the Vision

Clara Barton Hospital Foundation's supporters came together at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall like they have done every year for the past 22 years, to raise money for the non-profit Hospital. "This annual benefit brings the community together every year," states Michelle Moshier, Executive Director of the Foundation. "Clara Barton Hospital is important for so many people, and they show it in grand gestures at the auction. It's truly wonderful to see this type of support."

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fiscal Year 2015 ends, taking Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund with it

TOPEKA - As the 2015 fiscal year officially draws to a close, so does Kansas' most reliable source of funding for programs to benefit Kansas kids: the Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund (KEY Fund).

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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