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Butterfly gardens attract 'flying flowers'

A colorful program on creating butterfly gardens was given by Becky Dudrey at the March Garden Club meeting in Great Bend. Using the magazine Birds and Blooms as a resource, Dudrey shared photos of the 10 most popular butterfly species, and described the best plants to attract butterflies.

March 24, 2014 | | Local News


Polka Lovers donate to Sunflower

Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a donation to Sunflower Diversified Services. From left to right are: Arlene Wilhelm; Jim Johnson, Sunflower executive director; and Marilyn Degenhardt.

March 24, 2014 | | Local News


Spring into Summer at Kansas State Parks

Harsh winter weather has people longing for warmer days ahead, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has the perfect remedy for cabin fever. KDWPT invites outdoor enthusiasts to "Spring Into Summer" on Saturday, March 29 with a free entrance day and open houses at all Kansas state parks. Most parks will host special activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visit State Parks Open Houses to learn about the special events at participating parks.

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Wetland Explorer

It's been a long winter but spring is upon us even though it seems fleeting. At Cheyenne Bottoms, waterfowl have been coming and going since mid-February, a few early shorebirds have arrived and some of the perennial plants are sending out tentative shoots.

March 23, 2014 | Pam Martin KDWPT Educatior at KWEC | Local News


A hero of the 1960s civil rights movement coming to FHSU

Diane Nash, veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement -- a leader in the lunch-counter protests in the Nashville sit-ins and an active member of the Freedom Riders -- will speak at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center a 7 p.m. on March 27.

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Julian announces candidacy for City Council in the 4th Ward

I am Erika Julian, and would like to announce my candidacy to serve Great Bend as the city council person in the 4th Ward. Six years ago, my husband Rick and I moved back to Great Bend where he was born and raised. Since then, I have taken an active interest in this community by volunteering for numerous events, also by serving as Chairperson of the Head Start Policy Council, as PTO secretary, and I am a coach and board member for the Special Olympics. My husband and I also own and operate two businesses here in Great Bend. I ...

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Pipe organ tour coming to Great Bend

On Sunday, March 30, Kansas Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a tour of three pipe organs in Great Bend, with a program geared to interest people of all ages, and particularly suited to families. Those who attend will hear the instruments and learn more about how they work.

March 20, 2014 | | Local News


Website video depicts Dominican history at St. Rose, St. Catherine

It began as a way to introduce new associates at two medical facilities with the storied history of how the Dominican Sisters started health-care services in Great Bend and Garden City.

March 20, 2014 | | Local News


St. Rose surgeon reminds community about colon screenings

Ana Refinetti, M.D., knows that many people are aware that a screening for colon cancer is important.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Polka Lovers donate to Heartland Cancer Center

Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a check for $1,366.43 to St. Rose's Heartland Cancer Center. From left to right are: Arlene Wilhelm; Jamie Hutchinson, cancer center director; and Marilyn Degenhardt.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Sunflower supporters break record, raise $60,000 at Charity Gala

The March 1 snowstorm didn't chill the spirits of Sunflower Diversified Services supporters. They came out in force and donated a record $60,000 to people with disabilities at the non-profit agency's ninth annual Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, Sunflower director of development.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Barton Foundation Clay Shoot moves to Camp Aldrich

The Barton Foundation will host its Seventh Annual Clay Shoot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Camp Aldrich, 884 NE 110 Ave.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Vicki Berryman announces candidacy for City Council

I am announcing my candidacy for council person to serve Great Bend in the First Ward. I have spent the last three decades serving the community through the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, a volunteer for the 3-I Show and our Great Bend Farm

March 16, 2014 | | Local News


Bruce Helander to be inducted into Florida Artists Hall of Fame on March 18

As part of Florida Heritage Month (March 15-April 15), the Florida Heritage Awards will be presented at Mission San Luis, Floridas Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum. The 2014 event includes the Florida Book Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards, and the states highest award, the two newest inductions into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, one of whom is West Palm Beach artist Bruce Helander (born and raised in Great Bend), in a ceremony sponsored by the Florida Secretary of State on March 18 in Tallahassee. Helander was selected by members of the Florida Council ...

March 16, 2014 | | Local News


Kory Brunson Band supports Kans for Kids

The Kory Brunson Band presented a concert to benefit Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation on Friday evening, March 7 at the Crest Theater. Brunson, a native of Great Bend now living in Thornton, Colo., made the trip home to donate his time and talent to the local organization that provides assistance to families in Barton County living with cancer.

March 14, 2014 | | Local News


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Prairie Godmothers host Build-A-Bag Brunch to benefit single mothers in Barton County

The Prairie Godmothers will be hosting a Build-A-Bag Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 7, at Renue Salon & Spa, 1419 Main Street, Great Bend.

May 03, 2015 | | Local News


All girls invited to experience Girl Scout camps

WICHITA – Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland announced that registration is open for 111 summer camps and activities offered to all K-12 girls.

May 02, 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. The agenda includes street closures for June Jaunt and Summer Street Stroll, Great Bend Events Center improvements and upgrades for the Police Department.

May 01, 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 the Great Bend Zoo and World Binturong Day, proclamations for Mental Health Month and National Bike Month and the K-4 scenic overlook project.

May 01, 2015 | | Local News


'The Mandate' challenges men to step up

Central Kansas men have a mandate to step up and be responsible fathers and leaders.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Heartland Farm offers Open Farm Day

Heartland Farm in rural Pawnee Rock will hold its spring Open Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2. The public is welcome, said Sister Marilyn Pierson, OP.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


​Prairie Godmothers bagging gifts for single moms

The next Prairie Godmothers event is a Build-A-Bag Brunch that will benefit single mothers in the Barton County area. The come-and-go event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Renue Salon & Spa, 1419 Main in Great Bend. There will be a brief program and door prize drawing at 12:30 p.m.

April 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


BCC theater department to present Thespian Showcase

The theatre department at Barton Community College will hold its last performance of the school year, the Thespian Showcase, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


Student recital May 7

Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


Endowment Concert to raise money for scholarships

The Barton Community College music department awards 11 scholarships every year at about $1,000 each and 20 performance awards for non-music major students, which enables them to participate in ensembles. This could not be done without the community's support of the annual Music Endowment Concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


Bridge work to cause road closings

Starting Monday, NE 60 Avenue north of U.S. 56 and NE 30 Road one mile east of K-156 will be closed due to road and bridge construction, The Barton County Road and Bridge Department announced Friday. The work will take approximately one week.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


5K Color Run/Walk

Color Your World, a 5K Color Walk/Run sponsored by the Otis-Bison KAY Club, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the High School. Entry fee is $5 for students through 12th grade and $10 for adults.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS achieve superior ratings at State Festival

Great Bend High School musicians achieved superior ratings at the State Festival last Saturday at Emporia High School. Instrumentalists are, front row: Andrew Curtright, Anna Frizell, Michelle Rooney, Kaitlin Adams, Allison Regehr, Eric Vazquez. Back row: Aubrey Maneth, Kayn Milholland, Dorian Lueth, Aaron Schultz, Taylor Dougherty, Ben Diel. Soloist who received "I"s were: Andrew Curtright, euphonium; Anna Frizell, clarinet; Eric Vazquez, bass clarinet; Kayn Milholland, tuba; Allison Regehr, french horn; and Dorian Lueth, viola. Receiving "II"s on their solos were: Taylor Dougherty and Kaitlin Adams, clarinet. The Brass Sextet received a I. Members are: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz ...

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


Dr. Edward “Dusty” Jones officially retires from St. Rose Health Center

After 46 years of serving patients, families and the central Kansas community, Dr. Edward "Dusty" Jones has officially retired from St. Rose Health Center.

April 29, 2015 | | Local News


Volunteers active at St. Rose Health Center; more encouraged to sign up

Marlene and Mak Brack of Great Bend have been volunteering at St. Rose Health Center for more than four years, and they encourage others to sign up for a rewarding position at the facility.

April 29, 2015 | | Local News


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