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AG Schmidt announces area National Consumer Protection Week events

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced his office will commemorate National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9 by providing consumers opportunities to fight identity theft by destroying personal documents and conducting consumer education programs throughout the state.

March 01, 2013 | | Local News


Young at Art

The Deines Cultural Center is featuring "Young at Art" an exhibit of art in a variety of media by students attending USD 407 schools. The art is from students at Simpson and Bickerdyke Elementary Schools, Ruppenthal Middle School and Russell High School.

March 01, 2013 | | Local News


Blizzard Energy on County Commission agenda

The tire recycling business Blizzard Energy will be one of the topics when the Barton County Commission meets a 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. Other agenda items include a proclamation recognizing this as Severe Weather Awareness Week, bids to repair the bridge just north of Stone Ridge Country Club, a road vacation and a replacement pickup for the Road and Bridge Department.

March 01, 2013 | | Local News


Shafer Gallery to show 'Signs of the Passion' exhibit

Two Christian artists give their very different and personal interpretations of the Stations of the Cross and Passion week in the new exhibit at Shafer Art Gallery, located on the Barton Community College campus. Works by Todd Dayton-Fox and the Rev. Richard Vettel-Becker will be on display March 7-17 and March 24-29.

February 28, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Bloodmobile comes to Great Bend Monday

Severe winter weather across much of Kansas forced the cancellation of 50 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a shortfall of more than 1,600 blood and platelet donations through the Red Cross Central Plains Region. Now that the storm has passed, eligible donors are encouraged to give lifesaving blood and platelets to help offset the current shortfall and ensure a stable supply.

February 28, 2013 | | Local News


Canadian songbird coming to McPherson

McPHERSON - Canadian singer-songwriter Darrelle London will appear at the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

February 25, 2013 | | Local News


​GBCT issue casting call for ‘Duck Hunter Shoots Angel’

Auditions for the third show in Great Bend Community Theatre's 2012-2013 season, "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, and 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave.

February 25, 2013 | | Local News


Blizzard warning issued for western Kansas

Blizzard conditions will develop late in the evening, and especially after midnight tonight as the first wave of snow moves into southwest Kansas from the south.

February 24, 2013 | | Local News


Great Bend Middle School Band concerts

The Great Bend Middle School Band Department will be presenting three programs during the week of Feb. 25th. At 7 p.m. on Monday Feb. 25, the 7th grade band members will be performing a variety of solos and group instrumental ensembles. On the same date, at 8 p.m ., 8th grade band students will perform their solos and group ensembles. Both performances will be in the Music Room at Great Bend Middle School. The public is invited to attend.

February 22, 2013 | | Local News


Winter storm on commission agenda

The Barton County Commission will hear a report on the impact of the recent winter storm when it meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main St. in Great Bend. Valuation notices and an appointment to the Pawnee Rock Township Board are also on the agenda.

February 22, 2013 | | Local News


Local dietician shares expertise at St. Rose Parkinson's meeting

A local registered dietician will share information about nutrition at the next Parkinson's Support Group meeting at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. It is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the basement-level St. Dominic Room.

February 18, 2013 | | Local News


GBCF tops goal early with $1.4 million in donations late last year

The goal was to reach $10 million by the end of 2015 but because of several significant donations late last year, the Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF) is three years ahead of schedule.

February 17, 2013 | | Local News


Mayor Mike Allison announces his candidacy for mayor of Great Bend

Since becoming mayor, the City of Great Bend has once again become a community that looks to the future. These 14 years have witnessed a complete turnaround in Great Bend; from "the last one out of town, turn out the lights" to a growth attitude with many stepping forward with ideas and investment. The population of Great Bend has increased from 14,750 to more than 16,000 ..

February 17, 2013 | | Local News


Gala auction features wide variety

A wide variety of auction items have been collected but Sunflower Diversified Services can always use more for its annual Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, director of development.

February 16, 2013 | | Local News


Senior Center Valentines

Wanita Reinert and Luther Keil were crowned King and Queen last Tuesday at the Great Bend Senior Center's Valentine's Day. Crowning was followed by a singing performance by the Jefferson first graders, instructed by music teacher Paige Nowlan.

February 16, 2013 | | Local News


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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


Dr. Watts impressed with health-care legacy at St. Rose

Larry Watts, M.D., has become a familiar face to the staff at St. Rose Health Center but in upcoming months he will be introduced to many others in the community.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Personnel on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include an executive session for discussion of personnel, as well as reports on faculty accreditation and other topics.

January 20, 2015 | | Local News


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