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'Ordinary' woman shares her extraordinary story

Guest speaker Lora Jones from Liberal returns to Great Bend on Saturday, Sept. 14, when she will speak at the Aglow meeting at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begins at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9:30.

September 05, 2013 | | Local News


Faith Community Church to host missions conference

The Central Kansas Missions Conference will be hosted by Faith Community Church, Friday and Saturday, Pastor Sandy Kennedy announced. The public is invited to attend tonight's evening service at 7:30, and Saturday sessions at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Faith Community Church is located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend.

September 05, 2013 | | Local News


Food Assistance requirements change to encourage employment

In an effort to encourage employment over welfare dependency, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced Wednesday, that it will allow a federal waiver to expire. The waiver currently allows adults, ages 18 to 49, who are capable of working but who are not employed and who do not have dependent children to receive food assistance. Those individuals currently benefitting from the waiver will be required to meet a minimum work requirement or be enrolled in a federally-approved job training program.

September 05, 2013 | | Local News


Zoo news: Three continents represented in tortoise pen

Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.

September 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Broadway-Harrison collision

Traffic stops after a Pontiac Bonneville SE and Ford F-150 truck collide at Broadway and Harrison, around 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. There was also a collision at the intersection Friday afternoon. The intersection was once a regular spot for traffic accidents, before the city removed part of the center island and added a left-turn lane on the east side of Broadway in 2011. Now collisions are not a regular event at Broadway and Harrison.

September 03, 2013 | | Local News


Big Benefit Auction raises $55,000

About 300 auction-goers decked out in "Denim and Diamonds" came together to raise money for Barton Community College scholarships and program enhancements at the Barton Foundation's 35th annual Big Benefit Auction on Aug. 24.

September 03, 2013 | | Local News


Monarch Madness hits KWEC

Monarch madness is spreading to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, where the annual "Mad About Monarchs" event takes place Sept. 14. Participants have the opportunity to capture and tag monarch butterflies in the sunflower-filled fields surrounding KWEC, and join in other butterfly-related activities.

September 01, 2013 | | Local News


Halloween costume drive announced at Great Bend Public Library

The Great Bend Public Library is holding a Halloween Costume Drive sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. From now until Nov. 9, old costumes may be dropped off at the library during business hours, to help kids get costumes for Halloween.

August 31, 2013 | | Local News


HCC benefit tickets available; auction items needed

The community now has the chance to show its support for local cancer patients and their families by participating in this year's Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) Benefit Auction.

August 31, 2013 | | Local News


Commission revamps fireworks resolution

Noting there were no safety concerns and to avoid harming a local business, the Barton County Commission Monday morning lessened the distance a large fireworks stand has to be from surrounding structures.

August 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend library unveils Book Club, announces September programs

Great Bend Public Library will resume regular hours and unveil a new Book Club in September, according to library spokesman Jennifer King.

August 26, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


​Early registration opens for Oozefest

Party in the Park: Oozefest Mud Volleyball Tournament is planned for Saturday, Sept. 21 at Veterans Memorial Park. Oozefest organizers are seeking volleyball teams to enjoy a day of mud volleyball in the park.

August 24, 2013 | | Local News


Diabetes expert to lead free meeting at St. Rose

Those whose lives are touched by diabetes will have the chance to learn more about the disease from a well-known expert at a special meeting of Great Bend's Diabetes Support Group.

August 24, 2013 | | Local News


Rosewood Riders conquer challenges at World Horse Show

TULSA, Okla. - Rosewood Ranch's third year competing in the National Snaffle Bit Association World Championship Show proved to be its toughest challenge of three appearances. Still, the riders persevered, taking home 14 top-10 finishes with two Rosewood riders recording top-3 finishes, which included Rosewood's Jamie Crone winning reserve grand champion.

August 24, 2013 | | Local News


Senior Volunteers honored for service to elderly

Beverly Davis, Earl Lumpkins and Bernita Degenhardt of Great Bend were honored for their service to the elderly at the February Senior Companion Program in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center on Aug. 21st. Davis has served 10 years; Lumpkins, nine years and Degenhardt, five years with the Program. Senior Companions offer friendship and assistance with daily living activities to older persons needing help to live independently.

August 23, 2013 | | 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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