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Great Bend Military Moms seek donations

The Great Bend Military Moms organization is seeking donations of items to include in care packages to be mailed to service personnel stationed overseas.

October 29, 2013 | | Local News


GBHS Novice Debaters win in Varsity

At the Haven Invitational Varsity Debate Tournament on Oct. 26, two Great Bend High School novice debate teams competed and both finished with winning records against varsity debaters. There where 22 schools and 58 teams that competed at the tournament. Trae Black and Ashtin Heath finished with a 3-2 win loss record with 25 speaker points and tied with their teammates Aaron Miller and Makinna Dykes with the same record and speaker points. GBHS Debate coach Barbra Watson commented "I was proud of all of my first year debaters that were brave enough to compete at this huge varsity tournament ...

October 29, 2013 | | Local News


Upcoming programs, events announced at library

Upcoming programs at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., were announced by Jennifer King, marketing and Young Adult librarian.

October 28, 2013 | | Local News


Howard Dean, Rick Santorum to kick off public policy-public issue series at FHSU

Two former front-running candidates for president from the Democratic and Republican parties will take the stage at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.

October 27, 2013 | | Local News


Rice County Historical Society receives grant

On Friday, October 18, the Kansas Museums Association awarded a 2013 Institutional Grant Award to the Rice County Historical Society. The award was one of two presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the Kansas Museums Association in Lawrence. The $500 award will be applied to the purchase of two dehumidifiers for the Historical Society's storage areas.

October 27, 2013 | | Local News


Great Bend Public Library upcoming events

Upcoming programs at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., were announced by Jennifer King, marketing and Young Adult librarian.

October 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rodeo provides memorable performances

The 9th Annual Rosewood Rodeo is now in the books, but the Oct. 12 event will long be remembered by participants and spectators alike. That's because many of the more than 30 participants turned in stellar therapeutic rides and the new Rosewood Drill Team wowed the crowd, which was on hand to witness the team's debut performance at the Great Bend Expo III Arena.

October 25, 2013 | | Local News


County seeks senior representative

The Barton County Commissioners are seeking a volunteer to represent the county's older population on the Southwest Kansas Area Agency On Aging's Sub-Region Council, the Barton County Administrator's Office announced Friday.

October 25, 2013 | | Local News


Eternity Focus coming to River of Life

Eternity Focus will be at River of Life Church, 1219 Main St., in Great Bend during the 10:30 a.m. service on Nov. 3. Pastor David LeRoy provided the following information.

October 24, 2013 | | Local News


Habitat for Humanity accepting applications

Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for families in need of affordable housing offered through the non-profit organization. With hopes of starting the next building project in the summer of 2014, interested families should submit an application as soon as possible, said Rachel Mawhirter, chairman of the local Habitat board.

October 23, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


GBHS Debate competes in Buhler

On Oct. 19, the Great Bend High School Debate team competed in the Buhler Invitational Debate tournament. They had five teams contribute to an overall placing of 3rd in sweepstakes and two medals with a 1st place finish in the varsity division.

October 23, 2013 | | Local News


Successful Parenting workshop

Raising children is one of the most important jobs a person will have during their life, but there are very few opportunities to receive parenting training. Join Donna Krug, Barton County Family & Consumer Science Agent, for a three part "Successful Parenting" workshop. Some of the topics covered include: self-esteem, communication and discipline. The workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, 14, and 21 at the Barton County Extension Office Meeting Room, 1800 12th Street, Great Bend.

October 20, 2013 | Nick Grubbe | Local News


KWEC offers free crane tours

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer two free crane tours, starting at 5:30 p.m., on Oct. 27 and 29 at Cheyenne Bottoms.

October 20, 2013 | | Local News


Freeze warning issued for western Kansas

By Jim Misunas

October 18, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Kansas WIC clinics resume issuing November, December checks

With the federal government shutdown ended, local WIC clinics can resume normal check issuance.

October 18, 2013 | | Local News


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​Truck driver flees; eludes officers

Two units from the Barton County Sheriff's Office and a Hoisington Police Department vehicle were involved in a pursuit early Sunday.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


​Snake shot, chopped

ALBERT - At 4:13 p.m. last Wednesday, a woman called 911 to let law enforcement know she (or someone at the residence) was attempting to shoot a snake in her yard on Charles Street in Albert. At 4:20 she called back, asking if an officer would make sure the snake was dead.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man told police he was hit with a bat and robbed of cash around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Baltzell Motel, 705 10th St. The man called police shortly before 9 a.m. At that time he also identified his alleged attacker, saying they were arguing over money. He was reportedly hit in the knee with a small baseball bat, and then his wallet was taken.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington crossing to finally be repaired

It's been a long time coming, but the teeth-jarring railroad crossing on the south end of Hoisington is finally going to be repaired.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County to recycle old shingles

The Barton County Landfill receives between 1,500 and 2,000 tons of shingles per year, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock reported to the Barton County Commissioners Monday morning.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County in federal disaster declaration

On July 20, 2015, Barton County was declared eligible for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency due to severe storms and flooding that occurred throughout Kansas from May 4 through June 21, Emergency Manager Amy Miller told the County Commission Monday morning.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wetland Explorer: Summer's Embrace

A female Baltimore oriole offers a juicy grasshopper to her youngster, who will soon be on its own. The male's bright orange and black colors prompted its name – the same colors as England's Baltimore family crest.

July 27, 2015 | By Pam Martin KDWPT educator | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free 4-year-old preschool openings available

Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend USD 428, has a limited number of openings available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program for the upcoming school year. This program is free - except for a $40 initial enrollment fee - and is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Where Are Those Polts?

There are several breakfast or coffee meetings in our area. They are usually comprised of the same core group with a few occasional stragglers that drop in. I have observed that politicians want to "test the water" by making a photo op and pretend to be interested in the ideas or conclusions of these "grass root" citizens. Excuse me if I don't see the common sense of our coffee clatches reflected in the national debate and policy- we are usually befuddled by the actions of those we thought we elected to represent us. We have firm ideas and opinions ...

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Trail segment and four historic districts among listings added to National Register of Historic Plac

The Kansas Historical Society announced that a segment of the Smoky Hill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch and four historic districts are among the newest Kansas listings added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places entered eight Kansas listings into the Register on July 7. The Keeper also removed three demolished properties from the register. This action brings the total number of Kansas listings in the National Register to 1,400.

July 26, 2015 | | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The crew made an unscheduled stop in Great Bend on Friday to change a carburetor.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Budgets on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will vote on publishing next year's budget when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The recommended budget would require an estimated property tax rate of 33.124 mills this year; that is exactly the same as the actual tax rate in 2014.

July 25, 2015 | | Local News


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