Just four weeks ago, things were not looking good for Clyde, the male black bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. He was in poor health at the time, but after a surgery performed by Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, Director Scott Gregory said he hopes Clyde will be with the zoo for many years.
A man charged with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old victim appeared in Barton County District Court Monday and entered a plea of "no contest" to one count of indecent liberties with a child. Randall Scott Daubert was found guilty of the charge after Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews offered an affidavit as evidence. He did not state the evidence, noting the sensitive nature of the case. District Judge Ron Svaty found Daubert guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI).
Incredible Years Preschool has scheduled an open house for anyone interested in learning more about its comprehensive programs for children age 2-and-a-half to 5, Director Shari Schneider said. It is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the preschool, 1312 Patton.
When Steve Wondra, Great Bend, was asked to organize a volleyball tournament in conjunction with June Jaunt Activities, he had two conditions - it would honor the memory of his friend, Rhonda Klug, and proceeds would be directed to Heartland Cancer Center.
Braxton Schooler, center, helps a customer with her purchase, Friday afternoon. Braxton and his brother Carsyn, right, operated the corn stand at the corner of Broadway Ave. and Warner Road with some help from their mother Julie (not pictured). The corn came from the farm of Julie Schooler's uncle, Richard Josefiak, of Rozel.
Chicago-area police chief Kent Williams, who has been involved in law enforcement for more than 27 years, talks to fellow officers, Wednesday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building. His presentation discussed the traumas and triumphs associated with modern law enforcement and how they influence the pivotal balance between professional and personal relationships. The Lee Turner lectureship series is an endowment-funded program designed to provide an opportunity for law enforcement personnel to meet continuing education requirements while gaining valuable training pertinent to their profession.
A couple Tuesdays ago, Barton Community College Director of Institutional Advancement Darnell Holopirek gave a program at the Great Bend Noon Lions Club meeting. Among her topics was the much-needed and on-going renovation of the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.
Barton and Pawnee County residents were involved in several highway accidents over the weekend, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs. All of the people involved were wearing seat belts, with one exception.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has been a writer for much of her life and used the written word to help her through six months of chemotherapy and three major surgeries. Now she wants to share what she has learned with other patients with cancer or other chronic illness.
Great Bend was represented at an elite car show held June 21-23 at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri. Brock McPherson showed his 1966 Shelby Mustang G.T. 350H at the seventh annual Art of the Car Concours.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful 'Immunize and Win a Prize,' program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.
Holyrood, Kan. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) continues the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District. At the American Legion in Holyrood, Kansans turned out to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the negative impacts of the Supreme Court's decisions on Obamacare and marriage, the importance of religious liberty, the Congressman's successful efforts at reforming the VA, and how trade benefits Kansas agriculture.
ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.
In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.
Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.
For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).
One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.
June 28, 2015|
Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director
Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.
June 27, 2015|
Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune
with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser's Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser's Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.