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New apartment complex grand opening planned Sen. Jerry Moran to be in attendance

The grand opening of the apartment complex Reserves at Trail Ridge will take at 10 a.m. place Thursday. Senator Jerry Moran will be in attendance, along with other dignitaries. The public is invited to attend this community event.

August 14, 2015 | | Local News


Back to School Celebration photos

Dozens of local businesses set up tables in the Great Bend High School Gym to welcome hundreds of USD 428 employees back for the 2015-2016 school year. This was the first year for the Business Showcase, organized by the school district and the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce.

August 13, 2015 | | Local News


GRAND OPENING

Ever have that dream where you're back in high school?

August 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sendoff and welcome home ceremonies are part of the American Legion Riders tradition

Like so many other organizations that have traditions, the American Legion Riders of Great Bend are no different.

August 13, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Sunflower’s Early Ed Center helps toddler overcome his developmental problem

During much of Cody Freeman's young life, he didn't know what it meant to enjoy a meal. During those rare times when he could get something down, the result was usually projectile vomiting.

August 13, 2015 | | Local News


Ellinwood budget approved

The budget hearing at the Ellinwood City Council meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 11, was short with no public comment. The council then adopted resolution 8115, a new requirement by the state legislature of municipalities seeking to increase their mill levy, and unanimously approved the 2016 budget as presented for publication.

August 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


FIGHTING HUNGER

Imagine packing 15,120 meals for hungry children in just two hours. Now, imagine you had the help of more than 60 friends. That's just what happened at the Great Bend Expo 1 Friday night, when members of four churches gathered to take part in meal packaging event with the Kansas City non-profit Stop Hunger Now.

August 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Retired teachers invited back to school

All retired Great Bend USD 428 teachers are invited to attend the back-to-school celebration that begins with a breakfast for school employees from 7-8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Great Bend High School gym.

August 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Phone system may be next school improvement

When Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed needs to talk Great Bend High School Principal Tim Fries on the phone, it's not a direct call. The easiest way to get through is to call an outside line.

August 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drivers urged to be patient with road work

The 2015 Barton County road sealing program is humming along, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Be careful in the heat

According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. When temperatures soar close to 100 degrees, with excessive humidity leaving you sweltering and sticky, you should be careful to protect both yourself and your loved ones from falling ill due to the heat.

August 12, 2015 | | Local News


BCC Board to select new trustee

When the Barton Community College trustees meet in a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, they will pick one of seven applicants to take the place of the late Bob Mead.

August 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


SALOON UNDERGROUND

A must-see for visitors to Barton County for years has been the Ellinwood Underground tour. Now, thanks to the efforts of Wolf Hotel owner Chris McCord and his loyal volunteers, that tour offers not only a chance to imagine what it was like in the early days of the Santa Fe Trail town, but a chance to experience it firsthand.

August 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


College makes good on $900,000 budget cut

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees held a public budget hearing Tuesday, and approved the budget that was published in the Great Bend Tribune at the end of July.

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer children’s program ends like a good book

Every Hero Has a Story was the theme of this year's summer program at the Great Bend Public Library, and like every good book it had a great ending.

August 11, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


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