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Poppies to honor veterans available

The American Legion Auxiliary will be out this Memorial weekend asking for donations to help with its Poppy Program. Members will be in front of Great Bend businesses with poppies this evening and all day Saturday. They will also be out on Sunday if they still have some of the 3,000 poppies, said Marianne Krallman, cochair of this year's Poppy Program.

May 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Investing in Kids

Darin Johnson presents Connie Oetken, Sunflower Diversified Services director of development, a check for $1,030 for the non-profit agency's Invest in Kids membership club. These proceeds, which will be directed to children with developmental disabilities and delays, represent a portion of a month's invoices at Darin's Auto Repair, Great Bend.

May 18, 2013 | | Local News


Art on the Hill

Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for their annual faculty and staff exhibit from 1-3 p.m. today, which will include additional artwork from an array of local artists and three featured artists.

May 18, 2013 | | Local News


City Council to discuss pit bull ban

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are a request to ban pit bulls and other vicious dogs, a lease request at the airport industrial area from National Co Operative Refinery Association and a cereal-malt beverage request for June Jaunt.

May 18, 2013 | | Local News


Knoblich and Jamieson Recognized by ElderCare, Inc.

Julie Knoblich, Director of Human Resources, Barton Community College and Bernie Jamieson, accountant with Benefits Managements Inc. were recognized for serving six years on the Board of Directors of ElderCare, Inc. Knoblich served as Board chair and Jamieson served as Board Secretary–Treasurer. Janet Splitter, Executive Director of ElderCare, Inc. presented each with a plaque in appreciation of their leadership and counsel guiding the service to older adults. Current members of the Board include: Julie Knoblich, Bernie Jamieson, Barbara Shirk, Larry Collins, Richard VonFeldt, Terry Conard and Robin Fabricius.

May 17, 2013 | | Local News


911 computers on commission agenda

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes new computers for the Communications Department (911), dispatcher training and an overview of criminal victims' services.

May 16, 2013 | | Local News


Applicant's briefing scheduled for Barton County

On April 26, Barton County was declared eligible for Public Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to a snowstorm that occurred Feb. 20-23, 2013. An Applicants' Briefing for township officials, cities, county, school districts and certain non-profits organizations within Barton County has been scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at the Barton County Courthouse, Room 101, Great Bend. This meeting is for public officials and officers from these agencies and organizations. Elected officials from these entities may be in attendance.

May 09, 2013 | | Local News


GBHS Variety Show tickets on sale

Great Bend High School Variety Show tickets are still available in the high school vocal music room. Please use the east front doors of the school.

May 09, 2013 | | Local News


Keep Children and Pets Safe by Teaching Any Dog May Bite

Each year, 4.5 million people in this country are bitten by dogs and 885,000 of those require medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among children, the rate of dog bite–related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites than adults. Children, because of their inexperience and size, are particularly prone to serious injury from animal attacks. Dogs are also more prone to biting children more so than adults because they sense that they are being challenged ...

May 09, 2013 | | Local News


Keep children and pets safe by teaching any dog may bite

TOPEKA - Each year, 4.5 million people in this country are bitten by dogs and 885,000 of those require medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among children, the rate of dog bite–related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites than adults. Children, because of their inexperience and size, are particularly prone to serious injury from animal attacks. Dogs are also more prone to biting children more so than adults because they sense that they are being ...

May 08, 2013 | | Local News


Full entry takes 8th at State

On Saturday May 4th the Great Bend Forensics squad traveled to Emporia High School for the 5A State Championship Speech Tournament. They competed in 16 events, which gave them a full entry. Placing 8th out of 25 schools, the team had five events break into semifinals.

May 08, 2013 | | Local News


German Wedding Roast a family tradition

One way to keep Mom out of the kitchen this Mother's Day is by taking her to lunch. Jeannie Munsch will be cooking German Wedding Roast to serve this Sunday at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Student clean-up

From left: Chandra Gray, Holly Foster and Kole Stiner team up at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center for the community-wide clean-up day May 1. The Great Bend High School Student Council helped organize the event as a community-service project.

May 07, 2013 | | Local News


Girl Scout volunteers recognized for service

Wichita - Ninety-three volunteers across 80 counties were honored by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland recently at the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Annual Meeting.

May 07, 2013 | | Local News


North Frey bridge work to begin Friday

According to the Barton County Engineers Office, L&M Contractors of Great Bend will begin bridge repair work on NE 10 Ave. (or North Frey Street), north of the Club at StoneRidge on Friday. Barricades will be placed at the intersection North and South of the structure, allowing access to local traffic only for about three weeks.

May 07, 2013 | | Local News


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Crisis Center loses grant due to county audit

In 2013, the Barton County Commission approved partnering with the Family Crisis Center on an application for the Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant. It was successful and provided much needed funding for the agency charged with helping families in times of dire distress.

July 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Water used for hydraulic fracturing varies widely across United States

The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Ellinwood Garden Club quilt drawing

The Ellinwood Garden Club is offering tickets for a drawing to win a quilt following the After Harvest Parade on July 18. The quilt is pieced of "Jinnny Beyer Rose Garden" fabric, machine quilted, and measuring 84" x 100". It will be on display in the window at 113 N. Main St., Ellinwood. The suggested donation for the tickets is $1. Contact June Stephens 620-564-2852, P.O. Box 155, Ellinwood, KS 67526, or Helen Urban 620-564-2540, or JoAnn Roth 620-564-2920.

July 03, 2015 | | Local News


Continuing the Vision

Clara Barton Hospital Foundation's supporters came together at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall like they have done every year for the past 22 years, to raise money for the non-profit Hospital. "This annual benefit brings the community together every year," states Michelle Moshier, Executive Director of the Foundation. "Clara Barton Hospital is important for so many people, and they show it in grand gestures at the auction. It's truly wonderful to see this type of support."

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fiscal Year 2015 ends, taking Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund with it

TOPEKA - As the 2015 fiscal year officially draws to a close, so does Kansas' most reliable source of funding for programs to benefit Kansas kids: the Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund (KEY Fund).

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


OSHA opens investigation into death of an oil field worker near Great Bend

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Wichita office has opened an investigation into the report of an oil field worker's death. Travis Underwood, 30 of Great Bend, was an employee of Klima Well Service Inc., an oil field pumping unit service, who was performing oil field re-work at an existing oil well site north of Great Bend.

July 03, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Faces of Harvest: Matt Splitter continues on long-established farmstead

LORRAINE – Work hard, others notice. Find advisors who will teach you, not just help you. Dispensing this advice demonstrates that Matt Splitter is not just a young farmer, but already a wise one.

July 03, 2015 | BY JULIA DEBES Kansas Wheat Commission | Local News


Freak accident shuts down Hwy 56 Thursday

At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a three vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 96 between Great Bend and Ellinwood. Barton County Sheriff and the Kansas Highway Patrol were both on the scene. An eastbound truck towing a horse trailer lost two tires which collided with an eastbound van and a westbound SUV. The windshield of the van and the grill of the SUV were smashed. It is unknown at this time if there were any injuries. The roadway was closed down for about 10 minutes. More details to come.

July 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Although not seen in Barton County, rabies cases rise in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health is reporting an increased number of rabies cases in Kansas this year, but the disease has yet to show up in Barton County, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor said.

July 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Vietnam vet receives service medal after 50 years

Gerald Kenyon joined the United States Air Force out of highschool, and in 1964, he completed training as a weapons mechanic at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. A short while later, he was sent to Vietnam where he served a tour of duty, stationed at DaNang Air Base where he loaded guns on a Republic F-105 Thunderchief.

July 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Drug suspect arrested

Eugene Black, Great Bend, was arrested Wednesday morning at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th St., on drug charges.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HITTING THE HIGHWAYS

The Independence Day holiday travel period is officially underway, with more than 35.5 million travelers expected on the road through Sunday, July 5. That's an increase of 0.7 percent, but represents a record volume of auto travel for the Independence Day holiday, breaking last year's record of 35.3 million auto travelers.

July 02, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


​Jamaican con artists calling area residents

Unless you know someone in Jamaica, there's probably no reason to answer a telephone call from the 876 area code.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sunflower clients travel to Topeka

While the agenda was jam-packed with information for people with developmental disabilities, one of the highlights at a recent conference was the topic of leadership.

July 02, 2015 | | Local News


YOUNG STYLE

Garments were scrutinized, outfits evaluated, and decision making skills questioned Wednesday morning. The halls of Trinity Lutheran Church's education wing were filled with 4-Hers of all ages dressed in an assortment of outfits from the simple to the simply elegant and everything in between. These participants in clothing construction, fiber arts and buymanship projects in the county's 4-H clubs underwent judging of their projects, leading up to the moment they could take the stage at The Crest Theater in Great Bend later that night for the annual 4-H Fashion Revue, marking the beginning of Barton County's fair ...

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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