BARTON COUNTY - Long-viewed as the 'Landmark of the Plains,' Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church north of Ellinwood was seriously damaged in May 2007 when the steeple collapsed during a tornado. Standing firm for over a 100 years, the church was a center of activity during most of the twentieth century, where those seeking solace in times of trouble and those celebrating the good times could both find a place of rest.
Eric Zamora finally has a voice - in two languages.
STAFFORD -- The Stafford High School Class of 2011 will graduate at 2 p.m. Saturday at the high school.
Professor Jim Hoy from Emporia State University will present the program, "Home on the Range: Kansas Folklore," at the Barton County Historical Society.
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County volunteers hope to raise at least $8,000 for their next building project with Habitat's third annual golf tournament, June 18. Hole sponsorships and team registration are being sought now, tournament organizer Matt Hiss said.
The Family Crisis Center Inc. is one of 10 organizations that will benefit from a recent fundriaser by Kansas Department of Corrections employees.
A semi-trailer driver was injured Tuesday on Interstate 70 in Russell County. John Kenneth Arthurs II, from Independence, Mo., was taken to Russell Regional Hospital with undetermined injuries.
The renewal of contracts for 2011-12 will be on the agenda when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building on campus.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Historical Society, 85 S. Highway 281, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Karmi Green with greeters Jan Westfall and Lynda Jamison. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
State tourism officials and other Kansas travel enthusiasts (a.k.a "roadies") will travel the state this summer in a "driving billboard" to promote Kansas tourism as part of the recently announced Faces and Places Tour. The tour's goal is to foster tourism in Kansas through social media, promote Kansas as a desirable destination and increase tourism expenditures. The announcement was made in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week.
On Friday, the second-annual Kansas Freedom Ride will be held across Kansas. The annual event is intended to recognize Armed Forces Day and honor those who serve whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve for their service and defending our freedom.
HUDSON - Unfortunately, it's back to square one for Brenda and Ken Grabast.
In 1894, Birger Sandzén arrived at Bethany College in Lindsborg to teach languages and assist in the art and vocal music departments. He remained at Bethany for the remainder of his career, becoming the principal art instructor in 1899 and retiring in 1946. Throughout this period, and after he retired as Professor Emeritus, he was a prolific painter and print maker until his death in 1954.
An Oklahoma man was died and two others were injured Friday in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Pawnee County, 2.5 miles west of Larned on U.S. 56.
Sunday, the Tribune began a four part series about the military service of brothers Jack and Donald Matthews, two Great Bend veterans who served their country during World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict. Both will be memorialized at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park. Don Matthews shared his brother's memoirs with readers, which covered the period between D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge during 1944. Today, some history about Donald's service as the Cold War began.
This is part three of a four part series which began Sunday. The Matthews brothers, veterans of World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict, share their stories. Today, Jack Matthews' memoir describes the bond between soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.
Sunday, part one of a four-part series about the military experiences of two Barton County veterans introduced readers to the memoir of Jack Matthews, Great Bend, who served his country during World War II in Northern France and during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is part two.
Jack and Don Matthews each served their country, and will be memorialized on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. Here is part one of a four part series that tells the stories of their service and beyond.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street on from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
A Toastmasters group is forming in Great Bend and will hold its first meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2701 17th St.
Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek has been invited to showcase his work at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery a special invitational show, "Embracing Nature." His work will be on display from Sept. 9 through Oct. 19, with an evening, nature-themed reception on from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will award the bid for this year's T-shirt order when the board meets at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Bid specifications will also be approved for a copier.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the presentation of an insurance dividend check, an appointment to the Workforce Investment Board and the selection of Kansas Association of Counties convention delegates.
Four people were injured Thursday night when two vehicles collided on K-96 at NW 30 Ave., 3 miles northwest of Great Bend.
The City of Great Bend will have its annual public auction at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, in front of the Great Bend Police Department, 1217 Williams St.
By Jim Misunas