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.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes recognizing Clark Rusco as the Kansas County Engineer of the Year, an update on the county's social media efforts and the replacement of the sand dredge.
Barton County 4-H members competing at the State Archery competition in Topeka were Robert Frizell, AJ Moshier, Colton McPherson and Alivia Bautista. In Olympic division, Robert Frizell placed 7th in 3D, 10th in FITA and 7th overall. In the Bowhunter competition, AJ Moshier placed 10th in FITA, 11th in 3D and 10th overall. Alivia Bautista and Colton McPherson were competitors in the junior division of Bowhunter placing 48th and 74th respectively.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Cindy Parr and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Ellinwood High School Vocal Music Department presented "Bye Bye Birdie" for their annual fall musical on Nov. 14 and 15, in the EHS Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m..
Lone Wolf Reasturant and Catering hosted the Chamber Coffee as Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System was sponsor on Nov. 14. Richard Shank from the healthcare system delivered some remarks including the following statement.
The headline to the story that ran in the Great Bend Tribune about the Great American Smokeout was incorrect. The smokeout takes place Thursday, Nov. 20, as stated in the article. The Tribune regrets the error.
The Barton County DARE Officers Benefit Association is selling tickets for The World of Magic show featuring David Thomas, which will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Great Bend Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education programs.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and if you want to help make profound change for lung cancer – the time is now!
Since 1978, individuals and groups in Sterling have cooperated to host one of the largest feasts in Kansas, the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Nov. 20, at the Great Bend Middle School, 1919 Harrison. Items on the agenda include information regarding the academic programs and school improvement efforts at Great Bend Middle School from Principal David Reiser and other staff members.
Susan Stambaugh, Great Bend High School vocal music instructor, said nearly all of her A Cappella Choir students are up for grabs in the rent-a-student fund raiser. The students have less than eight weeks left to raise funds for their trip to Washington, D.C.
The Rice County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the Community Room of the Lyons State Bank at 7 p.m. on Monday. A brief business meeting will be conducted and followed by a presentation from Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Professor of Anthropology, Wichita State University.
Sandy Vink, right, presents a Quilt of Valor to Army National Guard member and Iraqi War veteran Don Moore.
TOPEKA (KHI) - The second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace in Kansas has opened. Last year, slightly more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Kansas Health Institute has produced an issue brief describing changes in the marketplace, and several online maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.