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Polka Lovers donate to Sunflower

Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a donation to Sunflower Diversified Services. From left to right are: Arlene Wilhelm; Jim Johnson, Sunflower executive director; and Marilyn Degenhardt.

March 24, 2014 | | Local News


Spring into Summer at Kansas State Parks

Harsh winter weather has people longing for warmer days ahead, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has the perfect remedy for cabin fever. KDWPT invites outdoor enthusiasts to "Spring Into Summer" on Saturday, March 29 with a free entrance day and open houses at all Kansas state parks. Most parks will host special activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visit State Parks Open Houses to learn about the special events at participating parks.

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Wetland Explorer

It's been a long winter but spring is upon us even though it seems fleeting. At Cheyenne Bottoms, waterfowl have been coming and going since mid-February, a few early shorebirds have arrived and some of the perennial plants are sending out tentative shoots.

March 23, 2014 | Pam Martin KDWPT Educatior at KWEC | Local News


A hero of the 1960s civil rights movement coming to FHSU

Diane Nash, veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement -- a leader in the lunch-counter protests in the Nashville sit-ins and an active member of the Freedom Riders -- will speak at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center a 7 p.m. on March 27.

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Julian announces candidacy for City Council in the 4th Ward

I am Erika Julian, and would like to announce my candidacy to serve Great Bend as the city council person in the 4th Ward. Six years ago, my husband Rick and I moved back to Great Bend where he was born and raised. Since then, I have taken an active interest in this community by volunteering for numerous events, also by serving as Chairperson of the Head Start Policy Council, as PTO secretary, and I am a coach and board member for the Special Olympics. My husband and I also own and operate two businesses here in Great Bend. I ...

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Pipe organ tour coming to Great Bend

On Sunday, March 30, Kansas Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a tour of three pipe organs in Great Bend, with a program geared to interest people of all ages, and particularly suited to families. Those who attend will hear the instruments and learn more about how they work.

March 20, 2014 | | Local News


Website video depicts Dominican history at St. Rose, St. Catherine

It began as a way to introduce new associates at two medical facilities with the storied history of how the Dominican Sisters started health-care services in Great Bend and Garden City.

March 20, 2014 | | Local News


St. Rose surgeon reminds community about colon screenings

Ana Refinetti, M.D., knows that many people are aware that a screening for colon cancer is important.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Polka Lovers donate to Heartland Cancer Center

Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a check for $1,366.43 to St. Rose's Heartland Cancer Center. From left to right are: Arlene Wilhelm; Jamie Hutchinson, cancer center director; and Marilyn Degenhardt.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Sunflower supporters break record, raise $60,000 at Charity Gala

The March 1 snowstorm didn't chill the spirits of Sunflower Diversified Services supporters. They came out in force and donated a record $60,000 to people with disabilities at the non-profit agency's ninth annual Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, Sunflower director of development.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Barton Foundation Clay Shoot moves to Camp Aldrich

The Barton Foundation will host its Seventh Annual Clay Shoot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Camp Aldrich, 884 NE 110 Ave.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Vicki Berryman announces candidacy for City Council

I am announcing my candidacy for council person to serve Great Bend in the First Ward. I have spent the last three decades serving the community through the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, a volunteer for the 3-I Show and our Great Bend Farm

March 16, 2014 | | Local News


Bruce Helander to be inducted into Florida Artists Hall of Fame on March 18

As part of Florida Heritage Month (March 15-April 15), the Florida Heritage Awards will be presented at Mission San Luis, Floridas Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum. The 2014 event includes the Florida Book Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards, and the states highest award, the two newest inductions into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, one of whom is West Palm Beach artist Bruce Helander (born and raised in Great Bend), in a ceremony sponsored by the Florida Secretary of State on March 18 in Tallahassee. Helander was selected by members of the Florida Council ...

March 16, 2014 | | Local News


Kory Brunson Band supports Kans for Kids

The Kory Brunson Band presented a concert to benefit Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation on Friday evening, March 7 at the Crest Theater. Brunson, a native of Great Bend now living in Thornton, Colo., made the trip home to donate his time and talent to the local organization that provides assistance to families in Barton County living with cancer.

March 14, 2014 | | Local News


Sunflower Diversified representatives visit Capitol in Topeka

The framed picture that was delivered to Kansas lawmakers displayed a brief message. It was:

March 14, 2014 | | Local News


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​Argonne Rebels exhibit coming to Great Bend Public Library

An exhibit featuring the Argonne Rebels Drum & Bugle Corps will open Monday, June 1, at the Great Bend Public Library.

May 26, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


NWS issues flood warnings

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a flood warning for northeastern Rice County, southeastern Ellsworth County, southwestern Saline County and northwestern McPherson County until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

May 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


​Great Bend City Band concerts start Thursday

The Great Bend City Band will hold its first concert of the summer this Thursday, May 28, at 8:15 p.m. at the band shell in the Barton County courthouse square, 1400 Main.

May 25, 2015 | | Local News


Barton Community College honors graduates at Fort Riley

Barton Community College at Fort Riley celebrated the graduation of more than 242 students on Thursday at Riley's Conference Center. Of those graduating, more than 100 chose to walk. The ceremony was in conjunction with other schools who are members of the consortium in the Fort Riley Education Center.

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Group encourages others to seek grief support

Anyone who doubts the value of grief support might feel differently after listening to participants in recent sessions sponsored by Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H).

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


St. Rose’s Dr. Doerfler encourages preventing, controlling hypertension

During a conversation about high blood pressure, Jill Doerfler, M.D., uses the phrase "silent killer" on several occasions. Since the condition doesn't usually have symptoms, the phrase accurately describes what can happen if it is left untreated, she explained.

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower early education teachers seek most up-to-date information

Leaders of the early education programs at Sunflower Diversified Services have a track record of seeking advanced training about perhaps the most important part of children's lives – social/emotional development.

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


​NAMI announces Mental Health Awareness Day, changes fundraiser date

The Great Bend chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has changed the date of its upcoming fundraiser to 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave. It will be a bake sale. The group will not offer walking tacos as previously announced.

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Seaport Airlines, 9047 6th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Dale Hogg and Matt Aycock. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


Warer balloon fight

The smack talk has begun, but it is all in good, clean – albeit wet – fun.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Reception planned for watercolor exhibit

An exhibit of watercolor paintings by local artists Diane Engle and Karen Shaner is on display through June 1 at Petr's Frame House & Art Gallery, 2009 16th St. in Great Bend. There will be a reception for the artists from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. The exhibit and reception are free

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Historical village to be open Monday

Barton County Historical Society will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th from 1 to 5 p.m. The Schulz Library in the museum will be open but no research assistance will be available during the afternoon.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


Rain totals over past two days

WICHITA -- Most of central Kansas and south central Kansas has received one inch of rain the past two days, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita.

May 20, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


GBHS coasters for sale

Students know how to design and produce drink coasters, but it's a safe bet that all their mothers are hoping the teenagers learn how to use them, as well.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Broken windows, theft reported

The Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports Monday of broken windows.

May 19, 2015 | | Local News


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