Today, the Kansas Board of Regents announced Dr. Mirta Martin as the ninth president of Fort Hays State University. The Board voted to approve the appointment and officially introduced the new president during a special meeting in the Fort Hays Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. Martin will begin her presidency on July 1.
Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the "Barton Student Art Exhibit" juried art show from May 9 through June 8. The reception will be Friday, May 9 from 6-8 p.m.
A news brief in the Wednesday, May 1, issue of the Great Bend Tribune indicated that the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association's annual open house was this coming Sunday. The event actually took place last Sunday. The Tribune apologizes for the error.
The District National Qualifying Speech Tournament was held on Saturday, April 19, at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. Great Bend High School had five students advance to semi-finals in five events.
The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold its annual open house from noon to 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest. Several model trains of all gauges will be running and on display.
The public is invited to a free show featuring the latest Hubble Telescope pictures from a biblical perspective. Different shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at the Great Bend Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road (7 SW 30 Ave.)
The Barton Music Department awards 11 scholarships every year at about $1,000 each, and this couldn't be done without the community's support of the annual Music Endowment Concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 5 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Touched By Cancer support group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., Great Bend. During the month of May, the group will conduct sharing meetings and discuss three topics from CareNotes (One Caring Place, Abby Press) handouts: "Dealing Positively With The Shock Of Cancer," "Living With Cancer A Day At A Time," and "Confronting Cancer With A Spirit Of Hope"
The Barton Community College music department will sponsor the "Double Reed Ensemble" concert featuring well-known double reed specialist Kay Werth at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the tragic accident Tuesday that killed Barton County Commissioner Don Cates. This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Great Bend Tribune, 2012 Forest Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shawn Panzer with greeters Sarah Adams and Amanda Hockerott. As the local news and multi-media leader, the Great Bend Tribune informs the community about matters of importance and interest. Featuring a blend of print, social media and digital products, the Tribune will be introducing its latest community project. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is hosting Play Well TEKnologies, a Lego inspired engineering camp. The camp is designed to help children think creatively and to explore the world of engineering through the use of Legos.
TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.
The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful 'Immunize and Win a Prize,' program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.
Holyrood, Kan. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) continues the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District. At the American Legion in Holyrood, Kansans turned out to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the negative impacts of the Supreme Court's decisions on Obamacare and marriage, the importance of religious liberty, the Congressman's successful efforts at reforming the VA, and how trade benefits Kansas agriculture.
ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.
In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.
Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.
For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).
One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.
June 28, 2015|
Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director