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Zoo news: Enjoying snakes and dragons

About half of the visitors to Great Bend's Brit-Spaugh Zoo really like looking at snakes, Director Scott Gregory said.

April 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Food Drive

March 29, 2013 | | Local News


Death ruled a suicide

The death of a 38-year-old woman whose body was found late Wednesday afternoon in a home at 2204 Adams St. has been ruled a suicide, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said. The woman's body was transported Wednesday evening to Brock Funeral Home in Hays for an autopsy because authorities were originally concerned that the death was suspicious. The results of the autopsy were made known Thursday morning.

March 28, 2013 | | Local News


Haney seeks reelection to council

Mitch Haney has announced his candidacy for re-election to the City Council Ward One in Great Bend. In a statement submitted to the Tribune, he said:

March 28, 2013 | | Local News


Teacher of the Year

While school may seem like child's play for her students, kindergarten teacher Marla Davidson knows that it takes a lot of work and dedication to make it look easy.

March 28, 2013 | | Local News


Levee gate to be opened Friday

The Great Bend Public Works Department will open a gate across the flood control levee system at south Washington Street sometime the Friday afternoon, said City Engineer Rob Winiecke. This is meant to provide access to the Arkansas River for all-terrain and off-road vehicles. Winiecke saod users are advised to be mindful of pedestrians and to stay outside of the fenced areas (including the levees).

March 27, 2013 | | Local News


BCC trustees look at academic advancement

With the 2012-13 school year wrapping up, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees has a short agenda for the next regular meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Trustees will hear a report on academic advancement.

March 25, 2013 | | Local News


BCC Foundation's 6th annual Clay Shoot registrations being accepted

Registrations are being accepted for the Barton Community College Foundation's sixth annual Clay Shoot, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Serving, 3721 183rd St., Russell. The last shoot begins at 3 p.m.

March 23, 2013 | | Local News


Winter Storm Warning Issued

A WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...FOR BARTON COUNTY, IN ADDITION TO ELLSWORTH, RUSSELL AND RICE COUNTIES AND THOSE COUNTIES WEST AND NORTH OF GREAT BEND.

March 22, 2013 | | Local News


Santa Fe Trail Antiques & Collectibles

Ellinwood is known for an array of antique shops, and in the last year a new one has been added, Santa Fe Trail Antiques and Collectibles. Opened last September by Fred Troyer, it features quality pottery, glassware and furniture.

March 22, 2013 | Deborah Freund | Local News


Lenten Luncheon: First UMC

The final 2013 Lenten Luncheon will be Wednesday, March 27, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. The Rev. Lennie Maxwell is host pastor and the speaker will be the Rev. Leroy Keith, First Baptist Church. Serving begins at noon – not earlier – and lunch ends at 1 p.m. Freewill offerings will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation. The public is invited to attend.

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


Former Great Bend resident charged with theft from Newton Chamber

NEWTON - A former employee with the Newton Chamber of Commerce has been charged with stealing from the organization.

March 21, 2013 | BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Local News


Fox debut

Vixey, the new white arctic fox at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, is ready to move to a display for public viewing. Members of the Great Bend Zoo Society can be among the first to see her at 6 p.m. Friday. This after-hours event is for members only, but new memberships will be accepted, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The cost for a family is $25 a year. Starting Saturday, everyone who comes to the zoo during regular hours will be able to see Vixey, who is named after the fox in Disney's animated film, "The Fox ...

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


Geraniums for sale now by Great Bend Pilot Club - delivery on May 1st or 2nd

The Great Bend Pilot Club sells geraniums each year and then uses the profit to help with their community projects, with an emphasis on protecting the brain. They reach over 800 young students (per year) acting out and telling them how to protect their brain. The organization has been responsible for getting a lift for the pool at Club 1 Fitness so that stroke victims can get into the pool and exercise. In 2010, the club provided Wiis for four different organizations. Approximately 25 car booster seats were provided to families of children in head-start program in 2011 and more ...

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


Shafer Gallery director to deliver Holy Week art talks

Holy week is a time in which many people reflect on their lives and spirituality. Barton Community College will offer a chance to supplement this reflection through a series of interactive art lectures, "The Painted Word: Holy Week Meditations," from noon to 1 p.m. March 25-27 and 29 at the Shafer Art Gallery.

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


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​Strategic planning on BCC Trustees’ agenda

The current strategic plan for Barton Community College is scheduled for renewal and development and to be in place for fiscal years 2016-2021. The first phase of strategic planning is underway and involves the establishment of a strategic planning framework that will be considered at the next BCC Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.

March 24, 2015 | | Local News


Extreme fire danger posted for Tuesday

WICHITA - Barton County is included in a red flag warning for extreme grassland fire danger until 7 p.m. Tuesday, issued by the National Weather Service in Wichita.

March 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield. Items on the agenda include the 2015-2016 school calendar; a resolution maintaining BOE member elections in April; and licensed teacher retirements, resignations and personnel appointment. Eisenhower Elementary School Principal Tricia Reiser and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Eisenhower.

March 24, 2015 | | Local News


​Stop ‘N Learn program features frogs

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Fantastic Frogs" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Great Bend Activity Center 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

March 23, 2015 | | Local News


​Teen seriously injured in rollover

A Great Bend teenager was flown to a Wichita hospital following a one-vehicle accident Sunday morning in the 800 block of NW 40 Road.

March 23, 2015 | | Local News


Kans for Kids Radiothon

The 5th Annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Radiothon will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 27, on all four Eagle Radio stations. There will also be special activities, including live-remote broadcasts, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kans for Kids can drop locations: Walgreen's in Great Bend; the recycling center in Hoisington; Knop's in Ellinwood; behind the library in Claflin; and at Sportsman's Corner in Russell. Donate your aluminum cans at any of those locations or call 620-562-5437 and pledge your support to make a difference to children ...

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


League of Women Voters candidate forum

The League of Women Voter's of Great Bend will be presenting a candidate's forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Crest Theatre on the square, downtown Great Bend. It is free of charge to the public. Candidates who have someone running in opposition will be on the forum. There will be three races for the spring election. There are openings on the Board of Trustees for Barton Community College, Great Bend

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


VisionRT offers accuracy, safety at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute

Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute will soon be equipped with a new imaging system called VisionRT that offers pinpoint accuracy and enhanced patient safety during radiation treatments.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Thank You For The Music!!!

Do you remember ABBA? The movie and stage play "Mamma Mia" was built around their stirring music. The melodies and rhythm of their music stirred the souls of people around the world and made us all better and happy in the way that seemingly only their music could do. "Thank You For The Music" was a signature song that celebrated the gift of music to them as performers, and brought us as listeners to a moment of reverent recognition of the true value of music in our lives. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear that ...

March 22, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Parenting workshop set

A three part "Responsive Discipline" parenting workshop is set to begin soon. The class, led by Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, and 14, at the Barton County Extension Office. Registration is $5 which covers the cost of materials. Program participants will learn why children misbehave and strategies for preventing misbehavior. Call Krug at 793-1910 if you have questions or to register.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Walmart safe driver

Jeff Davis knew what he was going to do with his life at 5 years old, he said. He was going to drive trucks for a living.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

Possibilities for your Spring Break reading enjoyment:

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend City Cemetery Board meeting

The Great Bend City Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery Office.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Saturday in the park

Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More photos of Tot Spot

These images show the one of the musical elements that will be featured at the Tot Spot, and the alternate color choice. Vote for glue/green or pink/yellow on the Tot Spot Facebook page.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


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