Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports vandals opened the valves on three oil lease stock tanks in rural Barton County, causing the release of approximately 188 barrels of oil. The crime occurred sometime between 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and 8:25 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of SW 10 Road. Bellendir called the vandalism a "senseless act" and said loss is expected to exceed $12,000.
Lochner Engineering Consults will perform an up-close special bridge inspection on Barton County Bridge No. 202, over the Walnut Creek on Tuesday, July 22. The bridge is located on East Barton County Road, approximately 2.9 miles East of Great Bend. Be advised this will require temporary closure of the bridge to traffic from approximately 1 to 6 p.m.
In the story that ran in Thursday's Great Bend Tribune about Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation receiving tax credits, there were two errors. First, Camp Aldrich was misspelled. Second, Kans for Kids was referred to as Kansas for Kids in the first paragraph. The Tribune regrets the errors.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas on Sept. 20-21 for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
"BARTON DYNASTY: Hunting for Bucks" is the theme for the 36th Annual Barton Foundation Big Benefit Auction, which this year's honorary co-chairs, Toby and Kristy Hogan, find rather fitting as the owners of the hunting service, "Central Kansas Whitetails." Only the "bucks" being hunted in this case are green, have presidents' faces on them and they help local students pay tuition at Barton Community College.
Editor's note: This is the second of two articles on results of a study commissioned by Barton Community College to define the value of the college in various areas. Today's story contains highlights of the benefits from the perspective of businesses, and explores and the college's overall investment to society. Content was provided by BCC.
The Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks, and Tourism is hitting the road to conduct a series of workshops across the state during the week of July 8. The state's six tourism professional staff will begin their week with a workshop in Scott City on July 8, Great Bend on July 9, Emporia on July 10, and Overland Park on July 11.
Barton Community College is hosting three "Enrollment Days" sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year at 1 p.m. on Wednesday July 9, 16 and 30. Students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission.
Come celebrate the rain and all of the water now at KWEC at our annual Aquatic Camp on July 11. The last two years have been challenging to say the least but now we have plenty of water filled with all kinds of fantastic creatures.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has identified the state's first two cases of travel-associated chikungunya virus. The patients, both of whom are adults from Sedgwick County, reported recent, but separate, travel to the Caribbean.
Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K. Kids Event on Saturday. O.K. Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wi1dscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an alternative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...