Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo received eight new animals in 2012, not counting rehabilitation birds. The year-end report from Zoo Director Scott Gregory also notes that three agoutis were born at the zoo. An agouti is a burrowing rodent.
A sweet time had by more than a dozen Great Bend retail businesses and shoppers in late November resulted in more than $350 being donated to the Food Bank of Barton County earlier this month.
The Grinch gets his nose pinched by Evelyn Essmiller at the Food Bank of Barton County on Friday afternoon, while he places a furry hand atop the head of Bob Essmiller. The husband-and-wife Food Bank Board co-chairs and the Grinch are joined by Food Bank manager Jenny Gordy. In true Grinch fashion, the green guy delivered more than 100 food items in trash bags. The food was donated by Rosewood Services employees who conducted a food drive this month. Starring as the Grinch was Rosewood employee Ric Loiland.
Holy Family School in Great Bend has received the Governor's Achievement Award, Principal Karen Moeder announced. This is the fourth time that the school has received this award.
HAYS - The Kansas wind can be unpredictable. It can change direction, it can change speed and, sometimes, it can temporarily subside. But one thing is certain. The wind will blow most of the time.
The number of people seeking Urgent Care treatment at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center continues to be significant during the day and early evening. The same cannot be said for the wee hours.
Great Bend city workers discovered extensive vandalism of Trail of Lights lighting displays at Veterans Park Friday morning during a routine check of the area and reported damage to Great Bend Police. The majority of the damage was done to the "12 Days of Christmas" displays on the north end of the park, in addition to a Santa and sleigh display pulled down on the roof of the picnic shelter and two displays in front of the shelter mangled and pushed over.
Continuing in its long-standing tradition, the First United Methodist Church of Great Bend will offer a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, in the church sanctuary. Church musicians and guests from other congregations have put together a program of sacred and secular music, said Marc Webster at the church.
Barton Community College Phi Theta Kappa members Michelle Klepper of Ellinwood and Jeff Pike of Great Bend helped load and deliver more than 1,000 items collected for the Family Crisis Center of Great Bend last Tuesday, Dec. 11, as part of the Family Crisis Christmas Drive. Phi Theta Kappa is an academic honor society that places on an emphasis on community service and involvement.
DODGE CITY - Throughout January and February, Catholic Social Service is hosting a four-part workshop series for couples in southwest Kansas who would like to know more about what it takes to adopt an infant. The first three workshops take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City on Jan. 11 and 25 and Feb. 8. These programs will address fears, definitions, what to expect and legal issues. The final workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 16, will feature a panel of individuals and couples who ...
Kansans who enjoy visiting the state parks can count on at least two annual rituals – renewing their vehicle registrations and buying their annual park permits. Currently, these tasks must be completed on separate occasions, at different buildings or online locations, and using separate transactions. That's about to change, thanks to a partnership between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR).
Christmas season symbolism was epitomized Sunday afternoon at the Shafer Art Gallery's annual Holiday Open House, which featured more than a dozen Christmas trees, two electric train sets complete with miniature villages, live holiday music from Native American musician John Two-Hawks and the big man in red himself – Santa Claus.
The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.
The next Great Bend Airfest is a year away, but Airfest Committee members said they are excited about the upcoming event, Run the Runway. Community members and visitors have the opportunity to participate in an evening 5K Run/Walk or 1 mile walk on Oct. 3 at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. The event will start at 7 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to run or walk at night with the runway lights on.
Central Kansas Association for The Visually Impaired's annual Food/Craft Sale will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Convent auditorium, 3600 Broadway Ave. Sponsors note there is easy access north of the convent off 17th St. Baked goods, handmade crafts, and new and used items will be sold.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Diversified Services, 8823 4th Street, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Karmi Green and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Fall Square Dance lessons will start on Sept. 28, and run through Nov. 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at the First Presbyterian Church. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome. The Hoisington Swinging Stars Square Dance Club will sponsor the lessons. Cost for the lessons are $25 per person which includes refreshments. There will be nine sessions with three different callers to prepare dancers to feel comfortable with different types of callers when they attend dances. Contact Virginia Klepper at 620-792-6068 for reservations and for more information.
Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.
A series of regional meetings that give Kansans the opportunity to discuss their transportation priorities with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority have been scheduled for this fall.
Kiwanis and the Great Bend Public Library invite community members to help a youngster get a Halloween costume. New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation and Barton Community College Foundation are sponsoring a Continuing Education seminar from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 16, at Barton Community College in the Fine Arts Building, Room F-30. The seminar is titled "How Charitable Plans Benefit Clients and Further Their Personal Planning Goals, Featuring Ethics" and will be presented by Pamela Davidson, J.D., of Davidson Gift Design, Bloomington, Ind.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announces he is accepting applications for paid congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices for spring 2015.
An Oklahoma man was died and two others were injured Friday in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Pawnee County, 2.5 miles west of Larned on U.S. 56.
Sunday, the Tribune began a four part series about the military service of brothers Jack and Donald Matthews, two Great Bend veterans who served their country during World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict. Both will be memorialized at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park. Don Matthews shared his brother's memoirs with readers, which covered the period between D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge during 1944. Today, some history about Donald's service as the Cold War began.
This is part three of a four part series which began Sunday. The Matthews brothers, veterans of World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict, share their stories. Today, Jack Matthews' memoir describes the bond between soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.
Sunday, part one of a four-part series about the military experiences of two Barton County veterans introduced readers to the memoir of Jack Matthews, Great Bend, who served his country during World War II in Northern France and during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is part two.
Jack and Don Matthews each served their country, and will be memorialized on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. Here is part one of a four part series that tells the stories of their service and beyond.