The make-up of the Great Bend City Council changed Monday night as it reorganized and new members took the oath of office.
A few weeks back, Barton County commissioners toured the 911 Communications Center. They had an eye-opening experience.
John Isern, district court administrator for the 20th Judicial District, presented a $5,000 check to the Barton County Commission Monday morning. The money came from a now-defunct bond program.
The Kansas Legislature passed two bills for Education Finance last week, and were hard at work Saturday negotiating to reach an agreement Saturday. An evening vote was anticipated, but as the House and Senate adjourned Saturday night, no word was forthcoming.
CLAFLIN - In an agreement designed to be mutually beneficial, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce and Claflin have joined forces to promote rural Kansas, market events and promote businesses.
Head basketball coaches Gregg Marshall, Wichita State University, Bill Self, University of Kansas and Bruce Weber, Kansas State University, are joining local Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters officials in urging participation in the upcoming Bowl for Kids' Sake. The idea is to boost awareness of the positive impact of and urgent need for mentoring Kansas kids.
High quality musical goodness will be in abundance as Barton Community College hosts the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band the evening of Thursday, April 10, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by Barton Community College, The Great Bend Tribune, The National Association for Music Education and the Great Bend Jazz Festival Committee.
Students in Jake Hoflinger's Introduction to Blueprint Production class took advantage of nice weather earlier this week, and headed over to Brit Spaugh Park to complete a scavenger hunt.
TOPEKA - The State Library of Kansas announces the First Annual Talking Books Traveling Art Show, "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective," featuring artwork created by Kansans with visual and/or physical impairments. The exhibition will be at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., from Saturday, April 5, through April 20, with free admission.
Thankfully, the winter of 2014 appears to be over, allowing road crews to finally breathe a sigh of relief. The snow-prone season has been an expensive one.
ELLINWOOD - Anticipation abounds at Ellinwood School District this spring as 5th and 12th graders receive cutting edge technology that allows them to search for the front door of Ellinwood Grade School on Google Earth or message a teacher with a question about an assignment.
TOPEKA – The Charles Hulme Foundation of Great Bend has given $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, for the Our Kansas Prairie Legacy: The Next Steps capital campaign. The donation is a lead gift in the campaign and will be used to protect and improve wetland habitats across Kansas, including at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve.
This week, Zoo Director Scott Gregory signed the contract that will bring Jack Hanna, the star of award winning animal television shows, to Great Bend this October.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is getting two young cougars, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Wednesday.
GARFIELD - Barton County Commissioner Don Cates, a decorated military hero, died tragically doing what he loved - flying.
High school artists from around the state will have a chance to experience the life of a professional artist when their work is featured and judged in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Vortex High School Art Exhibit."
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.
Plans for holding Earth Day 2014 switched to high gear following Mayor Mike Allison's proclamation encouraging residents from Great Bend and nearby communities to celebrate Earth Day 2014 on Sunday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. This event is from noon to 4 p.m. and free to all. Food will be sold during the afternoon.
TOPEKA – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.
The last time ambulance fees for Great Bend Emergency Medical Services were adjusted was in 2009. Much has happened since then and Fire Chief Mike Napolitano told the City Council Monday night a change was in order.
Great Bend Firefighters were able to save a mobile home Monday morning after a buildup of lint ignited behind a dryer. The call to 5540 Second St. Unit F was reported at 8:35 a.m. and firefighters arrived to find light smoke throughout the house.
Editor's note: These photos update the following story, which was originally posted on April 17.
Before he goes on trial for first degree murder, Jeffrey Wade Chapman wants a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover a prominent "Murder" tattoo on his neck.
In an effort to help to continue to spur growth in Hoisington, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an interlocal agreement with that city.
Children at Tiffany's Day Care in the 900 block of Williams enjoy an early Easter visit from the Easter Bunny. The business is operated by Tiffany Nily.
It only took minutes for hundreds of area children to clean the Argonne Forest floor of thousands of pieces of colorful foil-wrapped chocolates Saturday morning. Great Bend's Kiwanis Club arrived early that morning to scatter boxes of candy around the area in Veterans Memorial Park where the club has planted several varieties of trees for public enjoyment and education.
Members of Great Bend's National Education Association still wait for answers from legislators they feel turned their back on them. The education finance bill took educators by surprise as it quickly made its way through the Senate and the House, to be passed on to Governor Brownback April 6. It includes legislation that takes away hard-fought protections against arbitrary termination. The bill, HB 2506, is now in the hands of Governor Sam Brownback, who indicated Monday during a visit to Emporia State University that he would sign it into law.
When Great Bend was first chartered, most people walked from point A to point B. It was the norm for home builders to install wide sidewalks and buffer strips between the walk and the road in most parts of the city.