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Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

September 10, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


School Board considers dropping block scheduling at GBHS

The USD 428 School Board considered still more proposed fundamental changes to the way school is done in Great Bend at the BOE meeting on Monday, Sept. 10. Whether to continue with block scheduling of the past 14 years at the high school, or to follow suit with many other districts and return to a seven-period day prompted several questions.

September 10, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Rec Commission mulling computer upgrades

In the coming months, the Great Bend Recreation Commission plans some major changes to its computer system, Director Diann Henderson told the GBRC board Monday.

September 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


TO GATE OR NOT TO GATE

Barton County Commissioners and residents of extreme southeastern Barton County stood on a dirt road in East Comanche Township Monday afternoon.

September 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


TRENDING TRANSFORMATION

In Great Bend, 2012 might be called the year of the Tattoo. Within six months, the city of nearly 16,000 has gone from a tattoo-parlor free zone, to the home of two start-up licensed tattoo artists. Tattoos have gone from taboo to acceptable. At one time associated only with sailors, bikers, hoodlums and gang-bangers, they now decorate the hides of lawyers, doctors, nurses and teachers. While there are still those who choose to get a tattoo on a whim, perhaps after an evening of libations and poor judgement, many more take months or even years to consider and finally ...

September 08, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Irrigators running dry in drought

When the clouds opened and it started to rain Friday, it was an answer to many prayers. But that brief downpour dropped less than half an inch of moisture on area lands, which is still about 10 inches under the average rainfall for this time of year.

September 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Sunflower Spelling Bee moving to Hays

The state spelling bee hosted by the Great Bend Tribune for the past five years will move to Hays in 2013.

September 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Family uses pain of suicide to help others

On Nov. 5, 2011, the lives of an area family changed forever when 17-year-old Thomas Karlin committed suicide. Coming as a complete shock to his family, friends and church, the handsome, friendly young man was – unknown to those that loved him – silently tormented by pain and angst.

September 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Final, desperate act: Suicide prevention and education

One of the last acts of some sorrowful, angry minds, a suicide shatters everyone it touches. From the searing, indescribable pain afflicted upon family members, friends and even acquaintances, suicide wounds the hearts of loved ones, and what they thought they once knew, changed.

September 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Grand jury indicts man on hunting charges

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A grand jury has indicted a Tennessee man on two counts of transporting wildlife across the state line after violating Kansas hunting laws in Stafford County. The charges were made Thursday at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

September 06, 2012 | | News


Memories Matter camp allows children to grieve after loss of loved one

When little Alisha Wheeler, 9, visited her grandpa's grave recently, she asked her mom where his lap would be. Kim Wheeler indicated a spot, and Alisha took a seat.

September 06, 2012 | | News


State fair opens Friday in Hutch

HUTCHINSON – With the theme "Weird, wild and wonderful, the Kansas State Fair never gets old," the 100th official Kansas State Fair opens Friday in Hutchinson and runs through Sept. 16.

September 06, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Council looking to fill vacant seat

The search is on for a replacement to fill the Great Bend City Council vacancy left by the resignation of Marty Keenan.

September 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


​Who… err… What is ‘Old Bill?’

The Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction had a Western theme in 1981, and the Claflin Fire Department donated the buffalo head to add a bit of humor to the event.

September 05, 2012 | | News


Koelsch family to be recognized at Barton Foundation Auction

There are many ways to describe the notion of being honored with the sale of a stuffed buffalo head. Some might call it strange or unusual. Outsiders would probably call it a little crazy.

September 05, 2012 | | News


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Burkes to chair BCC Foundation fundraiser

The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.

February 28, 2015 | | News


NOW PLAYING

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.

February 28, 2015 | | News


​Storm Fury on the Plains coming to Great Bend

With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.

February 28, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


GODSPELL

Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.

February 28, 2015 | | News


​Pratt woman injured in rollover accident

STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.

February 28, 2015 | | News


Mellor named to statewide commission

Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Setting a heck of a pace

The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Expanded Walking School Bus program set to begin this spring

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Driver injured on U.S. 281

A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Thank A Farmer

When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.

February 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Commercial vehicle renewal deadline Friday

For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.

February 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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