The Barton County Landfill is gearing up for the start of household hazardous waste collection season which officially began Tuesday, Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt reported to the County Commission Monday morning. The first on-site collection will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, at the facility.
ELLINWOOD -The Ellinwood Community Library will host an event with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas on April 11 at 1:45 p.m. at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, 210 N. Schiller Ave. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.
Voters trickled out for local elections Tuesday, with only 1,336 checking in at polls county wide. The general election was for city council positions in the cities of Great Bend, Hoisington, and Ellinwood, and to elect two positions for the Ellinwood Hospital District Board of Trustees.
Great Bend police were called to the scene of a three vehicle injury accident that occurred around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of 18th St. and Main St. in Great Bend. The Great Bend Fire Department was called to extract a passenger.
Great Bend musicians and music educators Kurtis Koch and Steve Lueth will perform with The Diamonds Thursday night for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's final concert of the season. On Tuesday, they traveled to Liberal to play with the legendary band in that community's concert series.
The jury trial for LaVeta Miller, charged with stealing more than $100,000 that was intended to provide World War II veterans with free trips to Washington, D.C., has been reschedule for June 23-27.
Great Bend High School has something to crow about: The new head football coach has been named.
An issue over a policy matter that erupted into a heated verbal exchange between Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Administrator Richard Boeckman at the County Commission meeting Monday morning has been settled, both men said.
In the Sunday Tribune story about the polling places in Great Bend for today's election, the Ward 1 polling station was incorrectly listed as the Great Bend Recreation Center. Instead, the correct location is the Barton County Court House. The Tribune regrets the error.
Debbie Stephens pulled a dollar bill out of her pocket at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning and handed it to County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. With that simple transaction, Stephens and her GPS Kids Club had purchased the county's Hoisington Annex Building.
Great Bend Fire Department was dispatched to 172 School House Road at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, after called reported his neighbor's shed was on fire. Firefighters found a 24 by 30 metal shed with heavy smoke coming from the windows and overhead door and roof area.
Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to two injury accidents Sunday, one in the morning and one during the night.
LARNED - It had been more than 40 years since a Kansas Attorney General addressed a public meeting in Pawnee County.
Teens who can sing, dance and act are invited to hone their crafts this summer by attending "Broadway @ Barton," a residential summer high school camp at Barton Community College, from June 15-27.
Editors note: Because she was a victim of child abuse, this woman's name was changed to Jaine to protect her identity.
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.