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Soldier show and share with Head Start kids

Residents adjacent to Washington Early Education Center were treated to a parade Tuesday morning by students in Amy Peska's and Lisa Hoffman's Head Start classes on the 11th anniversary of terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. 2001. The students marched single file, beating tambourines, shaking maracas and waving the flag as they circled the block, showing their patriotic spirit. Earlier they visited with PFC Dalton Lutz, an area Army soldier and Tanya Shryock, the mother of SPC Zachary Shryock, a deployed Army soldier stationed in Afghanistan, who gave a question and answer program about what it means to be ...

September 11, 2012 | 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.

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


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Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Spike in rabies cases seen

Great Bend veterinarian Nels Lindberg has some advice for animal owners – get those critters vaccinated for rabies right away.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tech support scam hits area

In this computer-reliant age, it is upsetting to receive an unexpected phone call claiming that one's PC has been infected with viruses.

April 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC Orchestra to perform in the Shafer Art Gallery

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 15, 2015 | | News


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Taxpayers beware, notices may not be in the mail

When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


SPREADING THE WORD

The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cancer foundation expands to Russell Co.

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April 14, 2015 | | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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