An 80-acre swatch of rural Barton County will be the hub of some global discussion this week as the Dominican Sisters' Heartland Farm hosts the Sirolli Institute international fall forum.
Higher prices kept the Barton County Road and Bridge Department from completing as many miles of black top sealing as they would have liked this season.
Local businesses have joined together to support plans for the Third Annual POW-MIA Recognition Ceremony and Flag Retirement planned in Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday.
The brochure reads "own a piece of history or make your own."
Stuart Barry Fish, 49, is eligible for a parole hearing before the Prisoner Review Board in October. Fish, who has also gone by the name "Outlaw," is incarcerated at Hutchinson Correctional Facility in a work-release program. His convictions in Pawnee County are from criminal damage to property over $100 in 1983 and theft over $150 in 1987. He is also in prison for aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping, which occurred in Sedgwick County in 1991. He returned to prison in 2008 after a parole violation.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission has begun its fall programming season with the theme "Come Outside and Play."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9"
County officials are hoping that local volunteers will take up some of the slack after the decision was announced that Red Cross is pulling back further from this region.
Great Bend City Council has approved the bid for the 2011 residential street reconstruction and resurfacing project, which will provide for a great deal of neighborhood improvements.
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As the Barton County Health Department braces for the approaching flu season, public health educator Janel Rose, said there should be no shortage of influenza vaccine for 2011-2012.
ELLINWOOD - The sound of a thundering herd of 400 longhorn cattle will reverberate through the streets of Ellinwood at 1:30 p.m. Saturday as they are driven through the city as a part of the 150th birthday celebration of Kansas' statehood.
County officials have cooperated on updating the county's nuisance code and have improved the protection of county residents in the process, Environmental Manager Judy Goreham told the Barton County Commission this week.
his week, Great Bend City Council approved spending almost $2,000 in city funds to assist paying for the Family Crisis Center to move into its future location in the former federal building at Broadway and Main.
WICHITA - After months of work, the 9/11 Memorial crafted by Bruce and Brent Bitter from Hoisington was revealed in Wichita on Wednesday.
The number of trees in Great Bend is nearly half what it was 40 years, according to a "tree census" taken in 2012 by the city's Tree Board. City Administrator Howard Partington has asked the board to implement an accelerated tree planting program.
Two vehicles collided at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday in Barton County. Injuries were minor but one driver, Cindy Aracely Esquivel-Dominguez, was arrested for driving without a license, a traffic infraction and no insurance.
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters summed up this past year this way – "2014 was a 'Royal' year."
The Shafer Gallery at Barton County Community College is closed for the holidays, and the quilt exhibit has been sent to Harlingen, Texas, where it will be on display next at the Harlingen Heritage Museum. A recent press release erroneously stated Dec. 20 was the final date for the exhibit, gallery administration said, offering their apologies for the error.The gallery will reopen Jan. 16 with the show, "Prairie Pulse," featuring works by Christina Lamoureaux. More information will be available closer to the opening, including details about the opening reception.
A.J. Mosier, Hoisington, is a band member on a mission, and he brought that mission to the attention of board members at the USD 431 Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 1.
When the Golden Belt Community Foundation introduced central Kansas to Giving Tuesday, the result was $127,245 raised for area communities, said Christy Tustin, director of the foundation.
A monitoring well will be installed on city property at the southwest corner of 10th and Morphy to track the spread of gasoline that leaked at the site many years ago, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night.
The Great Bend Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Eduction program joined forces with local businesses at Monday night's City Council meeting to recognize 12 fifth-grade students for writing outstanding essays as a part of their D.A.R.E. classes.
Calling it a good idea, the Great Bend City Council Monday night joined forces with the Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club to make playground improvements at Brit Spaugh Park.
A driver who was being pursued by the Russell Police Department last Friday afternoon was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.
The public is invited to take part in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which started Sunday and continues through the first week of January.
LARNED - The wind was howling, but Larned Mayor Bob Pivonka celebrated the long-awaited $3.2 million City of Larned-sponsored housing project with a ribbon cutting Monday.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
TOPEKA – A driver stopped in western Kansas with more than five pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
HOISINGTON - Ashlynn Steinert is a pint-sized typical 8-year-old girl.