Snowy owls are a unique and special visitor to Cheyenne Bottoms and Kansas during some winters. Snowy owls are an arctic species. However, some years, depending on their food supply and reproductive success, snowy owls can be pushed south into the United States. This year as many as three snowy owls have been observed at Cheyenne Bottoms.
Catholic Social Service will offer some one-of-a-kind gift baskets at an upcoming fundraiser. To find volunteers to create them, the nonprofit agency has created a "Lenten Gift Basket Tree."
When it comes to tax preparation, AARP reports that its trained volunteers have accuracy rates similar to commercial services. But when choosing a tax preparer, consumers are warned to do their homework.
Since the end of January, four volunteers with AARP have spent Thursday mornings and afternoons preparing basic income tax returns at the Barton County Courthouse. Demand for this free service is growing, said Kathy Ahlvers, who leads the Great Bend team. But for every person who is served, several others must be turned away.
"Sailing to the Shores of America" and across the plains to Great Bend is the work of Valery Shiljaev, a well-known Russian maritime artist. Colorful, realistic oil paintings showing historic ships battling ocean waves will be featured in an art show in April at Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St., from March 31 - April 25.
The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a sting in Barton County last Saturday to ascertain whether minors are being carded to prevent sales of alcohol. Out of the 14 businesses tested, four of them sold alcohol to an underage buyer.
In addition to spring, Barton County Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt said household hazardous waste collection season is almost upon us.
This winter has been a pricey one for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department, Director Dale Phillips said in a report to the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The room was filled with a few hundred passionate rural leaders eager to solve problems and create initiatives to improve the lives of rural residents. Enthusiasm hung in the air.
Crime Stoppers has released more information on the shots fires Monday morning outside the Walnut Plaza apartments, 2611 27th St.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - With the deadline fast approaching to get health coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace plans, a final push is on across Kansas, Missouri and other states to get people signed up.
TOPEKA – Although a modest change, the Kansas unemployment rate ticked downward in January, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. The KDOL update also noted that the state should start to see some job growth.
A mass mailing to City of Great Bend residential utility customers informing them about efforts to solve the algae problem at Veterans Memorial Lake has yet to go out, but city officials said plans are still in the works.
STAFFORD - Arson is suspected as the probable cause of a fire that destroyed the vacant Stafford High School building, owned by a Texan.
After large chucks of brick and mortar tumbled off the back of the old opera house building at 2103 Forest late last year, a time line for either the preservation or demolition of the historic structure has officially been set.
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.
Property valuation notices were mailed to the Barton County taxpayers on March 17 and County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reminds residents they have 30 days to appeal their valuation from that mailing date.
It's been about a year since Barton County offices switched to a unified bookkeeping software. Although the conversion was at times rocky, officials are now comfortable with the new system and ready to expand it.
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Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley wants to bring poetry home to Kansans, and in that vein, is beginning a weekly poetry column that will be published in the Great Bend Tribune.
ELLINWOOD - Wyatt Townley, Shawnee Mission, finds poetry in every day life, in trains, in the Kansas wind, and in nature. Imaging magical ways to weave words, she comes home to poetry.
The cost of employee health insurance at the Great Bend Recreation Commission is expected to increase 11 percent overall this year, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the GBRC Board of Directors on Monday. The board voted to renew the major health coverage for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
The cause of Saturday's fire at the Camp Aldrich Conference Center Dining Hall hasn't been determined, Claflin Fire Chief Doug Hubbard said Monday.
WICHITA – A registered sex offender residing at Larned State Hospital pleaded guilty Monday to sending obscene material to a minor while he was a patient at Larned State Hospital, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
On Monday morning, Kansas Highway Patrol responded to at least three injury accidents caused by icy roads. KHP also responded to accidents Friday and Saturday, in which central Kansas residents were injured.
Last August, some areas of Barton County experienced severe flooding. The cost of dealing with those storms was high, prompting county officials to apply for a federal disaster declaration to help clean up the soggy aftermath.
The Barton Community College theater department will hold its last performance of the school year at the Thespian Showcase at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
An early morning fire destroyed the Camp Aldrich dining hall on Saturday. It created an orange glow that could be seen from Claflin.
The Great Migration Rally plans for Sunday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center have changed due to the fire at Camp Aldrich. The event will end at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus, 114 N. Main.