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Zoo News: Kestrel nest found in power pole

Spring showers and summer storms often blow young birds out of their nests - but sometimes the parents do the job.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thursday's fair schedule

Photos were taken Monday evening during setup for the Barton County Fair.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Strike it rich

The long-awaited opening of the 2017 Barton County Fair is upon us. Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, people will begin checking in livestock and exhibits at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Soon the fun will start.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 ends Fiscal Year

Thursday morning was Khris Thexton's final Board of Education meeting as interim superintendent of Great Bend USD 428. His appointment to the superintendent's position became official on Saturday.

July 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


4-H Dog Show & Agility

Early events for the Barton County Fair continued Saturday with the 4-H dog show, obedience and agility contests.

July 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer school

When children return to school in August, some teachers may ask them to write about "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." In recent weeks, Great Bend USD 428's Public Relations Director Jennifer Schartz has supplied the Great Bend Tribune with a series of articles on how some teachers spend their summers. It's been fun to learn about teachers who use their "free time" to do community service work, take on a summer job, start new businesses or further their own education.

June 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


New weapons laws start Saturday

As of Saturday, Barton Community College and other Kansas colleges won't be able to ban "concealed carry" weapons on campus. A draft of a new weapons policy was discussed at Tuesday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting.

June 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC student invited to strategic planning

Three students at Barton Community College were invited recently to attend a strategic planning meeting with staff and administrators. One of those students, Devon Nelson, attended Tuesday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting to report on the experience.

June 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


See Kansas from a bike seat

Garnett native Lee Ann Simon and her husband Larry now live in Galveston, Texas, but she rediscovered her home state this month by joining Biking Across Kansas. Along the way she encountered a portion of the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway which, according to one tour guide, "greets its visitors with picturesque windmills, abundant wildflowers and native grasses, ever changing agricultural crops, grazing cattle, and unique limestone bluffs as well as stories of the past." The byway is about 60 miles long and passes through the Smoky Hill River Valley in Trego and Ness counties. From Interstate 70's Ogallah Exit ...

June 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Entertainment


Teamwork

Baseball earned the title of the American Pastime more than a century ago, and the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity has been a tradition in Washington, D.C., since 1909. Our lawmakers have a difficult and important job, and this event allows them to have some fun and get to know each other a little better.

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hathcock named County Operations Director

Barton County no longer has a County Administrator but it does have an Operations Director. Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock now holds two "director" titles.

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC's presence at Larned prison grows

Changes coming to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility the summer will create opportunities for Barton Community College, the BCC Board of Trustees learned Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BUSY BEES: Story Time entertains children

Great Bend Public Library's "Miss Amy" had children listening, singing and playing on Tuesday during Story Time. This week's subject was Bees.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Todd Leech sentenced to 14 years for child rape

A Great Bend couple arrested on rape and child abuse charges in 2016 have been sentenced in Barton County District Court.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County approves tax help after tornado

Barton County residents who lost their homes or saw major home damage from last month's tornado may get a break on their property taxes this year, thanks to a resolution passed Monday by the County Commission.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Perez, Clark in court Friday

Former Barton County resident Sydney Anne Perez, 21, has been convicted of aiding and abetting battery, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said Tuesday.

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge sentenced for burglary, drug convictions

Kerry Joe Partridge Jr. 27, Great Bend, has been sentenced to four years, nine months in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections, Barton County ...

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Brit Spaugh Zoo offers daily keeper talks this week

The animals may be the stars at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, but this week their keepers will be in the spotlight, said Sara ...

July 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 improves student preparation

Students at Great Bend High School now have more opportunities to learn about careers before they graduate, and they have more opportunities to prepare for ...

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Your move, students

As the cost of attending college after graduation from high school becomes more expensive, students need to consider what they can do to prepare for ...

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC aims for no mill levy increase

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't need a mill levy increase get more money from local taxpayers next year. At the board ...

July 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 proud of grads who performed CPR

Chris Umphres was elected president of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday, and Lori Reneau was named vice president.

July 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HERE’S THE BEEF

BY SUSAN THACKER

July 08, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Fair wraps up Sunday

Sunday is the final day of the Barton County Fair, not counting the all-day tear down, cleanup and storage that will take place Monday at ...

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life lessons at the Barton County Fair

For Dylan Ferguson, the hardest thing about bringing last year's bucket calf back to the county fair in 2017 will be selling that animal ...

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Fair photos, schedule

Friday July 6

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thou shalt not

Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East ...

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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