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BCC improv duo wins Barton County's Got Talent

The Barton Community College "Almost Actors" improv duo, David Burdett and Chelsea Gotschall, were winners of Habitat for Humanity's "Barton County's Got Talent," Saturday at Grace Community Church. Ashley Dowgwillo and J.D. Smith were the runners-up in the competition with their musical skit.

January 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC president will advise legislators on higher ed funding formula

Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman will join three other community college presidents in advising legislators on the state's next funding model for higher education.

January 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Active Aging program promotes healthy lifestyle

Three area agencies will pool their resources to offer people 50 years of age and older a free wellness program.

January 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Attorneys file request for change of venue in Longoria case

Attorneys of Adam Longoria have filed a motion seeking a change of venue for his capital murder trial.

January 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC Foundation offered sixth historic stained glass window

The number of stained glass windows in Barton Community College's Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel could grew from five to six, Darnell Holopirek told the BCC Board of Trustees on Thursday.

January 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Tribune readers invited to share favorite recipes

Friendship Bread is a baking tradition that works best when shared - an edible chain letter of sorts. Someone prepares a cup of Friendship Bread Starter, places it a one-gallon resealable "zipper" bag and delivers it to a neighbor. If the neighbor follows the instructions, in 10 days he or she will have four cups of batter - one to bake and three to give away.

January 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Man arrested after multi-county pursuit

A 32-year-old Hoisington man was arrested in Pratt County on Sunday after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through three counties.

January 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Suspect arrested in New Year’s beating

A suspect was arrested Friday morning in connection with the severe beating of a 22-year-old Great Bend man on New Year's Day.

January 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Wetlands & Wildife byway on new Rand McNally blog

The Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway has been chosen to be the first of America's Byways featured on a new website created by Rand McNally.

January 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Ready to play ball

Pending a ruling on the bylaws, the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is ready to commit $12,000 toward the purchase of a color LED sign for the new Great Bend Sports Complex.

January 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Morning and Noon Basketball players introduce Hall of Fame

The Great Bend version of the NBA - the Noon Basketball Association - started more than 35 years ago, when a few businessmen began to meet at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium gym over the noon hour to play basketball.

January 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Morning, noon basketball to get wall of fame

For more than 30 years, some Great Bend men have started their mornings or spent their noon hours at the Municipal Auditorium, enjoying a game of pickup basketball in the gym. Now participants from the Great Bend Recreation Commission's morning and noon basketball programs want to give something back – and establish a hall of fame, local attorney Chuck Pike said.

January 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


KBI: Cocaine seized in drug raid

Officers seized approximately half a pound of cocaine, with a street value around $14,000, during a drug raid Wednesday in Great Bend, according to a statement from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Search warrants were issued as a result of a six-month joint investigation by the KBI, Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff's Office and Ellinwood Police Department.

January 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo News: Wednesdays are vet days at Brit Spaugh Zoo

People took advantage of this week's warmer weather by spending time at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

January 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo gets 2 parrots

Two Eclectus parrots arrived at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo on Tuesday - a green male named Jazz and a red female named Ruby. The birds were a gift from Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas.

January 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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


​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


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Victim says burglar came in through window

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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