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Barton tuition going up

For the third year in a row, Barton Community College students will see a tuition increase this fall. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $2 increase in tuition and a $2 increase in fees.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Croslin arrested on drug charges

A Great Bend man was arrested Monday after a search warrant yielded suspected peyote mushrooms, heroin and other drugs, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pedro Garcia sentenced for rape of child

On Friday, March 23, Pedro Garcia of Great Bend, also known at Pedro Garcia Jr. or "Pete," was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison on a single count of rape. Court records show the victim was a girl who was 9 or 10 years old at the time of the crime one year ago.

March 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wildfire reported at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - A wildfire reported Thursday afternoon in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge scorched about 1,400 acres on the western edge of Stafford County and a bit of Rice County, according to Bill Waln, fire management officer at the refuge. Firefighters remained on scene into the night and were back Friday morning to make sure it didn't rekindle.

March 24, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS | Local News


Wildfire reported at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - A wildfire reported Thursday afternoon in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge scorched about 1,400 acres on the western edge of Stafford County and a bit of Rice County, according to Bill Waln, fire management officer at the refuge. Firefighters remained on scene into the night and were back Friday morning to make sure it didn't rekindle.

March 24, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS | Local News


Quivira wildfire reported Thursday

A wildfire occurred Thursday evening in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

March 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Court of Appeals upholds prison ruling

The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled against a woman who admitted to violating her probation on a drug charge but who disagreed with Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty's decision to send her to prison for more than eight years.

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Preliminary hearing held for former CVB Director Cris Collier

Crystal Jo Collier, the former director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau, was bound over for trial on two felony charges filed against her in 2017. At a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Barton County District Court, Magistrate Judge Richard Burgess determined that probable cause was found on both counts and Collier's arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 25.

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dust Bowl program offered Sunday

Cottonwood District Extension Agent Alicia Boor will present a program on the Dust Bowl at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village.

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GIVE BLOOD

This week Natalie Beagley from the American Red Cross Blood Services office in Wichita called the Great Bend Tribune to report a heightened need for donations.

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Girl Scouts brighten day for preschooler with heart disease

Great Bend Girl Scouts are wrapping up cookie sales but they took time recently to befriend a 4-year-old girl with a rare disease. Troop 11142 leader Dana Morse said they made a surprise package for little Haylee, who has a congenital heart disease. She was diagnosed with a complete atrioventricular (AV) canal heart defect and pulmonary hypertension in 2015. She lives in Saint Peters, Missouri.

March 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Architect reviews needs at USD 428

with mug of Terry Wiggers

March 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Salina crooner coming to Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will feature vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina, as well as the Prairie Winds Show Band and the GBHS Panther Jazz Band.

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bunny Hunt

The Kansas Bowhunters Association's annual Bunny Hunt got underway Saturday at Cheyenne Bottoms. Between searches for cottontail, members enjoyed archery target shooting and the chance to relax outdoors among friends.

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Legislative Coffee

The second of two Legislative Coffees was held Saturday at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, with about 20 people coming to hear Sen. Mary Jo Taylor (R-Stafford) and Rep. Troy Waymaster (R-Bunker Hill.)

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 ...

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Probable cause found in Kern DUI case

Lafe Kern told paramedic Tony Leeds that he'd taken a handful of Xanax prior to a two-vehicle collision south of Great Bend on Feb ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bellendir requests jury trial

The attorney representing Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir in a misdemeanor case has requested a jury trial and has also asked that the prosecutor be ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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