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Firefighters conduct confined-space training

The swimmers are gone and the water has been drained from Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility, so firefighters took the opportunity Wednesday to do some confined-space training at the city water park.

August 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC introduces smartphone apps

It happens every fall at Barton Community College: New students wander around the campus, studying maps and class schedules as they try to figure out were they should be at any given moment.

August 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers buy flagpole for police department

It's been several years since Old Glory flew from a flagpole at the Great Bend Police Department, but that will change this week. On Friday, thanks to a donation from the Fraternal Order of Police, a new pole was installed.

August 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Purses snatched from vehicles this week

Local law enforcement reports several vehicles have been broken into, and purses and other items stolen this week.

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Spinning

In a typical month, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets twice and the Great Bend Tribune runs front-page stories about those meetings. The Aug. 9 story included good news: The budget was adopted with no mill levy increase, the sports commissioner is planning a visit to the BCC campus and the college is getting better Internet service. Todd Moore, assistant athletic director and sports information director, reported on "athletic compliance" and told trustees, "We are trying to do things right. I think a lot of people respect that we are trying." He shared a report which can be ...

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC approves new personnel

Personnel matters accounted for much of Thursday's Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting. Trustees also learned about a change in BCC's accreditation program.

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


City thanks Sen. Roberts for Raptor Center

While visiting Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, Sen. Pat Roberts patted a spotted leopard, unconscious on the exam table, and spoke to it in an assuring tone. "You're going to be fine, Toby, I promise," he said. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."

August 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Judge orders psych evaluation for LaVeta Miller

A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the woman charged with stealing about $110,000 that was intended to pay for World War II veterans' trips to Washington, D.C.

August 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Former teacher gets diversion on drug charges

The case of a former teacher facing felony drug charges is wrapping up, with Angela Renee Foote receiving a diversion agreement. Another person arrested at the same time last September is on probation with Central Kansas Community Corrections after plea negotiations in 2012.

August 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Bark at Water Park

Great Bend's Wetlands aquatic park closed for the season on Saturday, but lifeguards returned on Sunday for one last event – the annual Bark at the Water Park for dogs.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Scouts meet at zoo for fall kickoff

Boy Scouts and Scout leaders from nine counties were invited to attend Scout Day, Sunday afternoon at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


"Polka Days" last waltz plays Sunday

After a run of 27 years, Great Bend's Polka Days is coming to a close. But not without more than six hours of continuous live music on Sunday at the Great Bend Convention Center.

August 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen plans fundraiser for Humane Society

A Great Bend teenager plans to raise money for the Golden Belt Humane Society as he works to earn his Eagle Scout status.

August 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Time to act

Our Congressional representatives from Kansas need to get behind the Military Justice Improvement Act, a proposal to combat sexual assault in the military. It started with a Democratic Senator, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, but has already become a bipartisan effort. Republicans who have lent their support so far include Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who remarked this week, "I try not to look at issues from a partisan point of view. I'm sure I do sometimes, but I try not to. As a physician, I look at problems and try ...

August 15, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands offers Bark at the Water Park

This Saturday is the last day for humans to take a dip in the city pool this summer, but on Sunday the Wetlands Aquatic Center will be open to canines. The Wetlands will host its annual Bark at the Water Park from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per dog, with proceeds going toward upkeep of the dog park within Veterans Memorial Park, according to Parks Director Terry Hoff.

August 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


‚ÄčNo easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Vandalism, graffiti an ongoing problem

Great Bend Police officers have talked to some juveniles who admitted involvement in recent graffiti incidents, Detective David Bailey said.

May 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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