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Midwest Energy purchases City of Seward electric system

Residents of the city of Seward recently voted by a 3-to-1 margin to sell their city's electric system to Midwest Energy, Inc. On Mar. 25, Stafford County Commissioners certified the results of the mail-in ballot, making the vote official.

April 01, 2015 | | Business


Support for Lori Reneau

Dear Editor,

April 01, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Discrimination Hiding Behind Religious Faith

Where is Leslie Knope when we need her?

April 01, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Great Bend Kids Wrestling competes at Topeka

TOPEKA- Great Bend Kids Wrestling Club traveled to Topeka this weekend to compete in the USAWKS kids state tournament. After a long weekend of wrestling, nine wrestlers brought home awards for placing in the top six in the state. The team placed 13th overall.

April 01, 2015 | | Local Sports


Waters True Value Spring Sweep

April 01, 2015 | | Business


Crazy Ted Cruz

Winter is over! Winter is over! Excuse the jubilation, but we ink-stained wretches love the ritual excitement that occurs every spring. This spring is extra exciting, because it comes with our big quadrennial first sighting of a red nose popping out of the presidential wannabe clown car.

April 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


All Their Eggs In One Basket

April 01, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Shelter Insurance – Trent Mermis, 1922 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Amanda and Steve. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Junior Wrestlers compete in Topeka

April 01, 2015 | | Local Sports


First household hazardous waste collection set

The first scheduled household hazardous waste collection of 2015 will be held April 18 at the Barton County Landfill, said Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock. The collection will take place from 8 a.m. until noon.

April 01, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Barton County Jail Log, March 30 and 31, 2015

Barton County Jail

April 01, 2015 | | On the Record


American AgCredit reports increased loan volume in 2014

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - American AgCredit, a farmer-owned financial cooperative, recently announced net income of $98.9 million for the 2014 calendar year along with a cash dividend distribution of $39 million to its shareholders. This compares to net income of $111 million and a cash dividend of $37 million in 2013. American AgCredit has returned over $250 million to its customer-owners since 2005.

March 31, 2015 | | Business


BCC music students to present recital April 9

Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC Silver Cougar Club to host ‘Exploring the Internet’

Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


BCC to close for Easter break

Barton Community College will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 for Easter break. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Art Gallery will also be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 7.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


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Norma Lea Gray 1937 - 2015

ST. JOHN - Norma Lea Gray, 78, died April 14, 2015 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Creek County, Okla., she was the daughter of Lester and Ruby (Browning) Allen. On Aug. 18, 1952, she married Melvin Eugene Gray in Oilton, Okla.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wanda Lee Deer 1921 - 2015

FREDONIA - Wanda Lee Deer, 93, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in Wichita. Born on Feb. 28, 1921, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Frank Edward and Nellie (Coats) Sypolt. On May 19, 1960, she was united in marriage to Kelso Deer. He preceded her in death. She worked as an executive secretary for Phillips Petroleum for many years.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Patrick John O’Connell 1929 - 2015

FRONTENAC - Patrick John O'Connell, 86, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on April 14, 2015 at the Medicalodge of Frontenac. He was born March 29, 1929, in Pittsburg, the son of William F. and Mary (Kinsella) O'Connell. He graduated from St. Mary's High School and later from Pittsburg State University. On June 20, 1954, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Wilson at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He worked for Cripe Bakery and Junge Baking Company as a route salesman.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Only horse ever flagged in NCAA game dies at 42

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The only horse ever to be penalized in a college football game has died.

April 15, 2015 | | AP Sports


Rolfs to coach Barton women’s basketball team

Trevor Rolfs will be the next head women's basketball coach at Barton Community College. He will take over for Carter Kruger who resigned at the end of the season, spending three years at the helm.

April 15, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Duke guard Tyus Jones latest Blue Devil to enter NBA draft

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Tyus Jones is the latest Duke freshman to enter the NBA draft.

April 15, 2015 | | AP Sports


Busch has no timetable for return after Daytona wreck

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - As he pulled off pit road at Daytona International Speedway moments before the season-opening Xfinity Series race, Kyle Busch said he looked to the left and noticed for the first time a concrete wall along the race track.

April 15, 2015 | | AP Sports


Cougars blanked by 4th ranked Cowley in tennis

HESSTON- There is little doubt the Barton Community College men's tennis team plays in one, if not the toughest, regions in the NJCAA. Two of the top four teams in the nation are in the region.

April 15, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Smokey Hill Public Television at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters Dale Hogg and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 15, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend cruises against Liberal

Nine runs in the first inning provided a little foreshadowing for Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference opener between Class 5A power Great Bend and Liberal. The Lady Panthers needed just six innings to complete two 15-0 wins.

April 15, 2015 | MIKE COURSON, Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


Cougar men fifth at Jayhawk golf meet

LAWRENCE- It was a battle all day long. The second Jayhawk Conference men's golf tournament was a close contest the entire way at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence.

April 15, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


A Capitulation to Iran

You know there's a problem with the Iran nuclear agreement when The White House releases a fact sheet to the press outlining the agreement, and Iran issues a statement claiming the fact sheet is false... within 15 minutes.

April 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


End the Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Scam

Since President Obama's first year in office, the federal government has been illegally using your federal tax dollars to pay lobbyists at the state and local level to lobby for tax hikes, zoning restrictions, and other nanny state policies that pick your pockets and limit your freedom. Every time a scandal breaks or Congress tries to crack down on abuses, the grant-making program changes its name and keeps on going.

April 15, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Students from Central Plains HS visit College cadaver lab

A group of students from Central Plains High School recently toured the human cadaver lab and biology department at Cloud County Community College (CCCC).

April 15, 2015 | | Local News


Launching Hillary

April 15, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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