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Ellinwood After Harvest Festival Photos

July 19, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News

Ellinwood celebrates the heart of the heartland

ELLINWOOD - Overcast skies made for a pleasant morning Saturday when the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival parade brought crowds to the red, brick streets of the community.

July 19, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News

Hoisington rental licensing program has landlords concerned

HOISINGTON - At the Hoisington City Council meeting on Monday, several landlords were present, upset about the rental licensing agreement just passed by the council. The Great Bend Tribune featured a story on the program on July 6. The rental agreement requires minimum standards for rental housing and rental inspection.

July 17, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News

Hoisington to require new rental licensing program

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council has approved a new ordinance requiring rental properties be properly maintained and inspected. The purpose is to protect both renters and homeowners, protect the value of land and dwellings throughout the city, and to protect the public from increased criminal activity that tends to occur in residential areas that are unstable due to blight.

July 05, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Kansas government needs CPR due to income tax cuts

Kansas is in desperate need of immediate CPR due to the failing tax policies of the current state administration.

July 02, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Noel Arthur Lipton 1942 - 2014

ATWOOD - Noel Arthur Lipton, 71, died June 29, at the Rawlins County Hospital. Born Sept. 9, 1942, in Seattle, Wash., he was the son of Fredrick and Francis (Kelly) Lipton. On Sept. 9, 1972, he married Betty Ruckman in Great Bend. He was a mechanic and proudly served in the United States Army.

July 01, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Obituaries

Copious rains wetten area

After record breaking drought and heat, the past few years have not been easy ones for farmers and gardeners. However, this June has provided much needed moisture, 8.34 inches as of Monday afternoon, according to John Feerick, senior meteorologist at

June 30, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News

Storage of vehicles not allowed in front yards

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting last week, passed an ordinance disallowing the storage of vehicles or parking in the front yard on residential property. The ordinance went into effect last Friday.

June 30, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Vietnam heroes’ stories unfold through Tribune photo collection efforts

Editor's note: The Kansas Press Association, in cooperation with the Great Bend Tribune, is collecting photos of Vietnam soldiers who died in service for the Education Center at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. There are 265 photos of Kansas soldiers needed. The Tribune has located two photos, Kent Amerine and Edward Saenz.

June 28, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News

Hoisington considers 1 cent sales tax; hopes to reopen week of July 7

HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington is facing major infrastructure upgrades, including city sewage lagoons that are short-circuiting, causing problems with under treated sewage. In light of that issue as well as other infrastructure upgrades needed such as a leaking swimming pool, the Hoisington City Council discussed at its meeting on Monday, adding a one cent sales tax for items purchased in Hoisington.

June 26, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Ellinwood Librarian Sturgis starts a new chapter

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood School/Community Librarian Sharon Sturgis closes a book, but starts a new chapter in her life as she retires this month from the position she has held for two decades.

June 26, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Cell phone privacy Search warrants needed

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that police need a search warrant to search an arrested person's cell phone except in extreme emergency, such as immediate terrorist activity.

June 25, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Scam phone call received in Hoisington

HOISINGTON - On June 12, Marline and Richard Amerine received a phone message on their landline phone from an individual claiming to be from the IRS.

June 24, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Plans underway for Ellinwood Wellness Center

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood residents may soon have a Wellness Center if the Ellinwood Recreation Commission has it way. There is currently no fitness facility in Ellinwood.

June 24, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News

Kansas Honor Flights program pays homage to veterans

BARTON COUNTY - The winds of war periodically have swept the U.S. over the last 100 years. Many soldiers arrived back stateside with little fanfare and continued their lives the best way they knew how.

June 21, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

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