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New drug dog, police cars approved

The Great Bend City Council put some more teeth in the city's stepped-up anti-drug campaign. It approved Monday night the purchase of a second drug dog and three new police vehicles.

May 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Council signs off on summer activities

There will be a lot going on in downtown Great Bend this summer, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night. The council approved several street closures and took other action to accommodate the festivities at Hayes' request.

May 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

County approves May proclamations

Physical and mental health were on the agenda at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Mato, Tuey led Cougars to distance sweep at Region VI; Barton takes 3rd

EL DORADO- Lydia Mato is used to bringing home gold medals for the Barton Community College women's track team. This weekend at El Dorado was no different. What was different for Mato was losing to a teammate.

May 04, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College

Zoo prepares for World Binturong Day

Poppy, the 6-month-old binturong at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, made an appearance at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said this Saturday, May 9, is World Binturong Day.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

William John “Bill” Berchek Jr. 1947 - 2015

William John "Bill" Berchek Jr., 67, passed away on May 2, at his home near Great Bend. Born on July 29, 1947, in Pueblo, Colo. he was the son of William John Berchek Sr. and Evelyn Caroline Gordon. He received his associates degree from Barton County Community College and used it in a wide variety of areas. He worked for 30 years as a Conductor for Union Pacific Railroad as well as in real estate and farming. He was a lifetime resident of Barton County. On March 25, 1989, He married Marcia Richardson in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives of ...

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries

Bob Mead

Bob Mead, 78, died May 4, at Hays Medical Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries

John “Danny” Dipman — 1943-2015

LARNED - John Daniel "Danny" Dipman, 72, died at his home in rural Larned on May 2, 2015. Born on April 18, 1943, in Larned, he was the son of John W. and Eldred E. (Sanders) Dipman.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries

Cougars sweep relays, Gordon wins 400m hurdles as Cougars finish 3rd

EL DORADO- Handing off the baton and jumping obstacles has worked really well for the Barton Community College men's track team at the Region VI meet.

May 04, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College

Larned softball sweeps Vikings

By JIM MISUNAS

May 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Pawnee Co. News

​Bob Mead

Bob Mead, 78, died May 4, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries

Central Kansas League softball

CKL SOFTBALL

May 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Pawnee Co. News

Larned's Evan Skelton spins fourth shutout

By JIM MISUNAS

May 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Pawnee Co. News

Larned city council to meet Monday

CITY OF LARNED

May 04, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News

K-State signs AD John Currie to extension through 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas State athletic director John Currie has signed a restructured contract that includes an extension through the 2020 academic year and increases his base salary to $775,000 annually.

May 04, 2015 | | AP Sports

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Demel earns First Scholar scholarship

Julie Demel, a senior at Central Plains High School, has received a First Scholars scholarship to attend Kansas State University. Scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship over four years for a total of $20,000.

April 19, 2015 | | Education

USDA Invests $73 million in critical infrastructure projects and assessments to provide public safet

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $73 million to rehabilitate dams across the nation in an effort to protect public health and safety and evaluate the expansion of water supply in drought stricken areas. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing in approximately 150 projects and assessments in 23 states. "Millions of people depend on watersheds and dams for protection from floods and providing clean drinking water," Vilsack said. "By investing in this critical infrastructure, we are helping to ensure a safe, resilient environment for rural America."

April 19, 2015 | | Agriculture

Arnold Ochs 85th

Arnold Ochs of Otis will celebrate his 85th birthday on April 19, with a card shower.

April 19, 2015 | | Birthdays

Dunn 50th

Dick and Judy Dunn of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary on April 24, with a card shower.

April 19, 2015 | | Anniversaries

Bieberle 50th

Marvin and Marge Bieberle of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary on April 24, with a card shower.

April 19, 2015 | | Anniversaries

Robl —

Courtney Kuhns and Christopher Robl were united in marriage on Aug. 9, 2014, at Dunafon Castle in Idledale, Colo. in a double ring ceremony officiated by Fr. Martin Hunkler. Parents of the couple are David and Patti Kuhns of Denver, Colo., Craig and Paula Robl of Ellinwood and Larry and Waynette Stroda of Lawrence. Grandparents are Roy and Rosemary Robl of Ellinwood.

April 19, 2015 | | Weddings

Schafer —

Shawna Robl and Matt Schafer were united in marriage on Oct. 11, 2014, at St. Joseph Church in Ellinwood, in a double ring ceremony officiated by Fr. Pascal Klein. Parents of the couple are Craig and Paula Robl of Ellinwood, Larry and Waynette Stroda of Lawrence, Todd and Suzanne Schafer of Belton, Mo., and Jim and Denise Klima of Claflin. Grandparents of the couple are Roy and Rosemary Robl of

April 19, 2015 | | Weddings

Land – the cultural harvest

Next week marks the 45th anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day celebration occurred April 22, 1970.

April 19, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Universities Need Stable State Funding

Dear Editor,

April 19, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor

Foundation awards nearly $100,000 in community grants

The Russell County Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 spring grant recipients. The Foundation received 37 grant applications with requests totaling more than $200,000. A total of $99,620 in grants were awarded for charitable projects across the Russell County area.

April 19, 2015 | | Local News

New attorneys take state and federal oaths in April 17

Successful applicants to the February 2015 Kansas Bar Examination were sworn in as Kansas attorneys at a 10 a.m. on April 16, at the Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka.

April 19, 2015 | | Education

CKCA Jump Rope for Heart

Central Kansas Christian Academy students recently participated in Jump Rope for Heart. Jump Rope for Heart is a great organization that allows students to earn prizes while collecting money for the American Heart Association. The students raised a total of $1,910. 100% of the proceeds that the students collected will go to the American Heart Association.

April 19, 2015 | | Education

Hoisington School Menu

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April 19, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Check It Out!

Ellinwood School/Community Library is proud to host the 2015 EHS Art Show. Pieces on display include: Wheel thrown functional Pottery, Hand-Built decorative Ceramics, Mosaics, Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Metallic Scratchboard, Charcoal Drawing, Pencil Drawing, Colored Pencil, Collage, and Mixed Media.

April 19, 2015 | | Local News

Sidedressing

At this time of year, many gardeners are starting vegetables indoors, or preparing to buy small plants to transplant into their garden when the soil temperature is warm enough. To help with this process, it is sometimes a good idea to give the small plants a little extra fertilizer to help them get a good start. I found a column from the K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department that gives some good advice on transplant solutions and sidedressing to help you give your garden the best start possible.

April 19, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

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