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New county software streamlines business operations

New commercial software, used to track the myriad of county business, has been discussed by the Barton County Commission on and off for several years. On Monday morning, the commissioners took the plunge.

March 11, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Holmes votes for innovative schools coalition

Rep. John Edmonds shared his analysis of the governor's plan to reduce state income taxes, and Sen. Mitch Holmes discussed the Coalition of Innovative School Districts bill when they returned to Great Bend for a legislative coffee, Saturday at the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


STAR POWER

Fourteen Junior Poms and 11 Senior Variety Argonne All-Star Dance team members competed at the NDA All-Star National Competition in Dallas, Texas last weekend, March 1 through 3.

March 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend Zoo's white tiger, 'Spirit,' dies

The white Bengal tiger at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has died.

March 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas Prisoner Review Board taking comments

A man convicted of second degree murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter in 1987 in Russell County, and a man convicted of sex crimes in Pawnee and Barton County, are eligible for parole hearings in April. A total of 18 Kansas inmates are scheduled for possible parole in May. Prior to their parole hearings, the Prisoner Review Board will take public comments.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Preliminary hearing of former Honor Flights director continued

The preliminary hearing for the woman charged with stealing more than $100,000 from Central Prairie Honor Flights got under way this week, but has been continued to April 10.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Keeping nature at hand

A frequent contributor to the Barton County Historical Society Museum, Robert Button was recently asked to exhibit part of his vast collection of shorebird carvings and decorative decoys. The collection includes many varieties of birds which will be visiting the Cheyenne Bottoms again soon. What's unique about the collection is they've been carved by Button himself.

March 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


State award benefits local volunteer effort

TOPEKA – The Great Bend-based Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Central Kansas is one of nine Kansas organizations sharing more than $139,000 in Volunteer Generation Fund grants from the Kansas Volunteer Commission, the KVC announced Tuesday.

March 07, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Magic show to benefit school in Haiti

Made possible by Star of Hope of Ellinwood, illusionist Reza will bring his renowned magic stage show to Great Bend Sunday.

March 07, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Out of the Morgue, March 7, 2013

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

March 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


TEXT LESSONS: Students attend Farm Safety Awareness Day

Area high school students were all over the road Wednesday as they attempted to send text messages while driving – and there was no way they'd avoid the occasional pedestrian in the cross walk or deer crossing their paths.

March 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Free host training and national certification offered to locals

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of visitor experience delivered within the Great Bend community and along the national scenic byway corridor, training and certification as an interpretive host will be offered free of charge this month.

March 06, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Records yield wealth of information

There is all kinds of information available at the finger tips of the Barton County Records Management Department, as woman from Orem, Utah, found out recently.

March 06, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


KDOT crews rack up big numbers during back-to-back storms

During last month's back-to-back snow storms, Kansas Department of Transportation snow crews pretreated and plowed nearly 880,000 lane miles of highway – enough to circle the earth 35 times.

March 06, 2013 | | News


Sweanys prepare for mission to Africa

Eli and Margaret Sweany will this week board an airplane for the long flight to Senegal, Africa, where they will take jobs as house parents in a school for the children of missionaries.

March 05, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


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SPELLBOUND

Great Bend Middle School student Dalton Dicks was seated next to last year's champion Jazmin Garcia. Her good luck rubbed off on the middle school seventh-grader.

January 31, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Home Run: Smithsonian exhibit open in Ellinwood

The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," and a local exhibit on hometown "Heros on the Sideline" opened Saturday at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


CASA Chocolate Auction helps children in need

Central Kansas CASA will reach a milestone this year, celebrating its 30th year of helping area children. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the nonprofit organization will reach another milestone, holding its 10th annual Chocolate Auction.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman jury selection starts Monday

Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt. District Judge Ron Svaty said 220 potential jurors have been summoned.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Small fires reported

The Great Bend Fire Department responded two small structure fires, one Wednesday and one Thursday, each resulting in about $500 damage.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton administration supports Fort Riley

The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DROUGHT IMPACT LINGERING

Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

January 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Whooping cough vaccines available

In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Temporary library outpost opens Monday

With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

January 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County jobless rate holds steady

TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

January 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


HOMETOWN TEAMS

ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

January 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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