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Two dead after murder-suicide

HOISINGTON – The investigation continues into the apparent murder/suicide Tuesday night that left two rural Barton County residents dead at a farm residence about seven miles northeast of Hoisington, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Community weighs Convention Center options

The consensus of the special Great Bend City Council meeting Tuesday night to discuss the beleaguered Convention Center was that the center needed major improvements. It was also feared that the existing attached hotel placed a drag on facility.

January 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


KDHE no longer handling local HIV tests

Since the start of the year, the state health department has stopped analyzing HIV tests for the Barton County Health Department and most other public health departments, forcing them to use private labs if they want to continue the service.

January 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Riley teacher simulates discrimination with Red Ribbon day

"Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.

January 22, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Program aims to clean up county

Dale Phillips wants to make Barton County a cleaner place. The County Commission agreed, approving Tuesday morning his plan to establish a county-wide Adopt-a-Highway program.

January 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


So. Hoisington wildlife habitat to be established

The Barton County Commission Tuesday morning approved a lease agreement with retired teacher Terry Nech of Hoisington that will allow him to develop a wildlife habitat on county-owned land in what is known as South Hoisington.

January 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Free HazMat training offered in Great Bend

A free workshop on hazardous materials will be offered next week at Barton Community College. The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.

January 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys rural home

Fire destroyed a home just west of Dundee on Sunday.

January 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


District faces a time of change

It was a year of upheaval for the Barton County Soil Conservation District, and this was evident when the district held its 66th-annual meeting Saturday night at the Barton Community College Student Union.

January 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Council seeks public input on Convention Center

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss the Great Bend Convention Center in order to gather public input on the project. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. tonight at the center, 3017 10th St.

January 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


VINO VENTURE

Rosewood Services Inc. is ready to launch its latest retail venture this week with the opening of its winery outlet store in downtown Great Bend. The Rosewood Wine Cellar, located at 1901 Lakin, will open its doors to the public for the first time at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

January 19, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Ready to party

This year marks the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society.

January 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Tree board, city extends rebate and removal offer in 2013

For many homeowners, now is the time to plan improvements to the landscape. Spring is only a few months away. Members of the Great Bend Tree Board are already looking toward 2013 for encouraging even more residents to take advantage of the city's initiative to improve the condition and variety of tree species contained in Great Bend.

January 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Clean Line planning open houses

HOUSTON – Clean Line Energy Partners is hosting two weeks of public open house meetings in Kansas inviting community members and landowners to learn about the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project. During these meetings, Clean Line staff members will discuss potential routing options for the high voltage direct current electric transmission line project and provide the public an opportunity to provide feedback.

January 17, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Keeping House

Saturday, Barton County Habitat for Humanity will host the fourth annual Barton County's Got Talent show at 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley. Director Rachel Mawhirter said this is the all volunteer organization's main fundraiser for the year, and the outcome will help determine how soon the next build will happen. It will also help kick off a new service for Habitat applicants who are struggling to maintain their homes.

January 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Burkes to chair BCC Foundation fundraiser

The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.

February 28, 2015 | | News


NOW PLAYING

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.

February 28, 2015 | | News


​Storm Fury on the Plains coming to Great Bend

With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.

February 28, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


GODSPELL

Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.

February 28, 2015 | | News


​Pratt woman injured in rollover accident

STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.

February 28, 2015 | | News


Mellor named to statewide commission

Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Setting a heck of a pace

The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Expanded Walking School Bus program set to begin this spring

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Driver injured on U.S. 281

A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

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.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Thank A Farmer

When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.

February 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Commercial vehicle renewal deadline Friday

For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.

February 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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