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​Santa’s Workshop is Monday

Santa and his elves will move their operations from the North Pole to Great Bend on Monday evening. The 16th annual Santa's Workshop runs from 6-8 p.m. at the Great Bend City Auditorium.

November 30, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Spirit of Christmas in Two-Hawks

With his handmade flutes, John Two-Hawks has played the role of teacher and spiritual healer in previous visits to Great Bend. When he returns to the Crest Theater next Friday, the concert performer of Oglala Lakota Sioux lineage hopes to be an enchanter, taking his audience "into the space where the spirit of Christmas lives."

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Santa’s bag dwarfed by scammers’ bag of tricks

The holiday season is an active time for everyone and that definitely includes the unscrupulous. In their efforts to gain advantage over consumers, fraudsters will do anything short of climbing down your chimney this December, said Denise Groene of the Better Business Bureau of Kansas. The bureau advises that consumers educate themselves about the many schemes in use through the holidays, especially those involving social media.

November 29, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Celestial lights

A re-creation of the night sky around the time of Christ's birth lends credence to the gospel account that wise men followed a celestial object to find the baby Jesus. These and other illuminating topics will be presented during the "Season of Lights" programs at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Barton Community College Planetarium.

November 28, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


​Post office releases holiday mailing dates

The Great Bend Post Office is encouraging customers to mail early this holiday season, Postmaster Willie Beamon said. The post office has released its suggested mail-by dates to ensure holiday cards and packages reach their destinations in time.

November 28, 2012 | | News


Deck the halls safely for the holidays

The holidays can be a time of joy, but they can also be a time of potential hazards, safety and health officials said.

November 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Demolition bid approved by USD 428 BOE

Board members of USD 428 convened at Great Bend Middle School at noon Tuesday, Nov. 27 to move forward on their plans to expand parking at the high school. At the Nov. 12 meeting, they voted to purchase the property at 1723 Morton Street for the land value, $9,000, for that purpose. With the closing on the transaction set for Tuesday afternoon, Assistant Superintendent Dan Brungardt presented a quote submitted by Stone Sand Company, Great Bend, to demolish and dispose of the structure, five trees, and two tree stumps on the property. This is the initial step in developing ...

November 27, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Professional hunter pleads guilty

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A professional hunter from Tennessee has pleaded guilty to a Lacey Act violation in Kansas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday.

November 27, 2012 | | News


Hoisington likely to see reduced electrical rates

HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington is likely to see reduced electrical rates after the first of the year with a decrease of 15 percent in the meter and energy charge for 2013 and a reduction of an average of 19.5 percent in 2014 in the meter and energy charge if the recommendations of engineers and consultants, Sawvel and Associates Inc., are followed. At a Tuesday morning meeting, the group presented their recommendations to the Hoisington Utility Task Force.

November 27, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Holidays are here

The Saturday after Thanksgiving in Great Bend came complete with sunny skies, sunny weather, and little to no wind, an inviting setting for holiday shopping and reveling.

November 27, 2012 | 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.

November 27, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Community invited to help soldiers, vets

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is asking people to adopt a Fort Dodge soldier for Christmas. Meanwhile, the local Military Moms group is requesting donations for care packages that will be sent overseas to active military personnel.

November 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


New power line could cross Barton County

The central part of the United States supplies grain to the entire nation. It can also supply wind energy.

November 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Fatality wreck occurs

HOISINGTON - Janice A. Alyward, 62, died at 7:12 a.m. Monday morning in a single vehicle wreck two miles east of Hoisington on K4.

November 26, 2012 | | News


From postal service to Salvation Army, Bill Dill's optimism just won't quit

Bill Dill used to be a career postal employee.

November 25, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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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


Take time to immunize

It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission district to remain unchanged

The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Whooping cough outbreak hits Barton County

With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


United Way of Central Kansas tops goal

United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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