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Burglaries plaguing Barton County

PAWNEE ROCK -- The Barton County Sheriff's Office was summoned to the 400 block of Pawnee Ave. at 10 p.m. Tuesday, when someone reported hearing sounds coming from an abandoned residence and saw a "blue-type truck" at the residence. Deputies checked the residence but found no signs of entry. This was the same block where a burglary of another unoccupied residence was reported on Monday.

July 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Flooring project at GBMS nearing completion

Flooring installers at Great Bend Middle School are making headway on the project that will give a modern look to the hallways and classrooms of the school by the time enrollment begins on August 1. Installation of carpeting squares in classrooms and the library is complete, and work is underway in offices.

July 18, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Wellness Program gets nod from school board

USD 428 school board members okayed a new wellness program at a Wednesday morning meeting July 18. The program was introduced at the regular monthly meeting July 12. It will be open to both current and retired employees. By taking part in the program, participants receive a maximum of $50 per-month reduction in the monthly premium for their health insurance.

July 18, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood natives bike home

ELLINWOOD - With sirens whistling and bikers and runners, Ellinwood greeted natives Joshwa McMullen and Ben Reser as they completed their bike ride from Pueblo, Colo. to Ellinwood on Wednesday morning just in time for the After Harvest Festival.

July 18, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Barton enrollments continue to climb

Barton Community College spring enrollment increased more than 9 percent in the past year, according to information from the Kansas Board of Regents. Fall enrollment grew by 5 percent, compared to the previous year.

July 17, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Owners report burglars gut Pawnee Rock home

PAWNEE ROCK - Burglars got away with the kitchen sink – and the counters and cabinets, as well as an entire bathroom and other items, the owners of a fully remodeled Pawnee Rock house reported Monday. In fact, Chris and Kristina Frost say the home they restored a few years ago was gutted while it sat unoccupied.

July 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Local teen plans cystic fibrosis walk

Taylor Latham, who will start her junior year at Great Bend High School next month, has spent her summer vacation on a mission.

July 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Huelskamp staff to host office hours in area counties

The Kansas offices of Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that district staff will host local office hours in 46 towns across Kansas' Big First.

July 17, 2012 | | News


City department activities recapped

At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a recap of some of the highlights.

July 17, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Health Department administers WIC to five county area

Barton County Health Department Administrator Lily M Aikings and Beverly Frizell, RD work every day to ensure babies in Barton County get off to the healthiest start possible. They are in charge of the local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) up to 5 years old. WIC focuses on providing food assistance and education, and has been around since 1969. The Great Bend office administers the program over a five county area that includes Barton, Pawnee, Rush, Rice and Stafford counties.

July 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


County loans funds to business for expansion

By a split vote Monday morning, the Barton County Commission voted to lend $43,300 of the county's Community Development Block Grant funds to Custom Re-Bath of Great Bend for an expansion/remodeling project. The approval came amid concerns from some commissioners about the what they called the riskiness of the loan.

July 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


City OKs revolving loan for local business

It took just a matter of minutes for the Great Bend City Council to unanimously approve Monday night a $43,300 loan to Custom Re-Bath from the city's Economic Development Revolving Loan fund.

July 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County loans funds to business for expansion

By a split vote Monday morning, the Barton County Commission voted to lend $43,300 of the county's Community Development Block Grant funds to Custom Re-Bath of Great Bend for an expansion/remodeling project. The approval came amid concerns from some commissioners about the what they called the riskiness of the loan.

July 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


MUTTON BUSTIN’ GOES PRO

For the 16 youngsters that competed in the mutton busting competition Saturday at the Barton County Fair, a career in the sport is probably not something their parents are encouraging. But for Lorraine McClaine, mutton busting has become an important sideline.

July 14, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Whooping cough found in Barton County

A cough may not be just a cough. Barton County is one of several counties in the state in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak, said Barton County Health Department Administrator Lily Akings.

July 14, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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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


Commission OKs Community Corrections staff increase

It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


ALL OUT OF OPTIONS

TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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