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Hotel with local ties nominated for listing in National Register

Kansas is among 13 states and territories nominating historic properties to be included on the National Register of Historic Places to The National Park Service. Two of the sites are within an hour's drive of Great Bend. One, the Hotel Roberts, once belonged to the former Great Bend hoteliers Clement C. "Monte" and Ruth "Betty" Parrish.

January 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Relay for Life stages kickoff

Barton County's Relay for Life has undergone a makeover.

January 10, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Pulse of the Prairie

The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Pulse of the Prairie" exhibit, featuring the Kansas-inspired works of artists Doloris Pederson and Christina Lamoureaux. The reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 in the gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College. Artist talks and performances will be at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m.

January 10, 2015 | Special to the Tribune Story and photos courtesy of Barton Community College | News


Stoskopf named to Robert’s Ag Committee staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Friday announced his senior staff selections. The list includes Hoisington area native Wayne Stoskopf.

January 09, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Woman who killed baby nephew in 1998 up for parole

Nearly 17 years after 5-month old Lance Jasper died as the result of shaken impact syndrome, his killer may be released on parole. The Prisoner Review board will hold a parole hearing in February for Lance's aunt, Crystal J. Jasper, now 36 years old.

January 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Upgrade to state Internet may cause disruption in services Saturday

Topeka – Visitors to State of Kansas websites may experience brief disruptions in service this weekend. The Office of Information Technology Services will be performing equipment upgrades that will result in services being completely unavailable between 8-9 a.m. and which may cause brief disruptions in service from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10.

January 09, 2015 | | News


Aggravated burglary reported

The Great Bend Police Department is investigating an aggravated burglary reported at 5:28 a.m. Friday. The occupant of 2818 19th St. told police someone entered the residence and took the keys to his 2007 Ford Fusion, and then took the car. The Kansas license tag number is 121AGV.

January 09, 2015 | | News


ACA tax filing changes coming

As tax filers gather documents for the 2015 tax filing season, they will need to answer basic health insurance information for the first time this year.

January 08, 2015 | | News


Roberts first to serve as ag chair in house and senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Thursday made history when he was selected to chair the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Roberts is the first member of Congress to hold the top agriculture post in both the U.S. House of Representatives and now in the U.S. Senate.

January 08, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


A SUCCESSFUL SEASON

Great Bend Parks Department crews have started the tedious job of removing the vestiges of Christmas from around the community. The decorations that make up the Trail of Lights are coming down.

January 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | 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.

January 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


BCC invites high school seniors to campus

Barton Community College will help area high school seniors figure out what they want to do with their futures at Senior Day, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, with a sign-up deadline of Jan. 18. Sign up at seniorday.bartonccc.edu.

January 07, 2015 | Nick Grubbe | News


​Guns stolen from apartment

Local law enforcement is seeking the public's help in solving a residential apartment burglary at 5210 10th St. in Great Bend. Sheriff Brian Bellendir, speaking for Crime Stoppers, said unknown persons entered one of the apartments between noon and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, and removed firearms and other personal property.

January 07, 2015 | | News


​Man arrested after woman texts she was kidnapped

A rural Great Bend man was in custody Tuesday afternoon after a woman sent a text message that she'd been kidnapped. The 43-year-old man was stopped in Ellis County by the Kansas Highway Patrol and arrested on outstanding warrants. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the suspect had been transported back to the Barton County Jail and the county attorney's office was reviewing the case Wednesday afternoon to see if new charges should be filed stemming from Tuesday's incident.

January 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Imagination Playground

The cold weather on Wednesday made it the perfect day for an indoor activity. Great Bend Recreation Commission obliged by setting up its Imagination Playground inside the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

January 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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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


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


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