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New signs highlight exhibits at museum

Anyone who has ever wanted more information about an exhibit at the Barton County Historical Village and Museum usually has only to ask Beverly Komarek or one of her many volunteers. But now some of the items on display can tell their own story, thanks to interpretive signs going up in the museum's historic and authentically furnished period buildings.

July 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas wetlands conditions the worst in two decades

In their prime, Kansas' two legendary wetlands are about as good as any in the world.

July 30, 2012 | The Wichita Eagle | News


County budget calls for first tax hike since 2004

A Barton County Commission split on raising the mill levy for the first time since 2004 and concerns about slashing spending narrowly approved publishing the county's proposed 2012-2013 budget Monday morning.

July 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Burn ban remains in place

On Monday morning, the Barton County Commission signed another resolution extending the county-wide burn ban for another week.

July 30, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Economic Lifelines honors area pro-job/transportation legislators

TOPEKA – Economic Lifelines, today, designated several area lawmakers as Pro-Jobs/Transportation Legislators, because of their support for transportation. Economic Lifelines is the state's chief transportation and economic development coalition.

July 30, 2012 | | News


Burn ban likely to continue

Sure, it rained Wednesday night. Sure, many yards, sidewalks and backyard decks were damp Thursday morning.

July 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Four-time champion captures another title

LARNED - Even though Jansyn Van Horn had won the past two 4-H Round Robin Showmanship titles at the Pawnee County Fair, she still was nervous.

July 28, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Great Bend man dies

HAYS - A Great Bend motorcyclist died Friday night after crashing after being pursued by city of Hays officers, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

July 28, 2012 | | News


Vopats chair BCC benefit auction

Longtime Barton Community College supporters Jim and Kathy Vopat will lead the kickoff for this year's Big Benefit Auction, which sports the theme, "Pigskin Pandemonium."

July 27, 2012 | ​BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


KWEC hosts professional courses

Eleven professionals from across the Midwest met this week at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center to study wetlands and defining wetlands.

July 27, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Chase fire destroys home

CHASE - An apparent electrical fire triggered a blaze that destroyed a three-story home and adjacent garage Wednesday evening. The home and possessions of Shannon McEachern were declared a total loss.

July 26, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


New law waives college tuition for high school students

High school students are now eligible for tuition-free career technical education courses, under a bill recently signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.

July 26, 2012 | | News


Out with the old ...

From new bathrooms to shiny, automatic sliding doors, Barton Community College's Student Union has received multiple major renovations over the past several months and the public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and enjoy refreshments at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 in the Student Union.

July 26, 2012 | | News


'Cool' technology gift helps special needs students

An idea that was born at Sunflower Diversified Services has resulted in new technology for children with special needs in USD 428. The non-profit agency's Foundation donated two iPads to the school district and the project is exceeding expectations, organizers said.

July 26, 2012 | | News


Burn ban likely to continue

Sure, it rained Wednesday night. Sure, many yards, sidewalks and backyard decks were damp Thursday morning.

July 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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Summer library programs start June 1

The Great Bend Public Library's summer programs start Monday, June 1, and run through July 17. This year's programs have superhero theme.

May 25, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES

The multitude of American flags adorning the Great Bend Municipal Cemetery Monday morning danced in a cool early summer breeze. The bright red, white and blue stood out against the grayish sky.

May 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Pawnee Rock appoints new fire chief

Following her swearing in as Mayor of Pawnee Rock once more, Linda McCowan presented appointments for city council approval Monday night, May 4 at the regular city council meeting at the Pawnee Rock city office.

May 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Shafer Gallery to host “Finding Balance: A Landscape Exhibit”

The Shafer Art Gallery's summer exhibit "Finding Balance" is now open and will end with a closing reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 7.

May 23, 2015 | | News


Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


SCHOOL'S OUT!

Students in Grades K-1-2 at Jefferson Elementary School enjoy Jefferson Fun Day on Thursday, which was the last day of school. Older students went to the Great Bend Activity Center or Walnut Bowl.

May 22, 2015 | | News


​BCC trustees meeting change

The next meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees has been changed to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, in F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

May 22, 2015 | | News


Memorial Day travel forecast: Kansans Ready for vacation

TOPEKA – Memorial Day AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year and the highest volume since 2005. Nearly 89 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent from the 31.3 million who traveled by automobile last year, and the largest growth seen in five years. The expected rise in car travel is driven by factors that include rising consumer optimism brought on by improving finances, increased purchasing power and lower gas prices.

May 22, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Memorial Day travel forecast: Kansans Ready for vacation

TOPEKA – Memorial Day AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year and the highest volume since 2005. Nearly 89 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent from the 31.3 million who traveled by automobile last year, and the largest growth seen in five years. The expected rise in car travel is driven by factors that include rising consumer optimism brought on by improving finances, increased purchasing power and lower gas prices.

May 22, 2015 | | News


Great Bend prepares to honor vets

The Great Bend American Legion Post 180 is planning the Great Bend Memorial Day service this year. It is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Circle, Great Bend Municipal Cemetery

May 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Poppy Program starts Friday

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand-crafted, red crepe paper poppies for donations from 2-6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 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.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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