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Four primaries scheduled for August

Barton County will have primaries for three positions in August to determine which candidates' names will appear on the November ballot.

June 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Recent Communities That Care data shows favorable teen attitudes toward drinking

BARTON COUNTY - The Barton County Communities That Care data has been released for 2011-12 school year, showing that work remains in the areas of alcohol use by area teens.

June 04, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

History Writ Large

Master penman Michael Sull, Ronald Reagan's former calligrapher, was the guest speaker Sunday at Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery. He gave a detailed history on artistic penmanship and calligraphy, and demonstrated the techniques that yield intricate, beautifully detailed script.

June 04, 2012 | | News

Three-story cactus in Chase on the verge of blooming

CHASE - After 53 years of marriage, Joyce Ward says Ed is one of those husbands who don't give presents often.

June 04, 2012 | | News

Commission honors business students

There are 12 students from two Barton County high schools headed to the national Future Business Leaders of America conference later this month in San Antonio, Texas. They were recognized Monday morning as the Barton County Commission approved a proclamation honoring them.

June 04, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Lorene Bethell honored to represent 113th District

TOPEKA - Lorene Bethell said she felt her husband's presence from the moment she entered the Kansas House of Representatives' session Friday.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

Honor Flights still on mission

Maybe a local group can't officially use the name "Honor Flights," anymore, but the former Central Prairie Honor Flights, coordinated by the Great Bend Central Prairie Resource Conservation and Development office, is proceeding full speed ahead. The governing board of Honor Flights Network, based in Springfield, Ohio, voted to decertify Central Prairie Honor Flights in April. The local group has earned state and national recognition for honoring World War II veterans. The chairman of the Honor Flights Network offered no explanation why Central Prairie Honor Flights lost its certification. The Central Prairie Honor Flights have coordinated 17 flights for ...

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

Sterling physician applies for 113th District position

STERLING - A physician who works part-time at the Great Bend Regional Medical Center has announced his candidacy for the 113th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives formerly held by the late Bob Bethell of Alden. Lorene Bethell will finish his term in the Kansas Legislature, but does not plan to seek a full term.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


The first thing "Matthew the Magician," did before coming to Great Bend was check the weather forecast.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

New captain raised to be firefighter

Great Bend Fire Department firefighter Travis Parmley has really climbed the ladder, so to speak. The eight-year GBFD veteran was promoted to captain in May.

June 01, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

School at home

Alicia Straub is thankful she overheard the conversation that day in Pizza Hut.

May 31, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE YOUNG Tribune correspondent | News

Gas prices lower statewide than expected

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, stunning analysts who expected prices to be higher with the arrival of the summer driving season.

May 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

City flush with art

LUCAS – The residents of this small, artsy Russell County community want you to flush your money down the toilet, specifically, their toilet.

May 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Two Kansans advance in National Spelling Bee

Friends and family of Clara Wicoff cheered her on Wednesday during rounds two and three of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Iola student was the 2012 champion of the Great Bend Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee, making her one of three Kansans at the national bee that got under way Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

May 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Wheat harvest off and running

The early wheat harvest is off to a fast start with farmers bringing in their loads to various Great Bend Co-op locations.

May 30, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

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