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WIND SONGS: Two-Hawks shares native wisdom

The first notes from John Two-Hawks' wooden flute filled the Crest Theater, quieting the large audience. A stand behind him held more flutes of various lengths and woods.

January 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


How sweet it is

It's about time to satisfy that sweet tooth once again.

January 27, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Feather frenzy comes to KWEC

There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetland Education Center's Feb. 4 winter kid's program, "Feathered Frenzy."

January 27, 2012 | | News


Signs continue to cost county

Spending money on signs continues to be a sign of the times for Barton County, according to Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips.

January 27, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Senior agency gets county funding

Barton County officials did not spend all they were asked for in a regional seniors program, but they did pony up for all they'd budgeted this year.

January 27, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


CO exposure sends to local residents to hospital

Two Great Bend residents were treated for carbon monoxide exposure Wednesday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Great Bend police officers entered the apartment building at 3900 Forest Ave. around 6 p.m., and they found Brenda Pardee, 60, and Charles Morgan, 55, on the floor.

January 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Emergency committee plans for disaster

County officials continue to prepare for the unwanted occurrences they hope will never happen.

January 25, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


County moves towards annual tax sale

Barton County Abstract will continue to perform title searches on properties that are still in the works for the 2012 tax sale with no increase in fees for this year, the Barton County Commission decided this week.

January 25, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


‘GIFT’ UNWRAPPED

SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE

January 25, 2012 | | News


BCC housing at record levels

Barton Community College officials may look at expanding student housing in the future, in light of a report presented last week to the board of trustees.

January 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC improv duo wins Barton County's Got Talent

The Barton Community College "Almost Actors" improv duo, David Burdett and Chelsea Gotschall, were winners of Habitat for Humanity's "Barton County's Got Talent," Saturday at Grace Community Church. Ashley Dowgwillo and J.D. Smith were the runners-up in the competition with their musical skit.

January 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Books are closed

It is certain that there will be at least one new face on the Great Bend City Council after the April 3 city elections.

January 25, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Concrete bridge would be safer

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on the possible replacement of one of the county's historic stone bridges.)

January 25, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


GBHS eying end of block scheduling

It is only in the discussion phase, but teachers and administrators at Great Bend High School are examining switching from block scheduling back to offering seven class periods each day. The topic came up in passing during the Unified School District 428 School Board's luncheon meeting Tuesday at Riley Elementary School.

January 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Geneseo man dies in traffic accident

RICE COUNTY - Slick roads apparently contributed to a fatality accident Sunday night in Rice County, according to a police report.

January 24, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


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Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Spike in rabies cases seen

Great Bend veterinarian Nels Lindberg has some advice for animal owners – get those critters vaccinated for rabies right away.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tech support scam hits area

In this computer-reliant age, it is upsetting to receive an unexpected phone call claiming that one's PC has been infected with viruses.

April 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC Orchestra to perform in the Shafer Art Gallery

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 15, 2015 | | News


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Taxpayers beware, notices may not be in the mail

When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


SPREADING THE WORD

The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cancer foundation expands to Russell Co.

Special to

April 14, 2015 | | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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