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Registration system is not closing down — yet

Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra wants the public to know that, though the state has announced you can't renew your vehicle tag and registration over the past week, you really CAN renew your vehicle tag and registration over the next week.

November 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Pump prices dip below $3

As the holiday travel period looms, average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.11 per gallon Wednesday, kansasgasprices.com reported. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.31.

November 30, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Sight of the Phoenix

The cougar on loan to the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo will soon be moved to an area for public viewing, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.

November 30, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Martin: Cheyenne Bottoms has been wetland for 100,000 years

Eighty million years ago, this part of Kansas was part of an inland sea. More recently – say the last 3.5 million years or so – the area was a savannah with trees. Soil samples suggest the wildlife refuge we call Cheyenne Bottoms has been a wetland for 100,000, says Pam Martin, an educator for Kansas Wildlife & Parks at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

November 30, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Commissioners don’t accept group home language

Proposed amendments to the Barton County zoning regulations, impacting group homes in the county, were not accepted by the Barton County Commission this week and will go back to the Planning Commission.

November 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Ellinwood, GBCF beneficiaries of nearly $3 million bequest

The city of Ellinwood, the Ellinwood School Foundation and the Golden Belt Community Foundation will evenly split nearly $3 million dollars in a bequest from Vivian Archer, formerly of Ellinwood.

November 29, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Offer made on school property

After nearly three months and a steady interest, an offer has been made on the former Shady Grove School property, the Unified School District 428 School Board learned Tuesday afternoon.

November 29, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Dedication for ‘Breaking the Prairie Sod’ memorial Thursday

The sculpture paying tribute to the area's rich agricultural past will be officially dedicated in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday. The "Breaking the Prairie Sod" memorial is located in the park at K-96 and 10th Street on the west end of Great Bend.

November 29, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


County endorses city’s Stone Lake project

County officials have shown their support for a project that is aimed at making a local facility more family friendly.

November 29, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


ALL IT NEEDED WAS FLAKES

With an innovative entry in which cars were decorated as reindeer and a truck converted into a sleigh, the Mid-American Mopar Car Club took theme honors in the 2011 Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday evening in downtown Great Bend. The theme was "Let it Snow."

November 28, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


'Barton County's Got Talent' adds audition night

Sponsors of "Barton County's Got Talent" have added one last chance to audition for the upcoming dinner theater, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Auditions will start at 5 p.m. this Wednesday in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium. Anyone wanting to try out can reserve a 10-minute time slot by calling event organizer Rachel Mawhirter, 620-786-4896.

November 28, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News


Tree topping kicks off 'Thirsty Thursdays'

The 26-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree in the courthouse square will be even taller this week, after city employees cap it with a magnificent topper, according to Community Coordinator Christina Hayes. City employees will add the custom-made decoration as the City of Great Bend hosts its first Business After Hours, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Downtown businesses will stay open until late, in the first of a series of "Thirsty Thursdays."

November 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Christmas lights illuminate Hoisington

HOISINGTON - "Light up Hoisington" became a community project in 1999, and homes and buildings throughout the city are now illuminated throughout the Christmas season.

November 28, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


BCC classes canceled

All classes at Barton Community College have been canceled due to a power outage, Monday.

November 28, 2011 | | News


City projects continue to advance

While there was understandably a great deal of interest this past week in the news that a new six-screen movie theater would be developed in downtown Great Bend, that was only one of the announcements of improvements planned for local projects.

November 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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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.

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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


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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