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Man arrested as police investigate teen's death

A Great Bend man who was staying at the same address where a 15-year-old girl died Monday has been arrested, although authorities won't say if the charges are connected to the girl in any way.

July 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County Fair opens

Andromeda and Tesch and her sister Dawnstar know their rabbits. The girls, sisters and members of the Sharp Shooters 4-H Club in Great Bend, put on white lab coats Wednesday afternoon as they carried their Polish bunnies to the showmanship judge at the Barton County Fair.

July 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: New exhibits up at Raptor Center

New displays are up in the Raptor Center at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Now visitors can learn more about the center's mission as a temporary sanctuary for injured birds, and they can also learn more about raptors found at Cheyenne Bottoms.

July 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Gregory creates chain saw art

Using a chain saw to create intricate designs, artist Keith Gregory has used his skills as an artist to craft whimsical to realistic carvings of animals. From Willard, Mo., Gregory's wares are for sale at the Barton County Fair.

July 06, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Fishy problem continues at Vets Lake

Great Bend officials would like to do something about the algae-laden water at Veterans Lake, but they don't have many suggestions that the city can afford - in more ways than one.

July 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Drought leaves county tinder dry

This time of year, almost anything can happen.

July 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Police investigate girl's death

The Great Bend Police Department is investigating the mysterious death of a 15-year-old girl on July 4. The case is being investigated as a suspicious death.

July 05, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Rooks County suspects arrested in Great Bend

Two Great Bend men suspected of committing burglaries in Rooks County were arrested Monday morning in Great Bend.

July 05, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Fourth keeps GBFD busy

Numerous fire calls over the weekend were related to fireworks. Great Bend Fire Department Chief Mike Napolitano said there were at least 20 fireworks-related fires between 12:15 a.m. Sunday 12:10 a.m. Tuesday - 14 in Great Bend and six in the county.

July 05, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Water safety is no accident

The extended Fourth of July weekend was an especially deadly one across Kansas, with several reports of drownings, both in lakes and at private residences.

July 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Local residents earn citizenship

DODGE CITY – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service paired with the city of Dodge City on June 24 to host a special naturalization ceremony as part of the Kansas Sesquicentennial celebration.

July 04, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Seeing action, again

In the waning days World War II, the Japanese remained well entrenched in the rugged islands of the South Pacific, forcing American Marines to dig, blast and burn them out one rock at a time.

July 04, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


July 4th is deadliest day on the road

You'd have to have been living in an air conditioned bomb shelter to have missed the dangerously hot weather that has been afflicting this region over the past couple of weeks.

July 03, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


DeWerffs named as AHF Grand Marshals

ELLINWOOD - Known for an attitude of service, hospitality and gratefulness, and great advocates for the benefits of 4-H, Marion and Vernon DeWerff have been chosen as Grand Marshals for the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival, July 14-16.

July 01, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Ellinwood American Legion to add missing name to war memorial

ELLINWOOD - The year was 1950, and in November of that year, the United States was mired in battle in Korea, fighting the spread of Communism. Two young men from Barton County answered the call to service and paid the highest price.

July 01, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


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St. Rose donates portable cooling units to Barton County Fair

A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.

March 26, 2015 | | News


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County falls in health rankings

Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.

March 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HUNTING SEASON

If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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