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New DUI law adds auto interlock

The penalty for driving under the influence in Kansas got tougher today, with offenders required to use devices on their vehicles to prevent them from driving while intoxicated.

June 30, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News


City helps with Fuller million dollar plan

A long-time local manufacturing facility, one with international business ties, got the approval of the Great Bend City Council for its part in an effort to secure its place in the 21st Century business model.

June 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Robber grabs the cash; flees on bike

A robber who reportedly grabbed a bag of cash from the Best Western office Tuesday morning escaped on a bicycle, according to information from Detective David Bailey at the Great Bend Police Department.

June 29, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Cop ring goes after crime ring

Law enforcement has shut down a team that allegedly burglarized businesses in six area counties, according to the Barton County Sheriff's Office.

June 29, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Woman reports being battered by stranger

A Great Bend woman reported being battered at her residence at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday by an unknown male. He was able to reach inside the front door and ripped the T-shirt she was wearing before leaving the residence at 2707 Morton St.

June 29, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Early fair event focuses on 4-H skills

The Barton County Fair is one week away, but the first pre-fair events took place Wednesday.

June 29, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Health inspector keeps busy across Kansas

There are some 18,000 restaurants in the state of Kansas and about 30 inspectors to cover all but two counties, so food safety inspection keeps a few individuals busy all the time, the Barton County Commission learned this week.

June 29, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Detective warns against dangers of youth sexting

Technology has brought us new ways to communicate, including electronically through texting, e-mail, chat rooms and social media such as Facebook. Photos and videos can be sent over a cell phone. While all of this technology can provide real benefits, Great Bend Police Detective Heather Smith said that young people need to be warned of the dangers of one form of electronic communication, a practice known as "sexting."

June 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Ellinwood man convicted of electronic solicitation

A 21-year-old man from Ellinwood could be looking at a 25-year prison sentence for soliciting young girls via text messages.

June 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


On target

The setting was the team wrap-up meeting for the 17th-annual Relay for Life of Barton County Monday night at the Great Bend Front Door facility. The announcement was a welcome one.

June 28, 2011 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Fireworks continue a hot topic this dry year

A lengthy discussion in Monday's Barton County Commission meeting boiled down to this: Though Independence Day falls on a Monday this year, creating a three-day weekend for many people, in Barton County it is legal only to set off fireworks on Monday, July 4 - except in Hoisington where they can be set off on Sunday, too, starting at 1 p.m.

June 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Four injured in weekend incidents

Two males and a female were reportedly injured during a fight in the McDonald's parking lot this past weekend.

June 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Biking for a Cure

 

June 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansans to get help paying high utility cooling bills

TOPEKA – SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki announced Monday that low income Kansans will have a little extra help paying their high utility bills this summer thanks to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

June 27, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Fireworks safety is not an accident

B3 Bomber, Sky Cruiser, Crying Saucer, Vengeful Texan, Europa 1 Missile, Crackling Saturn Missiles, The Detonator, Red, White and Bluetiful ...

June 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | 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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