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Storm spotter school is open to everyone

Local storm spotters, public safety officials and the public will gather this week to learn more about how to keep the community safe during severe storm season.

March 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Gridding the grade just about done

Eight acres of ground, dug down to the appropriate grade and depth for a new phase of the Barton County Landfill involved moving an incredible amount of dirt, but between the landfill staff and contractors, the work was accomplished and now the finishing work is underway to prepare to open the third phase of the landfill.

March 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Four legislators present at well-attended legislative coffee

State of Kansas Sen. Ruth Teichman, R-Stafford, Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, and Representatives Bill Wolf, R-Great Bend, and Bob Bethell, R-Alden, were all at the legislative coffee on Saturday morning, and Wolf reported good news about the intersection at U.S. 281 and K-19, south of Great Bend.

March 26, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News

Historical society to share stories of WWII WASPs

There are many "untold stories" about Great Bend Army Air Field during its brief, but very active, existence during World War II. One of those stories involves six young women, assigned to air base as WASPs, or Women Airforce Service Pilots.

March 25, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News

County documents pioneer farmer history

Five generations ago, a couple left Iowa and came to Barton County. They came to farm. They came to set down roots. They came to build a family, which they did.

March 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Of bricks, paint and limestone

LUCAS – When Erika Nelson saw the northern wall of Troy's Grocery on this small northern Russell County community's Main Street, she saw more than a wall.

March 24, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Stainless steel monument will set at 10th and K-96

Financing for the farmer memorial that will be erected at 10th and K-96 is moving forward.

March 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

County prepares for summer highway work

A local firm had the low bid to provide Barton County with paving material for the coming construction season.

March 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

An inventor with local ties

By Jim Misunas

March 23, 2011 | Jim Misunas | News

County approves emergency generator bid

Barton County officials approved a bid with a local electrical company this week, taking another step forward in the continuing project that will provide superior emergency communications to all of the county.

March 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Free smoke and CO detectors still available

The Great Bend Fire Department is still trying to give away a little peace of mind.

March 22, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Court orders Longoria DNA swab

Attorneys for Adam Longoria agreed Tuesday to the collection of his DNA sample for the KBI databank. Longoria is charged with capital murder and criminal sodomy in connection with last year's killing of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt. He appeared in Barton County District Court for about 15 minutes Tuesday, as attorneys discussed pre-trial motions with District Judge Hannelore Kitts.

March 22, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC has fun with cowboy-themed Child Education Fair

Barton Community College is inviting everyone who works with children to "Kick Up Your Heels" and play Cowboy at the annual Child Education Fair, set for April 16.

March 22, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News

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Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

January 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Take time to immunize

It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Commission district to remain unchanged

The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Whooping cough outbreak hits Barton County

With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

United Way of Central Kansas tops goal

United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Commission OKs Community Corrections staff increase

It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

​Driver seriously injured in rollover

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an injury accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, in the 100 block of NE 10 Road.

January 23, 2015 | | News

Suspicious fire destroys home

A two-story home in rural Barton County was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.

January 23, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News

Stafford suspect escapes search

STAFFORD - A suspect wanted on arrest warrants fled to Pratt County and escaped a search from various law enforcement agencies south of Stafford Wednesday evening.

January 22, 2015 | | News

Ticket to Work helps people with disabilities find jobs

People of central Kansas who are on Social Security disability have a new partner available who can help transition them to long-term employment. Rosewood Services has contracted with Social Security to become an Employment Network for the five-county service area of Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.

January 22, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News

BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

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