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Owner sustains theft, damage

RADIUM - The Stafford County sheriff's department is investigating criminal damage and theft of thosuands of dollars in equipment.

January 07, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


A CLEAR VISION

It didn't take much longer that it would taken to snap a portrait.

January 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Hoisington to build new elementary school

The USD 421 Board of Education made some important decisions Monday evening that will ensure the district's school buildings provide more safety and allow for innovative teaching techniques in the years to come. They also helped set the course for the district's band program into the future.

January 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Legislators host coffee before heading to Topeka

ELLINWOOD - The 2015 session of the Kansas Legislature begins Monday, Jan. 12. Freshman Rep. J. Basil Dannebohm (R-Ellinwood) hosted an early Legislative Coffee on Tuesday at the new Gather Coffee House, located at 19 Main St. in Ellinwood. In addition to Dannebohm, Representative of the 113th District, Sen. Mitch Holmes, (R-St. John), spoke at the coffee.

January 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fatal collision in Saline County

SALINE COUNTY - Two people died Monday as the result of a collision involing three vehicles on K-140, east of Bavaria in Saline County.

January 06, 2015 | | News


Courthouse honored for breast feeding support

The Barton County Courthouse has received the Gold Level Breast feeding Employees Support Award from the Kansas Breast feeding Coalition and its Business Case for Breast feeding program.

January 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Shafer Gallery unveils educational display on bronze statue making

The Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College has installed an educational display to illustrate the complex process the gallery's namesake Gus Shafer utilized to create his famous bronze statue collection.

January 05, 2015 | | News


Council backs effort to make air travel easier

In order to make air travel from Great Bend to points beyond seamless, the City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign a letter of support to the area's congressional delegation backing a ticket and baggage agreement between SeaPort and Delta airlines.

January 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Snow contributes to weekend accidents

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January 05, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Firefighters kept busy by dryers

Great Bend Firefighters were dipatched three times Friday when people saw steam coming from dryer vents and thought it was smoke. Although these were all basically false alarms, at least one potential fire hazard was revealed, Chief Mike Napolitano said.

January 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Former Great Bend banker indicted on embezzlement

WICHITA – A former banker from Great Bend appeared in federal court in Wichita Monday on charges including embezzlement, money laundering and making false entries in bank records, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

January 05, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


County insurance rate declines

Due in large part to a safe working environment for Barton County employees, the county's insurance rate for 2015 will drop more than $8,000 compared to 2014, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.

January 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count Results

Nineteen observers conducted the Cheyenne Bottoms CBC on Monday, December 29th. A chilly but clear and still morning provided good birding conditions; however, a weather front came in early in the afternoon, which brought falling temperatures and wind making conditions less than favorable. Much of Cheyenne Bottoms's pools had open water providing good conditions for viewing waterfowl. The Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count encompasses a 15-mile diameter count circle that includes Cheyenne Bottoms as well as other parts of Barton County, including parts of Great Bend, Hoisington, and Ellinwood. Participants were divided into small groups and assigned a certain ...

January 04, 2015 | Special to the Tribune Curtis Wolf | News


New regulations for farmers market vendors

As the popularity of farmers markets grows in Kansas, the number of vendors is expected to grow. Not only do consumers benefit from having fresh, locally grown produce available, vendors have an opportunity to either add value to an already established farm or business, or start their own from scratch.

January 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Honor Flights: Korean War vets visit memorials

Mike VanCampen doesn't know how many World War II veterans are living in Kansas, but he continues to hear from them. As president of the Kansas Honor Flight program, VanCampen routinely schedules expense-paid trips so that veterans can see their war memorials in Washington, D.C.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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Barton administration supports Fort Riley

The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DROUGHT IMPACT LINGERING

Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

January 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Whooping cough vaccines available

In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Temporary library outpost opens Monday

With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

January 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County jobless rate holds steady

TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

January 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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


HOMETOWN TEAMS

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


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