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Within hours after a story about Dutch man seeking the family of a World War II veteran whose dog tag he found hit the Great Bend Tribune, the phones and social media exploded with people offering their help to make the reunion happen.

August 27, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Governor updates drought emergency, warnings, watches

TOPEKA – Extreme drought conditions continue for western Kansas while central and eastern counties see improvement. This has led Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with an Executive Order 13-02 today. For the first time since July 2012 conditions have improved enough to remove or decrease the emergency drought status for some Kansas counties.

August 27, 2013 | | News

Chris Cakes serving pancakes Sept. 19

Food and entertainment are on the menu again for the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake dinner. Tickets are now available for the event, which is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Prince of Peace Parish Center, 4100 Broadway, Great Bend.

August 27, 2013 | | News

Stafford County acquires $150K in tax credits

ST. JOHN - The last time Macksville developed a housing project was 1948. Stafford developed its last housing project in 1956.

August 26, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


LARNED - Hollywood couldn't write a better script than one about a juvenile offender, motivated to put himself on a better path, mentored by wise, caring adults, who graduated from a correctional facility to star on a college basketball team.

August 26, 2013 | | News

Handbook update benefits breast-feeding moms

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an update to the county's employee handbook to better accommodate mothers who are breast feeding.

August 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

BCC introduces smartphone apps

It happens every fall at Barton Community College: New students wander around the campus, studying maps and class schedules as they try to figure out were they should be at any given moment.

August 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Asphalt overlay on K-4 set to begin

Starting around Thursday, Aug. 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt paving project on K-4 in Barton County. This asphalt surface recycle and overlay project will start at the Rush/Barton County line and continue east 10 miles to the west junction of K-4 and U.S. 281 highways.

August 26, 2013 | | News

Bank bandit convicted of six charges

SALINA - A Saline County jury convicted Jason M. Gleason Friday of six charges he faced stemming from an October high-speed chase and shoot-out with a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. His sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

August 25, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News

Enthusiasts enjoy fellowship, cars

ALDEN - Great Bend's Richard Fox is a serious car show enthusiast.

August 25, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


When County Clerk Donna Zimmerman spoke to the Barton County Commission this past Monday morning, as she does regularly, she sought approval of property tax abatements and refunds.

August 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Officers buy flagpole for police department

It's been several years since Old Glory flew from a flagpole at the Great Bend Police Department, but that will change this week. On Friday, thanks to a donation from the Fraternal Order of Police, a new pole was installed.

August 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Registration open for BCSO Kid Camp

The Barton County Sheriff's Office has announced the 11th-annual Kids Camp.

August 23, 2013 | | News

BCC, KSU sign reverse tranfser agreement

The typical educational journey often starts with a student earning a community college degree and then moving on to a four-year institution. Now Barton Community College and Kansas State University have made it easier for students to transfer credits in the opposite direction, college officials announced.

August 22, 2013 | | News

BCC approves new personnel

Personnel matters accounted for much of Thursday's Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting. Trustees also learned about a change in BCC's accreditation program.

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

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