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City hires new clerk

The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to appoint Amit Patel as the new city clerk/finance director. He fills a position left vacant since the retirement of Wayne Henneke last December.

July 02, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Fashionistas of Barton County

The annual 4-H Fashion Revue, leading up to the 2013 Barton County Fair, brought glamour to the catwalk at the Crest Theatre in Great Bend Monday evening. Participants in the buymanship and clothing construction projects were spotlighted as they followed the yellow brick road. Club members modeled outfits they painstakingly built with an eye towards economy, and the garments they constructed with attention to detail and creativity in the weeks and months leading up to the show.

July 01, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Homemade explosives lead to arrest

The Wichita Police Department's bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called to the Highland Hotel after homemade explosive devices were found late Friday. A Great Bend man allegedly threw one at a man, but it didn't go off.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Fires damage homes in Great Bend

A rental house and a duplex were damaged Monday in separate fires, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. No on was injured.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Landfill rates to rise

Barton County is required by the state to have funds set aside to close the county's landfill in the event of an emergency or at the projected end of its lifespan in 20-some years.

July 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Fire chief: Have a safe, fun Fourth

It was a year ago that the Barton County Commission and many area city councils voted to postpone the use of fireworks over the Fourth of July due to the on-going drought as burn bans remained in place.

June 30, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


‘Schwabie’ named Grand Marshal of AHF

A true craftsmen, Duane "Schwabie" Schwab is the Grand Marshal for the 40th Ellinwood After Harvest Festival on July 18-20. A native Kansan, Schwabie embodies "Home is Where Our Story Begins."

June 30, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Local veterans benefit from ARCH project at St. Rose

Local and area veterans now have the opportunity to receive more of their health-care services at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, thanks to a federal pilot program. It is called Project ARCH, which stands for Access Received Closer to Home.

June 29, 2013 | | News


Sudden wind and rain upsets evening commute, interrupts power

BY TRIBUNE STAFF

June 29, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Help sought for July 4 display

To celebrate Independence Day on July 4, the City of Great Bend - along with Sunflower Diversified Services and many other sponsors - will host a Community Fireworks Display at the Great Bend Expo Complex. The show is choreographed to music, and will begin at dusk. Sunset will take place at approximately 9:02 p.m., and the show will begin as soon as it is dark enough (around 9:33 p.m.).

June 29, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


State issues warning for Vets Lake

After sampling Veterans' Memorial Lake in Great Bend for toxic cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has placed the lake under a "public health warning," the KDHE announced Friday.

June 28, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Suspect apprehended following standoff

Travis Beal, 38, of rural Ellinwood, was arrested Thursday after a standoff with officers from the Barton County Sheriff's Office.

June 28, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


AGRITAINMENT

The face of tourism in America is changing, with both domestic and international tourists seeking more authentic experiences, explained Cris Collier. The director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau recently led a workshop on agritourism for local entrepreneurs at Heartland Farms west of Great Bend.

June 27, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


BCC trustees award bid for practice building

Brentwood construction company of Great Bend won the bid to build a practice building for Barton Community College for $362,990.

June 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


KWEC summer program registration begins

Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Pam Martin, educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, suggests signing them up for the center's summer programs, held Thursdays, July 11, 18 and 25.

June 26, 2013 | | News


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Barton Foundation honors Brad and Sarah Shirer with Distinguished Service Award

The Barton Community College Foundation honored Brad and Sarah Shirer with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award during Barton's 45th commencement on Friday.

May 16, 2015 | | News


Barton Community College honors Outstanding Graduates at commencement

Kami Maxwell of Odin and Ambonirina Nathanael Razafindrabe of Antananarvio, Madagascar were named Barton Community College's 2015 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 45th commencement ceremony Friday.

May 16, 2015 | | News


​Youth Bike Safety Rodeo set for May 29

Barton County children ages 5 to 12 years can have a great start to a safe summer by participating in the Bike Safety Rodeo the morning of Friday, May 29. It will be held at the small ball field on the northwest side of Brit Spaugh Park, near 22nd and Morton St.

May 16, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Minor injury accident reported

Vehicles driven by Glenda Eye, 59, Larned, and Vonda New, 48, Garfield, collided at 3:44 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 56 at SW 30 Ave., 3 miles west of Great Bend.

May 15, 2015 | | News


St. John man in serious condition after motorcycle wreck

A St. John man was taken to Wichita with serious injuries following a three-vehicle wreck west of Ellinwood Thursday evening.

May 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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