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Commission nixes road closure

The Barton County Commission Monday morning declined to take action vacating a half-mile portion of a dirt road in the far northwestern part of the county, effectively leaving the stretch open.

March 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Access more than Geographical

EDITOR'S NOTE: The dental debate continues. Following a previous story, "Great Bend dentists speak out: Dental crisis fact or myth", representatives from Kansas Action for Children and the W.K. Kellogg foundation contacted the Tribune to comment about access to dental care in rural Kansas. They expressed concerns about the information about access to dental care presented in the story, which ran on Sunday, Feb. 20. We listened, and did some more digging, and this is what we found.

March 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Edmonds concerned with tax increases

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Saturday's Legislative coffee in Hoisington. Today's article looks at the remarks of Sen. Mitch Holmes and Rep. John Edmonds. Part II will cover the question and answer period.

March 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


LUCAS – Ever since he was a wee lad scrambling among the rocky limestone bluffs around what is now Wilson Lake, D. Craig Lilak has been intrigued with the Native American etchings known as petroglyphs.

March 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Search warrants lead to arrest

Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies executed several search warrants late Thursday night, resulting in the confiscation of a quantity of illegal drugs believed to be methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Friday morning.

March 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Barton County Farm Bureau to hold 14th Farm Safety Day

A lot of dangers lurk on the farm and that is why the Barton County Farm Bureau Association will host its 14th-annual Farm Safety Awareness Day Wednesday at Barton Community College.

March 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Local firm wins BCC auditing contract

Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball has won the bid to handle Barton Community College's next three audits. At Thursday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting, the Great Bend firm won the contract because it submitted the low bid: $116,870 for three years.

February 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

GBMS Band receives 34th consecutive Superior rating

Tuesday night, Feb. 26, GBMS band teacher Kurtis Koch directed the 7th and 8th grade bands in their spring performances in the middle school gymnasium. A separate concert was held for each grade. The following day, he announced, they would take part in an in-house contest and be judged by a district clinician.

February 28, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Woolf resigns as Superintendent

HOLYROOD - USD 112 Superintendent Steve Woolf has submitted his resignation to the USD 112 Board of Education effective at the end of his contract, which at the end of June.

February 27, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

Woolf receives environmental award

The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education announces that Steve Woolf, superintendent of USD 112, is one of the recipients of the 2013 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Award. Nominated by their peers, these individuals exhibit outstanding innovation, leadership and achievement, as well as collaboration and cooperation within and beyond the environmental education field.

February 27, 2013 | | News

Brungardt resigns, Bonner Springs bound

Dr. Tom Vernon, superintendent for USD 428 asked the Board of Education to approve the resignation of Dan Brungardt, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations at the noon meeting Feb. 26 at Great Bend High School.

February 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Sunflower client shares gift of technology

Even though the iPad was a godsend for Eric Zamora, he needed a more sophisticated communications device. And when he recently learned that his dream was coming true, he offered to donate the iPad to another person with disabilities.

February 26, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News

Hoisington goes green with recycling effort

HOISINGTON -After a work session that included presentations from two sanitation and recycling companies, the Hoisington City Council voted unanimously to enter into negotiations to finalize a contract to privatize its sanitation department to offer more recycling options.

February 26, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

Bill tries to fix what’s not broken

A bill now before the Kansas Senate that would juggle elections in the state may be well intentioned, but is misguided, Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said.

February 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Wounded Warrior Project helps ease way back to civilian life

This is part two of our series about the Wounded Warrior Project coming to Great Bend. Last weekend, a group of five soldiers attended a Wounded Warrior hunt sponsored in part by the WWP and Pheasants Forever Rooster Booster Chapter 504. The Tribune spotlighted each of the soldiers and how they became part of the project. Today, we'll take a closer look at how the Wounded Warrior Project is working to help soldiers transition back into civilian life, and ways the community can help.

February 25, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

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