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College publishes budget; extends president contract

The 2013-14 budget for Barton Community College will include a 5 percent increase in the amount allocated for faculty salaries, and 2.5 percent more for staff, college officials said Thursday. It's expected to require the same tax rate as this year's budget – 32.713 mills.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Catastrophe coaching

Great Bend firefighters faced an unusual rescue situation Thursday when a car smashed into the back of a school bus. Even though it was a training scenario and not an actual catastrophe, the learning experience was authentic.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Moody's assigns AA3 rating to city bonds

While other similar-sized and larger Kansas cities have seen their bond rating lowered, the city of Great Bend has received confirmation of its sound fiscal practices.

July 25, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


Drills offer valuable insight

During the month of June, Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller completed reports and improvement plans following two exercises she attended.

July 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Work continues on rural road sign improvements

County Engineer Clark Rusco continues to meet with Kansas Department of Transportation officials concerning the KDOT High Risk Rural Roads signing grant. This is a $200,000 grant to help pay for signage that meets new, more stringent national traffic standards.

July 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Koch named education coordinator at zoo

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Playground equipment added at Brit Spaugh Zoo

New playground equipment is up at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Although it needs some finishing touches, kids are already making use of the fort-style assembly of slides, ladders and swings.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Koch named education coordinator

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


DiMaggio no longer “below radar”, punkin ball, Depression busting, and a new look for GBHS sport

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

July 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Property re-inspections under way

If you see vehicles marked with the Barton County logo roaming about, don't be surprised, said County Appraiser Barbara Konrade.

July 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


‘Clean’ audit has some exceptions

Barton County is in good fiscal shape, accountants for Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball told the County Commission Monday morning. However, the 2012 audit report included a few caveats.

July 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


VETERAN VETERINARIAN

Dr. Jerry Schrader, Great Bend, was named 2013 Kansas Veterinarian Medical Association "Veterinarian of the Year" at the KVMA annual meeting and awards lunch during the June conference for veterinarians in Manhattan.

July 23, 2013 | By Deborah Freund Special to the Tribune | News


EPA finds deficiencies in Hoisington waste water treatment

HOISINGTON - After a surprise visit from the Environmental Protection Agency last week, the city of Hoisington has learned that it has significant deficiencies in its treatment of waste water.

July 23, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Police investigate rape, kidnapping report

A woman reports being held against her will for more than a day and sexually assaulted by several men, according to Great Bend Police Detective David Bailey.

July 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers have busy weekend

Maybe it was the nearly full moon, or the result of after harvest celebrations, but officers at the Barton County Sheriff's Office and Great Bend Police Department fielded several disturbance complaints this past weekend.

July 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Poppy Program starts Friday

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand-crafted, red crepe paper poppies for donations from 2-6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County looking at security issues

Last Friday, several Barton County employees gathered in the County Commission chambers for a program on what to do should there be an active shooter in the building.

May 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Five arrested in drug warrant sweep

On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 20, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers needed for baseball tourney

The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cops have suspects in graffiti outbreak

The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Future Looks Bright

After days of rain and storms, the future was so bright for Great Bend High School seniors, many had to wear shades.

May 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Longer Memorial Day flower period OKed

Those wishing to place flowers on the graves of loved ones at the Great Bend Cemetery for Memorial Day will have an extra week to do so, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Verizon granted permission for temporary cell tower

Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


City-wide clean-up efforts keep county tidier

Community-wide clean-up efforts are mixed blessing, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock told the County Commission Monday morning.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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