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New Year's Eve taxi available

Those who need a ride home after celebrating on New Year's Eve can call 620-639-TAXI (639-8294).

December 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


CLEARING THE WAY

Nearly 390 miles of asphalt roads crisscross Barton County's 900 square miles, a fact not lost on Dale Phillips and his Road and Bridge Department when winter weather hits.

December 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Kids Day Out makes 'full hit'

The Great Bend Recreation Center hosted Kids Day Out Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28. The two-day camp offers kids ages six to 12 a break after several days home from school during winter break. The kids played games, made crafts, decorated cookies and had snacks, watched movies and went bowling.

December 29, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


County offices recap busy year

Editor's note: Below is a recap of some of the activities of Barton County departments presented to the County Commission Wednesday. It is the second of two stories highlighting the year-in-review. This is the second of two stories.

December 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Take care when drinking New Year’s Eve

Monday night is New Year's Eve, and many area residents will ring in 2013 with a drink or two, or three.

December 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


High-tech tools: iPads help teachers zero in on behavioral issues

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about how iPads are helping teachers zero in on behavioral issues at Helping Hands Preschool. The Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation recently donated two iPads to the school and one to its own Early Education Center. The second article will explain Sunflower's point of view.

December 27, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Roads, bridges and trash keep things hopping

Editor's note: Below is a recap of some of the activities of Barton County departments presented to the County Commission Wednesday. It is the first of two stories highlighting the year-in-review. The second story will appear in Sunday's Tribune.

December 27, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Social media helps United Way campaign

Although officially on vacation, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith sat in her office Thursday morning catching up on the pile of work created by the holidays. However, even though the season has caused much of the door-to-door fundraising to grind to a halt, UWCK remains on track to meet its $235,000 goal, due in large part to the increased use of social media.

December 27, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Diversions for dipping digits

Students have been out of school enjoying winter break, and there's still another six days to go. As temperatures dip into the teens and 20s, and snow remains elusive, kids are either reaching ever increasing levels and high-scores on popular video games, making ever deeper indentations on the family sofa as they watch yet one more episode of Good Luck Charlie or Phineas and Ferb, or driving their siblings and/or parents up a wall out of sheer boredom.

December 26, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Fireworks lead to injury

A teenage boy suffered major burns Sunday night after playing with fireworks inside a Barton Hills residence. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports the fire at 646 North Homestead started around 10:20 p.m. when Brennen Donovan, 13, and a 15-year-old boy were playing with fireworks and caught a mattress on fire.

December 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Adopt-A-Dog program to begin

A new Adopt-A-Dog program has begun in Great Bend to help lost or unadopted dogs to find their forever home. Volunteer RaShann Southard and the Golden Belt Humane Society will take adoptable dogs to the Orschselen Farm and Home store, 5320 10th St., for viewing once a month with dates and times to be announced, beginning in February.

December 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Workforce issues on commission agenda

The Barton County Commission Wednesday morning took steps to help both job seekers and employers.

December 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


GBHS EV race team featured in state magazine

On Sept. 27, Great Bend High School's electric vehicle (EV) team competed against other area high schools in the Kansas High Plains ElectroRally in Hays. It was the culmination of several months of planning, designing, building and testing an electric vehicle. The race and photos of the team were highlighted in the Dec. 2012 edition of Kansas Country Living magazine.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


November report shows continued drop in jobless Rate

TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | 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.

December 24, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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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


Commission OKs Community Corrections staff increase

It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


ALL OUT OF OPTIONS

TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Driver seriously injured in rollover

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an injury accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, in the 100 block of NE 10 Road.

January 23, 2015 | | News


Suspicious fire destroys home

A two-story home in rural Barton County was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.

January 23, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Stafford suspect escapes search

STAFFORD - A suspect wanted on arrest warrants fled to Pratt County and escaped a search from various law enforcement agencies south of Stafford Wednesday evening.

January 22, 2015 | | News


Ticket to Work helps people with disabilities find jobs

People of central Kansas who are on Social Security disability have a new partner available who can help transition them to long-term employment. Rosewood Services has contracted with Social Security to become an Employment Network for the five-county service area of Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.

January 22, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Health Department wants to boost HPV vaccination rates

The Barton County Health Department has been chosen to participate in the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiative, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

January 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Two cars stolen, recovered

Two cars were stolen Wednesday in what appears to be related cases. Both vehicles have been recovered by the Great Bend Police Department, Detective David Bailey said Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | | News


Winter isn’t over yet

Although the Golden Belt area has experienced a warm-up over the weekend, Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller cautions that winter weather can return at any time to the area.

January 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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