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Invest in Kids 2013 campaign under way

The Invest in Kids membership drive had a solid start recently at the Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala, Sunflower Executive Director Jim Johnson said. More than $4,500 in donations laid the groundwork for the $50,000 goal.

March 21, 2013 | | News


Local attorny calls threatened repeal 'short sighted'

Barton Community College officials have been following several bills proposed by the 2013 Legislature, including the repeal of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. The Great Bend Tribune contacted BCC Trustee Robert Feldt, a Great Bend attorney, for his response to Wednesday's hearing.

March 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas immigration hearing draws emotioal response

TOPEKA (AP) - An emotional crowd gathered for a House committee hearing on a measure that seeks to repeal in-state tuition for Kansas students without legal residency.

March 21, 2013 | | News


USD 431 offers four day preschool

HOISINGTON - Preschool, kindergarten and first grade have come a long way since the days of Tom, Dick and Jane and even from the days when preschool was time for children to learn social skills.

March 21, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | 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.

March 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton County Extension welcomes new Ag agent

It's been seven months since Barton County Extension had it's own Ag agent. This week, just in time to get her bearings at the start of the planting season, Alicia Boor arrived from Sedgewick county to take over the reins of that position, and she's excited to be here. It turns out, Boor and her husband, Richard Todd Boor, have plenty of ties in the area. Her father, Dennis Brauer, grew up in Great Bend, and worked at the Ellinwood Packing Plant in high school. Her mother-in-law, Corrine Boor (Hartig) also worked there. She now lives in ...

March 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton not the most nor least healthy county

When it comes to the overall health of residents, Barton County ranked 76th out of the 105 counties in Kansas, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

March 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Youth Hunt helps continue tradition

On Saturday, March 16, despite the cold and wind, twelve boys, ages eight to 16, woke early, dressed in warm clothes and met for a hunters breakfast at Braums before heading out on what for many of them would be their first pheasant hunting experience. Joining them were members of Rooster Booster Pheasants Forever Chapter. Some were fathers, and some were friends, but all were mentors who had one goal in mind-- to give the boys a positive experience with the outdoors and carry on a tradition that in Kansas has been losing ground.

March 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Election prep well underway

With advance voting becoming available last week ahead of the April 2 county-wide general election County Clerk Donna Zimmerman told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that voting was slow.

March 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Convention Center improvements in the works

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved bids to make the first cosmetic improvements to the embattled Great Bend Convention Center

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Local organizations embrace reauthorization of V.A.W.A.

On March 7, President Barack Obama signed the "Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013", reauthorizing several VAWA grant programs through 2018. The legislation received bipartisan support, and passed unanimously. This is good news for the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, and Barton County Community College students will benefit too.

March 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Council OKs motocross project

The Big Bend Bike Rally Planning Committee approached the Great Bend City Council Monday night requesting permission to establish a motocross track at the Expo Complex for a motocross race during the rally set for September 28.

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


New server paves way for new software

Before Barton County officials could begin using the new commercial software the County Commission approved last week, a new server was needed to handle the upgrade. Monday morning, commissioners authorized spending up to $9,000 to make this happen.

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Looming tax sale doing its job

In January, the Barton County Commission approved holding the annual tax sale in October. At the time, there were 405 properties on the auction block.

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Youth Academy grad career path leads to nation’s capital

Katie Niederee, a GBHS graduate, was recently picked by Sen. Jerry Moran to join his team as a Senate press secretary. It meant a move to Washington D.C., where she is settling in after two months. This week, she had the unique opportunity to visit with some of Great Bend's elected officials and Chamber members that unknowingly set her on her path when she took part in the Great Bend Youth Academy in seventh grade. "I will never forget the opportunities Howard Partington and Mayor Allison gave me through the Great Bend City Youth academy program," Niederee said ...

March 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Ball rolling for tax credit application

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the first step in designating the Fairways at StoneRidge as a Rural Housing Opportunity District. The action was taken at the request of Rick Ball, who owns the lots in question and is developing them.

April 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Addresses for care packages sought

The Great Bend Military Moms are preparing to send another shipment of care packages to those serving in the war zone areas, group founder Leslie (Halbower) Barrett said. These areas include Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Africa.

April 21, 2015 | | News


READY FOR BUSINESS

There were several familiar faces and one new one as the Great Bend City Council reorganized Monday night.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Marshall says he’s running for Congress

Great Bend physician Roger Marshall said Saturday he has filed with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for the First District congressional seat now occupied by fellow Republican Tim Huelskamp of Fowler.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Week focuses on plights of crime victims

Every year, around 26 million Americans become crime victims.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Spike in rabies cases seen

Great Bend veterinarian Nels Lindberg has some advice for animal owners – get those critters vaccinated for rabies right away.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tech support scam hits area

In this computer-reliant age, it is upsetting to receive an unexpected phone call claiming that one's PC has been infected with viruses.

April 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC Orchestra to perform in the Shafer Art Gallery

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 15, 2015 | | News


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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