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Spell Bee is Saturday

The Donald H. Humphreys Barton County Spelling Bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

January 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


A CONCERTED EFFORT

Great Bend Middle School students are kicking bullying to the curb – in a positive way.

January 26, 2013 | Special to the Tribune | News


Barton County stalking report trend increases

"Stalking isn't just what you see on television, where some fan is obsessed with a celebrity," said Laura Patzner, director of the Family Crisis Center. " It's a very prevalent kind of crime."

January 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Valentine's theater a sweet option for arts lovers

It's not too early to think about Valentine's Day, especially with Great Bend Community Theatre offering a limited number of dinner theater tickets for Feb. 14.

January 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Senior Center, Tomlin mark quarter century

There will be a double celebration at the Great Bend Senior Center Saturday, Feb. 2.

January 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Emergency Planning Committee to meet Monday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013, Regional Mitigation Plans, and a presentation on Public Assistance at the Local Level by Steve Harsha, public assistance officer for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

January 24, 2013 | | News


City departments keep busy

At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.

January 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


County’s flu vaccine supply exhausted

There has been a lot going on at the county level, Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Tuesday morning. He gave his regular bi-weekly recap of activities.

January 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Election filings announced

The deadline for candidates to file for the April 6 general election was noon Tuesday, and the Barton County Clerk's office has released those who had tossed their hats into the ring.

January 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


THEY MADE IT

After five months, United Way of Central Kansas has met it's $235,000 goal for the 2013 campaign, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith Wednesday afternoon.

January 23, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Treasurer’s Office to close today for training

A new joint project between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles to increase the number of folks getting park permits is in place. All that remains is to teach county treasurers across the state how to use the computer software.

January 23, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Two dead after murder-suicide

HOISINGTON – The investigation continues into the apparent murder/suicide Tuesday night that left two rural Barton County residents dead at a farm residence about seven miles northeast of Hoisington, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Community weighs Convention Center options

The consensus of the special Great Bend City Council meeting Tuesday night to discuss the beleaguered Convention Center was that the center needed major improvements. It was also feared that the existing attached hotel placed a drag on facility.

January 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


KDHE no longer handling local HIV tests

Since the start of the year, the state health department has stopped analyzing HIV tests for the Barton County Health Department and most other public health departments, forcing them to use private labs if they want to continue the service.

January 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Riley teacher simulates discrimination with Red Ribbon day

"Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.

January 22, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Burkes to chair BCC Foundation fundraiser

The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.

February 28, 2015 | | News


NOW PLAYING

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.

February 28, 2015 | | News


​Storm Fury on the Plains coming to Great Bend

With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.

February 28, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


GODSPELL

Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.

February 28, 2015 | | News


​Pratt woman injured in rollover accident

STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.

February 28, 2015 | | News


Mellor named to statewide commission

Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Setting a heck of a pace

The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Expanded Walking School Bus program set to begin this spring

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Driver injured on U.S. 281

A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

February 25, 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.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Thank A Farmer

When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.

February 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Commercial vehicle renewal deadline Friday

For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.

February 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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