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Immunization requirements to change for 2013-2014 school year

With the last day of school little more than a month away, most parents and students aren't thinking about immunizations. But it's not too early for school nurses and the Barton County Health Department to begin planning for fall. Public Health Nurse Melissa Hegerman shared some recent changes in immunization requirements.

April 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Golden Belt Community Foundation reaches goal ahead of schedule

There seems to be a pattern developing at the Golden Belt Community Foundation.

April 06, 2013 | | News


Library Week will be one for the books

Local children's authors Gina Cook and Tami Dykes will visit Great Bend Public Library during National Library Week, April 14-20. Other events include the semiannual food-for-fines drive, a computer class and three free movie events for the public, said Jennifer King, Young Adult/marketing librarian.

April 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Foundation announces spring grant recipients

The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its first competitive grant cycle of 2013, awarding $16,180.90 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.

April 05, 2013 | | News


Farm Expo opens this week

It was a bright, brisk early spring afternoon at the Great Bend Expo Complex Thursday. The concrete slabs outside the metal buildings were already dotted with agricultural equipment as vendors started to trickle in for the second-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo.

April 05, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Summer Street Stroll Farmers’ Market Vendors Sought

Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans?

April 05, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Lead exposure from surprising new source

Lily Aikings, Director of the Barton County Health Department, is concerned some of the county's children may be at increased risk for lead poisoning. Surprisingly, the risk factor may come from an unlikely source--their parents.

April 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Play Ball!

Dozens of Great Bend Panther baseball and softball players were on hand Thursday to see the outline of a 5-foot baseball rising above the entrance to the Great Bend Sports Complex. Before the teams faced off against the Hoisington Cardinals, they participated in the unveiling of a metal sculpture created by Bruce Bitter of B&B Metal Arts in Hoisington.

April 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Destination Inspire: Biking across Kansas for cancer

HOISINGTON - Many imagine doing good for others, but much of the time, those thoughts never reach fulfillment. However, one young man Brett McMullin, who was born with a club foot, no fibula in his right leg, a heart murmur and a sixth vertebra in his spine, and has had a rod inserted in the femur of his left leg with screws in his knee and hip. His feet are two different sizes, an 11 and a 5 with legs of different lengths.

April 04, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Pump prices sliding

CHICAGO - Consumers in the U.S. saw gasoline prices steam to a record average price in February, but the motor fuel market cooled considerably in March. Contrary to public perception, average first quarter 2013 gas prices averaged below 2012 numbers, GasBuddy reported this week.

April 04, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Living a Dream

By Veronica Coons

April 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend woman’s life changed by accident

Brenda Guerra remembers very little of the accident that dramatically changed her life, and the lives of her family members. It was after 2 a.m. on Jan. 27 and she was driving home on a Barton County road when her car went into a skid.

April 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Students to offer volunteer services

Plans are well under way for the Community Service Day set for Wednesday, April 24, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. The event came up as part of his update on city activities.

April 03, 2013 | Dale Hogg | 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.

April 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Snows continue to keep crews hopping

Late winter storms kept the Barton County Road and Bridge Department busy, even as winter turned to spring, the County Commission learned Monday morning.

April 03, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


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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


Barton Foundation honors Brad and Sarah Shirer with Distinguished Service Award

The Barton Community College Foundation honored Brad and Sarah Shirer with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award during Barton's 45th commencement on Friday.

May 16, 2015 | | News


Barton Community College honors Outstanding Graduates at commencement

Kami Maxwell of Odin and Ambonirina Nathanael Razafindrabe of Antananarvio, Madagascar were named Barton Community College's 2015 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 45th commencement ceremony Friday.

May 16, 2015 | | News


​Youth Bike Safety Rodeo set for May 29

Barton County children ages 5 to 12 years can have a great start to a safe summer by participating in the Bike Safety Rodeo the morning of Friday, May 29. It will be held at the small ball field on the northwest side of Brit Spaugh Park, near 22nd and Morton St.

May 16, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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