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Chase fire destroys home

CHASE - An apparent electrical fire triggered a blaze that destroyed a three-story home and adjacent garage Wednesday evening. The home and possessions of Shannon McEachern were declared a total loss.

July 26, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


New law waives college tuition for high school students

High school students are now eligible for tuition-free career technical education courses, under a bill recently signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.

July 26, 2012 | | News


Out with the old ...

From new bathrooms to shiny, automatic sliding doors, Barton Community College's Student Union has received multiple major renovations over the past several months and the public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and enjoy refreshments at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 in the Student Union.

July 26, 2012 | | News


'Cool' technology gift helps special needs students

An idea that was born at Sunflower Diversified Services has resulted in new technology for children with special needs in USD 428. The non-profit agency's Foundation donated two iPads to the school district and the project is exceeding expectations, organizers said.

July 26, 2012 | | News


Burn ban likely to continue

Sure, it rained Wednesday night. Sure, many yards, sidewalks and backyard decks were damp Thursday morning.

July 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Local communities without electricity Wednesday morning

BARTON, RICE Counties - Several local communities, not including Great Bend, were without electricity Wednesday morning in portions of Barton and Rice Counties due to a problem at Midwest Energy.

July 25, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


​Prisoner Review Board taking comments

Russell Raymond Carrier, 64, serving a sentence for first-degree murder, is eligible for a parole hearing in September. In August, the Kansas Prisoner Review Board will hold public hearings for Carrier and other eligible inmates.

July 25, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


New DARE officer talks about ‘keepin’ it real’

When Great Bend Police Officer Jacob Harlow's two children are old enough for school, he hopes they'll get something like the DARE program's new "Keepin' it REAL" class. In fact, he wouldn't mind teaching it to them.

July 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


HISTORICAL FLASHBACK

At the age of 20, when most young people dream of seeing the world, Kent Ross had one goal in mind – getting home.

July 24, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


County clerk: 1 in 5 vote early

If Barton County voters follow the trend of recent primaries, one in five will have already voted by election day, Aug. 7, according to figures from Barton County Clerk/Election Officer Donna Zimmerman.

July 24, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


County departments stay busy

Barton County Departments submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.

July 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Burn ban remains in place

On Monday morning, the Barton County Commission signed another resolution extending the county-wide burn ban for another week.

July 23, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Audit shows county in good health

The Barton County Commission heard the county's annual audit report Monday morning. There was good news and news that gave commissioners pause.

July 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Advance voting is now available

After weeks of delays created by the statewide legislative redistricting, registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Monday morning.

July 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend natives return after six-year mission to Mexico

By Veronica Coons

July 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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Barton County falls in health rankings

Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.

March 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HUNTING SEASON

If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Traffic restricted on East Bt. Co. Road

Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Lewis sworn into office

After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


TOT SPOT

Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


ElderCare,Inc /Friendship Meals joins local Meals on Wheels Organizations across the country to cele

ElderCare, Inc/Friendship Meals announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. ElderCare's March for Meals events will include Community Champions Week, March 16-20. Throughout the 28 SW Kansas counties, 42 meal sites will recruit Community Champions to volunteer their time to deliver Meals On Wheels or serve lunch at the local meal center.

March 20, 2015 | | News


Credit Union of America (CUA) gives over $46,000 to the Great Bend community

Credit Union of America's Great Bend office celebrated 40 years of serving members by giving back over the last two months to members, non-members and charitable organizations. The 40-day celebration resulted in $23,160 being given to individuals and matching contributions to five chosen charities.

March 19, 2015 | | News


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