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Police identify alleged attacker

The Great Bend Police Department has released the name of a Great Bend man suspected of beating his ex-girlfriend and cutting her with a knife multiple times on Sunday. They are looking for 30-year-old Tad Tylor Heath Hall, Detective David Bailey said.

February 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Mute swan's death linked to bird's age

A mute swan that died recently at Veterans Memorial Lake apparently died of health problems related to old age, according to Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory.

February 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Convention center needs major investment

City officials are continuing to seek answers to the question, which is the Great Bend Convention Center, and it looks like they were right when they initially suspected the project will require a sizeable investment, though the facility was "given" to the city.

February 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Get yer red-hots!

As snow returned to the community on Tuesday, it may not have seemed like spring is just around the corner, and, as the Great Plains is known to show, it may not be.

February 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Teen Court seeks friends who don't use tobacco

The social network is being used locally for a anti-tobacco promotion aimed primarily at teens.

February 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Court to look at pending motions in Longoria case Wednesday

Adam Longoria is scheduled to appear in Barton County District Court on Wednesday morning for a pretrial hearing on pending motions. Longoria is charged with capital murder in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt on or about Aug. 20, 2010. His jury trial is scheduled to start March 26.

February 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


PAWNEE ROCK TO TURN 125

PAWNEE ROCK – Digging through piles of dusty boxes and brittle, yellowed documents found in the old Pawnee Rock city office yielded a unique treasure for the residents of this small western Barton County community.

February 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County inventory approved

Barton County government property falls into three basic lists: general materials, vehicles and firearms and other law enforcement equipment. And all of that has to be accounted for.

February 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Paving the way

Back in 1960, Great Bend and Barton County authorities agreed to work together on improving Railroad Avenue from Washington to Main Street.

February 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


State could add $8 million for tech education

Kansas community colleges and technical schools could receive an additional $8 million next year, all for technical education, Barton Community College Dean of Administration Mark Dean told the BCC Board of Trustees on Monday, at the monthly study session.

February 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


KNG battalion being welcomed home from Africa

The first of three groups of soldiers from the Kansas National Guard's 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, which has a subordinate unit in Great Bend, will be welcomed home from their year-long deployment to the Horn of Africa on Thursday Topeka.

February 06, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Woman reports being cut, held against her will

Great Bend police are searching for a man who allegedly attacked a 22-year-old woman Sunday night at her residence. The woman knew and identified the suspect, whose name has not been released.

February 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County approves fund transfers for 2012

Important Barton County funds are in healthier condition, thanks to fund transfers that were approved this past week.

February 05, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Caucus explanation meeting is Thursday

The Central Kansas Tea Party will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Derrick Room at Perkins Restaurant.

February 05, 2012 | | News


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February 04, 2012 | By Jim Misunas | News


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Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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


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