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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


Myers found not guilty of battery change

Travis R. Myers was found not guilty on the charge of misdemeanor battery, during a bench trial Wednesday in Barton County District Court.

February 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Schinstock, Bryant, up for parole

Two men serving prison sentences for unrelated, high profile crimes from the past two decades in Great Bend are again eligible for parole hearings.

February 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Bridge to the past to be recycled

Barton County Commission Chairman Homer Kruckenberg turned to Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Sandburg to address the proposed loss of one of the eight historic stone bridges in northern Barton County.

February 03, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Rykiel found guilty in teen girl's death

Joseph Rykiel injected a 15-year-old girl with morphine the morning of July 4, 2011, Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews told a district judge on Wednesday. Jessica Cheyanne Shearer died from an overdose later that day.

February 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Historical Society to preserve South Hoisington stories

The Barton County Historical Society and Museum has been awarded a Kansas Humanities Council mini-grant for a project entitled "South Hoisington: Stories From the Other Side of the Tracks."

February 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Local gas prices rise this week

With local gas prices hitting $3.18 this week, Great Bend joined the middle of the ranks of prices from around Kansas.

February 02, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Don’t trash this plan

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the Solid Waste Management Plan that was adopted by the Barton County Commission this week.)

February 01, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Great Bend CVB receives grant to help boost tourism

TOPEKA – The marketing of the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway received a boost, thanks to a grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

February 01, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County approves landfill management plan

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the Solid Waste Management Plan that was adopted by the Barton County Commission this week.)

February 01, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


THEY HAVE SPIRIT

There were no forests or big game in sight in the halls of Central Kansas Christian Academy Tuesday afternoon, but there was plenty of camouflage to go around.

January 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


15 and pregnant

Editor's note: This is the second story in a series of stories about teen pregnancy. This month, we are talking to the mother of a 15 year old who just recently learned that her daughter is pregnant. We will call her Jane.

"I was not happy about it, but my biggest concern is for her," said Jane (not her real name) about learning her daughter was pregnant. "At 15, she's definitely not ready.

January 31, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Market pays off early

A local entrepreneurial couple were honored by county officials Monday for making an early pay off on a county loan.

January 31, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


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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


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Minor injury accident reported

Vehicles driven by Glenda Eye, 59, Larned, and Vonda New, 48, Garfield, collided at 3:44 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 56 at SW 30 Ave., 3 miles west of Great Bend.

May 15, 2015 | | News


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