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County staffers continue to help families from around the nation learn about their genealogy, Amy Miller reported.

December 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Vespers marks of 75 years of Christmas tradition

The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir could be singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Diamond Christmas" at its annual Vespers Concert later today. After all, it is the diamond anniversary of the traditional religious concert that began in 1936.

December 17, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


County communications project is continuing

An effort to update a vital part of the county's day-to-day operations is moving closer to completion, but County Communications Director Doug Hubbard reported recently that it's still a ways off.

December 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Grants help to fund emergency training

Keeping up with training is not a cheap proposition in this day and age, and county officials are turning to grant funding to help keep the training process moving.

December 16, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


This season, think before you drink

According to AAA, 91 percent of Kansas holiday travelers, or 83.6 million people, are expected to take to the roadways during the year-end holiday period at a time when many are partying to celebrate the season.

December 15, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Fond Farewell: Zoo director recalls Maggie the bear

If there are stars at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Maggie the grizzly bear was one of them. Her early life in captivity, when she was known as Bear 60, could be described as tragic. But she was rescued in the early 1980s and brought to Great Bend, and in 1984 her photo appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

December 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Tis the season for fire safety

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reminds residents to follow seasonal precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

December 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


County supports those in military service

Barton County has a history of support for members of the military who also are in its work force and this week the Barton County Commission continued its support through the adoption of a statement of support for the Guard and Reserve.

December 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Senators mark 40th anniversary of Cancer Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Tuesday reaffirmed America's commitment to battle the disease while the introducing a bipartisan resolution recognizing the nation's commitment to cancer research.

December 14, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC’s inmate education program receives grant extension through August 2012

Since 2009, almost 700 incarcerated youth and adults have had the opportunity to pursue a higher education through Barton Community College's grant funded Reach Out, Retrain and Re-entry (R3) project. This number shattered the project's initial goal of 250 participants, and with a recent government grant extension, many more will have the same opportunities, according to Elaine Simmons, BCC's dean of Workforce Training and Community Education.

December 14, 2011 | | News


Local bridge building is continuing

The bid opening is today on a major bridge project, but it is just one of many that are in the works for Barton County, according to information from County Engineer Clark Rusco.

December 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


College sticks with local dealerships

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to buy from local car dealerships, even though a Topeka dealership submitted lower bids on replacement vehicles. The total cost will be $116,786.10 for one three-quarter ton 4 x4 Chevrolet truck and two Chevy Impalas from Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, and three Ford Fusions from Marmie Ford.

December 13, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Local partnership receives healthy community grant

A collaboration between the Central Kansas Partnership and the Golden Belt Community Foundation has netted a $25,000 planning grant from the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Community Design initiative. Barton County is one of only seven communities in the state to receive this funding.

December 13, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


USD 112 eyes more technology

HOLYROOD - More technology could soon be utilized in USD 112 classrooms.

December 13, 2011 | BY ALAN RUSCH Ellsworth County I-R | News


County concludes year-end business Monday

Like it or not, 2011 is grinding to a close, and Barton County officials took care of some end-of-year business when the Barton County Commission met Monday.

December 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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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


St. John man in serious condition after motorcycle wreck

A St. John man was taken to Wichita with serious injuries following a three-vehicle wreck west of Ellinwood Thursday evening.

May 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC receives $317K for Camp Aldrich

The directors of the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation delivered a $317,000 check Wednesday toward construction of the new Camp Aldrich Dining Hall.

May 14, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


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