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Labor report shows positive long-term trends

TOPEKA – In July, private sector employment and nonfarm jobs both showed increases since one year ago with significant increases in some industries, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this month. None the less, the state wide jobless rate was 6.7 percent in July, up from 6.2 in June.

August 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

BCC publishes 3rd issue of literary journal

Editors of Barton Community College's literary journal, "Prairie Ink," aim to provide a venue for local authors to showcase their creative writing talents and have done so again with the release of their third issue of the annual publication.

August 29, 2012 | | News

Offering a big thanks

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has named Reta Brack as Volunteer of the Year, and also recognized the Great Bend Military Moms project as RSVP Volunteer Station of 2012, said RSVP Director Donna Baugh.

August 29, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News

City filling two posts

The City of Great Bend has one key administrative opening and will soon have another. Assistant City Administrator Dawn Jaeger recently resigned and City Clerk/Finance Manager Wayne Henneke has announced plans to retire in December.

August 29, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Ellinwood Star of Hope projects damaged by Isaac

ELLINWOOD - The ravaging force of a hurricane is beyond the imagination of those that have never experienced one, and most in this country have never experienced homelessness or hunger. Yet one small country in the Caribbean seems to continuously struggle with nature.

August 28, 2012 | | News

Autism Walk first step for local group

Efforts to start a non-profit group for autism awareness in the Barton County area will include an Autism Walk next month at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

August 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Street resurfacing to begin

Just as the coming of fall brings changing leaf colors, it also ushers in the city's annual street resurfacing effort.

August 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Jeremiah McCutchen is a man of few words and his physical and developmental disabilities drastically limit opportunities for him in life. But those limitations never stopped the 39-year-old McCutchen from outwardly expressing his enthusiasm for life and sharing his friendly personality with everyone he meets.

August 27, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | 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.

August 27, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Burn ban allowed to lapse

After three months, it's off, at least for now.

August 27, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

From hurricanes to drought

With Labor Day on the horizon, gasoline prices have continued their march upward in Kansas and nationwide for the past two weeks, plagued by potential hurricane-induced supply disruptions and a drought-induced rise in ethanol prices, gas price analysts reported Sunday.

August 27, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Friday's tournament at StoneRidge was about more than golf.

August 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Urgent, survey results needed

People in Barton County have little more than a week to make their opinions known about what they think a healthy community looks like, and what they think it will take to make their communities better.

August 24, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Be Well Barton County strives to paint picture of health

Be Well Barton County is a subgroup of the Central Kansas Partnership. The group began meeting in January after the Golden Belt Community Foundation received a grant to study and gather community input from around the county about what people think will promote healthier lifestyles where they live.

August 24, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Planning begins for new Cheyenne Bottoms signs

BARTON COUNTY - At the state Kansas Department of Parks, Wildlife and Tourism commission meeting held Thursday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Manuel Torres, Region 3 Public Lands supervisor, presented recommendations for new signs at Cheyenne Bottoms.

August 24, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

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