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County-wide burn ban lifted

After weekend showers, the Barton County Commission Monday morning let the county-wide burn ban expire. The commissioners will revisit the issue at their next meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 25.

June 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Barton Community College unveils new Gas Measurement technician program

The first classes in a new Gas Measurement certificate program at Barton Community College will start Aug. 6, said Mike Baugh, instructor and coordinator of Barton's natural gas technician program. Students will attend class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can complete the 30-credit-hour program before December.

June 15, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News

Library summer fun continues

Eight-year-old Emily Cortez-Rocha and her sister Genesis, 3, took a break from using the computers at Great Bend Public Library on Friday to check out the readers' "campsite" in the children's area. They joined 2-year-old Sofia Stewart, who was looking at a picture book. Folding chairs were arranged between a tent and a campfire. A fan in the fire ring blew streams of paper "flames," and a light from below gave it the appearance of glowing embers.

June 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Proposed law would allow dental practitioners

A proposed law that would have allowed Kansas to have Registered Dental Practitioners - much like Nurse Practitioners but serving under the supervision of licensed dentists -- languished is committee this year as the Legislature wrangled over redistricting, said Suzanne Wikle, with the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

June 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Local cowboy sets world record in steer roping

ELLINWOOD - Although he is new to the Barton County area, Cody Scheck of Ellinwood recently set a world record in steer roping.

June 14, 2012 | | News

New GBMS gym to become reality

Now that the USD 428 Board of Education has approved the addition of seventh-grade competitive sports, the need for a new gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School is more critical than ever. Business Director Dan Brungardt recently met with Horst, Terrill, and Karst, Architects Don Pruitt and Charley Sexton on Thursday, June 7 to finalize details on the proposed project. In May, the BOE approved proceeding with one of four options presented, a pre-engineered addition, which appeared to be the most affordable and workable.

June 13, 2012 | VERONICA COONS/ | News


Jim Glynn of Great Bend estimates he's taken more than 200,000 wildlife and nature photographs, most of them from inside his gray Jeep Grand Cherokee.

June 13, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE YOUNG Tribune correspondent | News

Zoo inspectors arrive

Three animals experts arrived Tuesday afternoon to began a comprehensive inspection of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The inspection is the next step in the city's efforts to have Brit Spaugh Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

June 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Kan. Legislature to see big changes from elections

TOPEKA (AP) - Big changes are in store for the Kansas Legislature, after Monday's deadline to run in the August primary election passed with dozens of newcomers seeking seats and some incumbents pitted against others because of political redistricting.

June 12, 2012 | BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | News

GBCF accepting grant applications for July

The Golden Belt Community Foundation is now inviting proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle, Executive Director Christy Tustin said.

June 12, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Relay nears fundraising goal

Great Bend City Council member Allene Owen looked out over the crowd gathered in the County Courthouse Square for the 2012 Relay for life of Barton County Friday evening and was impressed.

June 12, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Peace Camp

RUSH COUNTY - The Dominican Sisters of Peace who reside and minister at Heartland Farm carry on a quiet existence 51 weeks a year. The farmstead in Rush County is 14 miles west of Great Bend, 10 miles northwest of Pawnee Rock and 12 miles northeast from Larned.

June 12, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

Time line set for GBRC budget

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board will hold a budget work session on June 25 as it prepares to hold next year's budget hearing on July 9. Both meetings will start at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.

June 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Burn ban extended

Monday, the Barton County Commission signed a resolution declaring a state of local disaster emergency. This proclamation states that due to extremely dry weather conditions an extreme fire hazard exists in Barton County. Effective at 12:01 p.m. Monday, open trash burning, campfires, and all open fires are prohibited.

June 11, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Commission gets dose of good news

From current immunizations to outdated medications, the Barton County Commission Monday morning learned much is being done to promote health in the county. Meeting at the Courthouse in Great Bend, commissioners heard reports from Landfill Manager Mark Witt and Health Department Director Lily Akings.

June 11, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

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