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Sobbas named Rotary Clubs 2012 Distinguished Citizens

ELLINWOOD -Leon and Linda Sobba, longtime Ellinwood residents, were named the Ellinwood Rotary Club's 2012 Distinguished Citizens at the club's annual banquet. In addition, the club is celebrating its 75th anniversary, beginning on Dec. 1, 1936.

February 20, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Perfect Panthers crowned

The Great Bend High School Kayettes held their 2012 Mr. Perfect Panther pageant Saturday, Feb. 11, at the GBHS auditorium. This year's Mr. Perfect Panter was Aaron Mull and Mr. Almost Perfect was Matt Moyd.

February 20, 2012 | | News


Barton County Sharp Shooter member Parker Smith didn't let a fractured right wrist stop her from competing in the Barton County Winter Classic. Parker hurt her wrist in a backward fall playing basketball.

February 20, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

BCC students on All-Kansas Academic Team honored in Topeka

Four students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society were recognized at an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team.

February 18, 2012 | | News

BCC helps Larned offer model juvenile justice service

Young criminal offenders at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and its alternative school, Westside School, are earning high school diplomas, attending college and earning certificates in marketable job skills, thanks to a partnership with Barton Community College.

February 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

GBHS Hall of Fame tickets on sale

Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at Great Bend High School. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Highland Convention Center Heritage Room.

February 17, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News

Don’t bet on winter being over, yet

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of reminders about emergency preparedness.)

February 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

Next hearing scheduled in Longoria trial

Adam Longoria will return to Great Bend at least once more before his capital murder trial, which is scheduled to start March 26. A hearing to deal with pretrial motions has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 1 in Barton County District Court.

February 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Sutherland’s eyes Great Bend property

The Kansas City, Mo.-based Sutherland Lumber Company has acquired property in Great Bend, a company official confirmed Thursday morning. However, the official couldn't elaborate on where this property was or on the company's plans in Great Bend.

February 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

2012 proves to be a busy election year

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about upcoming local election issues.)

February 16, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

Farm Day set for next week


February 15, 2012 | | News


A light mist fell on a fog-shrouded Brit Spaugh Zoo Wednesday morning as a deftly operated mini-excavator nibbled away at chucks of broken ice and concrete at the park.

February 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Health Department has plans for 2012

Barton County Health Department will work on getting the county to "say ah" this year.

February 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

Great Bend Rec earns state kudos

Administrators from the Great Bend Recreation Commission received statewide recognition at the Kansas Recreation & Park Association's annual conference, held Jan. 24-27 at Topeka. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick received the Distinguished Recreation Programmer award, and Executive Director Diann Henderson received the Distinguished Professional Award. GBRC Program Coordinator Chris Umphres presented the award to Henderson.

February 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

It’s a busy election season

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about upcoming local election issues.)

February 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

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