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Russian pastors visit Great Bend

A Lutheran minister and a lay pastor from Russia are visiting Kansas this month, and will speak Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend.

June 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Citizens express ideas on pit bull ban

Twenty or so Great Bend residents piled into the City Council chambers Wednesday evening to voice their opinions on banning pit bulls within the city limits and other vicious dog-related problems.

June 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Grandparents raising grandchildren

Michael gently lifts his one-year-old granddaughter, speaks softly to her, and lets her know she's special.

June 19, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


City officials meet with housing developer

Two weeks after news that an apartment project fell through and a discussion on a local housing shortage, the Great Bend City Council Monday night learned there may be some relief to the problem.

June 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


31st-annual Camp Hope happening this Week

Children with cancer want to do all the fun things that healthy children do – exploring the outdoors, swimming, hiking, fishing, playing games, singing around the campfire, creating arts and crafts, playing ball, and more.

June 19, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Wheat harvest gearing up throughout area

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, Barton County farmers were wrapping up the 2012 wheat harvest, and everyone, farmers and non-farmers alike, were praying for rain.

June 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Be Well Barton County receives grant from KHI’s Healthy Communities Initiative

Be Well Barton County, a advisory group dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles countywide, has been awarded an implementation grant through the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Communities Initiative worth up to $75,000 over the next three years. Be Well, one of 12 grantees in the state to receive this funding, will use the funds in support Complete streets and Safe Routes to school, nationally recognized programs that encourage local governments to consider bicycle and pedestrian traffic when planning street and sidewalk improvements..

June 18, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


June Jaunt ‘huge success’

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain herself when she addressed the Great Bend City Council Monday night about the recent June Jaunt.

June 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Vernon gives drop-out report

At the regular school board meeting in June, Superintendent Tom Vernon presented his annual report on drop-outs, something he's been doing since 2007. Back in 2008, 30 students dropped out, but the numbers went down in 2008 through 2010. In 2011, the numbers began to rise again, with 38 and 39 students dropping out in the 2011 and 2012 school years.

June 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Oil well proposed inside Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands

An oil well could be drilled 870 feet inside the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands if a permit requested by H&C Oil Operating Inc., of Plainville is granted.

June 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


County seeks gun ban extension

A lot of questions swirl around the recently passed revised state statute that would allow concealed weapons in public buildings. Those questions lead the Barton County Commission Monday morning to approve submitting a letter to Attorney General's Office requesting a six-month exemption from the law.

June 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Grant to revamp scenic overlook

Barton County was selected for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant to enhance the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway scenic overlook on K-4 east of Hoisington, the County Commission learned Monday morning.

June 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission honors county youth

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a proclamation honoring Ellinwood and Great Bend high school students in the Future Business Leaders of America Career and Technical Education Student Organization.

June 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


$80,000 loss, hay bales burn

At around 2:30 p.m., the Great Bend Fire Department was called away from the Pawnee Rock fire to a hay bale fire at 251 NW 10th Ave. adjacent to Mid America Feeders. Five hundred large-sized hay bales with an estimated value of $80,000 were on fire, according to Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano. They were continuing to burn Saturday morning. "It's nearly impossible to put the fire out because the bales burn so deep within," he said.

June 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Overrun with Color

If the turnout at the Great Bend Regional Hospital race pavilion Saturday morning is any indicator, color makes running more fun. Excitement over being doused with paint brought out more than 500 participants for the first ever Color Run. The event happened in conjunction with the third annual Human eMotion Charitable Run, Walk and Ride event sponsored by GBRH, with all proceeds going to support the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend.

June 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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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


Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ellinwood kids putting the crunch on obesity

Crunch Out Obesity, the six-week program Ellinwood students in grades 4-6 participated in during April and May, came to an end Tuesday. Sponsors visited classes and awarded prizes to winners at both Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph School.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


RENOVATION TAKES FLIGHT

The venerable B-29s and the crews that flew them helped win World War II and forever reshaped Great Bend.

May 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

This week, we offer a clip show of sorts from previous Out of the Morgue columns. Great Bend has forever been a place where interesting people have passed through, and many have decided to stay a while. It has been something to commemorate and celebrate.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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