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Barton County Historical Society a Blue Star museum

Barton County Historical Society is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

May 27, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


An early summer breeze whipped the multitude of American flags adorning the Great Bend Municipal Cemetery Monday morning. The bright red, white and blue of the banners stood out against the backdrop of a deep blue sky.

May 27, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Mom, son walk across Kansas for a cause

A mother and son walking across Kansas find plenty of ways to pass the time between towns. There are friendly people to meet and historic markers to read, amazing sunrises/sunsets, and an occasional game of "tumbleweed toss" – where walking sticks are used like hockey sticks to pass tumbleweeds back and forth.

May 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Wetlands Aquatic Center opens for summer

Great Bend's Wetland's Aquatic Center opened Saturday, making a splash as usual.

May 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Sequester resulting in preliminary Title 1 cuts for area schools

BARTON COUNTY - Congressional gridlock over the U.S. budget is trickling down to Barton County with the automatic spending cuts that went into effect March 1, called the sequester.

May 25, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

Wetlands Aquatic Center at Great Bend photos

Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Center opened for the summer on Saturday. Here are some photos taken in the afternoon.

May 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Garden tour replanted

After a one-year hiatus, the once annual Gardens Galore garden tour will return Sunday, June 2. Only now, it is a project of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. It had been sponsored by the local Soroptimist International, but it has since disbanded.

May 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Great Bend prepares to honor vets

The Great Bend Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3111 is organizing the Great Bend Memorial Day service this year. It is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Circle, Great Bend Municipal Cemetery

May 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Perfect attendance pays off

Perfect attendance is a rare accomplishment for most students. It takes planning and preparation, with illnesses and bad weather to contend with from time to time, to make it in to school every day on time. But for those who achieve it, it's nice to be recognized for the effort. Dale Shaner wanted to do that for USD 428 students. He had an idea, and after sharing it with his wife, Karen, and some friends, the group put the idea into action.

May 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

BCSO participating in 'Click It or Ticket'

Barton County Sheriff's officers are emphasizing seat belt laws by participating in the Click It or Ticket program. For the week prior to Memorial Day, and continuing until June 2, drivers can expect to see more BCSO deputies on the highways, aggressively enforcing "Kansas Occupant Restraint" laws and other traffic statutes.

May 22, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News

Two Barton coaching contracts 'pending'

Nine head coaching contracts were renewed Wednesday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met, but the contracts of two head coaches are "pending final review."

May 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Bridge work to cause traffic delays

Orange cones and construction crews are already in place on the U.S. 281 bridge just north of the Great Bend city limits as the Kansas Department of Transportation begins to replace the span, a project that could take until next spring.

May 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Two flee; child left in truck

A minor child was left in a truck with a loaded gun Monday night as two suspects fled from Barton County deputies.

May 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Tornado-safe room building starts

Workers began pouring the foundation of the new Great Bend Middle School tornado safe room Tuesday morning, less than a day after the devastating F4 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., tore the roofs off two elementary schools, injuring many and killing nine confirmed at the time of this writing.

May 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Bridge work completed

Work on the bridge north of the Club at StoneRidge has been completed and the road is open, according to the Barton County Engineers Office.

May 21, 2013 | | News

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NASA offical to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

An official from NASA will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Jack Kilby Science Day. The public is invited to attend as Raphael ...

October 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton Community College will host an opening reception for its new exhibit "Fire," by Cheyenne artist Bently Spang, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 ...

October 02, 2015 | | News

Doggone good time

STAFFORD - The state's largest Wiener Dog Race will move to the Stafford County Fairgrounds during Stafford's Oktoberfest Saturday.

September 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


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