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Take care when drinking New Year’s Eve

Monday night is New Year's Eve, and many area residents will ring in 2013 with a drink or two, or three.

December 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


High-tech tools: iPads help teachers zero in on behavioral issues

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about how iPads are helping teachers zero in on behavioral issues at Helping Hands Preschool. The Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation recently donated two iPads to the school and one to its own Early Education Center. The second article will explain Sunflower's point of view.

December 27, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Roads, bridges and trash keep things hopping

Editor's note: Below is a recap of some of the activities of Barton County departments presented to the County Commission Wednesday. It is the first of two stories highlighting the year-in-review. The second story will appear in Sunday's Tribune.

December 27, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Social media helps United Way campaign

Although officially on vacation, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith sat in her office Thursday morning catching up on the pile of work created by the holidays. However, even though the season has caused much of the door-to-door fundraising to grind to a halt, UWCK remains on track to meet its $235,000 goal, due in large part to the increased use of social media.

December 27, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Diversions for dipping digits

Students have been out of school enjoying winter break, and there's still another six days to go. As temperatures dip into the teens and 20s, and snow remains elusive, kids are either reaching ever increasing levels and high-scores on popular video games, making ever deeper indentations on the family sofa as they watch yet one more episode of Good Luck Charlie or Phineas and Ferb, or driving their siblings and/or parents up a wall out of sheer boredom.

December 26, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Fireworks lead to injury

A teenage boy suffered major burns Sunday night after playing with fireworks inside a Barton Hills residence. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports the fire at 646 North Homestead started around 10:20 p.m. when Brennen Donovan, 13, and a 15-year-old boy were playing with fireworks and caught a mattress on fire.

December 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Adopt-A-Dog program to begin

A new Adopt-A-Dog program has begun in Great Bend to help lost or unadopted dogs to find their forever home. Volunteer RaShann Southard and the Golden Belt Humane Society will take adoptable dogs to the Orschselen Farm and Home store, 5320 10th St., for viewing once a month with dates and times to be announced, beginning in February.

December 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Workforce issues on commission agenda

The Barton County Commission Wednesday morning took steps to help both job seekers and employers.

December 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


GBHS EV race team featured in state magazine

On Sept. 27, Great Bend High School's electric vehicle (EV) team competed against other area high schools in the Kansas High Plains ElectroRally in Hays. It was the culmination of several months of planning, designing, building and testing an electric vehicle. The race and photos of the team were highlighted in the Dec. 2012 edition of Kansas Country Living magazine.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


November report shows continued drop in jobless Rate

TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | 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.

December 24, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


​Straub chosen for select GOP group

Kristy Straub of Great Bend is one of 26 Kansas women selected to participate in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series.

December 24, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Kansas 511 now offers personalized traveler information

Just in time for the holidays, the Kansas Department of Transportation has made it easier than ever for travelers to get the latest information about their route to work, school or holiday gatherings.

December 23, 2012 | | News


Authorities probing inmate death

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Barton County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of an inmate held at the Barton County Detention Facility, according to a news release from the Barton County Sheriff's Office.

December 22, 2012 | | News


County Commission will not meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will hold its next agenda meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, instead of on Monday, which is Christmas Eve day. The agenda includes the Workforce Investment Board agreement and appointment, cereal malt beverage license renewals, a discussion about a road being declared minimum maintenance and a janitorial services proposal.

December 22, 2012 | | News


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