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UWCK stuffing the bus

Agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties serving those in need sometimes need more than just money.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County re-ups with state insurance plan

Up until three years ago, Barton County was self insured. Then, at the recommendation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county signed up for the state health care plan.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County opens streets in Villa South

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took steps to make legal the maintenance of the streets in a small, northwestern Great Bend subdivision. Now the ball is in the Great Bend City Council's court.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Polka Days are here again

Music lovers came from nine states this weekend for Polka Days. The music and dancing that started Friday evening with the Wes Windholz band continues through Sunday at the Great Bend Convention Center.

August 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Byways tell the stories of Kansas

Ten years ago, Houston-based consultant Ted Eubanks helped create the nature-tourism strategy for Great Bend that culminated in the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway designation and building the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on K-156. Now Eubanks, through his company Fermata Inc., has been hired to develop "interpretive plans" for each of the 11 Kansas scenic byways.

August 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Council sets Convention Center time line

The Great Bend City Council had a simple agenda when it held a special meeting Saturday morning to discuss the city-owned convention center – decide how it wanted to run the facility, when it wanted to take it over and when to close it for much-needed renovations.

August 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


State waives fees on online vehicle renewals for one year

TOPEKA – Kansans looking to save time and gas by eliminating a visit to a county treasurer's office can now take advantage of the state's convenient online option for renewing vehicle tags without credit card or electronic check processing fees.

August 17, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Wetlands center conducts third butterfly count

Humans have a soft spot for butterflies. They're more visible than most insects and are a symbol of beauty with their various colors and dancing, graceful flight.

August 16, 2012 | By Stephanie Young Tribune Correspondent | News


EduKan director reports advances in online education

Technology that monitors mouse clicks and other information is being used to combat identity fraud on the Internet, the director of EduKan said. The e-college consortium formed by six community colleges, including Barton Community College, is using Biometric Signature Identification to stop students enrolled in online college courses from having someone else take their tests.

August 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Back to school could be a shot in the arm

School nurses in Great Bend started a two-week countdown this week as students returned to classes for the 2012-2013 school year. That's how much time parents have to get their children's immunizations up to date. Notices of what students within the district needed went out to parents by May 15, Cindy Prescot said. That gave parents 90 days, which the state requires. Now, as new students enroll, nurses are busy determining what these new students may need to be up to date, and will begin sending notices home and giving parents two weeks to comply. After that, unless ...

August 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE

Freshmen had exclusive access to Great Bend High School Wednesday for orientation and the first day of school. Instead of fear reigning the halls, mentors were on hand to make sure their transition into high school went smoothly.

August 15, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Convention Center topic of special meeting

The future of the Great Bend Convention Center will be the topic of a special City Council meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers, 1209 Williams.

August 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend civics teacher selected to take part in Washington D.C. program

Great Bend High School Social Studies teacher Barbara Harris spent a week in Washington D.C. in July learning instead of teaching.

August 15, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Danceline on target for Liberty Bowl trip

Members of the Great Bend High School Panther Danceline are doing a happy dance or at least they will when they reach the end of their fund-raising efforts.

August 15, 2012 | | News


USD 428 examines common core standards

The USD 428 School Board meeting began with a hearing for the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which the board approved as written. Then, the board learned the details about the new Common Core Standards that are going to change the face of how kids receive their education in the district and throughout Kansas, starting this year.

August 14, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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​Arson reported on Plum Street

The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.

February 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County honors FFA, future of agriculture

The world of agriculture is changing, and so is a long-standing youth program that promotes it.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Nels Lindberg honored as NextGen Leader of the Year

Nels Lindberg was recognized as the 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Community pride earns Westfall 2014 Citizen of the Year award

There are countless people raised in Great Bend who are proud of their hometown. But none have exhibited more pride than Jan Westfall.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Great Bend Co-op Association earns Business of the Year honor

Fifty five years ago, when Great Bend's landscape looked a lot different than it does now, the Great Bend Co-op Association was just getting started with first-year sales of under $1 million.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Fort Zarah Club celebrates 86 years

Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider's mother.

February 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Becoming ‘Organ Wise’

First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.

February 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


From sports to space

The two 2014 inductees into the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame were recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Vocalist Les Lankhorst to headline Jazz Festival

The 21st annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Crest Theater, featuring jazz vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina. He will perform with the Prairie Winds Jazz Combo made up of area musicians.

February 19, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Webster’s passion is hope Barton offers

Steve Webster, a sports commentator with local Great Bend radio station 1590 KVGB, took his turn at the podium Friday afternoon at Barton Community College.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend meets potential new chief

The public and Great Bend City Council had a chance to meet and talk with the final candidate for the position of Great Bend Chief of Police Thursday evening. An informal come and go reception was held at the city offices.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Injured parties airlifted

Eagle Med began airlifting injured people from Great Bend Regional Hospital to Wichita following a two-vehicle accident south of Great Bend on U.S. 281.

February 19, 2015 | Jim Misunas | 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.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


A MATTER OF VALUES

The Barton County Appraiser's Office is in the middle of establishing 2015 valuations, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said. Real Estate values will be mailed on or before March 13.

February 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Plans forming for June Jaunt

Community Coordinator Christina Hayes met with the K-96 Regional June Jaunt Committee, plans are coming along nicely, she said.

February 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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