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KBI arrests three males suspected of meth possession, distribution

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff's Office and Ellinwood Police Department, executed three search warrants in the cities of Great Bend and Ellinwood on Thursday.

December 15, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News

DARE essay winners, long-time employees to be honored

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 12?? Williams. The agenda will include DARE essay winners, a recognition of 10- and 25-year city employees, a request for an oil and gas lease at the Great Bend Municipal Airport and a discussion of the Great Bend Convention Center.

December 14, 2012 | | News

Small Change is big money for Humane Society

"Happiness is a warm puppy," Charles Schultz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, said.

December 14, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Wednesday afternoon, the GBHS A Cappella Choir and Madrigals Pops Singers put the finishing touches on the 2012 Christmas Vespers concert. Dressed in robes, the group of 110 were picture perfect for videographers taping the program at Barton Community College.

December 13, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Young Professionals help feed families

On Tuesday, members of the Barton County Young Professionals group gathered for their third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas party. While the mood was festive and light-hearted, the group was doing some serious good as well, said YP chairman Kristy Straub. Members collected a large box of items for the Barton County Food Bank, along with over $100 in cash donations.

December 13, 2012 | | News

Gift cards: Gifts that don’t always keep on giving

They are the go-to gift for many of us during the holidays. For those who are hard to buy for, a gift card seems to be the simple solution. No need to wrap it. It's easy to mail.

December 13, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Parish celebrates December miracle

Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend celebrated the 481st anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe with prayers, dancing and music this week.

December 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

GBCF makes Grants just in time for Christmas

The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its third competitive grant cycle for 2012 and awarded $10,122.54 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.

December 12, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News

Ellinwood resident in crash

ELLINWOOD - Ryan J. Placher, 25, of Ellinwwod was travelling west on highway U.S. 56 approximately half a mile east of Ellinwood when the vehicle went off the right shoulder at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening. He overcorrected, came back onto the roadway, and slid sideways in to oncoming traffic. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash log, a Ford 2008 F250 driven by Marion D. Newkirk, 55, of Lyons saw the vehicle , but was unable to avoid the collision.

December 12, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

​BCC hires coaches, names practice court

Phil Shoemaker may be "retiring" from coaching NCAA volleyball, but his work is only beginning at Barton Community College. The board of trustees approved his appointment as the college's new head volleyball coach at Tuesday's meeting.

December 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


There are a lot of things to love about Christmas, but one of the best is the gift of giving, "Christmas is the spirit of giving. And what we try to do is give ourselves. It is the little things that mean a lot. You don't have to win the lottery before you can give back," said Randy Smith.

December 11, 2012 | BY DEBORAH FREUND Special to the Tribune | News

Appraiser prepping for 2012 property tax time

The Barton County Appraiser's Office is gearing up to set property values for 2013 and office personnel are answering questions pertaining to 2012 values as tax bills have been mailed.

December 11, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

John Keenan answers “Where I went wrong”

"Failure has been my greatest teacher," John Keenan said Tuesday afternoon at Perks Coffee Shop in Great Bend. The 28 year old Great Bend High School graduate was dropping off a stack of his newly cut CDs with uncle Greg Keenan, who will make them available to the public. The journey to create the album of songs, along with younger brother Mark and friend Scott Martz has been both illuminating and life changing.

December 11, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

GBRC board extends Henderson’s contract

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Monday extended GBRC Director Diann Henderson's contract by three years, to June 30, 2019.

December 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Ranks of homeless growing in SW Kansas

Members of the Barton County Commission had their eyes opened Monday morning when Pattie McGurk with Catholic Social Services addressed them about a grant the agency received to help the homeless find homes.

December 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

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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

EPA urges homeowners to properly maintain septic systems

LENEXA- EPA has designated Sept. 21-25, 2015, as SepticSmart Week. In recognition of this event, EPA and its state, local and industry partners are working ...

September 21, 2015 | | News


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