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City awaits news on ag department move

Great Bend civic leaders want this community to be the Kansas Department of Agriculture's home on the range, and they should know sometime this month if their bid to house at least part of the departments's relocated headquarters was successful.

July 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


New signs highlight exhibits at museum

Anyone who has ever wanted more information about an exhibit at the Barton County Historical Village and Museum usually has only to ask Beverly Komarek or one of her many volunteers. But now some of the items on display can tell their own story, thanks to interpretive signs going up in the museum's historic and authentically furnished period buildings.

July 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas wetlands conditions the worst in two decades

In their prime, Kansas' two legendary wetlands are about as good as any in the world.

July 30, 2012 | The Wichita Eagle | News


County budget calls for first tax hike since 2004

A Barton County Commission split on raising the mill levy for the first time since 2004 and concerns about slashing spending narrowly approved publishing the county's proposed 2012-2013 budget Monday morning.

July 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Burn ban remains in place

On Monday morning, the Barton County Commission signed another resolution extending the county-wide burn ban for another week.

July 30, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Economic Lifelines honors area pro-job/transportation legislators

TOPEKA – Economic Lifelines, today, designated several area lawmakers as Pro-Jobs/Transportation Legislators, because of their support for transportation. Economic Lifelines is the state's chief transportation and economic development coalition.

July 30, 2012 | | News


Burn ban likely to continue

Sure, it rained Wednesday night. Sure, many yards, sidewalks and backyard decks were damp Thursday morning.

July 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Four-time champion captures another title

LARNED - Even though Jansyn Van Horn had won the past two 4-H Round Robin Showmanship titles at the Pawnee County Fair, she still was nervous.

July 28, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Great Bend man dies

HAYS - A Great Bend motorcyclist died Friday night after crashing after being pursued by city of Hays officers, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

July 28, 2012 | | News


Vopats chair BCC benefit auction

Longtime Barton Community College supporters Jim and Kathy Vopat will lead the kickoff for this year's Big Benefit Auction, which sports the theme, "Pigskin Pandemonium."

July 27, 2012 | ​BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


KWEC hosts professional courses

Eleven professionals from across the Midwest met this week at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center to study wetlands and defining wetlands.

July 27, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Chase fire destroys home

CHASE - An apparent electrical fire triggered a blaze that destroyed a three-story home and adjacent garage Wednesday evening. The home and possessions of Shannon McEachern were declared a total loss.

July 26, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


New law waives college tuition for high school students

High school students are now eligible for tuition-free career technical education courses, under a bill recently signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.

July 26, 2012 | | News


Out with the old ...

From new bathrooms to shiny, automatic sliding doors, Barton Community College's Student Union has received multiple major renovations over the past several months and the public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and enjoy refreshments at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 in the Student Union.

July 26, 2012 | | News


'Cool' technology gift helps special needs students

An idea that was born at Sunflower Diversified Services has resulted in new technology for children with special needs in USD 428. The non-profit agency's Foundation donated two iPads to the school district and the project is exceeding expectations, organizers said.

July 26, 2012 | | News


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Snowpacked road causes rollover accident

The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible injury accident at 1:05 a.m. Monday on K-4, about 1 mile west of the K-4/U.S. 281 junction, or half a mile east of NW 50 Ave. Although a 2008 Ford F-150 slid off the snow-packed highway and rolled 1.5 times, everyone was wearing seat belts and they were not injured.

February 17, 2015 | | News


Police to enforce seatbelt use near schools

Beginning Feb. 23 and running through March 6, the Great Bend Police Department will join other Kansas Law Enforcement agencies to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – teens not using seatbelts.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


GBPD cracking down on overly tinted windows

Overly dark vehicle windows are a threat to the safety of the public and to the police officers patrolling the streets, Great Bend Police Sgt. Jay Bachar told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, the City of Great Bend Police Department is undertaking a strong effort to monitor window tinting.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Two confirmed whooping cough cases in county

As of this weekend, there were two laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough in Great Bend, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning. One of the cases is in a school-age child and the other in a younger child, both of whom had been vaccinated.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


STICKING AROUND

The county employees honored for longevity by the Barton County Commission represented 270 collective years of service to the county. Recognized were folks who have had continuous employment for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 years.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Public to have chance to meet police chief candidate

There will be two public, open meetings later this week to give residents, City Council members and others an opportunity to meet the finalist for the job of Great Bend police chief.

February 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Council again backs Job Fest

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved sponsoring the annual Job Fest for $1,000. The city has been a sponsor of Job Fest since its inception. The ninth-annual Job Fest event is set for Thursday, April 30.

February 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC PTK Academic all stars honored in Topeka

Six students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team, during an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.

February 16, 2015 | | News


A BIG OVERDUE NOTICE

After a heated discussion Monday night, the Great Bend City Council authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign an agreement with the Great Bend Public Library Board for the payment and reimbursement of the new heating and air conditioning system at the library in the amount of $762,012.92.

February 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Great Bend man injured when van hits tree

A Great Bend man was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita late Monday morning after a one-vehicle collision on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Great Bend. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 11:57 a.m.

February 16, 2015 | | News


'2 Across' opens Thursday at Crest

This week, Great Bend Community Theatre presents a date-night play that will appeal to the bean counters and to the free spirits. One of each will meet for the first time on a San Francisco BART train. Both will have the New York Times crossword puzzle. Before the end of the trip, the romantic comedy "2 Across" could have the audience wondering if two opposites are actually made for each other.

February 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


'LOVE' Birds: Winter species counted at Cheyenne Bottoms

Love was in the air on Saturday, which was Valentine's Day. The staff at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center took the opportunity to offer a winter kids' program titled "'Love' Birds."

February 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC to update automotive program

High school students will be able to graduate with a certificate in auto maintenance and light repair, thanks to changes in Barton Community College's automotive program, college trustees learned at a recent study session.

February 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stunning developments

For two weeks, convicted murder Jeffrey Wade Chapman was seen being escorted to and from the Barton County Courthouse in street clothes and no apparent restraints, nothing preventing him from making a run for it.

February 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Fatal accident in Ness County

NESS COUNTY - One driver died and the other sustained possible injury on Friday morning, when a tanker truck rear-ended a semitrailer that had slowed to turn off K-96, 10 miles west of Ness City.

February 14, 2015 | | News


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