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Governor signs tax cuts in statehouse ceremony

TOPEKA (AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback signed massive income tax cuts into Kansas law during a statehouse ceremony Tuesday amid an ongoing debate over whether they'll open an age of economic prosperity or an era of permanent budget crisis.

May 22, 2012 | | News


Grace period no excuse to ignore tags

The Kansas Department of Revenue issued a statement Monday advising Kansans of a "prolonged slow down" in the state's new title and registration system and offered grace periods for those unable to get vehicle work done.

May 22, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


To market, to market

Janel Rose is passionate about fresh produce and getting it onto the plates of as many Barton County residents as possible. That is why the Barton County Health Department health educator was excited about the upcoming Summer Street Stroll farmers market.

May 22, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


American Legion holds state convention in Great Bend

The American Legion of Kansas held its 94th annual convention in Great Bend this weekend in conjunction with the 92nd American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. The convention alternates each year between Topeka and Great Bend.

May 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Council considers convention center

The Great Bend City Council has much to ponder in the coming weeks and months as members decide how to operate the city-owned convention center, a facility attached at the hip to the privately owned Highland Hotel.

May 21, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Local DARE essay winners honored

Harper Camperland teamed up with the Great Bend Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to recognize and award six students for writing outstanding essays as a part of their D.A.R.E. classes. The winning writers were honored during the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night.

May 21, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


GBHS grads look to the future

The Class of 2012 attended the 125th commencement at Great Bend High School on Sunday, with 194 candidates for graduation.

May 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County burn ban possible

If dry conditions persist, Barton County emergency management officials may ask the County Commission to approve a burn ban come next week, Communications Director Doug Hubbard told commissioners Monday morning.

May 21, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Smile, you may be on Candid Camera

The Barton County Office Building at 12th and Kansas will be under constant surveillance after the installation of a high-definition digital video camera system. The County Commission approved the $16,500 project at its meeting Monday morning.

May 21, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Rep. Bob Bethell dies in car accident

PAXICO, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas state representative is dead after a one-car accident in Wabaunsee County.

May 21, 2012 | | News


Pawnee Rock to celebrate 125 years

PAWNEE ROCK - On May 28, the city of Pawnee Rock will celebrate 125 years, beginning the day with a parade at 10 a.m. An event button will be for sale for $3 with different historic scenes. Activities are free with the button.

May 19, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Convention Center, no-truck signs on agenda

The Great Bend City Council Monday night will take up two issues that have occupied much of its time at recent meetings – the Convention Center and no-truck signs in the southeast part of town.

May 19, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Cause of fire undetermined

The cause of the Thursday afternoon fire that charred a home at 2222 Monroe remains undetermined, said Luke McCormick, investigator for the Great Bend Fire Department. He spent most of the day Friday at the scene with representative from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office.

May 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


HYDRANTS OF A DIFFERENT COLOR

Emery Hoch pulled up to the fire hydrant in Britt Spaugh Park Wednesday morning, hopped out of his City of Great Bend pickup and set up orange cones.

May 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Dressing it up

When suspects are booked into the Barton County Jail by the Barton County sheriff's deputies, they'll finally get a chance to smell the flowers.

May 17, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


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Rec Commission planning youth programs

The Great Bend Recreation Commission has some programs planned for children on Friday, Feb. 27, when school is out for the day, GBRC Program Coordinator Garet Fitpatrick said.

February 18, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Education is near and dear to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

The Ministry Against Domestic Violence of Great Bend has received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

February 18, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Education is ‘near and dear’ to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

Lindsey Bogner, Clara Barton Hospital's foundation assistant, was on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as she fielded questions at a forum at Barton Community College. One of two candidates for the position of Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, having already met with Barton Community College Foundation board members, it was the faculty and staff's turn, as well as members of the community, to interview her and provide their written feedback.

February 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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


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