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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


Burn ban likely to continue

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

July 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Local communities without electricity Wednesday morning

BARTON, RICE Counties - Several local communities, not including Great Bend, were without electricity Wednesday morning in portions of Barton and Rice Counties due to a problem at Midwest Energy.

July 25, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


​Prisoner Review Board taking comments

Russell Raymond Carrier, 64, serving a sentence for first-degree murder, is eligible for a parole hearing in September. In August, the Kansas Prisoner Review Board will hold public hearings for Carrier and other eligible inmates.

July 25, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


New DARE officer talks about ‘keepin’ it real’

When Great Bend Police Officer Jacob Harlow's two children are old enough for school, he hopes they'll get something like the DARE program's new "Keepin' it REAL" class. In fact, he wouldn't mind teaching it to them.

July 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


HISTORICAL FLASHBACK

At the age of 20, when most young people dream of seeing the world, Kent Ross had one goal in mind – getting home.

July 24, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


County clerk: 1 in 5 vote early

If Barton County voters follow the trend of recent primaries, one in five will have already voted by election day, Aug. 7, according to figures from Barton County Clerk/Election Officer Donna Zimmerman.

July 24, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


County departments stay busy

Barton County Departments submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.

July 24, 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 23, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Audit shows county in good health

The Barton County Commission heard the county's annual audit report Monday morning. There was good news and news that gave commissioners pause.

July 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Advance voting is now available

After weeks of delays created by the statewide legislative redistricting, registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Monday morning.

July 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend natives return after six-year mission to Mexico

By Veronica Coons

July 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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