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​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


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

​Candidates expose differences at forum

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about last Thursday's candidates' forum. It was held at the Crest Theater in Great Bend and moderated by the League of Women Voters.

July 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


ELLINWOOD - Politicians and political ads were in abundance Saturday for the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival parade. This year's lineup included 95 entries, said Richard Kimple with the Ellinwood Rotary Club, organizers of the parade. At least a dozen of them carried people running for office, or were decorated with candidates' names.

July 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Story comes from a passion for writing

From store owner to author – Marilyn Ramirez published her first book this May. Ramirez was the owner of Willow Creek and Country Treasures here in Great Bend.

July 20, 2012 | | News

Dodging a bullet

With the start of school a matter of weeks away, Kansas educators are breathing a little easier now. The U.S. Department of Education Thursday approved state's request for a waiver from portions of the controversial federal No Child Left Behind law.

July 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Thursday's candidates' forum, and features comments by candidates for the Legislature. Part II will appear in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune and will include remarks from candidates for Barton County sheriff, county treasurer and county commissioner.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

​BCC trustees publish budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's operating budget and publication of a proposed budget. The estimated local tax would be 32.77 mills, similar to the last two years.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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