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County passes on state agency membership

It is admittedly not a huge savings - less than $700 for the year - so it's not like Barton County will have some great windfall in its budget.

March 19, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


If you hear thunder, lightning is a threat

BY CHUCK SMITH

March 19, 2012 | BY CHUCK SMITH | News


Welcome home

On Feb. 25, the American Legion Riders Post 180 in Great Bend hosted a "welcome home" for two soldiers, Sgt. Shawn Littrell and Spc. 4 Ben Kolas. Both were National Guard, 161st Field Artillery and 35th Military Police, from Great Bend. They recently returned from a one year deployment at Cape Horn, Africa. They were welcomed by family, friends and the Legion Riders. Pictured in the photo are American Legion Riders Director Chris Krueger, Kolas, Littrel and codirector Roy Titsworth.

March 19, 2012 | | News


EXUBERANT: Iola’s Wicoff wins third Sunflower Spelling Bee

The winner of the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee is Clara Wicoff, an eighth grader from Iola. This is the third time for her to win the bee and advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

March 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Regional spellers face the heat

As the temperature rose about 80 degrees Saturday afternoon in Great Bend, things were even hotter inside the Barton Community College Fine Auditorium, site of the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee.

March 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Fatal wreck occurs near Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Three people died when a car hit a truck near Hoisington at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

March 17, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Catholic Social Services offers counseling or adoption to pregnant women

tholic Social Services offers non-judgmental counseling and adoption services to pregnant moms and will help them consider all of their options.

March 17, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Juvenile struck in driveway

A juvenile was lifewatched to Wesley Medical Center Friday evening after being struck by a vehicle entering a driveway in the 2500 block of Lakin Ave at about 7 p.m.

March 17, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Spread the burden

Local programs are dependent on all sorts of non-local funding, and this week county officials gave the nod for applications that, if successful, will bring state and federal funding into the county.

March 16, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee is set for Saturday

Friday's issue of the Great Bend Tribune includes the official program of the 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee, which takes place Saturday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.

March 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Auditor praises BCC stewardship

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received more than a clean audit report Thursday from Doug Volkland. The certified public accountant with D. McMillin Chartered presented a positive financial statement as part of the 2010-2011 audit.

March 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Entrepreneurial students learn business first-hand

HOISINGTON -Making a business plan, estimating pricing and seeking funding are all challenges that any owner of a small business faces.

March 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


USD 431 adds practical job experience for students through innovative career mentoring program

HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School students now have the opportunity to explore career interests and goals in a new career mentoring class, giving them practical on-the-job training.

March 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Kansas severe weather is now on the air

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about Severe Weather Awareness Week.)

March 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Radium Road opens Friday

Work is concluding on one bridge project in Barton County this week and will begin on another, it was announced.

March 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


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​Drivers flee in Great Bend incidents

A vehicle driven by Elias Garza was southbound in the 2000 block of Harrison St. at 9:05 p.m. Sunday and rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kenneth Gray, who reportedly had slammed on his brakes. Both vehicles fled the scene, according to the Great Bend Police Department.

April 27, 2015 | | News


County Road and Bridge HVAC bid OKed

The second time was a charm.

April 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission approves CKCC budget

In what amounts to an approval of the Central Kansas Community Correction's 2016 budget, the Barton County Commission Monday morning OKed the agency's fiscal year 2016 Comprehensive Plan.

April 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Meet Our Peeps

In the urban dictionary, "peeps" are people - usually friends. But for birdwatchers, the peeps are five species of North American sandpipers.

April 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ellinwood High School FBLA sponsors Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce coffee

On Friday, April 24, members of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce attended a weekly coffee hosted by the Ellinwood High School FBLA chapter. Sponsor Lorie Betts opened the program, asking each member to introduce themselves and talk about the projects they participated in at the state competition, and whether they would be attending the national competition to be held in Chicago during the summer. Nearly half the members appeared on stage at the state competition, something Betts noted was much better than hoped for.

April 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Walking the walk

The sixth-annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, benefiting the Family Crisis Center, will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Barton County Courthouse Square.

April 24, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Dominicans plan public ceremony for closing of St. Rose towers

Sister Celeste Albers acknowledged that the razing of the St. Rose circular towers will be difficult to watch this summer.

April 24, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | News


For the troops

Barton Community College Community Student Organization members construct care packages for soldiers around the world. Barton CSO collected 930 items, largely donated by Barton faculty and staff. They had enough for 70 care packages. CSO Sponsor Kathy Boeger said she is proud that Barton employees have such big hearts.

April 23, 2015 | | News


Faculty contracts renewed at BCC

After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors on Thursday, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees voted to renew faculty contracts, including two contracts the administration had recommended for "non-renewal." The vote was 4-2, and trustees promptly returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for another hour.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


On-the-spot water payments now accepted

Great Bend residents who are behind on their water bill now have an alternative way to pay off what they owe, City Administrator Howard Partington said.

April 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


USD 355 changing math offerings

Ellinwood USD 355 Superintendent Ben Jacobs confirmed the district will eliminate 8th grade algebra next year.

April 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Annual car show roars to park

Rev those engines, the 27th-annual Mid-America Mopars Car Show is set for Sunday, May 3, at Brit Spaugh Park, come rain or shine.

April 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Truck carrying pigs overturns

A Nebraska driver was hospitalized with apparent injuries after his Kenworth truck transporting pigs flipped over on the southwest edge of Great Bend Tuesday afternoon.

April 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


A cup of Joe (and some cool old trucks)

"I didn't even know this was here."

April 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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