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Local BCC headcount drops while online enrollments climb

Although enrollment at Barton Community College's Great Bend campus declined by about 6 percent, the college saw an overall 6 percent enrollment increase in the summer and fall of 2011, compared to the same time in 2010, college officials announced.

January 12, 2012 | By Tribune staff | News


Haitian earthquake, two years after

ELLINWOOD – Two years after a devastating earthquake rocked impoverished Haiti, Ellinwood-based Star of Hope has completed repairs and structural improvements in its schools and children's homes damaged in the disaster, said Star of Hope President Barry Borror. Thursday marked the second anniversary of the trembler.

January 12, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Longoria case subject of survey

At least two Barton County residents have received telephone calls this week from someone identifying themselves as being with Pittsburg State University asking questions about, among other crimes, the Alicia DeBolt murder and the man set to stand trial in the case, Adam Longoria. However, officials at PSU said they have no record of anyone at the college conducting such an inquiry. A Barton County resident had also e-mailed PSU asking about the questionnaire.

January 12, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Appraiser staff stays busy in 2011

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles updating Barton County government projects for 2011.)

January 11, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Local MLK Day event is Sunday

The granddaughter of a local couple will be the featured speaker for the Barton County NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observation, this Sunday.

January 11, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Wetlands & Wildife byway on new Rand McNally blog

The Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway has been chosen to be the first of America's Byways featured on a new website created by Rand McNally.

January 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Ready to play ball

Pending a ruling on the bylaws, the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is ready to commit $12,000 toward the purchase of a color LED sign for the new Great Bend Sports Complex.

January 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County conducts annual new year business

Annual county business this week got things rolling on another year for Barton County officials.

January 11, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Morning and Noon Basketball players introduce Hall of Fame

The Great Bend version of the NBA - the Noon Basketball Association - started more than 35 years ago, when a few businessmen began to meet at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium gym over the noon hour to play basketball.

January 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Estes presents programs in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - State Treasurer Ron Estes was in Ellinwood on Tuesday, explaining to high school students and elementary school students the importance of managing credit cards, savings, and budget.

January 10, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


A tale of two plans

A school funding plan unveiled by legislative Democrats in Topeka Tuesday met with a much warmer response from local education officials than did an earlier one floated by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. However, the dueling plans could help set the stage for a contentious legislative session.

January 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Firefighters praised as public servant

By Jim Misunas

January 09, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Tax sale numbers are up for 2012

2012 is similar to other years.

January 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Board: Wait and see on 7th-grade sports

When it comes to seventh-grade competitive sports at Great Bend Middle School, it could come down to a game of follow the leader, Unified School District 428 Activity Director David Meter told the School Board Monday night.

January 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Morning, noon basketball to get wall of fame

For more than 30 years, some Great Bend men have started their mornings or spent their noon hours at the Municipal Auditorium, enjoying a game of pickup basketball in the gym. Now participants from the Great Bend Recreation Commission's morning and noon basketball programs want to give something back – and establish a hall of fame, local attorney Chuck Pike said.

January 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County offices to get panic buttons

Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.

April 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DECISION MAKERS

The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the myriad city council, school board and other elections in Barton County. The following results are from Election Officer Donna Zimmerman and her office.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Henneke retains Ward 2 council seat

By a vote of 395 to 144, Great Bend City Council Ward 2 Councilman Wayne Henneke held on to his seat, defeating political newcomer Matt Aycock in the county-wide general election Tuesday.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Larned approves $22M bond issue

LARNED - Fort Larned USD 495 voters passed a $22.2 million bond issue by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday that will construct a new elementary school. The yes votes were 1,036 and the no votes were 517.

April 07, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Council OKs improvements to Brit Spaugh Park, zoo

In an effort to return Brit Spaugh Park and the Great Bend Zoo to their former glory and to make them more walker friendly, the City Council Monday night approved a plan to relocate much of the fencing enclosing the facilities and make improvements to the walking paths.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


What’s in a name?

The Great Bend Convention Center will have a new identity. The City Council Monday night approved renaming the facility the Great Bend Events Center.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


HISTORY LESSON

RUSSELL - The mystery of 112 years of history was unveiled before an overflow crowd Monday at the Russell County Courthouse.

April 06, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


State school board member decries ‘War on Public Education’

State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Veteran asks for strict sentencing in Miller case

A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rollover accident reported

A Great Bend man was treated and released for injuries after a rollover accident Sunday afternoon in Barton County.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Emergency work to close bridge, road

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved emergency repairs to county bridge 200, located 2.7 miles east of Great Bend on East Barton County road (the first bridge east of the Kiowa Kitchen restaurant). Work will likely begin today and will cause the road to be closed Wednesday through Friday.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Stolen vehicles, other property recovered

Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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