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Vespers marks of 75 years of Christmas tradition

The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir could be singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Diamond Christmas" at its annual Vespers Concert later today. After all, it is the diamond anniversary of the traditional religious concert that began in 1936.

December 17, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


County communications project is continuing

An effort to update a vital part of the county's day-to-day operations is moving closer to completion, but County Communications Director Doug Hubbard reported recently that it's still a ways off.

December 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Grants help to fund emergency training

Keeping up with training is not a cheap proposition in this day and age, and county officials are turning to grant funding to help keep the training process moving.

December 16, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


This season, think before you drink

According to AAA, 91 percent of Kansas holiday travelers, or 83.6 million people, are expected to take to the roadways during the year-end holiday period at a time when many are partying to celebrate the season.

December 15, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Fond Farewell: Zoo director recalls Maggie the bear

If there are stars at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Maggie the grizzly bear was one of them. Her early life in captivity, when she was known as Bear 60, could be described as tragic. But she was rescued in the early 1980s and brought to Great Bend, and in 1984 her photo appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

December 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Tis the season for fire safety

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reminds residents to follow seasonal precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

December 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


County supports those in military service

Barton County has a history of support for members of the military who also are in its work force and this week the Barton County Commission continued its support through the adoption of a statement of support for the Guard and Reserve.

December 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Senators mark 40th anniversary of Cancer Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Tuesday reaffirmed America's commitment to battle the disease while the introducing a bipartisan resolution recognizing the nation's commitment to cancer research.

December 14, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC’s inmate education program receives grant extension through August 2012

Since 2009, almost 700 incarcerated youth and adults have had the opportunity to pursue a higher education through Barton Community College's grant funded Reach Out, Retrain and Re-entry (R3) project. This number shattered the project's initial goal of 250 participants, and with a recent government grant extension, many more will have the same opportunities, according to Elaine Simmons, BCC's dean of Workforce Training and Community Education.

December 14, 2011 | | News


Local bridge building is continuing

The bid opening is today on a major bridge project, but it is just one of many that are in the works for Barton County, according to information from County Engineer Clark Rusco.

December 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


College sticks with local dealerships

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to buy from local car dealerships, even though a Topeka dealership submitted lower bids on replacement vehicles. The total cost will be $116,786.10 for one three-quarter ton 4 x4 Chevrolet truck and two Chevy Impalas from Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, and three Ford Fusions from Marmie Ford.

December 13, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Local partnership receives healthy community grant

A collaboration between the Central Kansas Partnership and the Golden Belt Community Foundation has netted a $25,000 planning grant from the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Community Design initiative. Barton County is one of only seven communities in the state to receive this funding.

December 13, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


USD 112 eyes more technology

HOLYROOD - More technology could soon be utilized in USD 112 classrooms.

December 13, 2011 | BY ALAN RUSCH Ellsworth County I-R | News


County concludes year-end business Monday

Like it or not, 2011 is grinding to a close, and Barton County officials took care of some end-of-year business when the Barton County Commission met Monday.

December 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Simplify Christmas to beat 'holidaze'

Take a deep breath. Turn on some soothing music. Light an aromatic candle - that is, if candles don't stress you out.

December 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Taxpayers beware, notices may not be in the mail

When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


SPREADING THE WORD

The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cancer foundation expands to Russell Co.

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April 14, 2015 | | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Tractors pull generations closer

Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


National Public-Safety Telecommunications Week observed

Barton County Commissioners Monday morning approved a proclamation denoting this as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week at the request of 911 Director Doug Hubbard. In part, the proclamation honors public safety communications officers for their "vital role in protecting the life and property of Barton County citizens."

April 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC students to exhibit art in Shafer Gallery

Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the "Barton Student Art Exhibit" juried art show from April 13 through May 2. The reception will be Friday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.

April 12, 2015 | | News


Ending on a good note

Mother Nature finally got it right.

April 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Topeka man charged in plot to explode car bomb at Ft. Riley

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A Topeka man has been charged in federal court in Topeka with attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb at the Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, District of Kansas, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin announced today. The defendant was arrested as part of an FBI investigation, and the device used by the defendant was, in fact, inert.

April 10, 2015 | | News


Larned State Hospital stops voluntary admissions due to overcrowding

A policy change at Larned State Hospital means the mental health facility is no longer accepting voluntary admissions, according to Douglas W. McNett, executive director of The Center for Counseling and Consultation, based in Great Bend.

April 10, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Block by block

As the spring weather waivers back and worth, trying to decide what do do, the Great Bend Sanitarian Department is unwavering in it's commitment to continue to implement strategies to ensure compliance with City Property Ordinances, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster said.

April 10, 2015 | | News


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