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Maintain a fire-safe home this winter

Whether using traditional home heating methods or cost-saving alternatives, it's a good idea to use caution and maintain a fire-safe home. Now that winter is upon us, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano and Building Inspector Lee Schneider have some seasonal fire safety tips for wood stoves and fireplaces, fixed and portable space heaters, furnace heating, and heating with generators.

December 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


KDHE identifies flu cases of season

TOPEKA-The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Friday announced it had identified the first influenza cases of the 2011-2012 flu season in Kansas.

December 26, 2011 | | News


Grants come just in time for Christmas

The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its third competitive grant cycle for 2011, awarding $9,126.10 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties.

December 24, 2011 | | News


County to see increase in 911 income

Barton County could see a funding increase of more than $40,000 a year due to changes that are coming in how cell phones are taxed.

December 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


CHRISTMAS CANDY COLLEGE

Some people sip eggnog; others watch "It's a Wonderful Life."

December 23, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Habitat gives the gift of safety & security, just in time for Christmas

Habitat for Humanity of Barton County would like to announce that its board of directors has officially approved a recommendation from its family selection committee for its next partner family. There were numerous applications received from area families for the home being constructed near 19th & Hubbard in Great Bend. And one of those applicants is receiving one of the greatest Christmas gifts a person can get. "We think the timing on this announcement couldn't be better," says Habitat President Rachel Mawhirter. "What better gift than the safety and security of a new home."

December 23, 2011 | | News


City moves forward with transportation projects

Local officials are throwing their support behind an effort to improve mass transportation for local seniors.

December 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


HOMETOWN COUNTRY: Country rocker Kory Brunson plans Great Bend homecoming

A Denver, Colo., band that is hitting the country music charts will put on a benefit concert in Great Bend next month for the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation.

December 22, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Woman who called 911 safe

Barton County Communications and responders were kept busy for more than two hours early Wednesday, after a 24-year-old woman called 911 from her cell phone and said something that sounded like "I am hurt."

December 22, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Bikers spread Christmas cheer to county’s hospital patients

Local bikers teamed up with Santa and Mrs. Claus to bring at least a hint of holiday cheer to hospital patients in Barton County. Members from two area motorcycle clubs – Bikers of Central Kansas and Sidewinders of Kansas – spent Sunday afternoon delivering special Christmas ornaments to the three hospitals in the county: Clara Barton Hospital, Ellinwood District Hospital, and Great Bend Regional Hospital.

December 22, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Commissioners accept group home language change

Proposed amendments to the Barton County zoning regulations, impacting group homes in the county, which were not accepted by the Barton County Commission in November and which were sent back to the Planning Commission were amended and then this week they were approved by the commission..

December 21, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Jobless numbers keep dropping

The unemployment rate in Kansas continued its slow downward trek in November, the Kansas Department of Labor announced Monday. This marked the third straight month with lower jobless numbers and more Kansans entering the workforce.

December 21, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Panther moved from quarantine at zoo

 

December 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Snow songs

Great Bend High School's Madrigals close out the school year with a performance for the Noon Kiwanis club, Wednesday at Montana Mike's restaurant. Musical programs were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday because of snow.

December 21, 2011 | | News


City will hire insurance consultant

City Administrator Howard Partington summarized weeks of effort and hours of discussion in a single statement Monday night when the Great Bend City Council was discussing what to do about city employee health insurance.

December 21, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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