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Labor Day travel numbers expected to drop

Due to lingering concerns about the economy, the number of Americans expected to travel during summer's last gasp this weekend is down from the 2010 Labor Day travel period, the American Automobile Association reports. The same holds true for Kansas and the other states in AAA's West North Central Region.

September 01, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


County continues emergency prep work

As federal officials are proving again on the East Coast, you don't wait until after the emergency to prepare - at least you don't if you hope to have any success in dealing with the emergency.

September 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Program aims to keep kids healthy

It's a tough number to get a handle on, but Kansas Action for Children estimates there are 75,000 children in the state without health insurance.

August 31, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Good Question: What's Great Bend's record for 100-degree days?

It's been some time since readers have submitted questions to this column, but lately we've received several, all weather-related.

August 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Out in the cabbage patch

August 31, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


CKCC keeps doing more with less

Doing more with less only goes so far, and county officials are seeing where that philosophy starts having negative dividends.

August 31, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


DOING A ‘POUR’ JOB

Bill Koelling and Max came out of their front door at 2530 20th St. Tuesday morning. In what has become a regular routine over the past six weeks, Max bolted across the grass, yipping at the men working in the street.

August 30, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Job Fair

Employers, career consultants and job seekers mingle at a career and networking job fair, Tuesday at the Best Western Angus Inn courtyard area in Great Bend. This event was hosted by KansasWorks and supported by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Edward Scott, Local Veterans Employment Representative with KansasWorks, said 15 employers were represented at the job fair, which was open to civilians as well as military veterans.

August 30, 2011 | | News


Highland to see improvements

There are changes and improvements in store for the venerable Highland Hotel, a facility that was once a jewel in Great Bend's tourism crown but that has since fallen on hard times.

August 30, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Threat to whoopers discussed at local meeting

Barton County officials announced Monday that a national conservation organization will hold meetings here this week to discuss threats to one of the more endangered species of birds in this part of the world.

August 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


County to be debt free this week

As of Wednesday, Barton County will be out of debt.

August 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Time to ‘Live United’

Residents of Barton and Pawnee counties will again have the opportunity to show they can "Live United" as the United Way of Central Kansas' 2011 campaign opens Thursday.

August 29, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


A SIGN OF PAST TIMES

WILSON – On Saturday, Sept. 3, a glowing landmark will return to the Wilson skyline.

August 28, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Bucks rewarded to drivers who buckle up

Here's a driving tip that could save a life, or maybe just put a buck in your pocket. Starting Sunday, Aug. 28, and continuing through Sept. 10, local volunteers will be handing out $1 bills to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicle.

August 27, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News


Woman who abetted sale of stolen guns convicted

A Great Bend woman who helped burglars sell guns stolen from a local business last December was convicted last week in Barton County District Court.

August 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC Orchestra to perform in the Shafer Art Gallery

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 15, 2015 | | News


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.

Special to

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


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