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City council considers 2012 budget Monday night

An increase in the annual property tax mill levy will be considered when the Great Bend City Council discusses the 2012 budget in its budget hearing, set for a half hour before its regular Monday night meeting.

August 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Highland Hotel sells

The Highland Hotel is now under new ownership. The hotel portion of the Highland Hotel and Convention Center was sold to Ambika Enterprises in a deal that was finalized Tuesday, according to a letter from the property's management company.

August 13, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


OFF TO A GOOD START

A young girl walked up to the table at the Great Bend Salvation Army store Friday morning, slung her new backpack over her shoulder and left with her face beaming.

August 13, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Woman arrested after drug raid

A Great Bend woman remains in the Barton County jail following her arrest during a drug raid at a home Friday morning.

August 12, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Clyde trades bright lights of Calif. for a home on the prairie

With a barnyard full of animals, retired couple Billie and Robert Bonomo enjoy the quiet life in northern Barton County after having lived in many areas around the country.

August 12, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Commission approves large tax refund

The tax refund amount that was presented to the Barton County Commission this week seemed large, and it was, but it represented a reality about the oil industry, the commissioners were told.

August 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


‘Meet and greet’ meets in Great Bend

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission met Thursday in Barton County, and area dignitaries joined with them in a "meet and greet" session over the noon hour.

August 11, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Drive-by shooting car found

A tip from a motorist who had just heard a description of the car involved in Sunday's drive shooting lead to the location of the vehicle Thursday morning. Authorities spent the afternoon pouring over it in hopes of finding clues in the case.

August 11, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Teachers learn to better engage students

Teachers took a running start on getting ready for school to start in just a week by attending a highly motivational, week-long class offered by USD 428.

August 11, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Even in a drought

Typical of Kansas, where the weather is often either "feast or famine," conditions have gone from drought to flood warnings almost over night.

August 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


One vehicle wreck occurs

A one vehicle wreck occurred in the 300 block of north Washington, Great Bend, at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle was south bound on Washington when it lost control, entered the east ditch backwards, striking the culvert and then rolling onto its top, according to a news release by the Barton County Sheriff's office.

August 10, 2011 | | News


GBPD hope to ID passenger in drive-by

Authorities are seeking the public's help to locate the suspect in a Sunday drive-by shooting, as well as the identity of a passenger in the car involved in the incident.

August 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Storm whips Barton, surrounding counties

A severe late-summer thunder storm rolled through portions of northern Barton County, and Russell and Ellsworth counties Tuesday night, bringing large hail, heavy rains and straight-line wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour.

August 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


A TOTAL EXPERIENCE

When a community looks at marketing itself as tourism destination, there is often a disconnect between what local folks think tourists want and what tourists really want.

August 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Despite the rain

There's been rain, but not enough rain to make county officials comfortable with allowing open burning, unless local fire chiefs believe the conditions are right.

August 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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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


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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