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Johnson volunteers for group focusing on jobs for people with disabilities

Rather than sit back and wait until federal guidelines are a done deal, Jim Johnson decided to take a proactive stance.

December 31, 2014 | | News


Stolen trailer ditched after citizen follows thieves

CLAFLIN - A rural Barton County man who was on his way to work saw a suspicious pickup leaving the Claflin Lumber Yard around 6 a.m. Monday and decided he would follow. As a result, a stolen solar panel and a stolen trailer were recovered, according to Barton County Undersheriff Bruce Green.

December 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Pedicab lawsuit coming to a close

Two Great Bend men's lives were forever changed by a drunk driver nearly two years ago. Today, accident victims Michael Tysver and Cody Clark, along with their families, continue to deal with the aftermath.

December 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


FIRE AND ICE

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 301 Locust St. in Great Bend. Icy roads and lightly falling snow met the responders who made their way to the southeast section of the city.

December 30, 2014 | BY VERONICA COONS and DALE HOGG | News


FOR THE BIRDS

Curtis Wolf, director of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, was pleasantly surprised at the turnout for the rescheduled bird count that was cancelled Dec. 18 due to snow and wet weather. This event is part of the nationwide Audubon Christmas Bird Count, which started Dec. 14 and continues through Jan. 5. Data from the count is used to monitor the health of populations.

December 29, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Holiday crimes reported

Two people told the Great Bend Police that packages were stolen from their front porches on Christmas Eve. The thefts were reported Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 3626 23rd St. and at 4500 Quail Creek Dr.

December 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


A step in the right direction

The Y-shaped intersection just west of Ellinwood has been troubled for years. Local residents and officials even consider the junction dangerous.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


County observes New Years

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Thursday in observance of the New Year's holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office, the Health Department and the Landfill will be closed at this same time. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


County wins suit with motorist who damaged bridge

It was good news for Barton County commissioners Monday morning.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


County employees to see pay increases

Citing the need to keep and attract good employees, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved pay increases for county employees. The raises amount to roughly 4 percent.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


New Year's Eve Taxi ready to roll

Area law enforcement agencies will be running full crews on New Year's Eve, keeping an eye out for drunk drivers.

December 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Argonne Project recalls World War I history

Nearly 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson called Americans to arms in a great crusade "to make the world safe for democracy," there are reminders of the Argonne Offensive.

December 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


SHARING THE JOY

In homes across Barton County Kansas, children woke in anticipation of what presents they would receive. For most, a brightly decorated tree filled the center of a room in their home. Many families traveled, some a great distance to be together, and food was present in abundance. Some had to work that day and the farmers who have livestock still needed to check those animals. For some, attending a Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning service was part of the tradition. But around the world, because of the work of an Ellinwood organization, Star of Hope, Christmas was celebrated with many ...

December 23, 2014 | Special to the Tribune | News


Former trooper pleads not guilty; former undersheriff on probation

Two former area law enforcement officers faced charges in Barton County District Court this year. One case has been resolved, and another is pending.

December 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Christmas Bird Count Monday Dec. 29

The Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count originally scheduled for Dec. 18 will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Lunch will be available for participants courtesy of the KWEC and Nature Conservancy.

December 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Hog Feed Sunday to help GBHS A Capella Choir

The Great Bend High School A Capella Choir will hold a hog feed Sunday afternoon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the high school commons. All proceeds will be applied to the choir's much anticipated annual trip to Washington D.C. Tickets can be purchased in advance from A Capella members or at the door on Sunday. They cost $10 each. Supporters can designate an individual student or the choir in general when purchasing at the door. The meal will consist of a hearty serving of pork, dressing, beans, bread, a desert of your choice, and a ...

January 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HaysMed, Centura finalize joint venture for St. Rose

The plan for Hays Medical Center and Centura Health to co-own St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgical Center is now official, a spokesman for HaysMed announced Thursday. With the signing of the joint venture, it will now be known at St. Rose Health Center.

January 15, 2015 | | News


Carpenter's grandson recalls history of chapel woodwork

The woodwork for the chapel in Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose Health Center, was crafted by Herman Dreiling from Hays. Herman, born in Victoria in 1896, was the father of Noreen (Dreiling) Duncan. Noreen and her husband James Duncan were residents of Great Bend from 1951 to 2013. They moved to Lenexa in 2013 to be closer to their children who all live in the Johnson County area. All four children (John, Tim, Mike, and Ann) graduated from Great Bend High School.

January 15, 2015 | | News


Driver injured when vehicle overturns

A rural Ellinwood man was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident at 10:50 p.m. in the 700 block of NE 40 Road.

January 15, 2015 | | News


KWEC offers winter kids programs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs. Kids will investigate feathers, birds and tracks, learning more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.

January 15, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Tickets available for Valentine’s Day fundraiser

Habitat for Humanity has made a name for itself by hosting an annual dinner theater known as Barton County's Got Talent every year since 2010. However, several factors have led the nonprofit organization's board to take a new direction for this year.

January 14, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Energy policy for 2015 - a unique opportunity

Over the last several years, our nation has left behind decades of energy scarcity and has become a worldwide leader in energy production. We should take full advantage of this unique American moment of global energy leadership. What we need from our elected leaders are smart energy policies that promote our nation's position as a leader in energy production.

January 14, 2015 | BY ED CROSS | News


Getting in on the act

Great Bend High School presents a night of one-act plays Thursday night. The three plays include "Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story," "Lockdown," and "Dinner with the MacGuffins."

January 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Deadline nearing for April election filing

There will be a host of school board, city council and other positions up for election on April 7, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Registered voters in the involved districts must file for on or before the filing deadline at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

January 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Sizing things up

It was literally standing room only Monday night at the USD 428 District Education Center as Jefferson Elementary School students and their parents filled all available seats. They were there to be recognized by Jefferson Elementary School physical education teacher Tyler Shirley. Fourteen students received Shirley's Sportsmanship Awards over the fall semester for demonstrating impressive actions worthy of all-school recognition.

January 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Smith, Piper join Rec Commission

There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.

January 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


New BCSO patrol cars purchased

In order to keep the Barton County Sheriff's Office fleet of vehicles up to date, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the purchase of three new patrol cars for the department.

January 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


TAKING THEIR OATHS

Starting Monday morning, there was one new face on the Barton County Commission. Fourth District Commissioner Alicia Straub took her seat at the table after taking the oath of office.

January 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Two drivers injured Friday

James J. Rossman, 86, of Albert, and Rachel D. Hill, 30, of Larned, were injured Friday when vehicles they were driving collided in Barton County. The accident occurred at 4:15 p.m.

January 12, 2015 | | News


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