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​BCC aims for OSHA plum

Barton Community College administrators are hoping the college can become the official provider of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training in the state of Kansas.

May 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


K-9s report for recertification

Fourteen Belgian Malinois K-9s and human police officers reported this week for yearly recertification with the Kansas Police Dog Association. While the humans looked at it as work, the dogs just enjoyed it as play.

May 03, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


BCC to honor graduates in 42nd commencement

Barton Community College's 42nd commencement is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Barton Gymnasium. College President Dr. Carl Heilman will present a welcome to the graduates, their families and friends to the ceremony.

May 02, 2012 | | News


CAUTION:

Things did not go well Wednesday for guys named Ed. As hundreds of fifth graders looked on in Veterans Memorial Park, ED – short for Electrical Dummy – touched a live power line and was zapped by electricity. Flames burst from the lines, cooking the hot dog that served as the plastic and wire figure's heart.

May 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Sex offenders eligible for parole hearings

Two men convicted of felonies in Barton or Pawnee County will be eligible for parole hearings in June, the Kansas Prisoner Review Board reports.

May 01, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Car show to roar to life

The flag goes down on the 24th-annual Mid-America Mopar Car Show Sunday at Brit Spaugh Park, come rain or shine.

May 01, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Local gas prices near state average

When looking at gas prices in Kansas, Great Bend, and most of the surrounding communities for that matter, fall about in the middle of the pack, according to the most recent report from KansasGasPrices.com.

May 01, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Deputy honored for saving a life

It took a lot of courage for Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy Kyle Reed to pull an accident victim from a flaming vehicle wreck last summer. That heroic action earned him the Barton County Employee Recognition Award from the County Commission Monday morning.

April 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Case closed on Pawnee Rock fire

PAWNEE ROCK - The cause of a fire that destroyed a trailer house at 408 Cunife St. last Friday night has been ruled "undetermined," Pawnee Rock Volunteer Fire Chief Dustin Chambers said Monday.

April 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Gov. Brownback hosts ecotourism summit at KWEC

BARTON COUNTY - Transcending politics, Gov. Sam Brownback hosted an ecotourism summit at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Saturday.

April 30, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


AIR SUPPORT

The pilots huddled around the tabled in a cramped break room at the Great Bend Municipal airport Saturday evening. As if preparing for a military operation, they planned how the two World War II war birds would coordinate their passes over downtown Great Bend as part of the dedication of the Jack Kilby statues.

April 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend celebrates one of its own

Great Bend celebrated the achievements of one of its own on a calm and peaceful Saturday evening when the new Jack Kilby sculptures were commemorated.

April 28, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Now is the time to file for office

The deadline may be a month away, but those thinking about running for public office and want to be included in the August primary need file sooner rather than later, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton County clerk and election officer.

April 28, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Vendors sought for downtown market

Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers' Market will be the place to be, starting on June 2 at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square and continuing in June and July in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series on Thursday evenings.

April 27, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Bronze Odyssey

As a lifelong "Great Bender" and a child of the 1960s, artist Chet Cale was like most other locals from his generation.

April 26, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


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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


Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Victim says burglar came in through window

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Let the algae battle begin

Great Bend City personnel anticipate beginning the introduction of algae-battling alum into Veterans Memorial Lake starting next week, weather permitting, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. The effort will take about three weeks.

April 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


EXPO TIME

Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.

April 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County offices to get panic buttons

Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.

April 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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