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Job Fest comes amid modest recovery

With a backdrop of sluggish job growth statewide, the sixth-annual Central Kansas Job Fest unfolds May 17.

May 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Pioneer Day

Third graders from Great Bend's public schools got a glimpse of Kansas history on Wednesday when they traveled to the Barton County Historical Museum and Village for Pioneer Day. Barton County Historical Society members, some dressed in old-time apparel, guided 241 students from Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Park and Riley elementary schools through nine stations.

May 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

County can handle most vehicle requests

When asked if the new motor vehicle computer system was up and running after the recent computer upgrade, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra gave a mixed response.

May 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Splashes of paint

Armed with long-handled rollers, Great Bend Park Department employees applied a fresh coat of white paint to the floor of the Wetlands Aquatic Center pool Wednesday afternoon.

May 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Fire destroys boat, damages marina

The investigation into an explosion and fire at Lake Wilson Marina Monday continues, authorities said Wednesday.

May 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Giant tornado strikes hard


May 08, 2012 | Special to the Tribune | News

BCC Child Development Center releases annual report

Barton Community College's Child Development Center has increased revenue while cutting expenses, although it still operates in the red, according to the annual report compiled by CDC Director Larissa Graham.

May 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Angry bird

Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, examines the zoo's bald eagle, last Wednesday at the zoo. The eagle was dusted with powder, which deter mites, while zookeepers were busy adding new tree branches to its enclosure. Although the bird was none too happy, it was safely back in its enclosure a short time later.

May 08, 2012 | | News

This town’s a great place

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters told the City Council Monday night Great Bend is indeed a great place.

May 08, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

BCC trustees review bidding process

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees looked at bidding procedures during its study session last Thursday.

May 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Barton County part of 911 back-up center

It's a facility that no one ever wants to have to use, but Barton County Communications Director Doug Hubbard told the County Commission Monday morning it's nice to know it exists.

May 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Claflin to celebrate 125th anniversary

CLAFLIN - The city of Claflin will be celebrating its 125th anniversary as a community from May 25-27 with a full range of activities.

May 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

SRS changes domestic violence prevention funding

There are changes in the works for how Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will fund the state's 20-some community domestic violence centers. The change was not greeted well in all corners.

May 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Mayor Mike Allison was on hand Saturday to proclaim May 5 as "Cinco de Mayo" in Great Bend, kicking off the 19th annual Hispanic cultural festival.

May 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

More Cinco de Mayo photos

Great Bend's 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival was held Saturday in the courthouse square.

May 05, 2012 | | News

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