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Golfers support Kansas law enforcement

Golfers were calling Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings "Payne" - as in Payne Stewart - Friday at the Club at StoneRidge. Akings and his fellow team members emulated the late golf pro Stewart by wearing old-style bloomers and tam-o-shanters for the annual Law Enforcement Valor Awards Golf Tournament.

August 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


CTC data released

BARTON COUNTY - The Communities That Care data, which is a survey of 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders from across the state, has been released from the 2010-11 school year for Barton County. Some good news is reported in data.

August 26, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Records staff fills in family history

If you drive up to Galatia some day and stop by the local cemetery, and you look around at the old headstones there, you may notice an old, old bed of flowers that could seem like something you'd have seen at your great-grandmother's house. And if it seemed that way to you, you would be right, because the bed of irises is just about that old.

August 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Chief Akings earns law enforcement award

When a teenage mother was in danger of losing her home because it was not painted, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings worked alongside other high school students to help paint her house. Now the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association has recognized the role Akings plays in programs for the community's youth by presenting him with the Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year Award.

August 25, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News


Former teacher sent student sexual texts

Seth Converse Stevens sent text messages with sexual content to one of his female students when he was a teacher at Ellinwood High School in 2009, Assistant County Attorney Amy Mellor said Thursday in Barton County District Court.

August 25, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers continue to guide county growth

It's not only elected officials, or even hired staff members who make decisions that affect the future of Barton County, but volunteers also have a hand in making important decisions.

August 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Teen Court continues to impact young lives

Barton County continues to find ways to help youth offenders to get back on the straight and narrow, including through the use of peer programs.

August 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


UWCK wants to stuff a bus

Sometimes when it comes to the agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties that serve those in need, that need isn't about money.

August 24, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Cerebral palsy ranch sale postponed

EL DORADO – A last-minute fund-raising campaign has saved a southeast Kansas ranch that has served as a camp for thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, at least for now. The Kansas Cerebral Palsy Ranch was slated to go on the auction block Saturday, Aug. 27.

August 24, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


County accepts low bids on projects

As a lot of people have found out, expensively, with the rise in popularity of home electrical generators for emergencies, there is more involved in setting a building up with a gas-powered generator than just cranking one up when the power goes out.

August 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Drivers who don’t yield will get expensive reminder

Great Bend Police Department Capt. Bob Robinson is concerned that the "near misses" at a local school crossing are going to get near enough that a child is going to be injured, or worse.

August 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


No hearing scheduled in Ney murder case

The Kansas Attorney General's Office is handling two first-degree murder cases from 2010 in Barton County District Court. But while the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria continues to grab headlines, less is known about the first-degree murder case against Shawn Ney.

August 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Local gas prices below state average

When looking at gas prices statewide, Great Bend falls about in the middle of the pack, according to the gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.

August 23, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Hoisington lifts water emergency declaration

The city of Hoisington has lifted the water emergency at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon that had been declared earlier in the day.

August 23, 2011 | | News


County to apply for state road grants

Barton County was able to make important improvements to a vital north-south rural road with the help of state transportation funding, and now it will attempt to do so again.

August 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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Grass fires reported Saturday

Great Bend Fire Department and other area departments were kept busy Saturday night with two grass fires, GBFD Chief Mike Napolitano said.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Chapman sentencing set for Thursday

Jeffrey Wade Chapman's sentencing hearing, schedule for 1 p.m. Monday, April 6, as been continued. It is now scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, April 9.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Hoisington EMS team honored at KEMTA

Hoisington was in the spotlight last weekend as two dedicated EMS personnel were honored by their peers in Topeka.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Where do you go to vote?

With voters heading to the polls Tuesday for local general elections, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has some last–minute reminders.

April 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Area nurse honored for support of citizen soldier

The Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award was presented to Jane Schepmann, vice president and chief nursing officer for Clara Barton Hospital, during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Hoisington facility.

April 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Dispatchers log path of storm

When a storm roared through Barton County Thursday night, dispatchers received reports of arcing power lines and blowing debris.

April 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Storms bring power outages

Beginning at 11 p.m. Thursday, powerful thunder storms rolled through the Golden Belt and brought down over 300 power poles, Midwest Energy reported Friday morning. The areas impacted hardest were primarily South of K-96, from Jetmore in the west to just west of Hutchinson in the east.

April 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Housing news looking up in Hoisington

Hoisington is finally on a builder's radar.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Event recognizes local volunteers for their efforts

Meals On Wheels volunteers gathered for an appreciation breakfast Thursday morning Great Bend Recreation Commission Burnside Room to help commemorate Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service which will take place Tuesday.

April 03, 2015 | | News


Easter tradition continues at Pawnee Rock

PAWNEE ROCK - A sunrise pageant is planned for Easter morning at the Pawnee Rock State Historic Site, one-half mile north of U.S. 56 and the town of Pawnee Rock. The pageant starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 5.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Crisis City: GBFD sends 10 firefighters

SALINA - The training is intense at Crisis City, a hands-on All Hazards Emergency Response Training Center west of Salina. Great Bend Fire Department sent five firefighters for training on Tuesday, and five more on Wednesday, Capt. Travis Parmley said.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend sends firefighters to Crisis City

Participants from state, local and private organizations across Kansas took part in a two-day emergency response exercise at Crisis City, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. Great Bend Fire Department sent several people.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stafford County fire spreads to Barton County

By SUSAN THACKER

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Drivers arrested after pursuits

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a pursuit Wednesday evening in Great Bend started after a deputy saw motorist run a red light.

April 02, 2015 | | News


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