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GBRC shares Blue Ribbon Award to promote health

Several people working to make Barton County a healthier place received some recognition and financial assistance Monday during the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting. Doug Vance, executive director of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association, visited the meeting along with representatives from BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas, to present a $2,500 facsimile check and a banner in honor of Great Bend winning the Blue Chip award.

May 13, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Residents fear stray gunfire near river

It's only a matter of time before someone is hit by a stray bullet while enjoying the Arkansas River bed south of Ellinwood, local resident Tom Komarek told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

May 13, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

County hopes to spark Vet Memorial donations

The Memorial Parks Advisory Committee was given the go-ahead by the Barton County Commission Monday morning to hold two much-needed fundraisers to build the Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.

May 13, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Soaring with Eagles

America's Promise and DARE contest essay winners soared to the highest height on Saturday when members of the Experimental Aircraft Club in Great Bend took them on a 15-20 minutes airplane ride over Great Bend.

May 11, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

‘To parents, be the adults’

With high school and college graduations fast approaching, the Central Kansas Partnership is urging parents to keep the community safe by prohibiting underage drinking and not providing alcohol to underage youth at graduation celebrations.

May 10, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

BCC may opt out of conceal carry law

Barton Community College trustees may request an exemption to a new gun law taking effect July 1.

May 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Salad days

With high hopes that the area has seen the end of frost for the year, a full-house turned out to learn the how-tos of container gardening at the Great Bend Rec activity center Thursday.

May 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


A sign on one of the tables read "we're hiring."

May 09, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

BCSO almost ready for digital fingerprinting

The new digital finger printing machine has arrived and it will soon be in use by the Barton County Sheriff's Office. Activation is pending approval from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman said during the County Commission meeting Monday morning.

May 09, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Brownback to speak at BCC graduation ceremony

Barton Community College's 43rd commencement is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the Barton Gymnasium.

May 08, 2013 | | News

Power lines, homes damaged by storm

Power company and electrical contracting company crews were busy Wednesday morning cleaning up about a half-mile stretch of power poles north of Great Bend snapped and broken by violent winds that swept through the area Tuesday night.

May 08, 2013 | BY DALE HOGG and JIM MISUNAS | News

Kansas Ave. work complete

Paving work along Kansas Avenue is complete, according to Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke. Joint sealing crews were done Monday, and it was open to traffic as of Tuesday.

May 08, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Power Outage Causes Delays

The Great Bend Tribune may be delayed reaching subscribers' homes this morning due to electricity issues. This morning's power outage began during the printing of today's edition. If you have not received your Tribune by 9 am this morning, please follow up with our office at 620-792-1211.

May 08, 2013 | | News


For the City of Great Bend and its Convention Center, it's back to square one – sort of.

May 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Job Fest offers chance for networking

People looking for full- or part-time work will have an opportunity to meet employers during Job Fest 2013, taking place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Best Western Courtyard, 2920 10th St.

May 07, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News

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