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Trial date set for Shawn Ney

A jury trial for Shawn Ney, the Barton County man accused of shooting his estranged wife and fatally shooting Steven Calderwood with a shotgun last summer, is set to begin Jan. 9, 2012, in Barton County District Court. Ney, 33, is charged with the first-degree murder of Calderwood, and for attempted first-degree murder of Sarah Ney, on July 10, 2010. He is also charged with aggravated burglary, a charge that was added because he allegedly forced his way into the house at 48 NE 20 Road to commit those crimes.

September 02, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News

Labor a little longer for gas bill

Just in time for local drivers to head out on their last summer break, they found that several of the local gas stations had taken another jump and gas was back at $3.50 for several places in the community.

September 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

BCC to train area firefighters

Administrators at Barton Community College shared plans Thursday for a program to train firefighters. Barton will partner with the Great Bend Fire Department to offer a fire science certificate.

September 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Wetlands Education Day

September 01, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News

Rensch chosen as Hoisington Labor Day Grand Marshal

HOISINGTON - Brent Rensch, retired plant manager of Superior Essex, is known for his love of people and for this reason, was named Hoisington Labor Day Grand Marshal.

September 01, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News

Labor Day travel numbers expected to drop

Due to lingering concerns about the economy, the number of Americans expected to travel during summer's last gasp this weekend is down from the 2010 Labor Day travel period, the American Automobile Association reports. The same holds true for Kansas and the other states in AAA's West North Central Region.

September 01, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

County continues emergency prep work

As federal officials are proving again on the East Coast, you don't wait until after the emergency to prepare - at least you don't if you hope to have any success in dealing with the emergency.

September 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Program aims to keep kids healthy

It's a tough number to get a handle on, but Kansas Action for Children estimates there are 75,000 children in the state without health insurance.

August 31, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Good Question: What's Great Bend's record for 100-degree days?

It's been some time since readers have submitted questions to this column, but lately we've received several, all weather-related.

August 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Out in the cabbage patch

August 31, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News

CKCC keeps doing more with less

Doing more with less only goes so far, and county officials are seeing where that philosophy starts having negative dividends.

August 31, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Bill Koelling and Max came out of their front door at 2530 20th St. Tuesday morning. In what has become a regular routine over the past six weeks, Max bolted across the grass, yipping at the men working in the street.

August 30, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Job Fair

Employers, career consultants and job seekers mingle at a career and networking job fair, Tuesday at the Best Western Angus Inn courtyard area in Great Bend. This event was hosted by KansasWorks and supported by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Edward Scott, Local Veterans Employment Representative with KansasWorks, said 15 employers were represented at the job fair, which was open to civilians as well as military veterans.

August 30, 2011 | | News

Highland to see improvements

There are changes and improvements in store for the venerable Highland Hotel, a facility that was once a jewel in Great Bend's tourism crown but that has since fallen on hard times.

August 30, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Threat to whoopers discussed at local meeting

Barton County officials announced Monday that a national conservation organization will hold meetings here this week to discuss threats to one of the more endangered species of birds in this part of the world.

August 30, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

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