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A step in the right direction

The Y-shaped intersection just west of Ellinwood has been troubled for years. Local residents and officials even consider the junction dangerous.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


County observes New Years

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Thursday in observance of the New Year's holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office, the Health Department and the Landfill will be closed at this same time. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


County wins suit with motorist who damaged bridge

It was good news for Barton County commissioners Monday morning.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


County employees to see pay increases

Citing the need to keep and attract good employees, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved pay increases for county employees. The raises amount to roughly 4 percent.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


New Year's Eve Taxi ready to roll

Area law enforcement agencies will be running full crews on New Year's Eve, keeping an eye out for drunk drivers.

December 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Argonne Project recalls World War I history

Nearly 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson called Americans to arms in a great crusade "to make the world safe for democracy," there are reminders of the Argonne Offensive.

December 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


SHARING THE JOY

In homes across Barton County Kansas, children woke in anticipation of what presents they would receive. For most, a brightly decorated tree filled the center of a room in their home. Many families traveled, some a great distance to be together, and food was present in abundance. Some had to work that day and the farmers who have livestock still needed to check those animals. For some, attending a Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning service was part of the tradition. But around the world, because of the work of an Ellinwood organization, Star of Hope, Christmas was celebrated with many ...

December 23, 2014 | Special to the Tribune | News


Former trooper pleads not guilty; former undersheriff on probation

Two former area law enforcement officers faced charges in Barton County District Court this year. One case has been resolved, and another is pending.

December 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Christmas Bird Count Monday Dec. 29

The Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count originally scheduled for Dec. 18 will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Lunch will be available for participants courtesy of the KWEC and Nature Conservancy.

December 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Shingles policy explained

In response to the increased awareness of shingles and the vaccine for it, and the Barton County Health Department has received requests for the inoculation, said Health Director Shelly Schneider.

December 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Santa visits Noxious Weed Department

Plans aren't always set in stone. They are sometimes a moving target.

December 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Influenza on the rise in Kansas

TOPEKA – Influenza activity has increased substantially in Kansas, and health officials are encouraging everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated, if they have not already done so this season.

December 23, 2014 | | News


​City to honor Chief Akings

The City of Great Bend will hold a retirement reception in honor of retiring Police Chief Dean Akings. The come-and-go reception will be from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, at The Front Door, 1615 10th St.

December 23, 2014 | | News


Hoisington City Council considers project sites

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and continued the discussion concerning a proposed Hoisington housing project by Housing Opportunities, Inc. Three sites are under consideration for a total of eight duplexes with 14 units. The first site, located at 7th and Cedar, would contain one duplex. At 5th and Pine, three units are planned, and at 4th and Maple, four units are planned. Zoning changes from R-1 to R-2 are required at both the Cedar and Maple properties, and letters have been sent out with nothing but positive feedback received, according to Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell. The Pine ...

December 22, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Zoo gets new bearcat

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has a new animal - a 2-month-old binturong (BIN-tu-rong), commonly known as a bearcat. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said she will be kept in quarantine for about four weeks, which is the policy for any new animal. After that, she will become an education animal, which means she'll be able to travel with zoo staff for community programs.

December 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Council says farewell to Roberts

It was with regret Monday night that the Great Bend City Council accepted the resignation of First Ward Council Member Edwin Roberts.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


LOCAL ROYALTY

Hannah Maddy, Ellinwood, and Courtney Blankenship, Pratt, achieved royalty status Saturday night at the Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageant.

January 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Cheyenne Bottoms documentary to be shown at Wetlands Center

HAYS - "The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms," the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

January 17, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Two arrested after pursuit

Two adult males under age 21 were arrested Thursday night after a police pursuit in the city of Great Bend.

January 17, 2015 | | News


Restoration of B-29 memorial needed

The Great Bend B-29 Memorial Plaza was dedicated in 2000 With much fanfare. The monument was a gleaming tribute to the city's rich World War II heritage.

January 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Hog Feed Sunday to help GBHS A Capella Choir

The Great Bend High School A Capella Choir will hold a hog feed Sunday afternoon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the high school commons. All proceeds will be applied to the choir's much anticipated annual trip to Washington D.C. Tickets can be purchased in advance from A Capella members or at the door on Sunday. They cost $10 each. Supporters can designate an individual student or the choir in general when purchasing at the door. The meal will consist of a hearty serving of pork, dressing, beans, bread, a desert of your choice, and a ...

January 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HaysMed, Centura finalize joint venture for St. Rose

The plan for Hays Medical Center and Centura Health to co-own St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgical Center is now official, a spokesman for HaysMed announced Thursday. With the signing of the joint venture, it will now be known at St. Rose Health Center.

January 15, 2015 | | News


Carpenter's grandson recalls history of chapel woodwork

The woodwork for the chapel in Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose Health Center, was crafted by Herman Dreiling from Hays. Herman, born in Victoria in 1896, was the father of Noreen (Dreiling) Duncan. Noreen and her husband James Duncan were residents of Great Bend from 1951 to 2013. They moved to Lenexa in 2013 to be closer to their children who all live in the Johnson County area. All four children (John, Tim, Mike, and Ann) graduated from Great Bend High School.

January 15, 2015 | | News


Driver injured when vehicle overturns

A rural Ellinwood man was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident at 10:50 p.m. in the 700 block of NE 40 Road.

January 15, 2015 | | News


KWEC offers winter kids programs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs. Kids will investigate feathers, birds and tracks, learning more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.

January 15, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Tickets available for Valentine’s Day fundraiser

Habitat for Humanity has made a name for itself by hosting an annual dinner theater known as Barton County's Got Talent every year since 2010. However, several factors have led the nonprofit organization's board to take a new direction for this year.

January 14, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Energy policy for 2015 - a unique opportunity

Over the last several years, our nation has left behind decades of energy scarcity and has become a worldwide leader in energy production. We should take full advantage of this unique American moment of global energy leadership. What we need from our elected leaders are smart energy policies that promote our nation's position as a leader in energy production.

January 14, 2015 | BY ED CROSS | News


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