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College celebrates growth

Barton Community College has continued to defy shrinking enrollment trends experienced by other Kansas community colleges, and by no small margin. Barton grew by more than 20 percent since 2010.

March 01, 2016 | ​BY BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News


Suspect jailed after court-ordered GPS fails

The Barton County Attorney's office recently sought to have the bond revoked on a Great Bend man facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and domestic battery. Dalton Contrerez, 28, has been wearing an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his bond but reportedly allowed the device's battery to go dead on three or more occasions in February.

March 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by ElderCare, Inc. at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters Melinda Kurth and Amy Habiger. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBCF listening tour – Barton County identifying needs and discussing solutions

Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation soon will host meetings in Barton County for a listening tour and series of community meetings across Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. The Barton County meetings are scheduled for Monday, March 7th and Thursday, March, 10th and will be held at the following locations and times:

March 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Swinging through

It's always a gamble when it comes to Kansas weather and planning a hunting a trip in advance. This year, the organizers of the Pheasants Forever's Rooster Booster Chapter 504 Wounded Warrior hunt gambled and won with unseasonably mild weather. It meant nearly every soldier participant signed up for the outing was able to make it, arriving at Crosby's Wildgame Adventures "Hidden Hollow Lodge" near Albert around 5 p.m. Friday night. They were greeted by members and served a welcoming dinner followed by a meet and greet to get to know one another.

February 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Baker prepares for jury trial

A pretrial conference was held last week for William Howard Baker, 60, who is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident in 2014.

February 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City hoping for bowling convention/tourney in 2017

City of Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes announced that with efforts made by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the Great Bend Knights of Columbus, Great Bend is currently in a close race to being voted as the location for the 2017 Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament.

February 29, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


April 5 election candidates announced

The list of candidates who filed for the city council and other positions in the April 5 general election has been announced by Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. The filing deadline was in January.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission OKs permit allowing for cemetery expansion

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved special use permit allowing Holy Family Catholic Church in Odin to expand its cemetery.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBRC to host ‘Connect Program’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Connect Program" on Wednesday, March 2, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th. The CONNECT Program provides local opportunities to screen young children 0 – 6 years to promote emotionally healthy individuals.

February 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


​National American Legion Auxiliary president coming to Great Bend

American Legion Unit 180 of Great Bend will host the National President, Sharon Conatser of Champaign, Ill., at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the local post home at 1011 Kansas Ave. Lunch will be served at a cost of $8.

February 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County GOP chair says caucus matters

The Republican Caucus will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at various locations in Kansas. It is by secret ballot and any registered Republican can vote.

February 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A “Taste of Wild Kansas”

Come "taste" the outdoors with outdoors writer/photographer Michael Pearce who will present "Savoring the Kansas Outdoors, One Bite at a Time" at 2:30 p.m. on March 13, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

February 28, 2016 | | Local News


Grant writing workshop coming to Great Bend

Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day grant writing workshop from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on March 30, at the Front Door Community Center on 1610 10th Street in Great Bend. This workshop is available to area non-profit organizations who wish to learn more about the skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants.

February 28, 2016 | | Local News


Farm Safety Day

The Barton County Farm Bureau Association will be holding its 16th Farm Safety Awareness Day Wednesday, March 2, at Barton Community College in the Case IH Technical training building. The day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. followed by a welcome from Barton County Farm Bureau President, Brad Birzer.

February 28, 2016 | | Local News


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NHS sees need, feeds it

There are many great things that happen at Great Bend High School on a daily basis. The National Honor Society Food Drive is just one ...

December 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Audit and vehicles on agenda for BCC Trustees

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve vehicle bids and the audit for Fiscal Year 2016 when it meets at 4 p.m ...

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Public invited to join Christmas Bird Count

The public is invited to participate in the national Christmas Bird Count events at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Youths visit Kansas Wetlands Education Center

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center had some special guests for the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists program on Saturday.

December 10, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes approval ...

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Teacher helped choking student

Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Karen Smith will receive a ROSE Award from the school board on Monday for helping a student who was choking.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chapman appeal on docket

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on a Barton County man's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction. Jeffrey Wade ...

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wanted: Some Christmas spirit

Sadly, there are a lot of names on the list to receive gifts of food and clothing through an annual Christmas time campaign sponsored by ...

December 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KBI probe involves ex-county administrator

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations involving an office within the Barton County government, KBI Communications Director Melissa Underwood confirmed.

December 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 personnel discussions continue

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education held a quick meeting Thursday evening to discuss personnel matters. It was the second special meeting this ...

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kenneth N. Parten 1933 - 2016

ST. JOHN - Kenneth N. Parten, 83, passed away Dec. 5, 2016, at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. Born on Feb. 1, 1933, at Prather Hill ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meeting

The Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will have a speaker to discuss the legal and financial concerns of families dealing with Alzheimer's ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board announces special meeting

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. today at the District Education Center, 201 ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Christmas past

Live music, refreshments and a glimpse into rural life and holiday traditions from days gone by can be enjoyed this Sunday, Dec. 11 during the ...

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


You snooze, you lose

Drowsiness and driving is a dangerous combination, comparable to drinking and driving. With the holidays upon us, people are aware of the hazards of being ...

December 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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