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Purchase of excavator sparks debate

For the second time in two weeks, the purchase of a new piece of equipment ignited a discussion as he Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the purchase of a new excavator for the Road and Bridge Department.

March 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Venture to provide asphalt for county

Paving the way for the start of 2017 summer county road resurfacing projects, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the bid from Venture Corporation of Great Bend for $7.43 per ton for cold mix asphalt.

March 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


ILS invests in new composting equipment

Norbert Schneider, vice president of administration at Innovative Livestock Services, is excited about the new industrial compost turner at the ILS feed yard. It breaks down waste from cattle and turns it into a valuable compost product that increases the nutrients and water-holding capacity of soils. Not only is it increasing the efficiency in recycling natural resources, it is providing a new way the company can give back to communities where it operates.

March 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Friends of Cheyenne Bottom announce annual meeting

The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a meal of hamburgers and hot dogs. Van tours through the Refuge Area of Cheyenne Bottoms, which is normally closed to the public, will also be available during that time.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tuition and fees on BCC agenda

Tuitions and fees for the fall semester is an agenda item for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The board will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also consider approving a Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization resolution, which would allow that city to offer tax rebates on some new construction and improvements in a revitalization zone.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board to meet at GBHS

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will conduct a luncheon meeting at noon Thursday, March 30, at Great Bend High School. GBHS Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding academic programs and school improvement efforts. The personnel report is also on the agenda.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A gift from BOCK

Donita Wolf, manager of Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, second from the left, accepts a $730 check from Rae Ann Brack, president of the Bikers of Central Kansas. Others in the photo are GBHH&H staff and BOCK members. The money was raised during BOCK's recent Chili Challenge to benefit hospice patients.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Christian Academy to hold open house this week

Central Kansas Christian Academy will hold an Open House from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30. CKCA is located at 215 McKinley St. in Great Bend.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Peterson eligible for parole hearing

A former Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility inmate now in prison at Lansing, Michael Douglas Peterson, is eligible for a parole hearing in June.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


History secured

HOISINGTON - After the Hoisington Historical Society Museum was broken into and burglarized in February, it became clear the facility needed better security. While all the items taken have since been anonymously returned, concerns linger over the possibility of it happening again, members of the society's board of directors said. Soon, motion sensors will alert authorities should anyone else attempt to purloin artifacts important to Hoisington's heritage, courtesy of the United Way of Central Kansas.

March 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 the renewal of the annual software agreement with Computer Information Services, cold mix asphalt bids and the purchase of a new excavator for the Road and Bridge Department.

March 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


LEARNING TO BURN

RICE COUNTY - A cloud of smoke rose from a pasture in southeast Rice County last Saturday morning. But unlike with the recent wildfires that have ravaged Kansas, no alarms rang and there were no fire trucks on the scene.

March 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sunflower Diversified nets $47,100 from annual Charity Gala

The central Kansas community showed its support for people with developmental disabilities and delays by raising a net total of $47,100 at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala.

March 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


CAST AWAY

Alexa Straub, 15, is an expert in the art of arm knitting. She should be, after doing it for six years. Thursday morning, she patiently assisted other youths attending Fiber Arts Fun Day in the process of first looping bulky yarn around one arm, known as "casting on," and then holding onto the tail of the yarn and looping it through on one side and transferring the new loop onto the other arm to make a stitch. Instead of using knitting needles, the young people learned to use their arms as needles as they created loosely knit scarves.

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Concealed carry classes remain popular

The state of Kansas no longer requires residents to take the conceal carry class and get a licence to carry a weapon, but the classes are still in demand, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Classes scheduled for this Saturday and for April 29 are full, but another class will be offered in August.

March 23, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


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BCC Leadership Institute praised

Barton Community College continues to train its best employees for future leadership roles, Vice President Elaine Simmons said Tuesday. She introduced the eight graduates of ...

April 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rankin gets maximum sentence

In Barton County District Court Tuesday afternoon, Jeffrey Allen Rankin received the maximum sentence on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Judge Richard ...

April 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Two arrested on drug charges

Barton County Sheriff's office detectives made two separate arrests Monday night, one at 11 p.m. and another at 2 a.m., for possession ...

April 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBRH purchased by University of Kansas Health System

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The University of Kansas Health System has signed a letter of intent to purchase the operations of Great Bend Regional Hospital and ...

April 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Meeting agendas, lifting of burn ban

Faculty contract renewals

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton hosts Hispanic Culture workshop

Dancing, artwork and soccer were all part of the experience more than 200 students from Kansas high schools shared Monday at Barton Community College's ...

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Deer crashes into van in Stafford County

A deer collided with a van carrying six people from Kingman at 5:40 p.m. Sunday in Stafford County.

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


4-way stop eyed for ‘problem’ intersection

County officials called the junction of North Washington and NE 30 Road a "problem intersection," and looked Monday morning at ways to make it safer ...

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


April weather in Great Bend: Is this a dream?

A long time ago there was a movie called "The Gods Must be Crazy." It was a comedy whose plot revolved around a Botswana African ...

April 23, 2018 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


An historic achievement

Monday was Central Plains High School Basketball State Champions Day in Barton County, but the team members didn't get much of a chance to ...

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Third stone for vet memorial in the works

A third stone for the on-going Golden Belt Veterans Memorial will be purchased, the Barton County Commission decided Monday morning.

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Zoo prepares for Plastic Free July

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grizzly Bear exhibit expands in 2018

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo evolution

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hot results on a cold day

April 14 was a cold, blustery day, but the Regional Music Festival results were hot for Great Bend High School students. The festival was held ...

April 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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