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College makes good on $900,000 budget cut

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees held a public budget hearing Tuesday, and approved the budget that was published in the Great Bend Tribune at the end of July.

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer children’s program ends like a good book

Every Hero Has a Story was the theme of this year's summer program at the Great Bend Public Library, and like every good book it had a great ending.

August 11, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


​Parent Summit seeks local input on child welfare

Two nonprofit agencies are hosting a Parent Summit this Saturday so parents can share what they think about the child welfare system in Kansas.

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Bake sale planned for Shelly LeRoy

Friends and family of Shelly LeRoy will hold a bake sale in front of the Walmart Supercenter, 3503 10th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 15. LeRoy was mauled by her pit bull on July 31 in her own backyard. The Great Bend woman continues her recovery at Via Christi's St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Just Married

This horse-drawn stagecoach was seen around 7 p.m. Monday, turning onto Broadway Ave. from Patton Road. The sign says, "Just Married; Forever starts today, August 10, 2015; Hunter & Anissa."

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Let’s fill that bus

The United Way of Central Kansas' annual Stuff the Bus drive is set for Aug. 19, and the need for this effort is increasingly important, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith.

August 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Annual Barton County reappraisal going smoothly

It may seem like a daunting task. Each year, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld and her staff must re-inspect 17 percent of the properties in the county.

August 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 proposes half-mill tax increase

Great Bend USD 428 has proposed a budget for the coming year. If approved, local property owners will see their tax rate increase by about one-half of a mill.

August 10, 2015 | | Local News


Family Crisis Center receives funding through Great Bend from Kansas Housing Resources Corporation

The City of Great Bend this week received notification that it had received funding though the Emergency Shelter Solutions grant administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation for the Family Crisis Center, said center Executive Director Laura Patzner. The news came after the funds were initially denied because of issues with Barton County's 2013 audit.

August 10, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Updated 24-hour rainfall map

August 10, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Family Crisis Center receives funding through Great Bend from Kansas Housing Resources Corporation

The City of Great Bend this week received notification that it had received funding though the Emergency Shelter Solutions grant administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation for the Family Crisis Center, said center Executive Director Laura Patzner. The news came after the funds were initially denied because of issues with Barton County's 2013 audit.

August 10, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Juvenile Services must cut budget $32K

The 20th Judicial District's Juvenile Services has to slash over $32,000 from its 2016 budget, thanks to the State of Kansas' $62 million budget realignment, Juvenile Services Director Laurie White told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

August 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 13, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

August 09, 2015 | | Local News


Don’t Wait!!!

The fall migration is here. There are more shore birds right now than I have ever seen this time of year. It is usually a bit later when they migrate in numbers by my recollection. Karl and Charlie and KWEC will have the exact dates of arrivals if you want to check. Whooping Cranes will be later in the fall (I think their goal is to shut down duck hunting at Quivira NWR as completely as possible. Ha!) and I think we will get some great pictures of those birds. I will try to get more pictures on Facebook this ...

August 09, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


July Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

August 09, 2015 | | Local News


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BCC trustees pleased with Heilman

Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman received a favorable evaluation from his Board of Trustees, with words of praise from board chairman Mike Johnson.

June 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Save at the pump this holiday weekend

According to GasBuddy, at a time of year when motorists expect gas prices to rise, prices have actually been falling, just in time for the ...

June 28, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Road Milling and Overlay on K-19 Highway in Pawnee and Stafford Counties

Starting the week of July 4, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a 10 mile road milling and overlay project on K-19 Highway ...

June 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grant to expand FHSU Sternberg Museum of Natural History’s paleontology collection

A $116,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will expand the reach of paleontology studies at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of ...

June 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


KDADS Appoints Superintendent of Larned State Hospital TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Aging and Dis

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Interim Secretary Tim Keck today appointed Bill Rein to be Superintendent of Larned State Hospital (LSH).

June 28, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Road Milling and Overlay on K-19 Highway in Pawnee and Stafford Counties

Starting the week of July 4th, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a 10 mile road milling and overlay project on K-19 Highway ...

June 28, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Sunflower earns county’s recycling grant

Jim Johnson wants to close the Barton County Landfill. Well, at least the Sunflower Diversified Services executive director wants to bolster the agency's recycling ...

June 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


4-H dog show marks start of fair

One often looked forward to event that marks the beginning of the Barton County Fair is the dog show. There is a reason it's ...

June 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Five taken to Stafford County Hospital after collision Saturday

STAFFORD COUNTY - Several people were taken to the hospital on Saturday, after a pickup pulled in front of a van at U.S. 50 and ...

June 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wire fraud attempt averted by First Kansas Bank

First Kansas Bank in Great Bend may have stopped a fraudulent money transfer last Friday. The Great Bend Police Department reports the bank received a ...

June 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A Bitter-sweet moment

After nearly two decades of service, 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Director Laurie White will retire as of Thursday. The Barton County Commission Monday morning ...

June 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County’s disaster declaration may help other parts of Kansas

Although Barton County didn't experience any damage from the tornadoes, thunderstorms, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding in May, the Barton County Commission Monday ...

June 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Mosquito spraying to continue even longer

The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will extend its campaign to spray for mosquitoes for four more weeks. This Thursday was scheduled to ...

June 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC adds trustee transparency webpage

When the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Brandon Steinert, director of Public Relations & Marketing, will give a presentation ...

June 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope ends on high note

Camp Hope-Heartland concluded Saturday and sponsors are already looking ahead to 2017. The free, week-long camp is for Kansas and Missouri children who have cancer ...

June 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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