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Former soldier becomes Barton paramedic student

After graduating high school in 1998, Hoisington-area resident Erik Berger joined the US Army and became an engineer and combat lifesaver. In 2003 he suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq. Emergency responders saved his life that day.

February 04, 2016 | By Joe Vinduska Barton Community College | Local News


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces changes in recreation day use fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District announced today a change to recreation day use fees charged for boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE. There is also a change to the USACE annual pass fee for these facilities.

February 04, 2016 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

February 04, 2016 | | Local News


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is still looking for one more zookeeper. Meanwhile, she is excited about the experience and qualifications of new employees Liz Clark and Kate Beyersdorf.

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Ellinwood Columbus Club to sponsor fish fry Feb. 12

Ellinwood Knights of Columbus are having a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd. The suggested donation is $10, or $5 for children 10 years old and young. Proceeds go to area charities.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


​Adopt A Pet serving soup, cinnamon rolls Saturday

Great Bend Humane Society Adopt A Pet will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Orscheln's Farm Store, 5320 10th St. Animals available for adoption will be at the store.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


​Deines Center offers ceramic workshop

RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center in Russell is offering a ceramic workshop with hands-on instruction by Barbara Stevens, an artist and former head of Cloud County Community College's Art Department.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A presentation recognized the college's long-standing partnership with St. Rose Health Center, which donated about $140,000 in equipment at the beginning of 2015. Items from the former Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose, went to the nursing, pharmacy tech and adult health-care programs.

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County experiencing email problems

If you tried to send an email to Barton County officials and got no response, you are not alone.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Huelskamp’s representative to visit Great Bend Feb. 11

A staff representative of Congressman Tim Huelskamp who specializes in Veterans' casework will visit Great Bend from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Front Door Community Center, 1615 Tenth Street.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Cost of winter storms adding up

Winter weather during the past couple of weeks has required emergency call-out and emergency cleanup by Barton County Road and Bridge Department, department Director Dale Phillips said.

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Heartland Cancer Center to sponsor health events

Great Bend's Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., will sponsor trio of health-related events in February.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


MORE HOUSING ON THE WAY

A resolution approved by the Great Bend City Council Monday night should help bring more affordable rental housing for the communities seniors. The action supported the application for tax credits to aid in a new Housing Opportunities Inc. development adjacent to the current Cherry Village senior apartments in southwest Great Bend.

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Activity picking up at CVB

The Great Bend City Council was told Monday night that the number of Convention and Visitors Bureau projects has grown steadily since the first of the year. That was when the city officially took over the operations of the CVB.

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Bob Dole donates $20,000 to support Camp Hope

Sen. Bob Dole donated $20,000 to Camp Hope, a weeklong getaway for children with cancer held at Camp Aldrich. The funds are to be used for the benefit of Camp Hope. The Camp Aldrich Dining and Events Center burned down in April of 2014, which was Camp Hope's preferred venue.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


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GBHS students plan dinner theater

Great Bend High School students are selling tickets for a dinner theater production, "Dark Road," on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 24-25. Dinner will start at ...

January 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


American Legion reschedules soup supper

The Great Bend American Legion Post 180 soup supper that was scheduled for this week and been rescheduled due to the recent ice storm. The ...

January 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Co. Historical Society annual meeting

Barton County Historical Society will have its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 23. A catered dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. for ...

January 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC offers first Junior Day

Barton Community College will help area high school juniors plan for their futures at Junior Day, starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 15, with a ...

January 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘IT’S ALMOST ELECTRIC’

Newly elected to Congress, Rep. Dr. Roger Marshall was in the heart of Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon trying to catch a cab. With less ...

January 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ellinwood considering bond to fix flooding, streets

ELLINWOOD - Spring is right around the corner, and that means rain. At the Jan. 10 Ellinwood City Council meeting, City Manager Chris Komarek initiated a ...

January 19, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Thousands of calls come through 911

The Barton County Communications office stayed busy in 2016.

January 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Young supports children, families at Sunflower’s Early Ed Center

In her new position at the Sunflower Early Education Center (EEC), Shauna Young is helping families discover the services that will best meet their children ...

January 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC theater holding auditions next week

Barton Community College's Theater Department will hold open auditions for its spring production, "The Servant of Two Masters," from 4-8 p.m. Monday and ...

January 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Original playwright submissions due Feb. 1

The Barton Community College Theater Department is calling for original plays from the community for its Original Playwright Series. Three of the submitted plays will ...

January 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas Silver Haired Legislature elections to be held March 15

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature, (KSHL) is a unicameral legislature consisting of 125 representatives from across Kansas. They come together annually in Topeka to discuss ...

January 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Billboards do benefit communities

Over 6,000 motorists westbound on I-70 near Manhattan each day will see what Great Bend has to offer, thanks to a planned billboard at ...

January 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Government commodities to be distributed

United States government commodities will be distributed from 4-6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office ...

January 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Plans continue for GBPD remodeling

Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch and City Administrator Howard Partington have met several times in the last several weeks to discuss options for the ...

January 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission hires new county counselor

Legal representation was on the minds of Barton County commissioners Tuesday morning as they approved contracting with Carey Hipp as the county councilor and were ...

January 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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