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Clark Rusco honored upon retirement

The Barton County Commission Monday morning said goodbye to retiring County Engineer Clark Rusco, crediting him with reeling in millions of federal and state dollars while spearheading countless vital projects.

December 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Cherry Village's expanded skilled-nursing area accepting residents

The silver lining in the Sept. 10 clouds that caused major damage at Cherry Village Benevolence is the earlier-than-planned opening of its new skilled-nursing rooms.

December 21, 2015 | | Local News


Smith first graduate of St. Rose cardiac rehab program

If someone says cardiac rehab is not worth the effort, Wanda Smith has a succinct response.

December 21, 2015 | | Local News


OPI celebrates 5th anniversary in Russell

The Office Products Inc. (OPI) location in Russell has been celebrating its fifth anniversary and staff members were recently commended for the store's success.

December 21, 2015 | | Local News


GED orientation classes starting at BCC

Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its nine-week GED Preparation Class.

December 21, 2015 | | Local News


Former National Guard medic, BCC instructor, becomes nursing student

Courtenay Self wanted to get away from her small hometown in Texas and see the world. In 2008 at the age of 21, she joined the National Guard and became a medic. She helped in disaster situations and traveled to other countries to provide medical care to people without access to health care. After her stint in the National Guard, the dust settled and she was looking for a way to continue caring for people. She began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and now, at the age of 27, is taking the next step as a student in the ...

December 21, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS FFA food drive

December 20, 2015 | | Local News


Governor Sam Brownback announces appointments to Commissions and Boards

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently announced new appointments to boards and commissions.

December 20, 2015 | | Local News


Witness: Victim said she fabricated story

Darrin Hirsh's former supervisor testified Friday that Candice Hirsh told him she "fabricated" a story about her husband threatening her with a gun. But prosecutors maintain Darrin asked her to say that so he wouldn't lose his job as a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 audit approved

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education received a clean audit on its financial reports for 2014-2015, although there was a "non-compliance issue," according to an auditor.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State assessment data released

Kansas State Board of Education state assessments for 2014-2015 were released this month.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers man Ident-a-kid

Five-year-old Tyler McHenry said "it felt kind of weird" having images of his fingerprints saved. It was a "left-righty" feeling, he explained.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Food for the holidays

Members of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club collect food boxes to deliver to families in need, Saturday morning at Dillons. The club bought 35 boxes, spending over $1,200, for deliveries to homes suggested by the Barton County Food Bank. It was a busy day for acts of kindness; club President Rob Bauer said his church, First United Methodist, also planned to deliver 105 food boxes that day.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Update on jury trial

Darrin Hirsh trial continues. Defense called its first witness shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. The jury was sent home for the weekend around 5:10 p.m. and will return at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

December 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jobless rate takes dip

TOPEKA – The labor force in Kansas swelled in November, forcing down the state's November seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 4.0 percent,a decline from 4.1 percent in October and decreased from 4.2 percent in November 2014, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week.

December 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department awarded grant funding

The Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $5,992 grant through the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program administered by the Office ...

December 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


OPEC deal could trigger gas price hikes

It came just in time for the holiday driving season.

December 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ks Oil & Gas Museum has holiday wish list

Children aren't the only ones making Christmas wish lists for Santa. The Kansas Oil and Gas Hall of Fame and Museum staff have a ...

December 01, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Tree of Life benefits hospice patients at Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice

While the Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed ...

December 01, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Holiday hiring strong statewide, nationwide

TOPEKA – With the holiday seasonal hiring leading the way, Kansas' October seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, the same rate that was reported ...

December 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


‘Santas Around The World’ exhibit open through Dec. 23

This time of year, a question usually arises about the 'Santas Around The World' exhibit located in downtown Great Bend. Are there 23 or 24 ...

December 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission, council to meet Monday

Both the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday.

December 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

December 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CLAFLIN TRADITION GROWING

CLAFLIN - Preparations have begun in Claflin for the town's annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival Sunday, Dec. 4. Different this year will be ...

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sen. Moran's office has tickets to Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will be offering a limited number of tickets to Kansans for the inauguration ceremony of the 45th President ...

November 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Spotlight in garage starts fire

A double-car detached garage sustained an estimated $8,000 in damage Wednesday after a fire broke out at 64 NE 21 Road.

November 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board to tour bus barn

Members of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education plan to tour the district bus barn at 12th and Williams St. at noon Tuesday ...

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: New species arrives at zoo

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo continues to work with the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums on species preservation and quality care. Although the ...

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GIVING TUESDAY GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

Golden Belt Community Foundation celebrated their 20th anniversary with $20,000 in grants for community projects at our Giving Tuesday event. Four projects from each ...

November 30, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Giving Tuesday has passed, but giving continues

Tuesday was Giving Tuesday, a day set aside to shift the focus from holiday shopping to holiday giving.

November 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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