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Happy Birthday, Kansas! winners receive prizes at Capitol building

TOPEKA - Winners of the Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest received prizes last Friday at the celebration of Kansas Day at the Kansas State Capitol. Governor Sam Brownback congratulated students as Marearl Denning, representing the legislative spouses, presented an iPad to first-place winners and a Kindle to second-place winners. The contest, now in its fourth year, is presented in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society.

January 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Shoe Sensation, 3407 10th St. Great Bend, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday.

January 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


100 People Who Care committee expected to raise more than $11K

One year ago, a new philanthropic initiative was kicking off in Barton County. The group called "100 People Who Care" launched in February 2017 modeled after other groups like it that exist around the country. The original goal for the group was to recruit at least 100 members who each contribute $100, raising over $10,000 at each quarterly giving meeting. "Fortunately, we have seen a huge response in the last year, and are now increasing our goals to make an even bigger impact in 2018," said Julie Mazouch, chairperson for the group's volunteer steering committee. "We are hoping ...

January 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


LOADS OF SUCCESS

Fields of massive white wind turbine parts and mounds of rock and cement are crowding the Great Bend transload facility west of town, a facility that continues to expand.

January 30, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Death of Gary Caplinger leaves Pawnee County reeling

LARNED – While mourning the Monday passing of 71-year-old Pawnee County Commissioner Gary Caplinger, county officials here must now also plan on how to fill his vacant seat in the commission chamber.

January 30, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Making rural blacktops safer

Several rural Barton County blacktops may become safer in the future after the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved applying for state funds to study signage on several of the roads.

January 30, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBHS speech places 4th

Four Great Bend High School speech students competed at the Kinsley's speech tournament on Saturday. They include Patrick Heath, Jalyn Lear, Geoffrey Pafford and Bailey Sandy. Heath placed fourth in Humorous Solo Acting and fifth in Informative Speaking; Lear placed third in Serious Solo Acting and sixth in Impromptu Speaking and Sandy placed second in Original Oration Speaking and first in Serious Solo Acting. Bailey Sandy said, "Qualifying for the State Championship Tournament so early in the season is a great feeling, now I can concentrate on making my pieces better without the stress of qualifying for state."

January 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Quilts of Valor January 2018

Golden Plains Quilts of Valor Group Leader Amy Schartz Mellor and members of the group awarded 13 Quilts of Valor to area veterans on Jan. 26 at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend.

January 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Conservation Awards presented

The Barton County Conservation District held its 71st annual meeting Saturday night, and two area residents were honored for their conservation work with Barton County Bankers Awards for Soil Conservation and Windbreaks. In addition, the importance of volunteering was also highlighted at the ceremony.

January 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Commission OKs new radio tower

The horizon of northern Barton County will change in the coming months after the Barton County Commission Monday morning blessed Midwest Energy's plan to erect a 350-foot comminations tower north of Susank.

January 29, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


911 to replace failing recording system

Sometimes, it is important to have a record of exactly what a caller to 911 says, for both safety and crime-fighting efforts. But, Barton County Communications' current recorder is on the fritz and the County Commission Monday morning approved replacing it.

January 29, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KBOR president weighs in on concurrent enrollment

A proposal to provide five college courses concurrent with high school classes is gaining support in Topeka. Blake Flanders, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, talked about the plan Friday during a visit to the Barton Community College campus.

January 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Branson eligible for parole hearing

Robin Lee Branson, the man convicted of two murders committed during Great Bend liquor store robberies in 1982, is eligible for a parole hearing in May for possible parole in June.

January 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | 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 a conditional use permit for Midwest Energy to build a communications tower near Susank, the 2020 High Risk Rural Roads program application and a replacement recording system for 911.

January 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Success requires thick skin and good mentors

The writings of Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld have really struck a chord, leaving an impression on her colleagues around Kansas, as well as women around the world.

January 27, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Chamber Legacy Award goes to Kids Ag Day in 25th year

It is so much more than horseshoe demonstrations and hay rack rides. The annual Kids Ag Day event has been educating young minds about the ...

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Jason Mayers named NextGen Leader

For boldly investing in the Great Bend community, Jason Mayers was awarded the 2017 NextGen Leader of the Year award from the Great Bend Chamber ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Mark Mingenback named 2017 Citizen of the Year

For his selfless dedication to promoting and bettering the Great Bend community, Mark Mingenback earned the 2017 Citizen of the Year award from the Great ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Great Bend Children's Clinic earns 2017 Business of the Year Award

For their support and impact on the local business community by providing quality care for children, the Great Bend Children's Clinic was named the ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


County Commission meets Tuesday, City Council meets Monday

The Barton County Commission the Great Bend City Council will both meet this week.

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Valentine delivery

Fifth-grader Adrianna Estes delivers valentines to Virginia Zumalt and other residents of Cherry Village Benevolence. Both fifth-grade classes at Riley Elementary School made the valentines ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Marmie Auto Group acquires Dove dealership

Late last year, the owners of Marmie Ford and Marmie Motors in Great Bend had the opportunity to expand their enterprise by purchasing the Doonan ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Courthouse structural study nearly done

With the Barton County Courthouse turning 100 years old this year, the first steps in determining how to restore the aging building are underway.

February 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


2017 a busy weather year in Barton County

Barton County and central Kansas were no strangers to nasty weather last year. Now, with the beginning of this year's severe weather season looming ...

February 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Jefferson Jets

Great Bend USD 428 photos from Jefferson Elementary School.

February 15, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fun in the Sun

The My Backyard Playground outside the GBRC Activity Center was a busy place Thursday after children were dismissed from school early and temperatures reached the ...

February 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior judge assigned to Bellendir case

Senior Judge Edward Bouker from Hays has been assigned to preside over the misdemeanor case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, which is pending in ...

February 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fort Larned has a new brochure

Fort Larned National Historic Site recently received a shipment of new brochures to hand out at the visitor center.

February 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton nursing program sees renewed success

The 2015-2016 academic year was a turning point for the nursing program at Barton Community College. Gary Burke recalls being a fairly new college trustee ...

February 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rep. Marshall’s low-dose radiation bill unanimously passes house

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman Roger Marshall's bill, H.R. 4675, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act of ...

February 13, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


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