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​BCC to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Barton Community College will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18. Barton's Center for Adult Education and the Shafer Art Gallery also will be closed. Offices will reopen and classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

January 11, 2016 | | Local News


College trustees to discuss naming rights

Donations to the Barton Community College Foundation may lead to a new name for the weight training room in the college's Kirkman Building. The details of a proposed agreement to name the "Kip & Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center" will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building at BCC.

January 11, 2016 | | Local News


Attempted phone scams reported

Two Great Bend businesses last week reported receiving calls from scammers pretending to be representatives of Wheatland Electric Cooperative who were demanding money. No money was lost.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Davis takes over commission gavel

Kenny Schremmer stepped down as chairman of the Barton County Commission and Don Davis took over at the head of the table during the annual changing of the guard Monday morning. Davis was elected chairman and Schremmer chairman pro-tem.

January 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Victim OK after Highrise stabbing reported

A stabbing that reportedly occurred somewhere in the Highrise apartment building Saturday night was the result of a domestic altercation, according to the Great Bend Police Department.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | 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. -2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. 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.

January 10, 2016 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation begins law enforcement campaign

A friend of the Golden Belt Community Foundation recently approached Christy Tustin with an idea.

January 10, 2016 | | Local News


69 years of service to Barton County

Sixty-nine years ago a group of five men met on Jan. 28, 1947, for the first board meeting of the newly organized Barton County Conservation District. Assistance of the Federal Soil Conservation Service was requested at that time. Members of the board were J. Wylie Logan, Hoisington, Chairman; Walter G. Praeger, Claflin, Vice-Chairman; Virgil A. Unruh, Pawnee Rock; Secretary; W.G. Nicholson, Great Bend, Treasurer; and member Elmer J. Bird, Great Bend. These men laid the ground work through volunteer programs to stop erosion of land by establishing and carrying out sound conservation programs on the farms.

January 10, 2016 | | Local News


KHP asking for public’s input on tattoos

The Kansas Highway Patrol is short in manpower statewide. In addressing this shortage, the agency is exploring ways of attracting more applicants for its trooper and other vacant positions. As an agency with a background of history and tradition, the agency has a tattoo policy, and as we move into 21st century policing, the Patrol is interested in what the public has to say or their thoughts on tattoos in law enforcement.

January 10, 2016 | | Local News


December marriage and divorce filings

Marriage licences

January 10, 2016 | | Local News


Dog-gone fun at Adopt-A-Pet

You can't blame a kid for trying.

January 09, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


​GBRC Board to elect officers

Board members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board will elect new officers when they meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.

January 08, 2016 | | Local News


​BCC Silver Cougar Club to offer history course

Barton Community College history instructor Linda McCaffery will teach a course via Barton's Silver Cougar Club titled "Age of Enlightenment," 1:30-3:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 26 through April 5 in room F-129 of the Fine Arts Building.

January 08, 2016 | | Local News


​Moran to join live Q&A on public television

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) will appear on Smoky Hills Public Television from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.

January 08, 2016 | | Local News


Area artists featured at Deines Center

RUSSELL - The next show opens at the Deines Cultural Center, Friday Jan. 15, from 5-8 p.m. "Drawn to Illusion" features the imaginative art of Robert Joy of Ellinwood and Mike Whelan of Great Bend.

January 08, 2016 | | Local News


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USD 428 starts year ‘fiscally strong’

A new fiscal year begins July 1 for the State of Kansas and its public schools. The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meet ...

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lashley hired to coach track

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Thursday hired Lyles Lashley to coach cross country and track.

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Primary voter registration deadline looming

The last day to register to vote for the Aug. 2 primary election is at the close of business on Tuesday, July 12, the Barton ...

June 30, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


KWEC’s Nature Camp nearly here

We're "batty" about summer nature camp at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. There are still some openings available for the July 8, camp held ...

June 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Being prepared

Training is a very important task for any law enforcement agency and making sure their people are trained in the latest real world situations.

June 30, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Second teen sentenced in Ellsworth County school bus assault

ELLSWORTH – The second of the two Great Bend teenaged boys charged in Ellsworth County in connection with the assault of a fellow student on a ...

June 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Garden Club holding AHF quilt drawing

The Ellinwood Garden Club will hold a quilt drawing at the conclusion of this year's After Harvest Festival Parade. Funds raised via the drawing ...

June 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


IN STITCHES

Early Wednesday morning, Barton County 4-H Clothing, Fiber Arts and Fashion Revue participants convened at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend for annual judging prior ...

June 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Judge sends women to drug treatment

Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty announced he isn't giving up on Stacey Henderson, the 23-year old woman who asked to be sent to ...

June 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Out of the Morgue: Post-war Independence Day in 1946

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 ...

June 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


County upgrades sand dredge

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a plan to update of cable anchor system on the county's sand dredge.

June 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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


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