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Chamber to hold coffee Thursday

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Jimlo Glass, 1205 Kansas, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Dave Storjohann and Sarah Adams. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Purchase of excavator sparks debate

For the second time in two weeks, the purchase of a new piece of equipment ignited a discussion as he Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the purchase of a new excavator for the Road and Bridge Department.

March 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Venture to provide asphalt for county

Paving the way for the start of 2017 summer county road resurfacing projects, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the bid from Venture Corporation of Great Bend for $7.43 per ton for cold mix asphalt.

March 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


ILS invests in new composting equipment

Norbert Schneider, vice president of administration at Innovative Livestock Services, is excited about the new industrial compost turner at the ILS feed yard. It breaks down waste from cattle and turns it into a valuable compost product that increases the nutrients and water-holding capacity of soils. Not only is it increasing the efficiency in recycling natural resources, it is providing a new way the company can give back to communities where it operates.

March 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Friends of Cheyenne Bottom announce annual meeting

The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a meal of hamburgers and hot dogs. Van tours through the Refuge Area of Cheyenne Bottoms, which is normally closed to the public, will also be available during that time.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tuition and fees on BCC agenda

Tuitions and fees for the fall semester is an agenda item for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The board will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also consider approving a Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization resolution, which would allow that city to offer tax rebates on some new construction and improvements in a revitalization zone.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board to meet at GBHS

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will conduct a luncheon meeting at noon Thursday, March 30, at Great Bend High School. GBHS Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding academic programs and school improvement efforts. The personnel report is also on the agenda.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A gift from BOCK

Donita Wolf, manager of Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, second from the left, accepts a $730 check from Rae Ann Brack, president of the Bikers of Central Kansas. Others in the photo are GBHH&H staff and BOCK members. The money was raised during BOCK's recent Chili Challenge to benefit hospice patients.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Christian Academy to hold open house this week

Central Kansas Christian Academy will hold an Open House from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30. CKCA is located at 215 McKinley St. in Great Bend.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Peterson eligible for parole hearing

A former Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility inmate now in prison at Lansing, Michael Douglas Peterson, is eligible for a parole hearing in June.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


History secured

HOISINGTON - After the Hoisington Historical Society Museum was broken into and burglarized in February, it became clear the facility needed better security. While all the items taken have since been anonymously returned, concerns linger over the possibility of it happening again, members of the society's board of directors said. Soon, motion sensors will alert authorities should anyone else attempt to purloin artifacts important to Hoisington's heritage, courtesy of the United Way of Central Kansas.

March 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 the renewal of the annual software agreement with Computer Information Services, cold mix asphalt bids and the purchase of a new excavator for the Road and Bridge Department.

March 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


LEARNING TO BURN

RICE COUNTY - A cloud of smoke rose from a pasture in southeast Rice County last Saturday morning. But unlike with the recent wildfires that have ravaged Kansas, no alarms rang and there were no fire trucks on the scene.

March 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sunflower Diversified nets $47,100 from annual Charity Gala

The central Kansas community showed its support for people with developmental disabilities and delays by raising a net total of $47,100 at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala.

March 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


CAST AWAY

Alexa Straub, 15, is an expert in the art of arm knitting. She should be, after doing it for six years. Thursday morning, she patiently assisted other youths attending Fiber Arts Fun Day in the process of first looping bulky yarn around one arm, known as "casting on," and then holding onto the tail of the yarn and looping it through on one side and transferring the new loop onto the other arm to make a stitch. Instead of using knitting needles, the young people learned to use their arms as needles as they created loosely knit scarves.

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Bid awarded for Field House HVAC

A Garden City firm, Tantro Plumbing, was awarded the contract for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning renovation at the Great Bend High School Field ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College sees big savings with Canvas system

A new learning management system for online courses at Barton Community College will cost at least $300,000 less than the current system while providing ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Endowment Concert raises funds for scholarships

The Barton Music Department awards 11 scholarships every year at about $1,000 each and 20 performance awards for non-music major students, which enables them ...

April 27, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC trustees mull new weapons policy

Officials at Barton Community College are preparing for a change in Kansas law that will allow people to carry concealed handguns into buildings on campus ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Exiting the stage

After conducting more than 400 concerts and directing 45 musicals over his 38-year career, Barton Community College Vocal Instructor Vern Fryberger is ready to step ...

April 27, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Law enforcement seeking rape suspect

The Barton County Sheriff's office is seeking the public's assistance in locating Cory Little who is wanted on a rape charge in Barton ...

April 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tax sale payments coming in

The Barton County Treasurer's Office is receiving payments for properties included in this year's tax sale, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra reported. There are ...

April 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | 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 ...

April 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBHS Speech qualifies 4 to Nationals

The Great Bend High School Speech Team hosted the West Kansas District National Qualifying Speech Tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22.

April 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Clean up

BY RUSSELL EDEM

April 26, 2017 | BY RUSSELL EDEM | Local News


GBCF provides online Wish List for charitable causes

In her role as director of development for Sunflower Diversified Services, Connie Oetken decided to take advantage of a new service at the Golden Belt ...

April 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC addresses poor nursing scores

A report on how Barton Community College instills "Work Preparedness" in students shows only 44 percent of last year's nursing students passed the state ...

April 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drug Take Back event set for Saturday

Barton County residents with expired medication are invited to dispose of unwanted pills and patches this Saturday during national Drug Take Back Day. Items can ...

April 26, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Olmitz fun day Saturday

OLMITZ -- Olmitz' volunteer fire department is hosting the second annual day of fun at Olmitz, from 11 a.m to midnight on Saturday, April 29 ...

April 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Extending a lifeline

Barton Community College's Nursing Associate Degree Program has been awarded full accreditation through 2022 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) as ...

April 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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