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Competition up for high tunnel grants

A Natural Resources Conservation Service administered grant program that pays for high-tunnels has been growing in popularity over the past few years, and that is increasing competition for the grants in some areas, said Barton County District Conservationist Ron Klein. The goal of the program is to get locally grown produce into the hands of people, especially those who have low income or live in areas that may be in food deserts. One common definition of a food desert is where the distance to a grocery store is either more than one mile in an urban area, or more than ...

July 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Bruce Swob has been raising bees and harvesting honey for years. When the Great Bend Summer Street Stroll Farmer's Market was formally organized a few years ago, he was one of the first vendors to sign up, attend the required training at a workshops in Hays, and become certified to accept senior vouchers through a program administered by the Barton County Health Department. During one workshop, he saw the kind of production that was possible in a high-tunnel. When he learned last year that he could apply for a grant to get a tunnel of his own, he didn ...

July 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Poll tests waters for primary, key issues

HAYS – The Great Bend Tribune joined other Kansas newspapers and Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs to conduct a political poll of the First Congressional District measuring Kansans' candidate and policy preferences on key issues.

July 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


UWCK kickoff event

The United Way of Central Kansas is busy preparing for their annual Kickoff Event which will start at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13, at the Knights of Columbus. This year's theme "Stars, Stripes, United Way Forever" will feature patriotic décor, food, and an evening of big laughs with comedian John Bush. John Bush will be talking about his childhood relocation from Hawaii to Minnesota and his UFO sighting in New York City. This thrill ride is filled with rich characters, spot-on impressions and even a disgruntled squirrel. John has performed for audiences of all shapes and sizes ...

July 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Unopposed candidates eager to serve

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final story in a series of four, recounting the candidates' forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Great Bend on Tuesday night at the Crest Theater. Today's article covers candidates for Barton County offices who are unopposed.

July 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Presentation explores stories of women on the Santa Fe Trail

The public is invited to a presentation and discussion on "Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Barton County Historical Society Museum. The presenter will be historian Leo E. Oliva.

July 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Program helps residents ‘beat the heat’

With the high temperatures of late, many residents take air conditioning for granted. However, there may be those in the community who don't have a cool refuge from the blistering heat.

July 22, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Town hall meeting planned to discuss St. John sales tax question

ST. JOHN – The public is invited to a town hall meeting of the St. John City Council starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Stafford

July 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Headed in a new direction

Change comes in many forms and one form of change is heading in a new direction and taking a different path and this exactly what the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum is doing.

July 22, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Local law enforcement seeks the public's help

The Great Bend Police Department was dispatched to the Travelodge at 3200 10th Street in reference to an armed robbery at 3:45 a.m. on Thursday.

July 22, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Ag committee divides Congressional candidates

BY JIM MISUNAS

July 22, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Audit on commission agenda Monday morning

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 22015 audit report, an employee of the quarter presentation and a cooperative effort to repair roads in Claflin.

July 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Johnson: Cuts would destroy avenues to Sunflower clients' independence

When state and federal officials learn what Jim Johnson thinks of proposed funding changes, they will have no doubt about his position.

July 21, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Incredible Years Preschool enrollment open now

Parents who want to take advantage of the comprehensive curriculum at Incredible Years Preschool are encouraged to enroll their youngsters soon, Director Shari Schneider said.

July 21, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC trustees ready to publish budget

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees is set to approve a proposed budget when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The budget will be approved for publication as a legal notice in the Great Bend Tribune; a public budget hearing will be held at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9.

July 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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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


Rep. Roger Marshall comments on ag sec. approval

Monday, the United States Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.

April 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


New waste water meters purchased

When contained, the caustic waste water that seeps through the trash at the Barton County Landfill is a good thing, However, controlling that leachate is ...

April 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KanCare Expansion forum shares potential Barton County impact

Monday night, a forum organized by The Alliance for Healthy Kansas at the Prince of Peace parish hall sought to inform and provide answers about ...

April 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A chance to step up

The Barton County Commission County Monday morning cemented its commitment to the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway when it approved a resolution naming the ...

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


HVAC bid on school board agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 5630 Broadway Ave. Items on ...

April 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thompson takes on noxious weeds

Helping to pave the way to a smooth transition upon the retirement of Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips, the Barton County Commission Monday morning ...

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wondra leaving BCSO after 27 years

It was a rare occasion for the Barton County Sheriff's Office Monday morning as the Barton County Commission recognized long-time BCSO detective Sharon Wondra.

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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