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Camp Aldrich to host grand re-opening celebration March 31

Construction on the new Camp Aldrich Dining and Events Center is in the final stages of construction and the public is invited to celebrate the facility's completion at a Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 31. The after-hours event is in conjunction with the Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood chambers of commerce and Claflin Area Pride.

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Plains archeologist to speak at BCHS museum

Wichita state University Anthropology Professor Don Blakeslee will present a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, at the Barton County Historical Society Museum.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton student reports 60 credits transfer

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees gathered Tuesday evening for its regular meeting and discussed one of its nine overarching goals, known as ENDs, one of which is "Academic Advancement."

March 22, 2016 | ​By BRANDON STEINERT SteinertB@bartonccc.edu | Local News


BCC sponsors 'Career Closet Drive'

Barton Community College's Community Service Organization will put on a "Career Closet Drive" as part of the ninth annual Great Bend Job Fest to help attendees of the event appear as professional as possible while they network. The drive will be from March 29 through April 15. The clothes will be available for the attendees at the Job Fest, which is on April 21. Anyone who utilizes the clothes will be able to keep them for future use.

March 22, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


​BCC tuition going up this fall

A $4 increase in tuition rates this fall looks a lot like last year's increase at Barton Community College.

March 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The importance of leadership

Frustration over bills that seemingly target western and rural Kansas unfairly was evident from some of the questions asked by attendees at the Hoisington Legislative Coffee Saturday. Hoisington School Board President Dean Stoskopf. and Superintendent Bill Lowry were vocal on a bill that would limit a district's ability to raise funds for capital improvements and one that sought to consolidate small school districts, as well as the ongoing legal battles to define the Gannon decision on school funding. Hoisington City Council member Brian Wilborn also questioned the logic of the state legislature's decisions to seek passages of some ...

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Perfect Pancakes

Cool weather puts people in the mood for hot pancakes, Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller said. He's a man who knows what he's talking about. Hundreds turned out Saturday evening for the annual Albert Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Feed and Raffle. Each year for 27 years, the town of about 175 population located in southwest Barton County swells to over 600 as people from the surrounding area come for all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage and the chance to win their share of $100s in prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Whitetails, 656 W Barton County Road (4.5 Miles west of 10th and Patton), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Gaila Nielsen with greeters Jake Deutsch and Staci Bownes. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior companion is recognized for serving elderly

Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington was honored for her community service at the Senior Companion Program In-service meeting held on March 16, in Great Bend. Pritchard has served individuals in Hoisington and Great Bend as a Senior Companion for ten years.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Literacy kits

In April 2015, Great Bend High School Students were able to raise money to give to a charity of their choice. GBHS decided to donate the check to United Way of Central Kansas. This money was used as seed money for literacy kits.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend library makes end of fines official

As of March 1, the Great Bend Public Library no longer charges fines or late fees for overdue materials. The GBPL Board approved the practice earlier this year, but approved it again Monday after Library Director Harry Willems provided a written policy.

March 21, 2016 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


City accepts two major gifts for zoo

Bison are returning to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, and the bears are getting a larger home with its own swimming pool.

March 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Council approves HorsePower on the Plains

Here are highlights of other items from Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting:

March 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County getting healthier

Barton County rose to the 73rd spot in the 2016 county health rankings released last week by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. This is a jump from 2015 when it fell in at 86th.

March 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New rankings shed light on where kansas counties could improve health

Johnson County ranks healthiest in Kansas and Wyandotte County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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


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Thousands of calls come through 911

The Barton County Communications office stayed busy in 2016.

January 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Young supports children, families at Sunflower’s Early Ed Center

In her new position at the Sunflower Early Education Center (EEC), Shauna Young is helping families discover the services that will best meet their children ...

January 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC theater holding auditions next week

Barton Community College's Theater Department will hold open auditions for its spring production, "The Servant of Two Masters," from 4-8 p.m. Monday and ...

January 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Original playwright submissions due Feb. 1

The Barton Community College Theater Department is calling for original plays from the community for its Original Playwright Series. Three of the submitted plays will ...

January 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas Silver Haired Legislature elections to be held March 15

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature, (KSHL) is a unicameral legislature consisting of 125 representatives from across Kansas. They come together annually in Topeka to discuss ...

January 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Billboards do benefit communities

Over 6,000 motorists westbound on I-70 near Manhattan each day will see what Great Bend has to offer, thanks to a planned billboard at ...

January 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Government commodities to be distributed

United States government commodities will be distributed from 4-6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office ...

January 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Plans continue for GBPD remodeling

Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch and City Administrator Howard Partington have met several times in the last several weeks to discuss options for the ...

January 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission hires new county counselor

Legal representation was on the minds of Barton County commissioners Tuesday morning as they approved contracting with Carey Hipp as the county councilor and were ...

January 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas CASA at the Great Bend Public Library basement, 1409 Williams, at 9 ...

January 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Lyons convicted on 2016 stabbing charge

A 29-year-old man involved in a stabbing that occurred in Great Bend last June was convicted of aggravated battery on Thursday, Jan. 12, Barton County ...

January 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE

Sure, this weekend's ice story was messy, treacherous and expensive, but it could have been much worse, Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale ...

January 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Weekend storm recap

The Golden Belt ground, or rather slid, to a halt this past weekend as what some called "icemageddon" coated the region with thick layer of ...

January 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas Court of Appeals upholds drug sentence

The Kansas Court of Appeals has upheld the 14-year sentence for Christopher Wilson, who was convicted by a Barton County jury in 2012 of aiding ...

January 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Survey seeks input on USD 428 facilities

Great Bend USD 428 officials are turning to the community for input on long-range facility needs.

January 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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