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Deck the Halls safely this holiday season

As the holidays approach, Great Bend residents are becoming increasingly excited about adorning their homes for the season. However, these decorations, as beautiful as they are, can also be a home fire hazard, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

December 03, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department awarded grant funding

The Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $5,992 grant through the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program administered by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The grant award will be used by the fire department for the purchase of new firefighting safety gear, such as fire coats, helmets, boots, pants and masks. Approximately $200,000 is being awarded to fire departments throughout the state for safety gear, washer/extractor machines for cleaning bunker gear, and the start-up of Junior Firefighter programs.

December 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


OPEC deal could trigger gas price hikes

It came just in time for the holiday driving season.

December 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ks Oil & Gas Museum has holiday wish list

Children aren't the only ones making Christmas wish lists for Santa. The Kansas Oil and Gas Hall of Fame and Museum staff have a list of their own.

December 01, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Tree of Life benefits hospice patients at Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice

While the Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed away.

December 01, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Holiday hiring strong statewide, nationwide

TOPEKA – With the holiday seasonal hiring leading the way, Kansas' October seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, the same rate that was reported in Barton County, according to figures released by the Kansas Department of Labor last week.

December 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


‘Santas Around The World’ exhibit open through Dec. 23

This time of year, a question usually arises about the 'Santas Around The World' exhibit located in downtown Great Bend. Are there 23 or 24 Santas in the exhibit? The answer is that there are 23 displays showcasing 24 Santas. That's because one display, Pere Noel of France, includes two figures.

December 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission, council to meet Monday

Both the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday.

December 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | 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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

December 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CLAFLIN TRADITION GROWING

CLAFLIN - Preparations have begun in Claflin for the town's annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival Sunday, Dec. 4. Different this year will be the location the ceremony will take place. After the city finalized the acquisition of a vacant corner lot on Main Street in October, plans were made to move the focal point of the celebration from the vacant lot north of the city's grocery store. Sunday evening, visitors and residents alike will meet at the corner of Albro and Main Streets to ring in the holidays in style.

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sen. Moran's office has tickets to Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will be offering a limited number of tickets to Kansans for the inauguration ceremony of the 45th President of the United States. The ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, on the west side of the U.S. Capitol Building.

November 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Spotlight in garage starts fire

A double-car detached garage sustained an estimated $8,000 in damage Wednesday after a fire broke out at 64 NE 21 Road.

November 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board to tour bus barn

Members of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education plan to tour the district bus barn at 12th and Williams St. at noon Tuesday, Dec. 6. Superintendent Brad Reed said the tour should take about 30 minutes.

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: New species arrives at zoo

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo continues to work with the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums on species preservation and quality care. Although the zoo is not AZA accredited, the association has entrusted it with a 22-year-old Lar gibbon on the Species Survival Plan.

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GIVING TUESDAY GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

Golden Belt Community Foundation celebrated their 20th anniversary with $20,000 in grants for community projects at our Giving Tuesday event. Four projects from each county in our service area were selected for the communities to vote on. Over 2,200 votes were cast both in person and online. The $5,000 grant recipients are:

November 30, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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No action taken after closed sessions

The Great Bend City Council Monday night emerged from the second of two 15-minute executive sessions only to take no action and adjourn the meeting.

June 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council declares two trailers as ‘unsafe and dangerous’

BY DALE HOGG

June 19, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG | Local News


$2.3M disbursement shortfall irks commission

The Barton County Treasurer's Office was forced to issue a third June property tax disbursement totally $1.1 million after a tray of mail ...

June 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Boeckman will not face criminal charges

Former Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman will not face criminal sexual battery charges, at least for now, Barton Count Attorney Amy Mellor said.

June 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sew-sew summer: Youths learn quilting

So far, it's been a so-so summer for Gloria Bogan and her 12 students. Make that sew-sew.

June 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Kansas Highway Patrol urges safety during harvest

Harvest season is underway in parts of the state, and the Kansas Highway Patrol reminds motorists to use more caution and patience when traveling around ...

June 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


IT'S ON! Wheat harvest in Barton County

Wednesday evening, people could see the familiar dust cloud of a harvester cutting wheat near the Great Bend Municipal Airport on West Barton County Road ...

June 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hathcock named County Operations Director

Barton County no longer has a County Administrator but it does have an Operations Director. Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock now holds two "director" titles.

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Driver flees after crash in Ellsworth County

ELLSWORTH COUNTY - A Salina man was injured Thursday when a vehicle went off an Ellsworth County Road, but it took a while to find the ...

June 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC's presence at Larned prison grows

Changes coming to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility the summer will create opportunities for Barton Community College, the BCC Board of Trustees learned Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Quiz time

The First Assembly of God Church in Great Bend sent its Bible Warriors to the National Bible Quiz tournament this past weekend at Ceder Hills ...

June 14, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Residents speak up about fireworks

HOISINGTON - Patrons attending the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday asked council members for some answers. They wanted to know what if anything the council had ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Library director shares HVAC ups and downs

It takes a while to learn how to use new technology. This is something Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has learned the hard ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Debbie Stevens Week proclaimed

HOISINGTON - The tour of the utility billing office on the agenda for Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting was canceled to make time for ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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