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OFF TO THE RACES

HOISINGTON - Thursday morning, electric car teams from nine high schools from around the state arrived in Hoisington bright and early for the Hoisington ElectroRally, the high school's first home meet. Each team brought at least one single-driver, lightweight, aerodynamic, high efficiency electric race car, and a strategy for winning.

October 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee County jury finds man guilty of kidnapping

LARNED - A Garden City man was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle and aggravated endangering a child, Wednesday in Pawnee County District Court. Zachary Hutchens, 20, will return to court on Nov. 16 for sentencing, Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett reported.

October 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Local Medicare counseling available

Each year Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to review their health and drug coverage for the next year during the Open Enrollment Period Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. RSVP of Central Kansas and Barton County Extension SHICK counselors are available to answer questions and assist beneficiaries with their shopping and enrollment.

October 12, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | 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.

October 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Putting out fires

The Great Bend Fire Department is conducting Fire Prevention Week throughout the local schools and on Wednesday crews from the department were at Holy Family School to teach students about fire safety.

October 12, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


County green lights stop signs

Citing limited visibility, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the placement of stop signs at the intersection of NW 70 Avenue and NW 20 Road.

October 12, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 112 eying bond issue

WILSON - Central Plains Middle School in Bushton could be a template for lighting and HVAC improvements throughout Central Plains Unified School District 112, Superintendent Greg Clark said Tuesday. The district is considering a bond issue to fund similar improvements to its six other buildings scattered among four communities.

October 12, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Public Library announces new director

After months of strategizing and searching, the Great Bend Public Library and the Central Kansas Library System came to an agreement last week who they wanted to direct both organizations. Monday afternoon, at the Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors meeting, it was announced they had offered the position to Gail Santy, and she accepted. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, she will succeed Harry Willems who was appointed in January 2009 and served as the organization's fifth director, a position he held for nine years.

October 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCC instructor provides training in Okinawa to US soldiers

Barton Community College Military Schools instructor Lawrence Weber taught a five-day Maintenance Manager course to 24 U.S. Soldiers on the Japanese island of Okinawa in September. Barton was contacted, as being one of the few organizations able to provide the type of training the unit needed.

October 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton accreditation in good standing

Barton Community College has met all criteria for accreditation, Myrna Perkins told the BCC Board of Trustees Tuesday.

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jumping in with both feet

New Barton County Treasurer Jim Jordan raised his right hand and took the oath of office from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman early Tuesday morning.

October 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


School board seeks architect

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is ready to create a master plan for future building projects and will hear presentations from architects later this month.

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fire chief: No explosions in house fire

Great Bend Fire Chief Luke McCormick said Tuesday there were no explosions in a house fire last Friday, even though that was part of the 911 dispatch.

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Superintendent wants to start new student group

Students at Great Bend High School may soon have a say in course offerings and other aspects of school life. Superintendent Khris Thexton plans to start a Student-Superintendent Advisory Council as the second nine weeks of the school year gets underway.

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Climate change predicted to reduce size, stature of dominant Midwest plant

MANHATTAN - The economically important big bluestem grass - a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle - is predicted to reduce its growth and stature by up to 60 percent percent in the next 75 years because of climate change, according to a study involving Kansas State University researchers.

October 10, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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Camp Hope is back

CAMP ALDRICH - Nine-year-old Bailey Thompson from Mulvane caught four little fish Tuesday morning before landing a "whopper," with the help of a Camp Hope volunteer.

June 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo promotes Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is an initiative that started in Australia that is now taking hold in the US and largely being promoted by zoos across ...

June 20, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Run-down house deemed unsafe

Indeed, the small, white ramshackle house at 819 Adams is an eyesore and potentially dangerous, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

June 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City audit report a good one

It was welcome news for the Great Bend City Council Monday night as Vickie Dreiling of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball presented the city's ...

June 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


The garden is a labor of live

Oh Oh. It's that time again. Fred has planted THE annual garden. I have helped very little. It's his project.

June 20, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local News


Waterline project ahead of schedule

Sure, the ongoing Great Bend waterline replacement project seems to be dragging on, leaving gaping holes in streets and snarling traffic. But, the City Council ...

June 19, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission backs recycling efforts

Barton County's recycling efforts and the need to extend the County Landfill's lifespan were on the minds of Barton County commissioners Monday morning.

June 19, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Women for Kansas to show documentary

The documentary, "Merchants of Doubt," will be shown during the Women for Kansas Barton County Chapter at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at ...

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Long days of harvest in full swing

Wheat harvest is underway in Barton and Pawnee counties with reports of average bushels being harvested.

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Musical petting zoo planned

On Thursday, the Great Bend City Band in conjunction with A440 and the Great Bend Public Library, will co-host an "Instrument Petting Zoo."

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Plains State Bank to host weekly Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Plains State Bank, 800 Coolidge Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Another Bailey

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Police Sgt. Chance Bailey attended the Ellinwood City Council meeting on June 12, where, following a 10 minute executive session, he was recommended ...

June 19, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Marking historical roots

Great Bend Rotarian Pat Cale told the City Council Monday night the unique but stately 70-plus-year-old ginkgo tree at the north end of the Barton ...

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sheriff’s Office watching intersection north of Great Bend

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told the Barton County Commission Monday morning his deputies have been running selective enforcement at the North Washington/30 Road ...

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A dose of reality

It's been a bitter pill to swallow, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told county commissioners Monday morning.

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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