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This week in 1966, young men of draft age who hoped to complete college were given hope when the Selective Service announced it would continue to provide college deferments based on performance for the time being. It was reported in the March 25, 1966 edition of the Tribune, a Selective service spokesman had put it succinctly, "We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best." It issued guidelines to the local draft boards that allowed them to consider a student's calss standing and deferment test score in determining deferment eligibility.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Library sees utility savings with geothermal

The geothermal heating and air conditioning system installed in the Great Bend Public Library building at the end of 2014 may never pay for itself, but it has resulted in lower utility costs. At Monday's Library Board meeting, GBPL Director Harry Willems shared month-by-month fees for gas and electricity for both years, showing a net savings of $6,823.

March 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The gusty wind and dry conditions help fuel fire in Barton County.

March 23, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Fire danger remains high

WICHITA -- Very strong south to southwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts over 55 mph, dry air, and warm temperatures will create extreme grassland fire danger conditions across much of the region again today into Tuesday evening. Fires have been reported in northern Barton County. A fire in Comanche County has burned more than 41,000 acres. Barber County requested mutual fire assistance from Barton County at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Smoke was visible on radar in several Kansas counties stretching from Barber County to Sedgwick County.

March 23, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News

State’s funding of KDOT causing concern for city

City Administrator Howard Partington told the Great Bend City Council Monday night that he testified at the House Taxation Committee hearing in Topeka on March 15 to urge the committee to fund Kansas Department of Transportation projects and operations.

March 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Fires reported in county

Multiple fires have been reported in Barton County this afternoon.

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barton and area high school students to perform in Vocal Masterclass forum

The public is invited to observe a Vocal Masterclass forum from 3-5:30 p.m. (session one) and from 6:15-8:30 p.m. (session 2) on April 1 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College. The forum is open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about vocal technique and performing is encouraged to attend one or both of the sessions.

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

Community donates $53,000 to people who rely on Sunflower Diversified

The community stood up and showed its support for people with developmental disabilities and delays by raising $53,000 at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala.

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBCF Listening Tour – Stafford County

Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation soon will be in Pawnee County for the beginning of a listening tour and series of community meetings across Stafford, Pawnee, Rush, and Barton counties. The Stafford county meetings are scheduled for Friday, April 1, and will be held at the following locations and times:

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley Street in Great Bend. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be lots of Easter eggs for all.

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kindergarten round-up for area schools

USD 428 Roundup

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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 | 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

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BCC may extend naming rights on training center

The Barton Community College trustees will be asked to approve a scales certification program and extend the naming rights on a building during the next ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Scouting for food

On Oct. 29, our community will participate in Scouting for Food. Our local food banks continue to serve many families, and the need is great ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pre-election campaign reports

On Oct. 31, treasurers for candidates running for state office, county office, political action conmlittees (PACs) and party committees will file their pre-general election campaign ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Larned Police report

Oct. 20

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission backs Sunflower’s transportation grant request

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a letter supporting Sunflower Diversified Services' application for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant applications. The funds would ...

October 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Deer-vehicle collision sends two to Clara Barton Hospital

Two people were taken to Clara Barton Hospital Saturday evening after a deer hit by a car was thrown into the windshield of an oncoming ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Motorcyclist injured on I-70

SALINE COUNTY - An Ellsworth man was injured Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving went off Interstate 70 at the Interstate 135 ramp. Kansas Highway ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend man jailed after Sunday morning shooting

Two men were shot and one Great Bend man remains in jail following an argument that turned violent early Sunday morning, Great Bend Police Chief ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Evening Lions provided vision screenings

The Great Bend Evening Lions Club provided free vision screening last Saturday and and Sunday during Family Fun Day at the Great Bend Brit SpaughZoo.

October 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Wood Carvers will be at Sutherlands on Saturday

The Golden Belt Wood Carvers will be at Sutherlands, 5520 10th St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 29. Members will ...

October 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC to host blood drive

Barton Community College will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 in the Technical Building ...

October 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Dogs kisses go for $1 a Pooch Smooch

The dog days of summer made a brief comeback of sorts this past Saturday; the temperature was an unseasonably warm 82 degrees, and the parking ...

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four-year-old Sophia Nelson grinned and hugged her favorite public television celebrity, Curious George, as a family member snapped a photo.

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Training offered for volunteers needed to help with hurricane relief

The American Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Matthew in five southeastern states and more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers have supported the ...

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission to hold executive session 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 a ...

October 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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