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College completes extensive program review

A review of programs at Barton Community College shows business courses generate the most credit hours on campus and a good deal of income. In a presentation to the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Vice President Robin Garrett also mentioned at least one program that may be phased out in the future.

August 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves 2017 budget

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met Monday night, and began the meeting with a brief public hearing of the 2017 budget which was published earlier in the Ellinwood Leader. The mill levy will remain virtually the same as last year, City Attorney Bob Peter summarized. No public comments, so the hearing was closed. Ken Lebbin moved to approve the budget, seconded by Kirk Clawson. The council approved the budget unanimously.

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Waterpark season ends Sunday

Sunday is the final day that the Wetlands Water Park at Great Bend will be open for public swimming this year. Weather permitting, the pool is open daily from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Three Padens in law enforcement

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one story in a series of articles about local law-enforcement officers.

August 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces Summer Grant recipients

Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the July competitive grant cycle and awarded a total of $11,569. The foundation supports programs or projects that are innovative, collaborative, proactive, measurable and sustainable.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Patrol to hold enforcement aimed at reducing fatality crashes

This weekend, troopers across the state of Kansas will be mobilizing for a statewide RAVE (Roving Aggressive Violation Enforcement) to address the increase in fatal crashes. The enforcement will be held Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tickets available for Sunflower’s pancake dinner

The flipping of the cakes is on the agenda again this year to benefit people with developmental disabilities and delays who rely on Sunflower Diversified Services.

August 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Hoisington Council appoints VanBrimmer as new president

HOISINGTON - As part of the reorganization of the council, in the wake of former Council President Brian Wilborn stepping down in July, the council elected a new president Monday evening. Karen VanBrimmer, the senior councilwoman, was nominated by Michael Aylward and the nomination seconded by Chris Smith, and with the approval of the rest of the council, minus Carrol Nather who was absent, she will serve as president for the rest of the year.

August 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


ALL HANDS ON

HOISINGTON - Habitat for Humanity: Barton County Area began work on the property located at 322 E. 6th Street. Work days are being scheduled for the following dates: Aug 13, 20, 27, Sept. 3, 10. The organization was granted two lots in the city of Hoisington to help alleviate a shortage of housing that has concerned the community for several years. Through mostly volunteer efforts and donations, the group is able to provide people a hand up, rather than a hand out when it comes to becoming homeowners. The local group was organized in 2001. They partner with families to build ...

August 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCC Trustees hold line on tax rate

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved the college's 2016-2017 budget Tuesday after inviting comments or questions from the public. Hearing none, the budget was adopted. Based on valuation numbers provided by the county on June 21, it is estimated that the mill levy will be the same as the actual rate in 2014-2015, which was 33.124 mills. In 2015-2016 the rate was similar at 33.090.

August 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drugs and money found in standoff

A standoff between area law enforcement officers and an armed man ended peacefully Monday evening, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Robert Scheuerman, 35, of Larned, is in custody.

August 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission renews contract with SDSI

Southwest Developmental Services Inc. has served as Barton County's Community Developmental Disability Organization for many years, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBRC to host Cutest Pet contest

Do you believe you have the cutest pet? If so, take a photo of it and turn it into the Great Bend Recreation Commission by Aug. 19, 2016.

August 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


STANDOFF ENDS IN ARREST

BARTON COUNTY - Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a vehicle at about 6:20 p.m. on SE 20 Road, about one and a half miles south of Great Bend. They believed a wanted suspect was in the vehicle, which turned out to be true. Robert Scheuerman, age 35, Larned, had a handgun and refused to surrender to officers, threatening to harm himself.

August 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff’s Office involved in standoff

BARTON COUNTY – The Barton County Sheriff's Office is in the midst of negotiations with an armed man south of Great Bend in hopes of convincing him to surrender, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Monday night. As of 7:50 p.m. Monday, the talks were still on going.

August 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Community Corrections sees increased funding

Central Kansas Community Corrections Director Amy Boxberger proudly touts her agency's success at keeping offenders from returning to prison, but said she is fearful ...

April 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KS Supreme Court denies appeal for Miller

The Kansas Supreme Court has denied LaVeta Miller's request for a review of her convictions for stealing money earmarked for Honor Flights for U ...

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge to plea to 2016 burglaries

In 2016, Kerry Partridge Jr. allegedly broke into several homes and sheds in Barton County, taking guns, tools and more.

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School mileage applications go out Friday

USD 428 staff will mail student mileage vouchers for reimbursement on Friday. These will go to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside ...

April 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCSO seeks information

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance is locating a man wanted for aggravated robbery and outstanding warrants.

April 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Members sought for city boards, commissions

The City of Great Bend has a number of advisory boards and commissions, and there are currently openings on many of them, Mayor Mike Allison ...

April 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission reappoints Esfeld as appraiser

Barb Esfeld will serve another four years as the Barton County appraiser following her reappointment by the County Commission Monday morning. She will serve another ...

April 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Improvements coming to Main

The Great Bend City Council Monday night accepted the low bid from Venture Corporation for work on Main Street.

April 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Committee advances plan for McKown statue

He may have been confined to a wheelchair most of his life, but that didn't keep Bill McKown from standing tall in his native ...

April 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Area painters and potters featured at Deines Center

RUSSELL - The next exhibition at the Deines Cultural Center opens Friday. Four Painters & Three Potters features paintings and ceramics from seven artists from the Great ...

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at ...

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Marshall finds satisfaction, concerns among Kansans

There are a lot of voices to be heard in the massive First Congressional District and first-term Republican Roger Marshall said lots of them are ...

April 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Diva Day on the way

The Great Bend Tribune Relay for Life of Barton County team will hold its annual Spring Diva Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p ...

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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.

April 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC report highlights administrative projects

Software purchases at Barton Community College used to represent major expenses requiring the approval of the Board of Trustees. Nowadays, the cost of software has ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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