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BCC addresses poor nursing scores

A report on how Barton Community College instills "Work Preparedness" in students shows only 44 percent of last year's nursing students passed the state exam on the first attempt. Acting Vice President Elaine Simmons presented a mostly positive report to college trustees on Tuesday, but acknowledged the "elephant in the room."

April 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drug Take Back event set for Saturday

Barton County residents with expired medication are invited to dispose of unwanted pills and patches this Saturday during national Drug Take Back Day. Items can be dropped off at sites in Great Bend and Hoisington from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29.

April 26, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Olmitz fun day Saturday

OLMITZ -- Olmitz' volunteer fire department is hosting the second annual day of fun at Olmitz, from 11 a.m to midnight on Saturday, April 29. The car show and bounce house will be going from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department Hog Feed fundraiser starts at 5 p.m., with a raffle drawing at 7 p.m. Guns, grills, tools, a patio set, and a 1/2 hog will be featured items. Then, from 8 p.m. to midnight, entertainment will be provided by the live band, Flatspin, with a freewill donation. All ...

April 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Extending a lifeline

Barton Community College's Nursing Associate Degree Program has been awarded full accreditation through 2022 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) as of March of 2017.

April 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Rep. Roger Marshall comments on ag sec. approval

Monday, the United States Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.

April 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


New waste water meters purchased

When contained, the caustic waste water that seeps through the trash at the Barton County Landfill is a good thing, However, controlling that leachate is a complex process, one heavily regulated by state health officials.

April 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KanCare Expansion forum shares potential Barton County impact

Monday night, a forum organized by The Alliance for Healthy Kansas at the Prince of Peace parish hall sought to inform and provide answers about why it's important now for Kansas to expand Medicaid now, even as President Donald Trump has sworn to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Several Barton County residents, as well as some from neighboring counties attended.

April 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A chance to step up

The Barton County Commission County Monday morning cemented its commitment to the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway when it approved a resolution naming the county the fiscal agent for the byway committee.

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


HVAC bid on school board agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 5630 Broadway Ave. Items on the agenda include the bid if the heating, ventilation and air conditioning at the Field House, approval of contributions, personnel resignations and appointments, and a building report from Lincoln Principal Misty Straub and other staff members.

April 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thompson takes on noxious weeds

Helping to pave the way to a smooth transition upon the retirement of Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips, the Barton County Commission Monday morning named Kay Thompson interim noxious weed director.

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wondra leaving BCSO after 27 years

It was a rare occasion for the Barton County Sheriff's Office Monday morning as the Barton County Commission recognized long-time BCSO detective Sharon Wondra.

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Exit Laughing

Great Bend Community Theatre brings the comedy "Exit Laughing" to the Crest Theater this week.

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Weapons policy on BCC Trustees’ agenda

A proposed draft of a new weapons policy is on the agenda for the next Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Illegal drugs highlight Pawnee Co. court cases

LARNED - Drugs was the common theme of the April 20 Pawnee County District County Felony Motion Docket, Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett said. Of the 10 cases presented to District Judge Bruce Gatterman on Thursday afternoon, seven involved illegal drugs.

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Original plays to premiere at BCC

Four original plays selected from the Barton Community College theater department's Original Playwright Contest will take the stage in a one-night performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27. Admission is free. This is the first year Barton's theater department has presented this series.

April 22, 2017 | By MICAH OELZE Barton Community College | Local News


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BCC students honored in Topeka for academics

Five students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team during ...

February 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Pink Out raises $2,500 for Camp Hope

Barton Community College raised $2,500 for Camp Hope at its Pink Out Night on Feb. 14. People wore pink T-shirts at the BCC basketball ...

February 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Local churches to host Lenten Luncheons

The Barton County Association of Churches announces the 2018 Lenten Luncheons. The purpose of these weekly ecumenical gatherings is to provide an opportunity to join ...

February 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Legacy Award goes to Kids Ag Day in 25th year

It is so much more than horseshoe demonstrations and hay rack rides. The annual Kids Ag Day event has been educating young minds about the ...

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Jason Mayers named NextGen Leader

For boldly investing in the Great Bend community, Jason Mayers was awarded the 2017 NextGen Leader of the Year award from the Great Bend Chamber ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Mark Mingenback named 2017 Citizen of the Year

For his selfless dedication to promoting and bettering the Great Bend community, Mark Mingenback earned the 2017 Citizen of the Year award from the Great ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Great Bend Children's Clinic earns 2017 Business of the Year Award

For their support and impact on the local business community by providing quality care for children, the Great Bend Children's Clinic was named the ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


County Commission meets Tuesday, City Council meets Monday

The Barton County Commission the Great Bend City Council will both meet this week.

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Valentine delivery

Fifth-grader Adrianna Estes delivers valentines to Virginia Zumalt and other residents of Cherry Village Benevolence. Both fifth-grade classes at Riley Elementary School made the valentines ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Marmie Auto Group acquires Dove dealership

Late last year, the owners of Marmie Ford and Marmie Motors in Great Bend had the opportunity to expand their enterprise by purchasing the Doonan ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Courthouse structural study nearly done

With the Barton County Courthouse turning 100 years old this year, the first steps in determining how to restore the aging building are underway.

February 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


2017 a busy weather year in Barton County

Barton County and central Kansas were no strangers to nasty weather last year. Now, with the beginning of this year's severe weather season looming ...

February 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Jefferson Jets

Great Bend USD 428 photos from Jefferson Elementary School.

February 15, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fun in the Sun

The My Backyard Playground outside the GBRC Activity Center was a busy place Thursday after children were dismissed from school early and temperatures reached the ...

February 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior judge assigned to Bellendir case

Senior Judge Edward Bouker from Hays has been assigned to preside over the misdemeanor case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, which is pending in ...

February 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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