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Former National Guard medic, BCC instructor, becomes nursing student

Courtenay Self wanted to get away from her small hometown in Texas and see the world. In 2008 at the age of 21, she joined the National Guard and became a medic. She helped in disaster situations and traveled to other countries to provide medical care to people without access to health care. After her stint in the National Guard, the dust settled and she was looking for a way to continue caring for people. She began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and now, at the age of 27, is taking the next step as a student in the ...

December 21, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS FFA food drive

December 20, 2015 | | Local News


Governor Sam Brownback announces appointments to Commissions and Boards

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently announced new appointments to boards and commissions.

December 20, 2015 | | Local News


Witness: Victim said she fabricated story

Darrin Hirsh's former supervisor testified Friday that Candice Hirsh told him she "fabricated" a story about her husband threatening her with a gun. But prosecutors maintain Darrin asked her to say that so he wouldn't lose his job as a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 audit approved

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education received a clean audit on its financial reports for 2014-2015, although there was a "non-compliance issue," according to an auditor.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State assessment data released

Kansas State Board of Education state assessments for 2014-2015 were released this month.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers man Ident-a-kid

Five-year-old Tyler McHenry said "it felt kind of weird" having images of his fingerprints saved. It was a "left-righty" feeling, he explained.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Food for the holidays

Members of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club collect food boxes to deliver to families in need, Saturday morning at Dillons. The club bought 35 boxes, spending over $1,200, for deliveries to homes suggested by the Barton County Food Bank. It was a busy day for acts of kindness; club President Rob Bauer said his church, First United Methodist, also planned to deliver 105 food boxes that day.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Update on jury trial

Darrin Hirsh trial continues. Defense called its first witness shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. The jury was sent home for the weekend around 5:10 p.m. and will return at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

December 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jobless rate takes dip

TOPEKA – The labor force in Kansas swelled in November, forcing down the state's November seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 4.0 percent,a decline from 4.1 percent in October and decreased from 4.2 percent in November 2014, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week.

December 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Generous gift

December 18, 2015 | | Local News


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a recognition of the D.A.R.E. essay winners, a court costs ordinance and a report from Community Coordinator Christina Hayes.

December 18, 2015 | | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes recognizing retiring County Engineer Clark Rusco, the replacement of a damaged Road and Bridge Department truck, the sale of two Road and Bridge trucks, and appointments to the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Center for Counseling and Consultation Governing Board.

December 18, 2015 | | Local News


Madrigal music

Choir members of the Great Bend High School Madrigals sing at the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club meeting, Wednesday at Perkins restaurant. They have been performing once or twice a day for most of this month, vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said. Their final public appearance of the year was set for Thursday. The program featured seasonal music, including a dance number choreographed by the students. They ended with the Madrigals' signature song, "Reach out and Touch," performed with sign language.

December 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Defense questions versions of report

The defense attorney for Darrin Hirsh cross examined the defendant's ex-wife during the jury trial that continued Thursday in Barton County District Court.

December 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Zebra Mussels found in Cedar Bluff Reservoir

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. The ...

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Keep the motor running

American and Kansas highways alike are a lot busier, transportation officials say.

August 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

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 ...

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Airplane forced to make emergency landing

At 12;35 p.m. on Thursday one mile south of Bushton, a 1968 piper fixed wing aircraft flown by Brad Fitchett, 51 of Ellsworth ...

August 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Main Street Dillons invites first responders to free dinner

First responders in Barton County are invited to a free chicken barbecue dinner, from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Dillons No ...

August 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pump prices headed upwards

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 9.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15 Thursday, according to GasBuddy's ...

August 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KDOT requesting comments on STIP amendment

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on the amendment to the FFY 2016-2019 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

August 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grant renewed for BCC’s Educational Opportunity Center

About 1,000 people per year benefit from the Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center, which exists to promote educational awareness by helping community members find ...

August 25, 2016 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News


Sanchez new translator at two Sunflower Diversified facilities

Victoria Sanchez is bringing an extra dose of the personal touch to the children and families at the Early Education Center (EEC) and Incredible Years ...

August 25, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Voicing support for Larned State Hospital

LARNED - Tim Keck, secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, discussed the future of Larned State Hospital during a public meeting Wednesday ...

August 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Second suspect arrested in May 21 shooting incident

The Great Bend Police Department and other agencies responded to a shooting incident in the 3900 block of Forest Ave on May 21. Although the ...

August 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County Senior Companion honored

August 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A life turned 'round, Part II

Editor's note: Robert Bruce is Hoisington's newest city council representative. His journey to becoming the kind of man who chooses to take part ...

August 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Move request: DMV seeks higher ground

Staff at the Kansas Driver's License office on the second floor of the courthouse would like to move to another room in the building.

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mull estate supports Shafer Gallery

Staff at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will visit area schools, thanks to a gift from the Glenn and Elaine Mull Family Advised ...

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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