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Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Best Western, 2920 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Amanda Baxter and Shelly Peacock. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

July 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission eyes tower to improve communications

For some time, Barton County law enforcement officers have had a difficult time with communications in the far northeast part of the county. Officials hope to change that.

July 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


State, county jobless numbers tick upwards

TOPEKA – The state's June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent. This was up from 3.7 percent in May and down from 4.2 percent in June 2015.

July 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County audit clean, but reflects scam

Melissa Ille of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball prefaced Barton County's 2015 audit report to the Barton County Commission on a positive note.

July 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend resident “Beats the Clock” to win $30,000 in Hot Lotto

You've heard the expression about being "in the right place at the right time." That certainly was the case with David Keeler of Great Bend when he bought his Hot Lotto ticket for the Saturday, July 9, drawing.

July 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Demel named employee of the quarter

Gary Demel started at Barton County Road and Bridge Department over four decades ago with a shovel in his hand and rose to become the shop foreman. Monday morning, he was honored as the county's Employee of the Quarter during the County Commission's meeting.

July 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Competition up for high tunnel grants

A Natural Resources Conservation Service administered grant program that pays for high-tunnels has been growing in popularity over the past few years, and that is increasing competition for the grants in some areas, said Barton County District Conservationist Ron Klein. The goal of the program is to get locally grown produce into the hands of people, especially those who have low income or live in areas that may be in food deserts. One common definition of a food desert is where the distance to a grocery store is either more than one mile in an urban area, or more than ...

July 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Bruce Swob has been raising bees and harvesting honey for years. When the Great Bend Summer Street Stroll Farmer's Market was formally organized a few years ago, he was one of the first vendors to sign up, attend the required training at a workshops in Hays, and become certified to accept senior vouchers through a program administered by the Barton County Health Department. During one workshop, he saw the kind of production that was possible in a high-tunnel. When he learned last year that he could apply for a grant to get a tunnel of his own, he didn ...

July 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Poll tests waters for primary, key issues

HAYS – The Great Bend Tribune joined other Kansas newspapers and Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs to conduct a political poll of the First Congressional District measuring Kansans' candidate and policy preferences on key issues.

July 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


UWCK kickoff event

The United Way of Central Kansas is busy preparing for their annual Kickoff Event which will start at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13, at the Knights of Columbus. This year's theme "Stars, Stripes, United Way Forever" will feature patriotic décor, food, and an evening of big laughs with comedian John Bush. John Bush will be talking about his childhood relocation from Hawaii to Minnesota and his UFO sighting in New York City. This thrill ride is filled with rich characters, spot-on impressions and even a disgruntled squirrel. John has performed for audiences of all shapes and sizes ...

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


Unopposed candidates eager to serve

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final story in a series of four, recounting the candidates' forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Great Bend on Tuesday night at the Crest Theater. Today's article covers candidates for Barton County offices who are unopposed.

July 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Presentation explores stories of women on the Santa Fe Trail

The public is invited to a presentation and discussion on "Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Barton County Historical Society Museum. The presenter will be historian Leo E. Oliva.

July 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Program helps residents ‘beat the heat’

With the high temperatures of late, many residents take air conditioning for granted. However, there may be those in the community who don't have a cool refuge from the blistering heat.

July 22, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Town hall meeting planned to discuss St. John sales tax question

ST. JOHN – The public is invited to a town hall meeting of the St. John City Council starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Stafford

July 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Headed in a new direction

Change comes in many forms and one form of change is heading in a new direction and taking a different path and this exactly what the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum is doing.

July 22, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


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BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington MIH lots (finally) going fast

HOISINGTON -- Monday night, board members of the Hoisington Land Bank met to consider three new applicants for lots in the McKenna Meadows subdivision. After advertising ...

May 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington painting program yielding positive results

HOISINGTON -- Dolores Kipper, the city's code enforcement officer, Monday night provided an update to the city council on her efforts to encourage property owners ...

May 22, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


YOU CAN SEE FOR MILES

The sparkling new hilltop scenic overlook tower looms over the griddle-flat Cheyenne Bottoms below. Stretching out into the horizon Monday were the refuge's shimmering ...

May 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado recovery, cleanup underway

It's been a week since an EF3 tornado roared through western Barton County, destroying several homes and causing over $600,000 in damages. At ...

May 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fatal crash in Ness County

NESS COUNTY - A Dodge City woman died Saturday after a van she was riding in crashed on U.S. 283, 5 miles south of Ness ...

May 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees set to approve contracts

Contracts for head coaches, administrators and management staff are on the agenda for Tuesday's Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting. Trustees will meet ...

May 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thomas to retire from US Navy

Engineman Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon L. Thomas will retire from the U.S. Navy on June 23 at San Diego, Calif. Thomas is a ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Free origami workshop

A free workshop on origami will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Marine life by James Mages at Shafer Gallery

The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit "Mages' Marine Marvels" by James Mages at 6 p.m. May 25. The show ...

May 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


USD 428 memorandum reinforces teamwork with law enforcement

While it's something that's been done locally for as long as anyone can remember, a document and a few signatures now makes it ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bringing back memories

The sun was barely up and there was a stiff chill in the air as Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall made his way along the muddy ...

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Visit Fort Larned for Memorial Day Weekend

Larned - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site will bring a frontier military post back to life for Memorial Day Weekend.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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