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Kinsley high school students jump start careers through BCC pharmacy program

Carley and Camelle Deege have big goals for their careers and didn't wait to graduate high school to start working toward them. It may be hard to tell the identical twins apart, but one thing is clear; these women are future-focused. They have been taking online pharmacy technician classes with no tuition costs through Barton Community College's online component BARTonline via Senate Bill 155. Dozens of Barton's career and technical classes, both online and on-site, qualify under the bill's framework, which means students can take advantage of classes at no cost to them, except textbooks and ...

June 07, 2014 | | Local News

Rep. Huelskamp visits Fort Riley

FORT RILEY - Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) met with Ft. Riley leadership Thursday morning to receive an update about the 1st Infantry Division.

June 07, 2014 | | Local News

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® 2014

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country on Saturday, for the 22nd annual celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more.

June 06, 2014 | | Local News

Lincoln school dedicates their new electronic sign to Alvena Spangenberg

Lincoln School remembered a very special lady on May 22, during an assembly in their front lawn. Lincoln PTO invited grades 3-6th to go outside to see the new dedication plague on their new electronic sign. The new dedication plague reads: In remembrance of Alvena Spangenberg for her loving dedication to her students

June 06, 2014 | | Local News

Becker nominated for Community Corrections Volunteer of the Year

Kimberly Becker, director of the Central Kansas Dream Center, was nominated for Community Corrections Volunteer of the Year and recently traveled to Topeka. She was named Volunteer of the Year for the Northern Parole Region.

June 05, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Local News

Next Great Bend Public Library events announced

Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will offer craft activities for adults and teens in the coming week, YA/Marketing Librarian Jennifer King said.

June 05, 2014 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Toppled tree

Barton Community College had intense thunderstorms and high winds Wednesday night. This evergreen tree was lost to the wind. No other damage was apparent after a walk around campus Thursday morning.

June 05, 2014 | | Local News

Model airplane event Saturday

Join the Model Association of Central Kansas 1 p.m. until dusk Saturday as members will be flying and talking about model airplanes during this free come and go event. The event will be held at the MACK flying field located south of the intersection of Patton Road and Railroad Ave. (114 SW 20th Ave.).

June 05, 2014 | | Local News

Barton, Rice, McPherson counties under flood warnings

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued flood warnings for Barton, Rice and McPherson counties Thursday morning.

June 05, 2014 | | Local News

BCC debate and forensics student shines at national tournament

Barton Community College debate and forensics competitor Chase Pumford of Great Bend was crowned the JV National Champion in "Persuasive Speaking," at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Hutchinson March 14-16.

June 03, 2014 | | Local News

Father Tighe celebrates 60 years of priesthood

A Kansas Bishop's call for priests brought six young men from Ireland in the 1950s. On Sunday, one of those men, the Rev. Dermot Tighe, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination during the prayer service at Prince of Peace, St. Patrick Church in Great Bend.

May 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hard Work Paying Off for Rosewood’s Derrick Pitzer

Great Bend resident Derrick Pitzer is making the most of his young adult life. He has not allowed his lifelong developmental disability to curb his ambitions. To overcome everyday challenges, he has had to work extra hard in the classroom and in the workforce to advance his progress.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News

Vendors sought for June 5 Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market

Are you ready to showcase your home business, community business, agency or handmade arts and crafts? Join fellow vendors from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at this special Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market at Jack Kilby Square, Great Bend. Vendors for commercial products, handmade arts and crafts, or local non-profit agencies are invited to take part in this unique opportunity to kick-off June Jaunt activities with an evening at the park.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News

400,000 images uploaded to Kansas Memory

The Kansas Historical Society announced that 400,000 images of its collections are now uploaded to Kansas Memory. Image number 400,000 is a letter dated Aug. 30, 1918, from Miss Jennie B. Momyer to Helen McKenna Mulvane, state chairperson of the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense. The committee coordinated women's activities and resources for national defense during World War I. The image may be viewed at

May 27, 2014 | | Local News

Summer library programs starting

The Great Bend Public Library is the perfect place for families to spend some time this summer, according to Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King.

May 23, 2014 | | Local News

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Alcohol fund money to go to DARE program

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the distribution of funds aimed at bolstering aloholism-fighting efforts to the Barton County Sheriff's Office for its ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Health Department to get computer upgrade

The Barton County Health Department is moving towards the use of electronic medical records, a change that its current computer server cannot handle. The County ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Saint Francis Community Services kicks off annual Christmas for Kids campaign

Saint Francis Community Services (SFCS) has begun its annual Christmas for Kids campaign, which provides presents to children in foster care at Christmas. Each year ...

November 22, 2015 | | Local News

KWEC to hold Holiday Open House

Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to noon ...

November 22, 2015 | | Local News

Hudson Cream: 'The flour without a fault'

HUDSON - Gleaming elevators tower above the wheat fields of the Kansas prairie at Stafford County Flour Mills. The silos are the same color as the ...

November 21, 2015 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Local News


Heather Schneider, Great Bend, has been working with poultry through Barton County Extension's 4-H since she joined 10 years ago. She remembers her dad ...

November 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

​Audit report on BCC agenda

The Board of Trustees of Barton Community College will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Room F-30, on the ...

November 21, 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 a ...

November 21, 2015 | | Local News

Local businesses ready for Small Business Saturday

All 30 of the Explore Great Bend Stores are open and ready for business for Small Business Saturday, said Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes ...

November 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

​Barton Community College to close for Thanksgiving break

Barton Community College will be closed for Thanksgiving break Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27. The college will resume its regular schedule on Monday ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

​Citrus fruit sales begin soon

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is again selling Indian River citrus fruit as its annual fundraiser. The navel oranges, pink grapefruit and tangerines will ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS students qualify to compete at KU Med Center’s ‘Night @ The Lab’

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Three Great Bend High School juniors won the regional competition and the right to compete at the "Night @ The Lab" state competition ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

​USDA Food Safety offers resources for Thanksgiving troubles

WASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece – the turkey – is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News


Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made ...

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Pancake dinner raises funds for Grubb family’s medical expenses

HOISINGTON - Little Cameron Grubb and his family have been through the heartache of battling a rare life-threatening disease, as well as the joy of knowing ...

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

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