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Art with meaning

Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the "Barton Student Art Exhibit" juried art show from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 1. The show runs through April 23.

March 25, 2016 | By Joe Vinduska Vinduskaj@bartonccc.edu | Local News


Law enforcement seeks information on missing person

The Barton County Sheriff and the Rice County Sheriff are seeking the public's assistance in locating Megan Foglesong.

March 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Community College trains employees on “Run Hide Fight” response

Barton Community College has stepped up its game in terms of safety and preparedness in recent months. New emergency notification apps and other enhancements have been paired with a recent series of trainings for employees on the college's Run Hide Fight response to active shooters.

March 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Nine for nine

Editor's note: Warning. This story will likely make you smile.

March 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood’s St. Joseph school celebrating 130 years of teaching

ELLINWOOD - Rev. Terrance Klein, parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish of Ellinwood, was busy placing newly polished candlesticks at the church in preparation for Easter Sunday on Thursday afternoon. This weekend, the church is expecting the return of several hundred alumni of the parish school. They are coming to celebrate the 130th anniversary of this Ellinwood institution.

March 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of Control

In recent days with all the wildfires that sparked up in Barton County and around the state, fire safety should be on everyone's mind. Prevention is the key to help stopping these fires and protecting ones family and home, safety officials said.

March 24, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Taking funds from KDOT may jeopardize Kansas roads

As state lawmakers continue to eye the Kansas Department of Transportation as "the bank of KDOT" and defund it to help balance the budget, many roads and highways, and other much-used programs such as air travel and public transportation are growing increasingly in peril, officials say. This is being felt in many ways.

March 24, 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 National Health Week proclamation, a federal emergency relief agreement for flood-related road repairs and asphalt mixing bids.

March 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Government commodities to be distributed

United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m., Monday, March 28, at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Rd. Bring some form of identification. For more information, call 620-722-7676.

March 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC employees get Run Hide Fight training

Barton Community College has stepped up its game in terms of safety and preparedness in recent months. New emergency notification apps and other enhancements have been paired with a recent series of trainings for employees on the college's Run Hide Fight response to active shooters.

March 24, 2016 | By BRANDON STEINERT SteinertB@bartonccc.edu | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice offers volunteer training

Since volunteers can play a crucial role in supporting families caring for hospice patients, a local non-profit agency has scheduled training sessions for those willing to help.

March 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Edmonds will not seek reelection

State Representative John Edmonds, R-Great Bend, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election to the 112th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Edmonds was first elected to the House in 1994 and has served 16 years, in addition to four years as a member of the Barton County Commission.

March 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas State University team part of $10 million grant to study the Ogallala Aquifer

For more than 80 years, the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest freshwater aquifer in the world, has been the main source of agricultural and public water for western Kansas and parts of seven other states in the Great Plains.

March 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1966, young men of draft age who hoped to complete college were given hope when the Selective Service announced it would continue to provide college deferments based on performance for the time being. It was reported in the March 25, 1966 edition of the Tribune, a Selective service spokesman had put it succinctly, "We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best." It issued guidelines to the local draft boards that allowed them to consider a student's calss standing and deferment test score in determining deferment eligibility.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Library sees utility savings with geothermal

The geothermal heating and air conditioning system installed in the Great Bend Public Library building at the end of 2014 may never pay for itself, but it has resulted in lower utility costs. At Monday's Library Board meeting, GBPL Director Harry Willems shared month-by-month fees for gas and electricity for both years, showing a net savings of $6,823.

March 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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BCC student fees may increase

Administrators at Barton Community College plan to ask the BCC Board of Trustees to increase student fees by $4 per credit hour for the fall ...

March 15, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


KWEC offers Spring Break at Cheyenne Bottoms

Those looking for something fun to do this spring break are invited to make a trip to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Spend an hour ...

March 15, 2017 | By Tribune staff | Local News


Make a magical fairy garden

Where do fairies live? At your house in the fairy garden you'll create for them, during the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's fairy garden ...

March 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Campaign begins to honor McKown for many contributions to Great Bend

When Bob Feldt started to realize just how much he missed his old friend, Bill McKown, he wondered if others might be feeling the same ...

March 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Exchange students experience different way of learning

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part story. Ellinwood High School exchange students talked about the differences between high school in America ...

March 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


EHS rich in cultural exchange

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part story. An interview with three Ellinwood High School exchange students earlier this week resulted ...

March 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Teachers offered used computers

Employees at Great Bend USD 428 can purchase used desktop and laptop computers as they are replaced with new ones. Prices range from $75 to ...

March 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Address unknown

Barton County established its 911 addressing system in 1989. But, as the county's mapping system is much more advanced now, it has become more ...

March 14, 2017 | | Local News


Commission marks colon cancer month

It was two years ago that Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir was diagnosed with colon cancer. Now a cancer survivor, the 55-year-old Bellendir is a ...

March 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBPL recipient of Whelan Endowment Fund

Vickie Herl, the Great Bend Public Library's administrative manager, will celebrate 45 years as a staff member on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 ...

March 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


All-American Boys Chorus will wrap up concert season

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present the All-American Boys Chorus as its last concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ...

March 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


GB schools gain state recognition

Great Bend school board members heard good news on Monday concerning USD 428's progress in the state's Multi-Tiered Support System program. Todd Wiedemann ...

March 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Commission OKs new spray truck

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the replacement of spray truck for the Noxious Weed Department, but the approval was not without opposition.

March 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization on BCC agenda

An interlocal agreement for a Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization program will be reviewed at the Barton Community College Board of Trustees Study Session, set for 4 ...

March 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County moves ahead with joint extension district

Barton County will be part of a joint extension district with Ellis County following action by the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

March 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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