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Dolly Parton Imagination Library coming to Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Hoisington's youngest children now have even more support to help them become early readers, and the kids have not only the community, but themselves to thank for it.

May 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Driver injured when car goes off K-96

RUSH COUNTY - A Rush Center woman was injured Wednesday afternoon after the car she was driving went off K-96 and struck a power pole, 4 miles east of Rush Center. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the driver, Marissa C. Wagner, 20, was able to get out of the car, which became fully engulfed with fire. She was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital with undetermined injuries.

May 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Garrison Commander to address BCC grads

Colonel John Lawrence, Garrison Commander at Fort Riley, will give the commencement address at Barton Community College. BCC's 47th commencement is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Barton Gymnasium.

May 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest winners

Barton Community College has announced the winners of its Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. The winners are Allison Peak, Sophie Oss and Thitipong Homruen. Each winner received a $100 Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development gift certificate.

May 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC to hold auditions for summer musical

The Barton Community College Theatre Department will host open auditions for its upcoming summer musical from 4-6:30 p.m. May 17-18 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

May 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Schools will serve FREE summer meals

Great Bend USD 428 will once again provide free meals to children in June and July.

May 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees review contracts, insurance

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees reviewed the list of contracts for head coaches, management staff and administrators during a study session this week. Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said not much has changed and no new contracts have been offered.

May 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC 47th commencement is Friday

Barton Community College's 47th commencement is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Barton Gymnasium.

May 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Dennis Shaw eligible for parole hearing

A man convicted of rape in Pawnee County is eligible for a parole hearing before the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in June.

May 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County meningitis death under investigation

The Barton County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are collaborating with health care and other public health partners to investigate the meningitis death of a Barton County adult, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

May 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ellinwood Municipal Court Docket - May 9

Peter Russum, disobeyed traffic signal, fine $75, court costs $58.50

May 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Boeckman case sent to special prosecutor

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has submitted the findings of its investigation into former Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman to the Barton County Attorney's Office. County Attorney Amy Mellor said Wednesday she has referred the matter to a special prosecutor.

May 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington firefighters host regional training school

HOISINGTON - Hoisington's fire department hosted a regional fire school this past weekend, and Chief Jerry Stricker gave a report to the City Council Monday night.

May 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


County OKs funding for Sunflower early ed

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved funding Sunflower Diversified Early Childhood Intervention Program for $15,000. The money was included in the county's 2017 operating budget and this is something the county has done since 1970.

May 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Integrity of radio tower to be studied

SUSANK - The Barton County 911 radio tower near Susank is an integral part of the county's emergency communications network, but the last time the structural integrity of the tower was checked was about 20 years ago.

May 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford ...

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton ...

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend ...

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin ...

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle crash sends cyclist to hospital

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a vehicle crash at approximately 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday at 820 Main St.

May 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Commission signs letter backing volunteer programs

The Barton County Commission, citing the importance of volunteerism and the county's support of civic involvement, approved Monday morning signing a letter of support ...

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice offers grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout ...

May 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Mosquito spraying begins Thursday

The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will begin mosquitoes spraying this week, said Street Superintendent Mike Crawford. The spraying will start at 8 ...

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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