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New lungs mean new life for a Kansas newlywed

CLAFLIN - Katelyn Strube-Bohaty's friends, family members, and likely half of the residents of Claflin will be promoting organ donor awareness throughout the month of April as a way to thank the registered organ donor's family who selflessly donated the lungs that saved Katelyn's life nearly two years ago.

April 04, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Rankin sentencing delayed

Sentencing in the Jeffrey Allen Rankin versus the State of Kansas case was continued from April 4, the Tribune learned Tuesday morning. According to the Barton County Attorney's office, the new date is tentatively set for 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24. Rankin plead guilty Feb. 2, 2018, on two charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

April 04, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo

Opening day photos

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tax warrants surprising taxpayers

Thousands of people who own property in Barton County received a surprise in the mail recently after the Barton County Treasurer's Office mailed out tax warrants to those who owe back taxes.

April 03, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Local officials volunteer

In honor of National Service Recognition day Tuesday, Great Bend City Councilwoman Jolene Biggs, Councilman Andy Erb and Police Chief David Bailey delivered Meals on Wheels to recipients Monday and Tuesday, as well as checking in on them to see how they were doing.

April 03, 2018 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


FROM THE DOME TO HOME

RUSSELL - This week we debated amendments to the Kansas Amusement Ride Act that was passed during the 2017 legislative session. Senate Bill 307 makes various amendments to this act. Most of the changes reflect the creation of two subcatergories of amusement rides, those being home owned and those registered as agritourism activities. Also under this bill, hayrack rides or barrel trains would not be included, and these types are now exempted. They were not exempted in last year's legislation.

April 03, 2018 | TROY L. WAYMASTER, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 109TH KANSAS HOUSE | Local News


TAYLOR TIMES

STAFFORD - We are at the "Drop Dead Day" deadline where all bills not exempt from deadlines are struck for the remainder of the session. Again, the topics can still come up as amendments onto bills, but the bill number itself is dead for the year. The jargon you'll see in this newsletter includes: Conference Committees and Concur vs. Nonconcur, and they are related.

April 03, 2018 | BY SEN. MARY JO TAYLOR, | Local News


Council rejects term limits

A charter ordinance setting term limits for the Great Bend mayor and City Council members failed to garner the required two-thirds council majority to pass Monday night. The proposal came at the suggestion of Councilman Brock McPherson.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council votes to sponsor Cinco de Mayo

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a $500 sponsorship for Cinco De Mayo and approved a street closing for the event on May 5 at the request of organizer Jose Hernandez. Closed will be Main Street from 19th Street to Lakin Avenue from 11 a.m. to noon for the parade.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Domestic violence a community problem

A pair of proclamations approved by the Barton County Commission Monday morning call attention to the ongoing problem of domestic violence. They marked April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month and were requested by the Family Crisis Center.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission marks Autism Awareness Day

Noting that autism is a prevalent condition affecting people of all walks of life, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a joint proclamation with the City of Great Bend recognizing Monday as the 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day 2018. Great Bend Mayor Joe Andrasek signed the proclamation last week.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County burn ban lifted

Citing slightly damper conditions, the Barton County Commission Monday morning lifted the temporary county-wide burn ban at the request of fire chiefs across the county. Effective noon Monday, individuals could again burn with approval from the fire chief having jurisdiction of the area where the burning is to take place.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Two injury crashes reported in Russell County

RUSSELL - Two Russell teenagers were injured Sunday when a pickup left the roadway as the driver reached across for a cellphone in Russell County.

April 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


PVCH strives to make Pawnee County ‘Heart Safe’

LARNED - Pawnee Valley Community Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Department has been busy over the last few months educating our community members on Hands Only CPR/AED's. The CPR education that the department administered has one goal - to make Pawnee County a Heart Safe Community.

April 01, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


THE GRAND TOUR

Of the two holiday traditions that involve small children dressing up and going out into the community, some sort of handled container in hand, with hopeful anticipation of bringing it home filled with candy, Easter is the swiftest. And reporters for local newspapers are drawn to the photo opportunities these Easter egg hunts provide as well.

March 31, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Second time not a charm

Monday night, the Great Bend City Council again voted on a charter ordinance setting term limits for council members and for the mayor. Again, it ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New crossing coming to country intersection

Fuzzy Brewer Corner will get a new railroad crossing after action by the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hathcock’s title changes to county administrator

Following the resignation of long-time County Administrator Richard Boeckman, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock was named county operations director in May 2017 to help ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sheriff breaks silence on charges against him

In an emotional impromptu statement to Barton County commissioners Monday morning, Sheriff Brian Bellendir broke his silence on charges leveled against him, calling them politically ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Judge revokes Hirsh’s parole

Since he did not complete a batterer's intervention program as required under his post-release agreement, former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Darrin Hirsh's parole ...

April 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Trial date pending for Kern

Lafe Kern, the man charged in a two-vehicle collision that left four injured, stood moot during his arraignment in Barton County District Court Friday afternoon ...

April 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves building permit

ELLINWOOD - Soon, Ellinwood's Main Street will feature an new structure that may just be the wave of the future. Rachel Ringering, Ellinwood stylist, attended ...

April 14, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Gas prices on the rise

Gas prices are getting pumped up to their highest level in years here in Great Bend and the surrounding communities.

April 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Dear Dairy: Mobile dairy visits Eisenhower School

To teach children how cows' milk is collected, Callie Toews brought a dairy to Eisenhower Elementary School on Friday.

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Santa Fe Trail Center Museum

TOPEKA – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $9,000 to the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum of Larned in support of "Rendezvous 2018: Death on the Trail ...

April 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


FROM THE DOME TO HOME

RUSSELL - After the education finance bill, House Bill 2445, failed on Monday afternoon, on Tuesday, April 3, we debated the same bill. The major components ...

April 13, 2018 | Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, 109th Kansas House | Local News


'The Foreigner' returns

The title character of "The Foreigner" doesn't want to talk to anyone during his unwilling stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. So he ...

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton Orchestra to perform Classical Ventures' concert in the Shafer Art Gallery

Enjoy an evening of classical music and gallery art with the Barton Community College Orchestra's spring concert "Classical Ventures" at 7:30 p.m ...

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Vortex exhibit open through Saturday

High school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend, Stafford, Larned and Hoisington came to Barton Community College to engage in hands-on workshops from art professionals and ...

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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