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County Attorney files charge against Bruce

HOISINGTON - On Saturday, July 29, Robert Bruce turned himself in to the Barton County Sheriff's Office after he learned the Barton County Attorney had filed a warrant for his arrest on Monday, July 24. He was booked on a charge of criminal threat, and was released after bail was posted. He contacted The Great Bend Tribune by phone on Sunday.

July 31, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Quilts of Valor July 2017

Golden Plains Quilts of Valor Group Leader Amy Schartz Mellor and members of the group awarded Quilts of Valor to nine local veterans on July 28 at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend.

July 31, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Jacobs sentenced to 14 years for robbery, meth

Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced today that Lee Brett Jacobs appeared in Barton County District Court on Friday for sentencing on two felony cases. In May, Jacobs was convicted on a charge of robbery in one case, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in a second case.

July 31, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Academy, 5220 W 10th St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shelly Peacock with greeters Megan Hammeke and Chelsea Kaundart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

July 31, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County Commission adopts 2018 budget

The overriding challenge in any governmental budget year is providing quality services that are affordable to the taxpayers, Barton County Operations Director Phil Hathcock said as he presented the 2018 operating budget to the County Commission Monday morning.

July 31, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Cyclists raise money for CFF

Cyclists from all over the Midwest gathered at the Great Bend Expo Complex on Saturday morning to take to the trails and roadways of Barton County to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis during the 2nd Annual Bike Brew and Q.

July 30, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Tough girls fighting strong

Friends, family and members of the community came out to Headquarters Salon on Saturday to show their support and help raise funds for 15-year-old Holley Zecha during the Roger Hickey Memorial Fundraiser. Pictured here with Zecha are all the cosmetologists that donated their time to help out with this great cause.

July 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Adopt-A-Pet serving lunch Saturday

Golden Belt Humane Society/Adopt a Pet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Orscheln's, 5320 10th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Lunch is available for a $6 donation for choice of meat, chips, cookies and a bottle of water. Dogs that are available for adoption will be inside. For more info, orders and deliveries, contact Jean at 786-5955.

July 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Man on motorcycle leads Hoisington office on 45-min. chase

A Barton County man on a motorcycle led officers on a 45-minute pursuit in Barton and Rush counties Friday evening before running out of gas, according to Captain Josh Nickerson at the Hoisington Police Department.

July 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Cherry Village hosts registration for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Anyone who wants to register a team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is welcome to stop by Cherry Village, 1401 Cherry Lane, between 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

July 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission to hold budget hearing Monday morning

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 hearing on the 2018 budget and the approval of the budget, the Southwest Developmental Services Inc. service agreement and cooperative effort to repair roads in Claflin.

July 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff suggests moving council meeting

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir has expressed concerns about the potential of a large, possibly hostile, crowd at the next Great Bend City Council meeting and strongly advised the meeting be moved to a venue larger than City Hall. His recommendation came in a letter to city officials and council members delivered Friday.

July 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chief Couch appeals suspension

In a brief statement, Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch Friday afternoon appealed his suspension by the City Council this past Monday night. The council's action was based on "false or reckless" accusations made by Couch about unethical and dishonest conduct by City Administrator Howard Partington and other employee handbook violations.

July 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sunflower Early Education Center schedules open house for preschool and playgroup for all

The Sunflower Diversified Services programs that serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers have scheduled upcoming events for local and area families.

July 27, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Linda Haberman, BCC's longest full-time employee, retires

Three generations watched Tuesday as the Barton Community College Board of Trustees said goodbye to Linda Haberman, who is retiring after 46 years of employment at BCC.

July 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Vehicle registration snafu uncovered

Claflin Police Chief Gary Vaughan was approached last week by a Claflin man who lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend was stopped by ...

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Cuts in federal funding a trend

It's a mouth full and its an annual ritual for the Unified School District 428 School board. But the approval of Local Consolidated Plan ...

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


District enrollment holding close to constant

With the first day of school a week away, the early enrollment numbers for Unified School District 428 are in and looking good, Superintendent Khris ...

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ricochet leaves one wounded

BARTON COUNTY – An Ellinwood man was wounded Monday evening when he was struck by what is believed to have been a ricocheted bullet, Barton County ...

August 15, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Teachers tell district why they stay

Historically, Unified School District 428 has surveyed teachers leaving the district. But, for the first time, teachers staying were asked why they wanted to remain ...

August 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission OKs ‘jake brake’ ban

About a month ago, a resident complained to the Barton County Commission about the use of "jake brakes" on South McKinley and Railroad Avenue just ...

August 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GOOD CLEAN FUN

Saturday morning, as 17th Ave. East of McKinley began to fill up with floats and other parade entries, families made their way to the parade ...

August 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 an ...

August 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


U.S. 56 milling and overlay from Ellinwood to Lyons to begin

A 19-mile asphalt mill and overlay surfacing project on U.S. 56 in Barton and Rice counties will begin this week. The project is located ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fire Chief Napolitano announces retirement

Longtime Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano announced Friday he plans to retire effective Sept. 1.

August 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Best viewing times for eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, on Monday, Aug. 21.

August 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free eclipse glasses available

Note: The Great Bend Tribune no longer has eclipse viewing glasses.

August 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Marsh Musings

It has been necessary for Sandra and me to be in Kansas City for several days. It is almost strange to see all the traffic ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BOE may revise medication policy

A possible revision of the school district's policy for supervision of medications is on the agenda for the Great Bend USD 428 Board of ...

August 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 has preschool openings

Great Bend USD 428 still has openings in its 4-year-old preschool class set to start Aug. 23. The attendance site is at Riley School and ...

August 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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