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K-State local government report tracks county budget trends

Per capita revenues (adjusted for inflation) in Barton County remained unchanged between 2004 and 2012 at $701. The County's per capita expenditures decreased 16 percent to $731.

June 08, 2014 | | Local News


Cancer 101 presentation informs patients, as well as the public

Virtually anyone could benefit from information that will be shared during the next interactive televideo presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, said Susan Krigel, PhD, program facilitator.

June 07, 2014 | | 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 Oil and Gas Depletion Fund lawsuit and a Barton County Jail operations update.

June 07, 2014 | | Local News


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


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Camp Hope: Kids make memories

Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope | Local News


​Library announces summer events for adults

The following programs will be offered at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., for adults 18 years of age and older (unless otherwise noted).

June 27, 2015 | | Local News


Library to be closed Friday, Saturday

The Great Bend Public Library will be closed this Friday and Saturday, in observance of Independence Day.

June 27, 2015 | | Local News


Teen lockdown registrations due Monday

Summer programs for teens continue at the Great Bend Public Library. Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King announced the follow activities and events at the Teen Spot, open to students in grades 7-12.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas Wetlands Educational Center host Aquatic Camp

The weather was perfect for this years aquatic camp which is hosted by the Kansas Wetlands Educational Center and the Great Bend Recreation Center.

June 26, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Barton County Commission to discuss avian flu

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 update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser's Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser's Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.

June 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


FHSU president asked to tell Congress about China programs

HAYS – President Mirta M. Martin of Fort Hays State University was in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to testify about the university's experience with its China programs to a subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

June 26, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


​Teen tries to exit car during pursuit

HUTCHINSON - A Hutchinson woman riding in a car with a Nickerson man was injured Thursday afternoon during a pursuit by law enforcement, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


Possible injuries send motorists to Russell Regional Hospital

Four people were taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Tuesday, after a car collided with a semitrailer, 2 miles south of Gorham on the overpass at Interstate 70 exit 175 in Russell County.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend Sophomore competes at National Speech & Debate Competition

Great Bend High School Sophomore Ashtin Heath competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held in Dallas, Texas from July 13 to July 19, in Dramatic Interpretation.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


​USD 428 board calls special meeting

A special meeting of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the District Education Center. Items on the agenda include a donation for the playground equipment initiative, insurance for 2015-16, personnel, and end-of-year budget expenditures and transfers.

June 25, 2015 | | Local News


Garrett hired as Barton VP

Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.

June 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington Fun Day Saturday

With wheat harvest underway, it's time to take a break and have some fun, said Patty Horton of Hoisington Main Street. Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., HMS will host Hoisington Fun Day. Sponsors include the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #23, First Kansas Bank, Cates Carquest, Manweiler Chevrolet, A & F Enterprises, City of Hoisington EMS, Police and Fire Dept., State Farm Insurance - Kathy Burt, Roadway Inn & Suites, and The Lodge Micro Motel.

June 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Dannebohm wanted, armed and dangerous

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a wanted person. Brandon Dannebohm has several warrants including a "No Bond Probation Violation" and "Possession of Methamphetamine". Dannebohm is known to carry a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous.

June 25, 2015 | | Local News


Barton County man drowns in swimming pool

A Barton County man died in an apparent accidental drowning south of Great Bend late Wednesday night, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Thursday morning.

June 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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