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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


Vendors sought for June 5 Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market

Are you ready to showcase your home business, community business, agency or handmade arts and crafts? Join fellow vendors from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at this special Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market at Jack Kilby Square, Great Bend. Vendors for commercial products, handmade arts and crafts, or local non-profit agencies are invited to take part in this unique opportunity to kick-off June Jaunt activities with an evening at the park.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News


400,000 images uploaded to Kansas Memory

The Kansas Historical Society announced that 400,000 images of its collections are now uploaded to Kansas Memory. Image number 400,000 is a letter dated Aug. 30, 1918, from Miss Jennie B. Momyer to Helen McKenna Mulvane, state chairperson of the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense. The committee coordinated women's activities and resources for national defense during World War I. The image may be viewed at kansasmemory.org/item/305559/page/29.

May 27, 2014 | | Local News


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Governor updates drought status of Kansas counties

TOPEKA – Recent rains for Kansas have eased drought conditions for many areas, leading Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with an Executive Order.

June 30, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal in Barton County murders

TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.

June 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


​Riley, Park schools get Chromebooks

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.

June 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KDHE immunization program

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful 'Immunize and Win a Prize,' program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.

June 30, 2015 | | Local News


With Meeting in Ellsworth County, Huelskamp Approaches 300 Town Halls

Holyrood, Kan. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) continues the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District. At the American Legion in Holyrood, Kansans turned out to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the negative impacts of the Supreme Court's decisions on Obamacare and marriage, the importance of religious liberty, the Congressman's successful efforts at reforming the VA, and how trade benefits Kansas agriculture.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Drug Enforcement Operation conducted in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.

June 29, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Farmer’s input helps Rep. Huelskamp

By JIM MISUNAS

June 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Great Bend City Council nixes two days of fireworks

In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County announces holiday closings for Friday

Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Bird flu scare prompts county fair changes

For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend July 4 fireworks show planned

The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).

June 28, 2015 | | Local News


Get Outdoors!

One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.

June 28, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


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


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