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College completes extensive program review

A review of programs at Barton Community College shows business courses generate the most credit hours on campus and a good deal of income. In a presentation to the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Vice President Robin Garrett also mentioned at least one program that may be phased out in the future.

August 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves 2017 budget

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met Monday night, and began the meeting with a brief public hearing of the 2017 budget which was published earlier in the Ellinwood Leader. The mill levy will remain virtually the same as last year, City Attorney Bob Peter summarized. No public comments, so the hearing was closed. Ken Lebbin moved to approve the budget, seconded by Kirk Clawson. The council approved the budget unanimously.

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Waterpark season ends Sunday

Sunday is the final day that the Wetlands Water Park at Great Bend will be open for public swimming this year. Weather permitting, the pool is open daily from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Three Padens in law enforcement

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one story in a series of articles about local law-enforcement officers.

August 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces Summer Grant recipients

Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the July competitive grant cycle and awarded a total of $11,569. The foundation supports programs or projects that are innovative, collaborative, proactive, measurable and sustainable.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Patrol to hold enforcement aimed at reducing fatality crashes

This weekend, troopers across the state of Kansas will be mobilizing for a statewide RAVE (Roving Aggressive Violation Enforcement) to address the increase in fatal crashes. The enforcement will be held Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tickets available for Sunflower’s pancake dinner

The flipping of the cakes is on the agenda again this year to benefit people with developmental disabilities and delays who rely on Sunflower Diversified Services.

August 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Hoisington Council appoints VanBrimmer as new president

HOISINGTON - As part of the reorganization of the council, in the wake of former Council President Brian Wilborn stepping down in July, the council elected a new president Monday evening. Karen VanBrimmer, the senior councilwoman, was nominated by Michael Aylward and the nomination seconded by Chris Smith, and with the approval of the rest of the council, minus Carrol Nather who was absent, she will serve as president for the rest of the year.

August 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


ALL HANDS ON

HOISINGTON - Habitat for Humanity: Barton County Area began work on the property located at 322 E. 6th Street. Work days are being scheduled for the following dates: Aug 13, 20, 27, Sept. 3, 10. The organization was granted two lots in the city of Hoisington to help alleviate a shortage of housing that has concerned the community for several years. Through mostly volunteer efforts and donations, the group is able to provide people a hand up, rather than a hand out when it comes to becoming homeowners. The local group was organized in 2001. They partner with families to build ...

August 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCC Trustees hold line on tax rate

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved the college's 2016-2017 budget Tuesday after inviting comments or questions from the public. Hearing none, the budget was adopted. Based on valuation numbers provided by the county on June 21, it is estimated that the mill levy will be the same as the actual rate in 2014-2015, which was 33.124 mills. In 2015-2016 the rate was similar at 33.090.

August 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drugs and money found in standoff

A standoff between area law enforcement officers and an armed man ended peacefully Monday evening, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Robert Scheuerman, 35, of Larned, is in custody.

August 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission renews contract with SDSI

Southwest Developmental Services Inc. has served as Barton County's Community Developmental Disability Organization for many years, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBRC to host Cutest Pet contest

Do you believe you have the cutest pet? If so, take a photo of it and turn it into the Great Bend Recreation Commission by Aug. 19, 2016.

August 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


STANDOFF ENDS IN ARREST

BARTON COUNTY - Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a vehicle at about 6:20 p.m. on SE 20 Road, about one and a half miles south of Great Bend. They believed a wanted suspect was in the vehicle, which turned out to be true. Robert Scheuerman, age 35, Larned, had a handgun and refused to surrender to officers, threatening to harm himself.

August 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff’s Office involved in standoff

BARTON COUNTY – The Barton County Sheriff's Office is in the midst of negotiations with an armed man south of Great Bend in hopes of convincing him to surrender, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Monday night. As of 7:50 p.m. Monday, the talks were still on going.

August 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Two arrested on drug charges

Barton County Sheriff Office Deputy David Melcher arrested two people on drug charges at 2 a.m. on Friday in the parking lot of Brit ...

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


High school students participate in Vortex

Area high school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend, Solomon, Stafford, Larned and Hoisington came to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from art professionals ...

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sixth-grade band will present concert Tuesday

Months of hard work will culminate Tuesday night, April 18, at 7 p.m. as approximately 95 students of the Great Bend Sixth Grade Band ...

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Shafer Gallery to host annual Barton Student Art Exhibit

Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the Barton Student Art Exhibit juried art ...

April 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Thunderstorms possibly headed our way

The skies in central Kansas turned gray Thursday afternoon as the National Weather Service predicted showers and thunderstorms, although the hazardous weather outlook ranked "2 ...

April 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Smith leaving United Way of Central Kansas

With seven campaigns under her belt and having raised more than $1.7 million for agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties, Julie Bugner-Smith has resigned ...

April 13, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Chemicals burn at Rice County plant

RICE COUNTY - Thursday morning, workers at the Jacam chemical plant located between Lyons and Sterling were sent home when chemicals in one of the buildings ...

April 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

April 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Registration open for freezer meals class

A few spaces remain in the Educational program "Freezer Meals from the Meat Case." According to Donna Krug, Barton County Family & Consumer Science agent, participants ...

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


‘Stay Strong Stay Healthy’ set to begin

The Stay Strong Stay Healthy class is designed to increase an aging adult's access to a safe, structured and effective strength training program. Over ...

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend students win awards at BCC Vortex Juried Exhibition

Student work of Great Bend High School art teachers Sergio Ramirez and Brian Hutchinson showed very well at the BCC Vortex Juried Exhibition 2017.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Estes wins easily in Pawnee, Stafford counties

Republican Ron Estes won a Kansas House seat in Tuesday's special election, the first congressional election since President Donald Trump's victory.

April 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees nominate Johnson for regional award

Members of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees have nominated their chairman, Mike Johnson, for the Regional Trustee Leadership Award of the Association of ...

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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