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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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Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford ...

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton ...

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend ...

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin ...

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle crash sends cyclist to hospital

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a vehicle crash at approximately 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday at 820 Main St.

May 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Commission signs letter backing volunteer programs

The Barton County Commission, citing the importance of volunteerism and the county's support of civic involvement, approved Monday morning signing a letter of support ...

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice offers grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout ...

May 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Mosquito spraying begins Thursday

The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will begin mosquitoes spraying this week, said Street Superintendent Mike Crawford. The spraying will start at 8 ...

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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