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Veterans support group to meet

A veterans support group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. of the second Wednesday of the month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, 504 Main. The meetings are open to all veterans. The next meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13.

July 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees ask about compliance costs

Mike Johnson, chairman of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, wants to know how much it costs the college to comply with federal mandates. The topic will be discussed when the board holds its next study session at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the Administration Building Conference Room. This luncheon meeting will include a presentation on the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees by Johnson; he represents Barton on the KACCT and was recently elected KACCT president.

July 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Mellor receives American Legion Auxiliary Shining Star

The first Kansas recipient of the American Legion Auxiliary Shining Star Award is Amy Schartz Mellor, for her work with the Golden Plains Quilts of Valor.

July 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBRC board meets Monday

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's 2016-2017 budget hearing is on the agenda for the next meeting, set for 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.

July 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fair launching pad for great entertainers

This marks the silver anniversary of the Barton County Fair. One of the staples over the 25 years has been the myriad of musical acts that have graced the stage evenings during the annual event.

July 08, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Some cities drop out of June Jaunt; remaining towns committed to continuing

Recently, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes met with the other June Jaunt communities. While she had only glowing remarks about this year's event in Great Bend, some other participants were less than enthusiastic.

July 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County Fair Shedule

Friday, July 8

July 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Murder charges dropped

First-degree murder charges against three men were dismissed Thursday in Barton County District Court. Alejo Villegas, Juventino Villegas and Adam Suppes still face felony charges that include aggravated burglary, stemming from Nov. 15, 2015, when they allegedly broke into the home of Sterling Mills with Aron Villegas. Aron was shot by Mills and died.

July 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SKYWARD BOUND

This Saturday local pilots will be taking to the skies with their radio controlled model airplanes to help raise money with a Relay For Life Fundraiser and to pay honor to local veterans with a model airplane static display and a model funfly.

July 07, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


How do our gardeners grow?

Wednesday morning volunteers at Expo 2 at the Barton County Fairgrounds organized displays of vegetables, herbs and flowers for the 2016 Open and 4-H Horticulture judging. For gardeners all over the Golden Belt, it was a chance to show off the area's best potatoes, onions, carrots, tomatoes, beans and more. Holly Dickman, Ellis County horticultural agent, judged the event. A group of 4-H members gathered around to hear results and ask questions.

July 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Swim team assault suit against School Board dismissed

ELLSWORTH – A judge dismissed the lawsuit filed against the Unified School District 428 School Board and school officials by a Great Bend woman in connection with the assault of her son on a Great Bend High School school bus in February, the attorney for the mother said Thursday afternoon.

July 07, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Flowers: They’re not just for smelling!

Add a peppery flavor to salads, a festive garnish to cakes or a refreshing flavor to your iced tea, all with flowers. Learn which flowers are edible and various ways you can incorporate their delicate flavors in your cooking, during "flower flavors" at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, at 2 p.m. on July 17.

July 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Join the “Butterfly Quest”

From tiny hairstreaks to large swallowtails, all sizes of butterflies will be counted during the Cheyenne Bottoms annual butterfly quest, beginning at 9 a.m. on July 9 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Rain date will be July 16, same time and place.

July 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rice County flood warning extended

STERLING - A flood warning for southwestern Rice County has been extended to 1 p.m. Saturday by the National Weather Service in Wichita.

July 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pedal power

Few things make kids happier than summer and bicycles. They had both Thursday morning at the Barton County Fairgrounds.

July 07, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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