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County departments face changes, challenges in 2016

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories highlighting the accomplishments and goals of the various Barton County departments.

January 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway (use east entrance on Williams), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Matt Aycock with greeters Melinda Kurth and Regan Reif. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 13, 2016 | | Local News


LIFE-SAVING OPTIONS

Prior to the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night, council members arrived early to inspect and compare the merits of three different ambulances that the EMS Director Scott Fleming arranged to have available. They included one owned by the City of Hoisington, a 2013 Osage provided by Great Bend EMS, and a 2015 AEM. Fleming is also considering a model by Lifeline, but was unable to have one available Monday night for the inspection.

January 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pilot offers alternative to remedial math class

Students who graduate from area high schools aren't always ready for College Algebra, but a new program aims to change that.

January 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A lot has happened and a lot is in the works

As the new year dawned, it was a time for the Barton County Commission to look back at 2015 and look forward to 2016.

January 12, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Several county offices on fall ballot

In addition to the high-profile presidential and congressional elections later this year, there will also be a host of county offices on the ballot, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said.

January 12, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


​Panther Boosters donate $10,000 to athletic department

Ten gifts/grants ranging from $25 to $10,000 were accepted at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 school board meeting.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Community Service Day set for April 27

Here is a summary of other action/information from Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting:

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Capital projects include GBMS activity bus, GBHS roof

Activity buses cost less than coach buses and they're safer, but they are still more comfortable than traditional school buses, the Great Bend USD 428 school board learned Monday.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Barton Community College will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18. Barton's Center for Adult Education and the Shafer Art Gallery also will be closed. Offices will reopen and classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

January 11, 2016 | | Local News


College trustees to discuss naming rights

Donations to the Barton Community College Foundation may lead to a new name for the weight training room in the college's Kirkman Building. The details of a proposed agreement to name the "Kip & Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center" will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building at BCC.

January 11, 2016 | | Local News


Attempted phone scams reported

Two Great Bend businesses last week reported receiving calls from scammers pretending to be representatives of Wheatland Electric Cooperative who were demanding money. No money was lost.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Davis takes over commission gavel

Kenny Schremmer stepped down as chairman of the Barton County Commission and Don Davis took over at the head of the table during the annual changing of the guard Monday morning. Davis was elected chairman and Schremmer chairman pro-tem.

January 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Victim OK after Highrise stabbing reported

A stabbing that reportedly occurred somewhere in the Highrise apartment building Saturday night was the result of a domestic altercation, according to the Great Bend Police Department.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

January 10, 2016 | | Local News


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Color Day

One day of fun in the sun wasn't enough; Wednesday was Color Day outside the Great Bend Public Library.

July 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC takes steps to stop cheaters

Software that attempts to catch cheaters, and tests that determine college readiness, will have a negative effect on enrollment at Barton Community College, according to ...

July 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zamora up for parole hearing

A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping of a child and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later ...

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pay raises, not tax raises, planned at BCC

Barton Community College's board of trustees is considering a budget that will pay for salary increases and a few new jobs, without raising the ...

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


PULLING THEIR WEIGHT

No piece of machinery quite speaks to the spirit of the Barton County Fair quite the way the tractor does. And whether it's the ...

July 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Local businesses honored for United Way contributions

The companies honored during the United Way of Central Kansas' Pacesetter luncheon Wednesday afternoon were responsible for over half of the local United Way's ...

July 12, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Advance voting now available for primary

Registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Aug. 2 primary election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Wednesday.

July 12, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Retirement reception planned for Don Craig

The City of Great Bend will host a retirement reception for outgoing Public Works Director Don Craig from 2-4 p.m. Friday at the Front ...

July 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Jazz band to join City Band for final concert

The final Great Bend City Band concert of the summer will take place at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Crest Theater ...

July 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Bank. 3600 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be ...

July 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


State, county could be eligible for disaster relief

A state of local disaster emergency could be declared for Kansas in the aftermath of wind, rains storms and flooding that raked the area June ...

July 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Grant purchases beef up Health Department services

The Barton County Commission Monday morning ratified a pair of end-of-fiscal year purchases for the Barton County Health Department.

July 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission OKs Extension budget, honors fair

On the Monday morning following the closing of the 2016 Barton County Fair, the County Commission Monday took time to recognize the efforts that go ...

July 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tuesday is deadline for voter registration

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for the Aug. 2 primary election, Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said.

July 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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