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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 approval of township treasurer bonds, pest control proposals for Barton County buildings and bridge deck repair of the Arkansas River bridge on SW 50 Avenue.

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Teacher helped choking student

Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Karen Smith will receive a ROSE Award from the school board on Monday for helping a student who was choking.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chapman appeal on docket

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on a Barton County man's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction. Jeffrey Wade Chapman was convicted of murdering 25-year-old Damon Galyardt in 2011.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wanted: Some Christmas spirit

Sadly, there are a lot of names on the list to receive gifts of food and clothing through an annual Christmas time campaign sponsored by a host of local agencies that serve those in need.

December 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KBI probe involves ex-county administrator

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations involving an office within the Barton County government, KBI Communications Director Melissa Underwood confirmed.

December 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 personnel discussions continue

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education held a quick meeting Thursday evening to discuss personnel matters. It was the second special meeting this week and in both cases the board called for executive sessions that were closed to the public. The Kansas Open Meetings Act allows non-elected personnel to be discussed in executive session in order to protect the privacy of persons being discussed.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kenneth N. Parten 1933 - 2016

ST. JOHN - Kenneth N. Parten, 83, passed away Dec. 5, 2016, at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. Born on Feb. 1, 1933, at Prather Hill, he was the son of Carl and Ruth (Mann) Parten. On Sept. 14, 1952, he married Jan (Huffman) at St. John. He was owner-operator of Parten Oil and Gas Co. He was a former councilman and mayor for the City of St. John.

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meeting

The Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will have a speaker to discuss the legal and financial concerns of families dealing with Alzheimer's at 7 p.m. on Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Avenue in Great Bend. Mary Drake with Clinkscales Elder Law Practice, PA will be at the meeting to provide information and answer questions. If questions about the support group, please contact Brenda Fries, 620-617-5992.

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board announces special meeting

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. today at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road. The agenda calls for the board to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters.

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Christmas past

Live music, refreshments and a glimpse into rural life and holiday traditions from days gone by can be enjoyed this Sunday, Dec. 11 during the Barton County Historical Society's annual Ghosts of Christmas Past open house.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


You snooze, you lose

Drowsiness and driving is a dangerous combination, comparable to drinking and driving. With the holidays upon us, people are aware of the hazards of being drunk behind the wheel, but may not realize that being sleepy can be fatal as well.

December 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BCHD praises USD 431 for Walking School Bus program

HOISINGTON - At the last Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education meeting of the semester, every seat was taken, and for some late arrivals, it was standing room only. The visitors, it turns out, were seniors who were there to meet a requirement of their high school government class. Each student must attend a BOE meeting during the first semester, and for many, the Tuesday night meeting was their last opportunity.

December 08, 2016 | 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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Holiday musical

Holy Family School's annual music program can be seen at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium. The program features songs from all classes, with the fifth and sixth graders presenting the musical, "Dr. Newheart's Christmas Cure."

December 07, 2016 | Public can attend early show | Local News


Volunteers team up to build toys at FHSU

With light snow falling and Santa's elves hard at work, it seemed a little like Christmas Saturday morning in Fort Hays State University's Davis Hall.

December 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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