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Dannebohm captured in Denver

Brandon Dannebohm, who was wanted by the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, was captured Tuesday night in Denver, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

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Posted: jul. 01, 2015 10:03 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Great Bend Tribune, 2012 Forest Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shawn Panzer with greeters Sarah Adams and Amanda Hockerott. As the local news and multi-media leader, the Great Bend Tribune informs the community about matters of importance and interest. Featuring a blend of print, social media and digital products, the Tribune will be introducing its latest community project. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 11:21 a.m. | 0 Comments

Local gymnasts compete at nationals

Posted: jun. 30, 2015 12:10 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BUILDING BLOCKS

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is hosting Play Well TEKnologies, a Lego inspired engineering camp. The camp is designed to help children think creatively and to explore the world of engineering through the use of Legos.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 8:49 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Governor updates drought status of Kansas counties

 TOPEKA – Recent rains for Kansas have eased drought conditions for many areas, leading Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with an Executive Order. 

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 3:29 p.m. | 0 Comments
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U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal in Barton County murders

 TOPEKA — The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the  U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court’s website.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 2:33 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Riley, Park schools get Chromebooks

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 12:53 p.m. | 0 Comments

KDHE immunization program

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful ‘Immunize and Win a Prize,’ program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 12:52 p.m. | 0 Comments

With Meeting in Ellsworth County, Huelskamp Approaches 300 Town Halls

Holyrood, Kan. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) continues the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District. At the American Legion in Holyrood, Kansans turned out to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the negative impacts of the Supreme Court’s decisions on Obamacare and marriage, the importance of religious liberty, the Congressman’s successful efforts at reforming the VA, and how trade benefits Kansas agriculture.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 8:55 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Drug Enforcement Operation conducted in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 2:02 p.m. | 0 Comments

Farmer’s input helps Rep. Huelskamp

By JIM MISUNAS

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 6:15 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Great Bend City Council nixes two days of fireworks

In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city’s fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 12:45 p.m. | 0 Comments

County announces holiday closings for Friday

 Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff’s Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 10:46 a.m. | 0 Comments

Bird flu scare prompts county fair changes

 For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 10:44 a.m. | 0 Comments

Great Bend July 4 fireworks show planned

 The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 5:09 p.m. | 0 Comments

Get Outdoors!

One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a “scary” animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.  

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 12:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Camp Hope: Kids make memories

Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 10:29 a.m. | 0 Comments
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​Library announces summer events for adults

The following programs will be offered at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., for adults 18 years of age and older (unless otherwise noted).

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 9:45 a.m. | 0 Comments

Library to be closed Friday, Saturday

The Great Bend Public Library will be closed this Friday and Saturday, in observance of Independence Day.

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 9:36 a.m. | 0 Comments

Teen lockdown registrations due Monday

Summer programs for teens continue at the Great Bend Public Library. Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King announced the follow activities and events at the Teen Spot, open to students in grades 7-12.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 3:54 p.m. | 0 Comments

Kansas Wetlands Educational Center host Aquatic Camp

The weather was perfect for this years aquatic camp which is hosted by the Kansas Wetlands Educational Center and the Great Bend Recreation Center.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 3:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton County Commission to discuss avian flu

 The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser’s Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser’s Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 3:35 p.m. | 0 Comments

FHSU president asked to tell Congress about China programs

 HAYS – President Mirta M. Martin of Fort Hays State University was in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to testify about the university’s experience with its China programs to a subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 2:54 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Teen tries to exit car during pursuit

HUTCHINSON - A Hutchinson woman riding in a car with a Nickerson man was injured Thursday afternoon during a pursuit by law enforcement, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 10:56 a.m. | 0 Comments

Possible injuries send motorists to Russell Regional Hospital

Four people were taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Tuesday, after a car collided with a semitrailer, 2 miles south of Gorham on the overpass at Interstate 70 exit 175 in Russell County.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 10:53 a.m. | 0 Comments

Great Bend Sophomore competes at National Speech & Debate Competition

Great Bend High School Sophomore Ashtin Heath competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held in Dallas, Texas from July 13 to July 19, in Dramatic Interpretation.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 11:14 a.m. | 0 Comments
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​USD 428 board calls special meeting

A special meeting of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the District Education Center. Items on the agenda include a donation for the playground equipment initiative, insurance for 2015-16, personnel, and end-of-year budget expenditures and transfers.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 8:00 p.m. | 0 Comments

Garrett hired as Barton VP

Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 7:49 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Hoisington Fun Day Saturday

With wheat harvest underway, it’s time to take a break and have some fun, said Patty Horton of Hoisington Main Street.  Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., HMS will host Hoisington Fun Day.  Sponsors include the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #23, First Kansas Bank, Cates Carquest, Manweiler Chevrolet, A & F Enterprises, City of Hoisington EMS, Police and Fire Dept., State Farm Insurance - Kathy Burt, Roadway Inn & Suites, and The Lodge Micro Motel.  

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 2:42 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Dannebohm wanted, armed and dangerous

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted person. Brandon Dannebohm has several warrants including a “No Bond Probation Violation” and “Possession of Methamphetamine”. Dannebohm is known to carry a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 12:11 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton County man drowns in swimming pool

A Barton County man died in an apparent accidental drowning south of Great Bend late Wednesday night, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Thursday morning.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 11:01 a.m. | 1 Comment

Great Bend council to hold special meeting on fireworks

 The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting a noon Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams, to consider the discharge of fireworks on July 3, City Administrator Howard Partington said Thursday. 

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 8:54 a.m. | 0 Comments

McPherson couple from India arrested for multiple charges

McPHERSON — A married couple from India who themselves are unlawfully in the United States have been arrested on an indictment charging unlawful employment of aliens, document fraud, bank fraud and making false claims of U.S. citizenship, U. S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 5:31 p.m. | 0 Comments

County collecting reports of storm damage

 Barton County Emergency Management has been working to accumulate information on storm-related damages since May 4, said Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller. The result has been a local disaster declaration and inclusion in the State of Kansas disaster declaration.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 4:03 p.m. | 0 Comments

Huelskamp’s staff will visit Friday concerning veterans’ issues


A staff representative specializing in veterans casework will represent First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the Great Bend Front Door Community Center, 1615 10th Street.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 2:09 p.m. | 0 Comments

Cyclists enjoy demolition work at Hudson

By JIM MISUNAS

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 12:58 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC student overcomes challenges to receive doctorate

Heike Arrowood didn’t let obstacles stop her from pursuing her educational goals; she smashed through them.  Fueled by her desire to succeed and a jumpstart from Barton Community College, she now holds the highest level of academia attainable in the nursing field — a doctorate.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 9:15 a.m. | 0 Comments
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​Barton County wheat better than 2014

With the 2015 Kansas wheat harvest in full swing, the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Grain and Feed Association provided the following reports.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 8:31 a.m. | 0 Comments

Camp Hope lives up to its name

Super Gummi Bears, Ninja Tiger Dogs and Jeff Goldblum’s Dinosaur Dance Party are some of the names chosen by teams at the 2015 Camp Hope.

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 9:10 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Cities discuss following county on fireworks decision

Hoisington’s City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city’s ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission’s Monday decision. The county commission’s decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 7:10 p.m. | 0 Comments

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