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WINTER BLAST

Wednesday's predicted snow did not begin to fall in the Great Bend area until after 6 a.m., and the forecast for one to three inches of snow during the daylight hours did not cause Barton County schools to call off classes. But as classes started, snow began to accumulate, leading administrators to consider calling an early release day.

February 20, 2013 | by Staff reports | News


RAISING A STINK

Some call it the eastern spotted skunk and some call it the civit cat. Whatever one calls the small, black, furry critter, it calls a bridge southeast of Great Bend home.

February 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Western Kansas under winter storm warning

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Stafford, Pawnee and Rush counties and other counties south and west of Barton County from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday.

February 19, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


Survey leaves volunteers with mixed feelings

Few people would feel comfortable stopping a complete stranger and asking them to answer a series of questions about their living arrangements. It's even more difficult when you are anticipating finding the person may be in a desperate situation for which you have no immediate answer. But that's exactly what a group of Great Bend volunteers committed to do the last week of January.

February 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton enrollment continues to climb; trend shows shift to online education

On-campus enrollment is down, but Barton Community College appears to be maintaining steady growth for a sixth consecutive year, college officials reported.

February 19, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Bill could kill K-96 project

The future of the proposed improvements of K-96 between Nickerson and Sterling may be uncertain, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.

February 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


A WASTE OF TIME

It's a matter of pride for Barton County Landfill Director Mark Witt that his facility north of Great Bend continues to be self sufficient, supported only by user fees.

February 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend dentists speak out

Several Great Bend dentists,Larry Kutina, Ross Hildebrand, Marc Hueslig, Keith Ritter and Mike Allison, and Blake Herres of Hoisington, met Friday at the Tribune offices to discuss House Bill 2157, which seeks to create a mid-level dental provider called a Registered Dental Practitioner. RDPs would be allowed to perform some dental procedures, including surgery, under general rather than direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

February 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Council OKs taxing district for theater

Following the adjournment of a public hearing, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the creation of a Community Improvement District for Golden Belt Cinema 6.

February 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Family Crisis Center advocate recognized

TOPEKA - Laura Brown, from the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, has been recognized by a statewide domestic and sexual violence advocacy organization.

February 18, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Barton students honored in Topeka

Four students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team at an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.

February 16, 2013 | | News


New rules and fees planned for Kirkman Activity Center

The Kirkman Activity Center at Barton Community College has become an unofficial drop-in gym for the public, but all that will change after a $300,000 renovation is done.

February 16, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


FROZEN IN TIME

Historic buildings in downtown Great Bend provide a glimpse into the city's interesting past. Nostalgic and handsome, they stand tall and distinct along the heart of Main Street and surrounding blocks. But building facades can only reveal so much. Local businesswoman Tammy Hammond has taken steps to enhance that glimpse by telling stories through a series of five bronze sculptures that she has collectively titled, "A Lifetime."

February 16, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Pink Out returns

February 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Officials fear losing voice

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington stood before the Kansas Senate's Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee Monday morning. He told the members his very appearance in Topeka could be construed as a violation of the bill he came to testify against.

February 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


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A family tradition: Bowman Family Press Box dedidcated

Sunday marked the first time a ceremonial "first pitch" was thrown prior to a baseball game at Barton Community College's Lawson-Biggs Field. Cougar booster Rob Bowman was given the honor to mark the construction of the new Bowman Family Press Box,

April 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Drivers flee in Great Bend incidents

A vehicle driven by Elias Garza was southbound in the 2000 block of Harrison St. at 9:05 p.m. Sunday and rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kenneth Gray, who reportedly had slammed on his brakes. Both vehicles fled the scene, according to the Great Bend Police Department.

April 27, 2015 | | News


County Road and Bridge HVAC bid OKed

The second time was a charm.

April 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission approves CKCC budget

In what amounts to an approval of the Central Kansas Community Correction's 2016 budget, the Barton County Commission Monday morning OKed the agency's fiscal year 2016 Comprehensive Plan.

April 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Meet Our Peeps

In the urban dictionary, "peeps" are people - usually friends. But for birdwatchers, the peeps are five species of North American sandpipers.

April 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ellinwood High School FBLA sponsors Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce coffee

On Friday, April 24, members of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce attended a weekly coffee hosted by the Ellinwood High School FBLA chapter. Sponsor Lorie Betts opened the program, asking each member to introduce themselves and talk about the projects they participated in at the state competition, and whether they would be attending the national competition to be held in Chicago during the summer. Nearly half the members appeared on stage at the state competition, something Betts noted was much better than hoped for.

April 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Walking the walk

The sixth-annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, benefiting the Family Crisis Center, will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Barton County Courthouse Square.

April 24, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Dominicans plan public ceremony for closing of St. Rose towers

Sister Celeste Albers acknowledged that the razing of the St. Rose circular towers will be difficult to watch this summer.

April 24, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | News


For the troops

Barton Community College Community Student Organization members construct care packages for soldiers around the world. Barton CSO collected 930 items, largely donated by Barton faculty and staff. They had enough for 70 care packages. CSO Sponsor Kathy Boeger said she is proud that Barton employees have such big hearts.

April 23, 2015 | | News


Faculty contracts renewed at BCC

After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors on Thursday, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees voted to renew faculty contracts, including two contracts the administration had recommended for "non-renewal." The vote was 4-2, and trustees promptly returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for another hour.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


On-the-spot water payments now accepted

Great Bend residents who are behind on their water bill now have an alternative way to pay off what they owe, City Administrator Howard Partington said.

April 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


USD 355 changing math offerings

Ellinwood USD 355 Superintendent Ben Jacobs confirmed the district will eliminate 8th grade algebra next year.

April 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Annual car show roars to park

Rev those engines, the 27th-annual Mid-America Mopars Car Show is set for Sunday, May 3, at Brit Spaugh Park, come rain or shine.

April 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Truck carrying pigs overturns

A Nebraska driver was hospitalized with apparent injuries after his Kenworth truck transporting pigs flipped over on the southwest edge of Great Bend Tuesday afternoon.

April 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


A cup of Joe (and some cool old trucks)

"I didn't even know this was here."

April 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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