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McKinney annoucnes write-in bid for Legislature

Great Bend resident Frank McKinney on Monday declared himself a write-in candidate for the 112th District Kansas House of Representatives. Republican John Edmonds and Democrat Steve Muehleisen, both from Great Bend, are on the ballot. McKinney said he is a moderate Republican who represents a choice, especially within his own party.

October 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Candidates file finance reports

In recent weeks Barton County Sheriff candidate Brian Bellendir has outspent Sheriff Gregory Armstrong, who is running as a write-in candidate, but Armstrong has collected more campaign contributions.

October 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


IN A RUT

It is fall and, if you are a deer, love is in the air.

October 29, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Hurricane Sandy causes severe damage in rural Haiti

ELLINWOOD - Hurricane Sandy has caused severe damage to nine communities in Haiti where Star of Hope has projects. Torrential rain fell for more than 24 hours resulting in flash flooding, landslides and rivers overflowing their banks. Reports of impassable roads, loss of crops and livestock are widespread throughout rural Haiti.

October 27, 2012 | | News


Supreme Court considers appeal of man who killed Great Bend couple

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka is considering the appeal of a man sentenced to die over the killings of a Great Bend couple in 2004.

October 27, 2012 | BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | News


Correcton to Explore Great Bend story

On Thursday, Oct. 25, in the story "Get out and Explore Great Bend in November", the amount of the cash raffle referred to was incorrectly listed as a $12,000 cash giveaway. The correct reference is " a raffle for a cash giveaway." This should not be confused with the $12,000 cash giveaway campaign currently promoted by Great Bend's Eagle radio.

October 26, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Kansas Supreme Court considers appeal of man who killed Great Bend couple

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court is considering the appeal of a man sentenced to die over the killings of a Great Bend couple in 2004.

October 26, 2012 | | News


Police: $100,00 stolen from RC&D; director arrested

The director of Central Prairie RC&D was arrested Thursday on a warrant for two counts of theft by deception. LaVeta Miller was booked into the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 cash or surety bond.

October 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Fleskes donate new gym floor to BCC

When the Barton Community College Cougars play their first game of 2013, it could be on a new gym floor: The L.T. and Sheila Fleske Court.

October 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Extension council elections planned

The Barton County Extension Council will hold elections to fill positions on program development committees Monday, Oct. 29, at the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th Street. Election time is 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is at least 18 years of age may vote in this election.

October 25, 2012 | | News


DEEPLY ROOTED TRIBUTE

On Wednesday, March 28, in Wichita, longtime Great Bend Tribune City Editor Chuck Smith received the State Forester's Award in Community Forestry.

October 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Black-out benefits United Way

The Great Bend High School Kayettes sponsored a "black-out" for United Way of Central Kansas during the mist-soaked Oct. 12 football game against arch rival Hays at GBHS's Memorial Stadium. The event generated $5,094, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith.

October 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


College to Community brings Barton campus to town

Barton Community College students who are studying for future careers were invited to visit local businesses on Wednesday, during College To Community Day.

October 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News




Boat tax change floated

It is possible that nearly one in 10 boats plying Kansas lakes and waterways is actually registered in other states, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports.

October 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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Barton administration supports Fort Riley

The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DROUGHT IMPACT LINGERING

Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

January 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Whooping cough vaccines available

In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Temporary library outpost opens Monday

With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

January 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County jobless rate holds steady

TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

January 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


HOMETOWN TEAMS

ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

January 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Take time to immunize

It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission district to remain unchanged

The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Whooping cough outbreak hits Barton County

With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


United Way of Central Kansas tops goal

United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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