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U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kansas’ appeals on Carr, Gleason death penalty cases

 TOPEKA –  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the state’s appeals of the Kansas Supreme Court’s decisions overturning the death sentences of Jonathan Carr, Reginald Carr and Sidney Gleason.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 11:03 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Spring Expo scenes

These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 7:17 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Tiny railroads featured at swap meet

Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend’s First United Methodist Church. That’s where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 6:16 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Seven candidates seek USD 428 school board positions

Editor’s note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday’s Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 10:30 a.m. | 0 Comments

A HOMEY ALTERNATIVE

Earl Mark served his country in the Army during the 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and the veteran could no longer serve himself.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 3:44 p.m. | 0 Comments
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St. Rose donates portable cooling units to Barton County Fair

              A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 8:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 7:58 p.m. | 1 Comment

​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor’s note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday’s Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 7:45 p.m. | 0 Comments

USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School.  With two choices on the table for next year’s school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 4:58 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955,  US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” as obscene.  A year later, it was judged to be not obscene.  The song, “Ballad of Davy Crockett” became the top record in the US, and “On the Waterfront,” starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 6:11 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of  part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock.  Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas.  While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.  

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 7:31 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Candidate forum

Editor’s Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 10:33 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton County falls in health rankings

Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state’s least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 11:07 a.m. | 0 Comments

FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 5:13 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 11:20 a.m. | 0 Comments
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​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | 0 Comments

Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA — A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 5:46 p.m. | 0 Comments

Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 5:43 p.m. | 0 Comments

HUNTING SEASON

If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 4:22 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 4:05 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Traffic restricted on East Bt. Co. Road

Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 4:00 p.m. | 0 Comments

Lewis sworn into office

After receiving official notification last week from the Governor’s office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 1:24 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

 Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 3:57 p.m. | 0 Comments

Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 3:47 p.m. | 0 Comments
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TOT SPOT

Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the “Tot Spot” ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 3:29 p.m. | 0 Comments
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ElderCare,Inc /Friendship Meals joins local Meals on Wheels Organizations across the country to cele

ElderCare, Inc/Friendship Meals announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. ElderCare’s March for Meals events will include Community Champions Week, March 16-20. Throughout the 28 SW Kansas counties, 42 meal sites will recruit Community Champions to volunteer their time to deliver Meals On Wheels or serve lunch at the local meal center.  

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 11:13 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Credit Union of America (CUA) gives over $46,000 to the Great Bend community

Credit Union of America’s Great Bend office celebrated 40 years of serving members by giving back over the last two months to members, non-members and charitable organizations. The 40-day celebration resulted in $23,160 being given to individuals and matching contributions to five chosen charities.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 2:33 p.m. | 0 Comments
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A colorful heritage

Communities along the route for June Jaunt will feature popular art to draw visitors along the tour from Tribune to Ellinwood. It’s part of this year’s “heritage” theme.

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 10:21 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Jeep and semi collide near Hoisington

HOISINGTON — Two injuries were reported Wednesday after a motorist in a Jeep pulled in front of a Peterbilt semitrailer at 12:35 p.m. at NE 10 Ave. and NE 100 Road, near Hoisington.

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 9:28 p.m. | 0 Comments

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.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 3:09 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Advance ballots, voting now available

Barton County voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the April 7 city/school/hospital general election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 4:31 p.m. | 0 Comments

SPRING CLEANING

This past Saturday, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster worked with First Assembly of God Church volunteers for a community service day cleanup of storm water drainage ditches around the community.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 1:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Fight video raises questions about school safety

An internet video depicting two Great Bend High School students fighting in the lunch room has been featured on several websites over the weekend, prompting readers to contact the Great Bend Tribune with questions concerning the safety of students at the school.  

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 11:27 a.m. | 0 Comments

Competition dance members ‘Euphoric’ about Bravo

After months of practice and improving technique, dance competition season has arrived.  Members of Euphoria Dance Center’s competition team attended Bravo Regional Dance Competition at Maize High School Feb. 28 through March 1.  Members with less than two years competition experience or less than two hours of weekly studio time competed in the “overture” class.  Many of these students fall into the under 14-years-old categories, though there are some late comers who have shown a great deal of dedication to their art and are ready for competition.  The dances included solos, trios, and small group numbers.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 2:52 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Scenic overlook project advances

The Kansas Department of Transportation informed Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco that the bid letting for the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area scenic overlook tower will be in August.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 2:15 p.m. | 0 Comments

POLICE RAID TWO HOMES

Two drug raids at two locations Monday resulted in four arrests on methamphetamine-related charges, the Great Bend Police Department announced Tuesday morning.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 1:58 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Fire departments restricting some outdoor burning

With the warm, dry weather the region has experienced over the past few days, area fire departments are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have threatened to get out of control, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 1:56 p.m. | 0 Comments
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City to fill public lands director post

Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison Monday night named a selection committee for the long-vacant position of director of public lands. The committee will interview applicants for the job and make a recommendation to the full City Council.

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Posted: mar. 16, 2015 9:08 p.m. | 0 Comments

TAKING WING

Plans for the 2015 Great Bend Airfest are starting to take flight, the City Council learned Monday night.

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Posted: mar. 16, 2015 8:57 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Commission honors farmers, Ag Week

The Barton County Commission took time Monday morning to honor farmers by proclaiming this as National Ag Week and Wednesday as National Ag Day.

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Posted: mar. 16, 2015 10:53 a.m. | 0 Comments
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