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Lawsuit filed in GBHS school bus incident

The mother of a former Great Bend High School student who was allegedly attacked by fellow swim team members on a school activity bus is suing Great Bend USD 428, the school board and the parents of four students.

May 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed: No total shutdown here

Whatever the outcome of the Kansas Supreme Court's next ruling on school funding, Great Bend USD 428 doesn't anticipate a total shutdown, Superintendent Brad Reed said.

May 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Software prevents cheating at BCC

Barton Community College may soon use biometric identification to make sure online students are actually doing their own coursework and not paying someone else to sit in on classes and tests.

May 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New coach ‘proud to be a panther’

Great Bend High School's new head boys basketball coach, Tim Brooks, will meet student athletes Tuesday morning. Brooks also attended Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting where his appointment was approved. He will also serve as assistant activities director at Great Bend Middle School and will be a strength-conditioning coach at GBHS.

May 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees to review contracts, security

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will review contracts for administrators, management staff and head coaches during the monthly board study session, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The only open positions at this time are the head coach for women's basketball and the executive director of Institutional Advancement.

May 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New coach to be introduced at USD 428 board meeting

Coach Tim Brooks will be introduced during the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, set for 5 p.m. Monday, May 9 at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road.

May 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Cinco de Mayo

Great Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday so it's time for our annual history lesson.

May 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Crime Stoppers awards $500

It's not often that the Crime Stoppers board of directors gets to see where its money is going, but on Tuesday five people stepped forward to receive their prizes from a recent drawing.

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pioneer Day

Great Bend's third graders were given a taste of life in the olden days on Wednesday. More than 200 children spent the day at the Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum.

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: GBHS work study helps our zoo

Wednesday afternoon, 18-year-old Jacob Garcia from Great Bend High School was busy preparing a salad for Chunga, an African Crested Porcupine at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ukuleles and robots on Great Bend teacher wish lists

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about minigrants awarded to teachers by the USD Education Foundation.

April 30, 2016 | Information compiled by Jennifer Schartz, USD 428 | Local News


Make and Take

Nearly 20 years ago, Great Bend USD 428's Steve Wolf visited Wichita and saw a resource center where teachers could find everything they needed to make posters and bulletin boards. That was the inspiration for Great Bend's Parent Teacher Resource Center, which opened its doors in January 1997.

April 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School reports reading success

At the start of this school year, 45 percent of the students at Riley Elementary School were reading at their grade level. The staff hoped to improve those numbers by 2 percent by the end of the year.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Community colleges weigh in on mergers

The state's 19 community colleges aren't opposed to mergers involving universities and technical schools, but they are concerned about how mergers will affect overall funding, the executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees said.

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Memorial Day

As flags and poppies blow in the wind, this Memorial Day our thoughts will turn to loved ones no longer with us. Recalling an Irving ...

May 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Historical Village open Monday

The Barton County Historical Society's Village and Museum will be open Monday, May 30, from 1-5 p.m.

May 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Key Leader scholarships available for teens

JUNCTION CITY - The Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club will be taking high school students to Key Leader Camp, June 2-4 at Rock Springs 4-H Camp ...

May 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Storms move into Barton County

Trees and power lines were down in parts of Great Bend as the Tribune was preparing to go to press Tuesday evening.

May 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College trustees approve contracts

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved contracts for administrators, management staff and head coaches Tuesday. Changes in staff included offering math instructor Brian ...

May 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Dispatcher Liz Nolan passionate about her career

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one story in a monthly series about Barton County law enforcement.

May 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


District Court Roundup: Defense says murder charges will be dropped

The attorney for one of three men facing charges of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary has asked that his client be released from wearing an ...

May 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mental Heath Awareness Day teaches ‘no stigma’

A bounce house and a beanbag toss, face painting and free popcorn were all part of the carnival atmosphere Friday in the parking lot at ...

May 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Experts hope mental health kiosks can save lives

In the future, central Kansas residents may be able to check their mental health as easily as they can now check their blood pressure while ...

May 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hope sinks

A photo taken this week in Topeka shows Gov. Sam Brownback smiling as he shakes hands with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Peace Treaty Pageant, Carrie Nation part of Gyp Hills history

John W. Nixon from Medicine Lodge will share some Gypsum Hills history at the next Barton County Historical Society meeting. The program is set for ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Renard moves to BCC communications department

Erin Renard has stepped down from directing the theater program at Barton Community College, but said she'll continue to teach one theater course this ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teaching coaches take students to new levels

Great Bend students who started the year with skills below their grade level are catching up, thanks to interventions tailored to their needs. That was ...

May 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board approves gifts, personnel

Here is a summary of action taken Wednesday at the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

May 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library director reacts to City reaction

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems told the GBPL board he'd left his leather motorcycle jacket at home for Monday's meeting, an ...

May 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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