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School districts wait for cues from state

Great Bend USD 428 and other school districts are waiting to see whether the Kansas Legislature can correct K-12 fund inequities ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Kansas Supreme Court. A special session starts June 23, and if the deadline is not met the justices noted possible closure of the education system.

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE considers allowing air rifle events

Great Bend USD 428 school board members have received drafts of proposed policy revisions and two new policies. These polices were included in board materials for a "first reading" at the June 13 meeting, and will be voted on at the July meeting.

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Come together

This spring an article three years in the making appeared in The Atlantic magazine. James Fallows wrote that while most Americans believe we are headed in the wrong direction, communities are seeing renewal and revival at the local level.

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Baseball expert to speak in Great Bend, McCracken

McCRACKEN - Baseball historian Phil Dixon will speak at the McCracken Community Building at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. The public is invited to come for lunch at 1 p.m., followed by Dixon's program on the history of the Kansas City Monarchs. Freewill donations will be accepted for the McCraken Public Library.

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton fends off dark web attacks

Barton Community College has faced its share of cyber-threats, including an attack last November that cost more than $30,000 to clean up, Dean of Information Services Charles Perkins said.

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton: Check from county is late

Barton Community College's Dean of Administration Mark Dean said Tuesday that a tax payment of "a couple million" dollars from the Barton County Treasurer's Office is late.

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New technology fees added

With summer school underway in Great Bend, the school board is looking ahead to the 2016-2017 year and at closing the books on 2015-2016.

June 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 filling vacancies

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education accepted three licensed teacher resignations and approved seven new appointments during the regular business meeting on Monday.

June 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Silver-Haired Legislature takes concerns to Topeka

Janice Walker, Great Bend, didn't realize that picking up a copy of "Older & Bolder" would lead her to a new public service project. But after she read about the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature, which advocates for senior citizens, she decided to learn more.

June 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kids and Cars

The 8-month-old baby who died Wednesday in Barton Rouge, La., was the 11th child this year to die in a hot car.

June 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Kobach dismisses Marshall’s objection to Huelskamp candidacy

Thursday morning, Dr. Roger Marshall filed an Objection to the Candidacy of Timothy A. Huelskamp with the Kansas State Elections Board, based on alleged Kansas residency issues.

June 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Marshall challenges Huelskamp candidacy

Editor's note: Secretary of State Kris Kobach has dismissed this objection. An updated story will be posted shortly.

June 09, 2016 | Huelskamp campaign calls complaint a 'desperate non-issue' | Local News


Great Bend High School roof repairs starting

The Great Bend High School roof is undergoing repairs this week. School officials said anyone coming to the GBHS building Thursday or Friday should first call the school office, 792-1521, and ask where it is safe to park. This will prevent possible damage from tar over-spray from the wind.

June 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Charges filed in another bus incident

Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews announced he has filed charges of battery and criminal restraint in connection to a school bus incident involving members of the Great Bend High School boys swim team.

June 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School seeks items for centennial celebration

In 1916, Riley Elementary was opened as a modern and sophisticated learning center for the students in Great Bend. Over the past 100 years, the tradition of excellence started by those students and teachers in 1916 has continued to thrive.

June 06, 2016 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


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USD 428 starts year ‘fiscally strong’

A new fiscal year begins July 1 for the State of Kansas and its public schools. The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meet ...

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lashley hired to coach track

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Thursday hired Lyles Lashley to coach cross country and track.

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Happy 4th of July

"It's Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas." - Stephen Colbert

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Judge sends women to drug treatment

Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty announced he isn't giving up on Stacey Henderson, the 23-year old woman who asked to be sent to ...

June 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees pleased with Heilman

Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman received a favorable evaluation from his Board of Trustees, with words of praise from board chairman Mike Johnson.

June 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motorist injured in hit-and-run

A hit-and-run injury accident was reported at 3 p.m. Friday at Walnut Bowl, 3101 Washington St. According to the Great Bend Police Department, a ...

June 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


BCC adds trustee transparency webpage

When the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Brandon Steinert, director of Public Relations & Marketing, will give a presentation ...

June 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope ends on high note

Camp Hope-Heartland concluded Saturday and sponsors are already looking ahead to 2017. The free, week-long camp is for Kansas and Missouri children who have cancer ...

June 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perez bound over for trial

Sydney Anne Perez, 20, of Topeka, entered a plea of not guilty to charges of aggravated battery and aiding and abetting aggravated battery, Friday in ...

June 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Russell man dies after motorcycle hits cow

RUSSELL COUNTY - A Russell man died Friday after the motorcycle he was driving struck a cow in the 3500 block of 189th St., 6.5 ...

June 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope photos

The 34th annual Camp Hope was held this past week at Camp Aldrich. This free camp for children who have cancer or have had cancer ...

June 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Addict asks to be sent to prison

A 23-year-old woman told a Barton County District Judge she would rather go to prison and get treatment than receive probation and go back to ...

June 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

June 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Foolish cuts

Friday morning the Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Disabilities will hold a rally in Topeka protesting the governor's order to cut Senior ...

June 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Hope welcomes children with cancer

Children with cancer want to do all of the fun things that healthy children do. At Camp Hope, that's exactly what happens. This week ...

June 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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