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USD 428 urging early enrollment

Parents enrolling their students in Great Bend schools next month may face long waits in line, but they don't have to, said Jan Frenzl at USD 428.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for these positions is an ongoing concern.

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Shot fired in altercation in Great Bend

A man told police he was grazed by a bullet during a confrontation in the 2000 block of 11th St. around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch said. The injury was described as minor and police were unsure whether it came from the actual bullet or from the scuffle when he tried to grab the gun. He declined medical treatment at the scene.

July 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Kanza Indian historian Ron Parks to speak at Historical Society

Kansas history expert Ron Parks from Manhattan will be the guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located just south of the Arkansas River on U.S. 281, Great Bend. This program is free and open to the public.

July 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Outdoor movie

Families enjoy an outdoor movie, Thursday night in Jack Kilby Square. The City of Great Bend and Waters True Value sponsored the show and provided free popcorn and lemonade. On Thursday, Aug. 13, they will show the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" move. Shows start around 9:15 p.m. Seating is available, or bring a lawn chair or a blanket.

July 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Awarding Roses: Thanks for serving

This week three members left the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education and three newly elected board members took their places. One individual left the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, and the search began to fill a vacancy.

July 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Wardens praise BCC partners

A new carpentry program for inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility is one of several innovations made possible by a partnership with Barton Community College, LCMHF Warden Doug Waddington said Tuesday.

July 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


After Harvest Festival starts Thursday

ELLINWOOD - The 42-year tradition of After Harvest Festival gets underway Thursday in Ellinwood. The three-day celebration offers a carnival, musical entertainment, street dances and lots of family fun.

July 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​One District, One Book promotes reading

This fall, Great Bend USD 428 will become the first Kansas school district to use the educational program One District, One Book in a formal way, Superintendent Brad Reed said.

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pool ceiling; trustee vacancy

Action taken at a special BCC board meeting on Tuesday included:

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC may hold line on mill levy

The anticipated mill levy increase for Barton Community College may be smaller than anticipated - possibly no increase at all - college trustees learned Tuesday.

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School gets new security feature

Summer projects at Great Bend USD 428 include a new door intercom system at Riley Elementary School. Assistant Administrator Khris Thexton said Dayton Security in Hoisington recommended the $1,600 door buzzer system. Visitors will need to press an intercom button and be seen on camera before someone pushes a buzzer so they can enter the school.

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New school board approves USD 428 contracts

With three new Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education members in place on Monday, the 2015-2016 school board ratified the new contract for teachers and approved pay increases for all categories of district employees.

July 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers ratify contract; board approval needed

Members of the Great Bend-National Education Association have announced their ratification of the 2015-2016 licensed employers agreement with Great Bend USD 428. The school board is expected to approve that agreement when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, July 13, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road.

July 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fair photos

Thursday night at the Barton County Fair ...

July 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Scholars Bowl team buzzes in

Great Bend Middle School's Scholars Bowl team is getting ready for its fifth and final competition of the year, Tuesday at Pratt.

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board mulls long-range plans

The Great Bend USD 428 board of education continues to work on long-range planning and has compiled a list of possible projects, including safe rooms ...

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ag science instructor hopes to grow program

If Great Bend High School agriculture instructor Kevin Hoff had his wishes granted, the GBHS shop building would be bigger and the school would start ...

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge urges students to show compassion

The first time Tommy Webb tasted a banana, he tried to eat the peel, too. It was the worst food he'd ever tasted, but ...

February 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Possible case of mumps reported at GBHS

The Barton County Health Department is investigating a possible mumps case at Great Bend High School.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Goss, Cavanaugh join GBHS Hall of Fame

There were standing ovations Friday for longtime Great Bend resident Jean Cavanaugh and for Great Bend native Mike Goss, the two newest members of the ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers praised for helping schools

At the Feb. 13 Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, interim superintendent Khris Thexton noted that volunteers spend more than 120 hours a ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Education


ROSE Award

Jody Messersmith received a ROSE award (Recognizing Outstanding Support of Education) from Great Bend USD 428 at the Feb. 13 board of education meeting.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Education


LOVE, SEX and the IRS

A farce about dodging taxes and scamming the Internal Revenue Service will have audiences laughing at the next Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Love, Sex ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tribune brings Army Jazz Band to town

The 312th Army Jazz Band from Lawrence is coming to the Crest Theater to perform at the 23rd annual Great Bend Jazz Festival. This free ...

February 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Program offers help with college, career planning

Before heading out on job interviews or seeking financial aid for education beyond high school, students at Barton County Academy – and anyone else who cares ...

February 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


PTRC open house Thursday

Great Bend USD 428's Parent Teacher Resource Center (PTRC) will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb ...

February 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge's decision to help illegal immigrant reversed

The Kansas Court of Appeals has reversed Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty's decision to set aside the identity theft conviction of a woman ...

February 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC revenue down, but oil values rise

Barton Community College's revenue in January 2017 was down about $6 million from the same time last year, although most of that was due ...

February 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School calendar adopted for 2017-18

"You're going to be debt-free. I think the district is in great financial shape." - Vickie Dreiling, Certified Public Accountant with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball ...

February 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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