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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


Rec Commission teams up with zoo for summer programs

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are offering some great classes this summer. Classes will run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the next three Thursdays, June 9, 16 and 23, at the zoo. They are open from children 7-12 years old.

June 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Prairie Godmothers to host ‘Build-A-Bag Beach Party’

The Prairie Godmothers group will hold its summer social event, the Build-A-Bag Beach Party, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the ...

July 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More parade photos

Photos taken Saturday, July 16, at the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival Parade.

July 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


After Harvest Festival Parade

The Ellinwood After Harvest Festival Parade on Saturday, July 16, had more than 80 entries.

July 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Festival celebrates 'Service Above Self'

ELLINWOOD - This year's After Harvest Festival Parade in downtown Ellinwood spanned several generations. It featured area youths as well as alumni and former teachers ...

July 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Players make a pitch for horseshoes

A friendly game of horseshoes can become serious business when there's a championship on the line. Ernesto Diaz and Darrell Keil were just having ...

July 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 online enrollment begins Monday

Parents with students returning to Great Bend USD 428 in August may enroll them online beginning Monday, July 18.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Costly mandates

Complying with federal mandates probably costs Barton Community College $1-2 million a year, college officials learned recently.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


PCHS continues to help furry friends

From the outside, the Pawnee County Humane Society – 2 miles west of Larned on Eighth Street – could pass for a modern country home. Inside, the ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Fans saying ‘na na na’

Larned native Jonathan Tabler can currently be seen on an H&R Block television commercial. He's one of two cowboys who talk about filing ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Pawnee Annie observes small-town progress

"I am having such a good time with this opportunity to write."

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


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