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 Howe a contract as Dean of Academics. Dr. Richard Abel has stepped down from that job and will be in charge of the theater department.
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 electronic monitoring device, now that the murder charge is to be dropped. This is one of several felony cases in Barton County District Court that the Great Bend Tribune is following.
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 The Center for Counseling and Consultation in Great Bend. The event was Mental Health Awareness Day.
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 Health and Human Services Committee, for helping pass a welfare reform bill. Others in the photo are smiling and applauding for the bill that reduces the length of time people can receive cash assistance and tightens work requirements for welfare recipients.
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 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.
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 the message Jefferson Elementary Principal Art Baker and his team of teaching coaches shared at Wednesday's school board meeting.
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 apparent reference to the negative reaction he received from the City Council earlier this month.
The latest graduates of the Barton County Academy walked across the stage Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend, with dozens of friends and family members watching. So many, in fact, that the venue was changed from the Academy on 10th Street to the church, which had a larger meeting room.
Great Bend USD 428's Board of Education met with the school district's attorneys Monday. The special meeting started at noon at the District Education Center where the board spent 40 minutes in an executive session, which is closed to the public, in order to discuss a matter protected by attorney-client privilege.
The Center for Counseling & Consultation plans to unveil new mental health screening kiosks at its Third Annual Mental Health Awareness Day on Friday, May 20. Booths will be set up in the parking lot at 5815 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.