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Drought outlook for Great Bend area ‘not good’

Kansas State Climatologist Mary Knapp was a featured presenter at the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show Thursday. She spoke about the current climate trends in the Great Bend area, and offered her insight on what can be expected in the coming months.

April 05, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rankin sentencing delayed

Sentencing in the Jeffrey Allen Rankin versus the State of Kansas case was continued from April 4, the Tribune learned Tuesday morning. According to the Barton County Attorney's office, the new date is tentatively set for 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24. Rankin plead guilty Feb. 2, 2018, on two charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

April 04, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


THE GRAND TOUR

Of the two holiday traditions that involve small children dressing up and going out into the community, some sort of handled container in hand, with hopeful anticipation of bringing it home filled with candy, Easter is the swiftest. And reporters for local newspapers are drawn to the photo opportunities these Easter egg hunts provide as well.

March 31, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Follow up on Rankin, dismissal of charges

On Feb. 20, the Great Bend Tribune story, "Social media conduct questioned over Rankin report," delved into informal charges Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor leveled against employees of the Barton County Sheriff's Department regarding two posts and "likes" from other department employees on Facebook. The posts at issue claimed Mellor and Assistant County Attorney Doug Matthews assessed blame to Great Bend Police Department Lt. Heather Davis Smith for actions ordered in the state versus Jeffrey Rankin case.

March 31, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


MINUTE TO WIN IT

ELLINWOOD - Quarterly parties for students who reach their Accelerated Reader goals proves learning to read can be fun. Students in grades two through four celebrated their latest AR goals by taking part in several "minute to win it" games organized by librarians Amy Hammeke, Jean Garner, grade school library assistant Kala Robl and library substitute Lindell Redington.

March 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


OUT OF THE MORGUE

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be

March 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


THOUSANDS OF PANCAKES

ALBERT - Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller is looking forward to being able to offer his firefighters another level of safety when filling air bottles at the station, thanks to the turnout at the 29th Annual Albert Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Feed and Raffle that happened Saturday, March 24.

March 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves request for TGT funds

HOISINGTON - Hoisington Mayor Dalton Popp brought the Monday night city council meeting Monday night to order, following a brief opportunity for council members to examine a prototype for new metal art displays that the city's power plant staff have been developing. It's one way the city is helping the Hoisington Main Street organization to solve the problem of how to better protect the city's iconic metal art currently displayed on utility poles along Main Street. A request from that organization for $5,000 from the Transient Guest Tax fund to go toward the project was part of ...

March 28, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Chief Stricker cautions fire danger is still high

HOISINGTON - "It's amazing just how dry it still is out there, even after the rain," Hoisington Fire Chief Jerry Stricker said Friday morning.

March 24, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington grass fire contained

HOISINGTON - "It's amazing just how dry it still is out there, even after the rain," Hoisington Fire Chief Jerry Stricker said Friday morning.

March 23, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Farmers, turkeys and chickens in 1978

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

March 21, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Ellinwood Chamber requests permission to hold 2018 After Harvest Festival

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce's outgoing director Jacque Isern, newly appointed director Michele Martin, and members of the board of directors were on the agenda of the Ellinwood City Council meeting Tuesday, March 13. They came with their annual request for use of city facilities for the 2018 After Harvest Festival to be held July 19-22. They also discussed improving security at the Saturday night dance, hoping to avoid a repeat of an altercation that occurred at the dance last year.

March 21, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington awards TGT dollars to GPS Kids Club

HOISINGTON - Kids and parents involved with Hoisington's GPS Kids Club showed up in force Monday night to lend support to a request from Debbie Stephens' and her team in their request for $40,000 in Transient Guest Tax dollars to assist with replacement of the heating system at their building. Tourism, conventions, commerce and economic development are the four areas funds from the TGT fund are allowed to be spent, according to city ordinance. Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said. Stephens made that GPS Kids Club work providing child care for the community helps to drive economic growth, and ...

March 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


OUT OF THE MORGUE

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

March 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


DIGGING IN

Editor's note: Veronica Coons participated in the Cottonwood Extension District's Master Gardener training class, the subject of this report.

March 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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SKILLS DRILLS

LARNED - Jacque Wasinger is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Larned High School. Four years ago, she began organizing mock interviews for students in ...

April 19, 2018 | PHOTOS BY JANET FLESKE | Local News


Stafford USD 349 among 19 school districts selected for Gemini II Redesign Project

STAFFORD - Nineteen school districts from across the state, including Stafford USD 349, will take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the ...

April 18, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


War and murder in 1898

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

April 18, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Making History

HOISINGTON - When Hoisington Historical Society President Lon Palmer and recently retired Hoisington Public Library Director Chris Rippel proposed an oral history project to teachers at ...

April 17, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves building permit

ELLINWOOD - Soon, Ellinwood's Main Street will feature an new structure that may just be the wave of the future. Rachel Ringering, Ellinwood stylist, attended ...

April 14, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Clara Barton ‘Steps for SIDS’ walk-a-thon

HOISINGTON - Tuesday afternoon was beautiful walking weather, and Clara Barton Hospital's Steps for SIDS Walk-a-thon was clearly the winner in the weather lottery. Community ...

April 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


OUT OF THE MORGUE

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

April 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kloos supports Kansans Can initiative

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Rick Kloos, Independent, stopped by the Tribune offices Wednesday on his way to the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show. He was ...

April 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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