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BOE and GB-NEA meet to talk about time in school

The USD 428 Board of Education and Superintendent Tom Vernon met with the Great Bend chapter of the KNEA teachers union on Monday afternoon for a session of Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) over the upcoming school year calendar. At issue is how to balance the required number of hours of instructional time while having a desirable ratio of days off for Winter, Spring and Summer vacations.

April 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


It will get warmer

With yet another cold front pushing into the area, it may be tough to think about splashing around in Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Center, but the City Council Monday night learned that plans are under way to get the pool facility ready for summer.

April 16, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


It’s time to think weather safety

March began with the Annual Severe Weather Awareness Week being observed March 4-8, Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller reported to the County Commission Monday morning.

April 16, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


All school sixth grade band showcases budding musicians

The Great Bend sixth grade citywide concert drew parent of musicians from each of the city's elementary schools to the Great Bend High School auditorium Monday night for a showcase of skills learned over the past year. Retiring middle school band teacher Kurtis Koch and high school band teacher Mark DeWald directed the students through nine pieces many former band students will recognize. There were marches, like the "Here we go March", Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", some international folk songs like "Kum Bah Ya!" and "La Bamba", and the finale, "Go, Great Bend!"

April 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


CHANGING OF THE GUARD

There were some changes to the Great Bend City Council following the April 2 general election. Those changes were noted as the governing body reorganized during its meeting Monday night at City Hall.

April 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


SPANNING THE PAST

There are two historic limestone bridge north of the tiny northeast Barton County community of Hitschmann that may be nice to look at, but don't meet the grueling needs of today's faster, larger and heavier traffic.

April 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Hoisington plot returned to native roots

HOISINGTON -With vision, a love for the outdoors and the peaceful, native Kansas prairie, Terry Nech of Hoisington will be restoring the Shop Creek Nature Area to its natural state. It is located in south Hoisington on Vine St.

April 13, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Top teachers visit USD 428, share ideas

Kansas Teachers of the Year from region one visited Great Bend USD 428 Friday to observe and gather insights and ideas to take back to their districts, said Kim Heath, an English teacher at GBHS. She and fourth grade teacher Laurie Harwood hosted the day-long tour for five other teachers from Dodge City, Liberal, Ellis and Pratt.

April 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Another in the books

The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo wrapped up its second successful show Friday afternoon. Jan Westfall, chairman of the Great Bend Area Chamber of Commerce expo committee, said while the first day of the Expo started off slow because of cold, wet weather, subsequent days saw the numbers of visitors building.

April 12, 2013 | Staff Reports | News


Guide to help keep city clean

As of last week, Great Bend City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster's department had received 397 complaints of trashy properties so far this year. Some come from residents, but most come from his staff as it combs the streets.

April 12, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Old and young to take a shot at nixing malaria

Great Bend First United Methodist Church and Trinity Methodist Church will co-sponsor the Shoot For No Malaria contest Sunday, April 14 at the GBHS Panther Activity Center starting at 2:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to "Imagine No Malaria." Funds received will purchase mosquito netting and help in educating people in tropical, under-developed nations where malaria is still a menacing killer.

April 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Reverse transfers could mean more BCC graduates

Students who transfer from Barton Community College to Wichita State University before completing their associate degrees may still be able to graduate from BCC, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said Thursday.

April 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Not getting pets vaccinated against rabies could cost a bundle

Locally, a rabies vaccination for a cat or dog costs on the average $15, plus a mandatory examination which can cost around $25. For most people who drive the average truck, that's about the same as a half a tank of gas at today's prices. While its nothing to sneeze at, it's a lot easier to manage than the $8,832 cost of post exposure treatment.

April 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Ice lollipops

April 11, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


USD 428 new hire to fill big shoes

Khristopher J. Thexton, superintendent of Marysville School District 364, has been hired by USD 428 as the new director of finance, operations and federal programs. A quorum of four school board members met in a special meeting Thursday, waiving their right to three days prior notice. After a five minute executive session, they voted to make the offer, which he has accepted.

April 11, 2013 | | News


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Police investigate broken windows

The Great Bend Police Department is investigating multiple reports of broken windows on buildings. Lt. William Browne said the windows were shot with some sort of BB or pellet gun. In some cases windows were chipped, but in two or three cases the windows were shattered.

April 01, 2015 | | News


Birders bringing lists to Wings 'N' Wetlands Festival

The Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival returns to Great Bend and central Kansas April 24-25.

April 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Global Fun

Children who attended Central Kansas Christian Academy's open house on Tuesday got a unique look at the Earth.

April 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stafford County fire spreads to Barton County

STAFFORD COUNTY - Fire departments from several communities responded as a large fire in northeast Stafford County scorched private property and spread into southeast Barton County, Tuesday afternoon and evening.

April 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: Poppy to lead World Binturong Day fest

May 9 is World Binturong Day and the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo at its own binturong, Poppy, will celebrate with a special event, Zoo Director Nicole Benz said.

April 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


First household hazardous waste collection set

The first scheduled household hazardous waste collection of 2015 will be held April 18 at the Barton County Landfill, said Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock. The collection will take place from 8 a.m. until noon.

April 01, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Building strong kids

Crunch Out Obesity may take a bite out of Barton County's obesity problem. That's what Becca Maxwell, board member with the United Way of Central Kansas, hopes. The six-week project encouraging kids to log exercise and the food they eat is designed to help Ellinwood students adopt healthy habits that could drive Barton County's ranking in health in the opposite direction – up. (View the complete study at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org. )

March 31, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


County re-ups with eco devo group

Noting that the money brought into the county and the jobs created by through its efforts, it was an easy call for the Barton County Commission to re-up with Great Plains Development.

March 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


O-Rotunda

by Veronica Coons

March 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kansas’ appeals on Carr, Gleason death penalty cases

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the state's appeals of the Kansas Supreme Court's decisions overturning the death sentences of Jonathan Carr, Reginald Carr and Sidney Gleason.

March 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Commission OKs backup emergency system

Emergency personnel and first responders in Barton County will now have a back-up method to receive messages and alerts from dispatchers after the County Commission approved the purchase of the Active911 system Monday morning.

March 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kansas’ appeals on Carr, Gleason death penalty cases

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the state's appeals of the Kansas Supreme Court's decisions overturning the death sentences of Jonathan Carr, Reginald Carr and Sidney Gleason.

March 30, 2015 | | News


Spring Expo scenes

These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.

March 28, 2015 | | News


Tiny railroads featured at swap meet

Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Seven candidates seek USD 428 school board positions

Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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