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US Attorney calls teen dating violence a 'hidden crime'

Valentine's Day may be a time to celebrate loving relationships, but it's also a good time to talk about preventing violent or otherwise unhealthy relationships, says U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom in Wichita.

February 13, 2013 | | News


Pawnee Heights schools compete in pop tab contest

ROZEL – Last year the Pawnee Heights High School National Honor Society had their first "pop tab" collection to raise pop tabs for a contest they had entered which benefited the Ronald McDonald House in Wichita. They raised quite a few, but this year when they were again invited to enter the state-wide contest, sponsor Lee Durler decided there really wasn't any reason to enter that contest, because in reality PHS is a very small school, but that they should still have a contest of their own, with proceeds still going to Wichita.

February 13, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Kansas Avenue project to close intersection

As the Kansas Avenue resurfacing project nears the end of week two, Kansas Avenue may find orange cones and signage greeting them this week, Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke said the second installment of the work may cause some inconvenience for motorists.

February 13, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC royalty

February 12, 2013 | Mack McClure | News


Web site and web hosting changes at USD 428

Soon, visitors to the USD 428 website will notice some positive changes. The USD 428 Board of Education voted to accept a bid by SOCS to host the district's website, despite the fact it was not the lowest bid. Dan Brungardt, assistant superintendent, said two features the company could provide caused the administration to recommend the company. First, they offer a mobile application, and second, they offer templates, so each school will be able to maintain their own sites.

February 12, 2013 | | News


Great Bend native, KC Chorale score Grammys

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The winners of the 55th-annual Grammy Awards have been announced and the Kansas City Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, won two of the honors for its recording "Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen." Bruffy and over 20 singers, including Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall, celebrated the wins in Los Angeles at the ceremony this past Sunday.

February 12, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Groundwater drops in Western, Central Kansas

LAWRENCE - Average groundwater levels across western and central Kansas showed significant declines for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.

February 12, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Gerdes soaring as an Eagle Scout

Great Bend High School sophomore Nick Gerdes has recently attained the prized Eagle Scout status by installing a light for the U.S. flag surrounded by a rock garden at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center last summer.

February 12, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


​Pringle turns in longest tail feather

Steve Pringle was the winner of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's "Longest Tail Feather" contest, turning in a pheasant feather that is 24.5 inches long.

February 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


The Bottoms will bounce back

Kansas Wetlands Education Center Site Manager Curtis Wolf had one word to summarize this past year at Cheyenne Bottoms – dry.

February 11, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Rosewood Services garners Business of the Year award

For its business success and long-standing commitment to the community, Rosewood Services earned the title of Business of the Year for 2012.

February 09, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Ball named Citizen of the Year

For several decades, local consultant Rick Ball has been helping business owners and investors make sound decisions about their futures. He founded Ball Consulting Group LTD, specializing in offering financial and management consulting.

February 09, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Cody Lee named NextGen Leader

Anyone who has worked with teenagers knows how saintly educators are. Teachers dedicate themselves to impacting the lives of their students. But one teacher in particular has earned special recognition for going above and beyond as a role model and servant leader in 2012.

February 09, 2013 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Stafford’s ingenuity honored

STAFFORD - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) had presented 10 other "Building Better Communities" awards during his time as a U.S. Congressman.

February 09, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


Pilot Club spreads word about car seat safety

In the past month, the Great Bend Pilot Club has donated cash for car seat detector kits and car seats to the Great Bend High School Family and Consumer Science Class, as well as a load of free booster seats to TLC Discoveries after school program. It's part of an effort to help reduce the number of brain injuries to children through proper use of car seats.

February 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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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 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


storm spotters

So far, Barton County and Kansas has been fortunate. Reports of severe weather have been minimal in 2015.

March 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


​KBI agent testifies Miller deposited checks for fictitious invoices

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Agent Clint Hawkins said checks that Central Prairie Honor Flights members thought were written to businesses wound up instead in the banking account of the nonprofit organization's director, LaVeta Miller. Hawkins testified Wednesday in Barton County District Court, where Miller is on trial for two counts of theft by deception, each greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000.

March 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Pertussis case confirmed at GBHS

Wednesday afternoon, USD 428 sent an email letter to parents informing them that a chase of Pertussis (whooping cough) had been confirmed at the high school. The letter warned of the symptoms and what parents need to do if they suspect their child is infected.

March 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


County backs effort to recognize historic routes

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved offering a letter of support for an effort by Ellinwood residents to make the historic Chisholm and Great Western Trail a national historic trail.

March 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Former Honor Flight secretary reviews checks

The former treasurer of Central Prairie Honor Flights spent nearly four hours on the witness stand Tuesday, reviewing dozens of checks - including some deposited into the personal checking account of LaVeta Miller.

March 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


OTR for March 4, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 03, 2015 | | News


Residents asked to remove flowers from cemetery

The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.

March 03, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock Council ponders new fire truck

If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.

March 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


The next step

The long-running campaign to clean up Veterans Memorial Lake took another step forward Monday night when the Great Bend City Council approved the application of a chemical jolt to help eliminate the toxic blue-green algae.

March 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Some new faces

The City of Great Bend has a new police chief and a new City Council member.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Council OKs fund transfer for library

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a resolution allowing the transfer of funds for the Great Bend Public Library heating and air conditioning system loan. The amount being transferred is $762,012.92.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Hoisington honors Seuss

Monday, March 2, was "Read Across America Day". This year, the book is the Seuss classic, "Oh, The Places You'll Go." At Hoisington Middle School several activities were planned such as crazy sock day, guess the number of gold fish in a bowl, dress like your favorite Seuss character, etc.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


For the Love of Reading

Students at Lincoln Elementary school arrived at school Monday morning dressed in the costumes of beloved book characters. Hours of work went into preparations for the school's celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. The popular children's author would be 111 years old this year.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington gaining ground on EMT shortage

At the Hoisington City Council meeting Feb. 23, EMS Director Scott Fleming announced the successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician training for five new volunteers.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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