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Turnover in GBMS Music Program coming

The USD 428 Board of Education met for a noon meeting at Lincoln Elementary school Tuesday, and approved requests that will mean a major turnover in the music programs at Great Bend Middle School for the next school year. Board members approved the certified teacher retirement of Mr. Kurtis Koch, Teacher of Instrumental Music, and the certified teacher resignation of Mrs. Andrea Gardner, Teacher of Vocal Music at Great Bend Middle School. Gardner and her husband will be moving to the Goddard area.

March 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Commerce Department features Great Bend eco devo sucecsses

In an effort to recruit and promote new business in the State of Kansas, The Kansas Department of Commerce created a program entitled "Small Town Spotlight" which highlights the towns and companies that are joining forces for success. Recently, Great Bend was featured as a small town success story for the strides in economic development over the last several months.

March 26, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Deadline for changing KanCare health plans approaching

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has launched a new service that answers questions about KanCare, the state Medicaid program, as well as questions about long-term care.

March 25, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Sweeping purchase aids Road and Bridge

On Monday morning, the Barton County Commission approved the purchase of a new power broom, an implement used to clean road surfaces before or after a road work project.

March 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


County gives nod to tire recyclers

It was a small step Monday morning, but it was a step forward for the tire recycling firm Blizzard Energy Inc. in its efforts to open shop at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. The Barton County Commission agreed that the company's business process was consistent with the county's Solid Waste Management Plan.

March 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Spring Break Zoo Crew goes behind scenes

Cleaning up after tigers and bears may not be every teenager's idea of how to spend spring break, but four students did just that last Thursday and Friday.

March 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


New at Brit Spaugh Zoo: Four new animals revealed

Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society got an early look Friday at Vixey, the new arctic fox at the Brit Spaugh Zoo. As the 11-month-old fox was released into her spacious new enclosure, she capered through the grass, inspecting every corner, and climbed every perch.

March 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Winter weather returns for Spring Expo

Cold and freezing rain nixed outdoor activities around Great Bend Saturday, but several still came out for the Central Kansas Spring Expo at the Expo building at the Barton County fairgrounds. Both Expo one and two, plus the courtyard in between were full, but wind and moisture kept most visitors inside.

March 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Bill would boost farming in state, ag officials say

A Kansas Senate bill aimed at expanding the corporate farming opportunities in the state would bolster farming in general, say supporters of the measure known as the Kansas Agricultural Growth and Rural Investment Initiative. However, detractors of SB 191 say it would pave the way for corporate farms to overrun the state's family farm tradition.

March 22, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Another Winter Storm Headed Towards Kansas

Although recent days of warm weather have given Kansans a taste of spring, winter is not over and the public is reminded to keep themselves prepared for winter storms.

March 22, 2013 | Kansas Adjutant General's Office Press Release | News


Invest in Kids 2013 campaign under way

The Invest in Kids membership drive had a solid start recently at the Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala, Sunflower Executive Director Jim Johnson said. More than $4,500 in donations laid the groundwork for the $50,000 goal.

March 21, 2013 | | News


Local attorny calls threatened repeal 'short sighted'

Barton Community College officials have been following several bills proposed by the 2013 Legislature, including the repeal of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. The Great Bend Tribune contacted BCC Trustee Robert Feldt, a Great Bend attorney, for his response to Wednesday's hearing.

March 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas immigration hearing draws emotioal response

TOPEKA (AP) - An emotional crowd gathered for a House committee hearing on a measure that seeks to repeal in-state tuition for Kansas students without legal residency.

March 21, 2013 | | News


USD 431 offers four day preschool

HOISINGTON - Preschool, kindergarten and first grade have come a long way since the days of Tom, Dick and Jane and even from the days when preschool was time for children to learn social skills.

March 21, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | 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 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Plans in the works for opera house lot

City of Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker received a letter of intent from Andy Mingenback, president of Brentwood Builders of Great Bend, stating his plans to repair the wall that was left exposed from the demolition of the old opera house at Forest and Williams.

May 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Field Ops Day simulates real-world emergencies

Barton Community College's medical and emergency services students stepped out of the classroom to test their skills in life-like emergency scenarios during Field Ops Day on campus Saturday.

May 05, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | News


Prisoner Review Board accepting public comments

Two men serving prison sentences for crimes committee in Pawnee County are eligible for hearings before the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in June. Public comments are being accepted this month.

May 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


EHS Forensics places at state

The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team competed at the KSHSAA 2A State Championships on Saturday, May 2 at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita. The team placed seventh out of 42 schools participating.

May 05, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | News


2nd Annual Hoisington Kids Entrepreneur Week a tasteful experience

Twenty-two Hoisington students, ranging in age from Kindergarten through sixth grade, participated in a two-weekend program courtesy of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce retail promotions committee. On Saturday, April 25, they attended Business Basics, where they learned how to run a basic entrepreneurial business and chose a product to bring to market. Then, on Saturday May 2, with products prepared, they attended Market Day. Creativity was at an all time high with their business ideas, with items at Market Day ranging from snacks for people, birds and dogs, arts and crafts, graduation themed goodies and surprise eggs!

May 05, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | News


USD 431 counselor blazing way for new pathways

"Pathway" is another buzz word parents of middle and high school students will need to get used to in coming years. Picture clusters of classes, with each class being essential to a particular group of similar careers. This was the main focus of new business at the USD 431 Hoisington Board of Education meeting Monday night.

May 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Arsenal of Democracy Flyover announces webcast of World War II Celebration

Washington, D.C., – The Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover Executive Committee announced Tuesday that the Flyover will be streamed live on Friday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The link for the live webcast is usvets.tv/Events/ArsenalofDemocracy2015.aspx.

May 05, 2015 | | News


Changes coming to Events Center

The Great Bend Events Center, formerly the Convention Center, will see some changes following action taken by the City Council Monday night.

May 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


New drug dog, police cars approved

The Great Bend City Council put some more teeth in the city's stepped-up anti-drug campaign. It approved Monday night the purchase of a second drug dog and three new police vehicles.

May 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Council signs off on summer activities

There will be a lot going on in downtown Great Bend this summer, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night. The council approved several street closures and took other action to accommodate the festivities at Hayes' request.

May 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


County approves May proclamations

Physical and mental health were on the agenda at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo prepares for World Binturong Day

Poppy, the 6-month-old binturong at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, made an appearance at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said this Saturday, May 9, is World Binturong Day.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Names released from Friday drug bust

The Great Bend Police Department has identified two Hoisington residents who were arrested on drug charges last Friday after a traffic stop. Johnathon Hiserote and Amanda Decker were booked into the Barton County Detention Center.

May 04, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


A bitter sweet goodbye

Sister Charlotte Brungardt welcomed visitors to St. Rose Saturday afternoon. They came to say farewell to the circular towers which are slated to be demolished as the next phase in a renovation that will carry the medical facility into the next century of carring for the people of Great Bend and the surrounding area. There was singing and stories of the hospital's founding in 1902 by the Dominican Sisters. There were also tears shed. The towers, built in the early 1960s, have been a familiar landmark in the city for over 50 years.

May 02, 2015 | | News


Guns and Hoses a blast

Smoke, sirens, firehoses, hats and badges, and Kia the K-9 officer drew a sizable turnout to the first annual Guns and Hoses open house Saturday morning. Great Bend Police, Fire and Rescue collaborated on the event that showcased the elements of how these men and women work and train to keep the people of Great Bend safe each day.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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