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Heilman: ‘We are proud to serve’

JUNCTION CITY - Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman was one of at least 2,000 people who reportedly listened to more than three hours of public comments Monday, at a listening session about possible reductions at Fort Riley. He spoke in favor of keeping personnel at current levels at the base, as did U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, and Gov. Sam Brownback.

February 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Curriculum and testing discussed by USD 428 BOE

Getting down to the business of education, board members for USD 428 met Monday night to hear the first reading of a proposal and presentations by the K-6 math adoption team for a new district-wide math curriculum. After reviewing two options, the teachers came to a unanimous decision with overwhelming support for one that includes text and web-ready lessons, training and professional development, tech-support and consumables over a seven year period.

February 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


BCC to offer free FAFSA help; $500 scholarship to be given away

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a daunting task, but Barton Community College's Financial Aid Department will offer students and parents free assistance in making sure the application is filled out correctly. Barton is participating in a national initiative "College Goal Sunday," from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Learning Resource Center on the Barton County campus.

February 09, 2015 | | News


Kids with lighter accidentally start fire

Two youths playing with a lighter started a grass fire that damaged two trailer houses on Sunday, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported. Human activity also led to two fire calls on Saturday, although one was contained to a grill.

February 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman trial enters defense phase

The prosecution rested Monday afternoon and the first defense witnesses were called as Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial entered its second week. Chapman is charged with the first-degree murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11, 2011.

February 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Pertussis presents perplexing problem

Barton County remains in the grips of a whooping cough outbreak, but the extent of the outbreak remains unclear, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told the county commission Monday morning.

February 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Man claims to have ‘dead body’ in trunk; no body found

Updated 9:09 p.m. Monday

February 09, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


​Public forum set for BCC Foundation Director candidates

Two candidates have been identified for the opening of the Barton Community College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, which oversees the Barton Foundation.

February 09, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Lawmakers approve veterans mental health bill

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act by a vote of 99 to 0. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 12, will provide measures to improve mental health care and increase suicide prevention resources for American service members.

February 07, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Elections and funding focus of legislative coffee

Sen. Mitch Holmes, Rep. John Edmonds and Rep. Troy Waymaster attended a legislative coffee held at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce meeting room Saturday morning. School funding and April elections were the main points of discussion.

February 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Chapman murder trial continues Monday

The first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman will resume Monday morning. It is expected to wrap up before the end of the week.

February 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Driver arrested after pursuit

ELLINWOOD - An Ellinwood Police Department pursuit ended with a suspect arrested for driving under the influence and other charges, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports.

February 07, 2015 | | News


HCC honors volunteers, seeking others to help

Robert Ingersoll of Great Bend knows what it's like to be a cancer patient who needs a kind word or a helping hand.

February 07, 2015 | | News


​GBRC introduces traveling youth baseball

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be part of a competitive, traveling baseball league. There will be an open informational meeting about 7U and 8U summer baseball from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Big Bend Batters Box, 2207 Washington St.

February 07, 2015 | | News


​‘Animal Tails’ story time starts Saturday

Children can hear a story with an animal theme and then meet one of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo animals at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the zoo. Sarah Cruz, education director at the zoo, said her new "Animal Tails" program is free and is suitable for preschoolers.

February 06, 2015 | | News


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USD 431 calls for bond election

At the Monday, March 2 meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education meeting, members approved a resolution calling for a bond election in hopes of gain approval to issue a General Obligation Bond to fund the building of a new school building for Lincoln Elementary School and to upgrade security and other systems at the district's other three buildings.

March 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Farm expo contract extended

The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is set for April 8-10 at the Great Bend Expo Complex, but the real news is that the show will be in Great Bend at least another five years.

March 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | 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 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


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