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​E-cigarette explodes in office

A battery in an electronic cigarette exploded Thursday at 1300 Stone St., setting paperwork on a desk ablaze, Great Bend Firefighter Brad Dresher said.

March 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Public health featured this week

When Barton County commissions meet Monday morning, County Health Director Lily Akings will ask they proclaim the week as National Public Health Week. But, Akings said, despite this recognition, many people don't understand just what public health means.

March 29, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


College trustees watch legislation in Topeka

Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman said he's hoping the Legislature will adopt Gov. Sam Brownback's budget as it concerns funding for higher education. The governor has proposed to keep state support at last year's level.

March 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Four-time Paralympic medalist visits Great Bend

Nick Taylor decided in the eighth grade that he wanted to play high school sports. Because he was born with disabilities that kept him wheelchair bound, he knew right away all contact sports were out. That left tennis and golf as possibilities.

March 28, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


F.O.P funds new tools for C.A.C.

Great Bend's Lodge 23 of the Fraternal Order of Police Thursday met with representatives of the Childrens Advocacy Center to finalize a donation of $500. The donation came at exactly the right time, said CAC coordinator Sarah Schenek.

March 28, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Your office pool is illegal

March Madness is upon us, and while many people are rooting for their favorite teams, others have their eye on the office pool.

March 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | 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 27, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


ACS seeks Camp Hope partner

For 30 years, children with cancer have found a week's refuge from their ravaging illnesses at a camp appropriately named Camp Hope.

March 27, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


One arrested after injury accident

The driver in a Tuesday morning accident fled on foot, while a passenger was arrested for alleged narcotics violations, according to a report from the Great Bend Police Department.

March 26, 2013 | | News


Larned facility part of JJA restructuring

LARNED – To take advantage of economies of scale and make Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and the state's other juvenile correctional facilities safer, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has begun implementing an executive order moving the Juvenile Justice Authority within the Kansas Department of Corrections.

March 26, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Congressman Huelskamp Meets with Local Leaders from Great Bend

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, Congressman Tim Huelskamp visited with Howard Partington (City Administrator, Great Bend), Allene Owen (City Council, City of Great Bend) and Jon Prescott (CPI, Qualified Plan Consultants). Among other topics, they discussed immigration, rural housing, and transportation. Congressman Huelskamp said.

March 26, 2013 | | News


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


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