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​Lewis wins precinct vote to replace Dannehobm

PRATT - Precinct committee men and women of the 113th Kansas House District met Thursday night and elected Greg Lewis (R-St. John) to complete the term of former House member Basil Dannebohm.

March 12, 2015 | | News


State seeks national designation for Ark River

TOPEKA – Following on the success of the Kansas River being named a national water trail by the National Park Service in July 2012, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants the same designation for a portion of the Arkansas River in Kansas, including near Great Bend.

March 12, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Artist turned cookbook author touches untapped market

Ellinwood artist and retired nurse Rhea Grandon can add "published author" to her life list of accomplishments. Her cookbook, "Tasty Temptations for the Toothless," is now available online and in Barnes and Nobles stores. In creating it, she has touched on an untapped market, the dentally challenged, according to her publisher, Xlibris. Primarily a printer for independent writers, the company contacted her and said they wanted to handle the marketing of her book and has since made it available in both paperback and Kindle editions in English, German and Spanish versions.

March 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Summer school 'bad use of taxpayer money'

When the USD 428 administration met to plan for summer school this year, they determined that it wasn't worth the time, effort or taxpayer money to continue offering the program.

March 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Polka Days collection on display

Last year marked the last Great Bend Polka Days, as most of the members of the Polka Lovers of America Kansas Chapter have reached an age where the preparations and the dancing are too physically taxing.

March 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​Burned pickup believed to be stolen

A 2004 Ford F-350 diesel pickup was destroyed by fire early Wednesday, along with about 10 acres of grass near the Cheyenne Creek in rural Ellinwood. Undersheriff Bruce Green said it appeared to be a vehicle that was stolen from Russell County sometime between last Friday evening and Monday morning.

March 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


THE GLOW REMAINS

It was a match struck a long time ago and yet it still burns brightly.

March 11, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Revised job numbers show improvement

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Labor's Division of Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) released last week benchmarked 2014 data along with the January 2015 Labor Report.

March 11, 2015 | | News


One District, One Book program

Many people carry into adulthood fond memories of being read to as a child and a program being promoted by USD 428 hopes to make memories for a whole new generation of children. "The purpose of the One District, One Book program is to create a culture of literature in every home," said Jennifer Schartz, USD 428 public information director. A well-read populace helps raise the level of the entire community. "Children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers," Schartz said. "Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity. Parents ...

March 10, 2015 | | News


Vandals take heavy toll on county

Through the sign replacement program, Barton County Road and Bridge Department personnel responded to four emergency calls and replaced two vandalized signs in the past couple of weeks.

March 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


USD 428 Admin says 'No summer school'

When school lets out for summer break this May, Great Bend students that normally would have attended summer school will have many more hours of time on their hands. The USD 428 Board of Education learned that the administration, after conferring with K-8 principals, is moving towards elimination of the program that has ceased to be truly effective. High school students will continue to be able to work towards credit recovery over the summer however.

March 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Softball, baseball rules approved

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is preparing for spring and summer activities. On Monday, the GBRC board of directors approved youth baseball and softball rules. Sports Director Chris Umphres said they did not change this year.

March 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​LaVeta Miller found guilty of 2 counts theft by deception

LaVeta Diane Miller has been found guilty of two counts of theft by deception in amounts greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000. The jury in Barton County District Court began deliberations at 9 a.m. Monday, and reached a verdict shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sentencing was set for 1 p.m. on May 8. This will allow time for the state to conduct a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI) with review of any criminal history Miller may have. District Judge Ron Svaty ordered the PSI.

March 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Getting their ducts in a row

Deciding that there was no fair way to handle the current bids for the heating and air conditioning work at the Barton County Road and Bridge Department shop, the County Commission Monday morning voted to toss out all four proposals and rebid the project.

March 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission admits open meetings violation

Members of the Barton County Commission last Tuesday morning violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act when they visited the Road and Bridge Department shop, Commission Chairman Kenny Schremmer said Monday morning. Three of the five commissioners inadvertently met at the shop to learn about the controversial heating and air conditioning project.

March 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Traffic restricted on East Bt. Co. Road

Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Lewis sworn into office

After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


TOT SPOT

Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


ElderCare,Inc /Friendship Meals joins local Meals on Wheels Organizations across the country to cele

ElderCare, Inc/Friendship Meals announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. ElderCare's March for Meals events will include Community Champions Week, March 16-20. Throughout the 28 SW Kansas counties, 42 meal sites will recruit Community Champions to volunteer their time to deliver Meals On Wheels or serve lunch at the local meal center.

March 20, 2015 | | News


Credit Union of America (CUA) gives over $46,000 to the Great Bend community

Credit Union of America's Great Bend office celebrated 40 years of serving members by giving back over the last two months to members, non-members and charitable organizations. The 40-day celebration resulted in $23,160 being given to individuals and matching contributions to five chosen charities.

March 19, 2015 | | News


A colorful heritage

Communities along the route for June Jaunt will feature popular art to draw visitors along the tour from Tribune to Ellinwood. It's part of this year's "heritage" theme.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Jeep and semi collide near Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Two injuries were reported Wednesday after a motorist in a Jeep pulled in front of a Peterbilt semitrailer at 12:35 p.m. at NE 10 Ave. and NE 100 Road, near Hoisington.

March 19, 2015 | | 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 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Advance ballots, voting now available

Barton County voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the April 7 city/school/hospital general election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.

March 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


SPRING CLEANING

This past Saturday, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster worked with First Assembly of God Church volunteers for a community service day cleanup of storm water drainage ditches around the community.

March 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Fight video raises questions about school safety

An internet video depicting two Great Bend High School students fighting in the lunch room has been featured on several websites over the weekend, prompting readers to contact the Great Bend Tribune with questions concerning the safety of students at the school.

March 18, 2015 | Tribune Staff | News


Competition dance members ‘Euphoric’ about Bravo

After months of practice and improving technique, dance competition season has arrived. Members of Euphoria Dance Center's competition team attended Bravo Regional Dance Competition at Maize High School Feb. 28 through March 1. Members with less than two years competition experience or less than two hours of weekly studio time competed in the "overture" class. Many of these students fall into the under 14-years-old categories, though there are some late comers who have shown a great deal of dedication to their art and are ready for competition. The dances included solos, trios, and small group numbers.

March 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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