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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


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


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Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Poppy Program starts Friday

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand-crafted, red crepe paper poppies for donations from 2-6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | 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.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County looking at security issues

Last Friday, several Barton County employees gathered in the County Commission chambers for a program on what to do should there be an active shooter in the building.

May 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Five arrested in drug warrant sweep

On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 20, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers needed for baseball tourney

The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cops have suspects in graffiti outbreak

The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Future Looks Bright

After days of rain and storms, the future was so bright for Great Bend High School seniors, many had to wear shades.

May 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Longer Memorial Day flower period OKed

Those wishing to place flowers on the graves of loved ones at the Great Bend Cemetery for Memorial Day will have an extra week to do so, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Verizon granted permission for temporary cell tower

Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


City-wide clean-up efforts keep county tidier

Community-wide clean-up efforts are mixed blessing, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock told the County Commission Monday morning.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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