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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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Barton Foundation honors Brad and Sarah Shirer with Distinguished Service Award

The Barton Community College Foundation honored Brad and Sarah Shirer with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award during Barton's 45th commencement on Friday.

May 16, 2015 | | News


Barton Community College honors Outstanding Graduates at commencement

Kami Maxwell of Odin and Ambonirina Nathanael Razafindrabe of Antananarvio, Madagascar were named Barton Community College's 2015 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 45th commencement ceremony Friday.

May 16, 2015 | | News


​Youth Bike Safety Rodeo set for May 29

Barton County children ages 5 to 12 years can have a great start to a safe summer by participating in the Bike Safety Rodeo the morning of Friday, May 29. It will be held at the small ball field on the northwest side of Brit Spaugh Park, near 22nd and Morton St.

May 16, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Minor injury accident reported

Vehicles driven by Glenda Eye, 59, Larned, and Vonda New, 48, Garfield, collided at 3:44 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 56 at SW 30 Ave., 3 miles west of Great Bend.

May 15, 2015 | | News


St. John man in serious condition after motorcycle wreck

A St. John man was taken to Wichita with serious injuries following a three-vehicle wreck west of Ellinwood Thursday evening.

May 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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