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April 11, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

USD 428 new hire to fill big shoes

Khristopher J. Thexton, superintendent of Marysville School District 364, has been hired by USD 428 as the new director of finance, operations and federal programs. A quorum of four school board members met in a special meeting Thursday, waiving their right to three days prior notice. After a five minute executive session, they voted to make the offer, which he has accepted.

April 11, 2013 | | 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.

April 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Former Honor Flight program director to stand trial

A jury will try LaVeta Miller, the Great Bend woman charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the area Honor Flights program. As Miller stood beside him, her attorney entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf Thursday on two counts of theft by deception.

April 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

“Drones” give birds eye view, make fast work for ag apps

"Not all drones are created equal," Dr. Kevin Price, a Kansas State University professor of agronomy and geography told the audience at the Wednesday noon presentation on drone technology at the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo.

April 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


A sheet of ice greeted the opening of the second-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo Wednesday morning and one could see the breath of those gathered in the chilly Expo III building at the Expo Complex for the show's ribbon-cutting ceremony.

April 10, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Recreation Commission purchases Imagination Playground

The Great Bend Recreation is buying an Imagination Playground.

April 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Mayors honor area volunteerism

Three mayors from Barton County recognized the local Action AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers with a proclamation Tuesday, marking the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.

April 09, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Pinewood Derby races to the finish

The Kanza District, Quivira Council Boy Scouts of America held its annual District Pinewood Derby on Sunday, April 7 at the First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend with over 200 Scouts and their families in attendance.

April 09, 2013 | Special to the Tribune | News

Election results finalized

The Barton County Commission met early Monday morning as the Board of Canvasers to canvas the results of last Tuesday's general election. The totals reported as of the end of the evening on election night remained unofficials until this was done.

April 09, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

USD 428 considers GBNEA proposal

The USD 428 Board of Education met Monday evening with an agenda that seemed uneventful. But for those that stuck around for action following the first executive session, a glimpse into two equally compelling sides of a debate over quantity versus quality ensued.

April 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

New attorney appointed to Chapman

The jury trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to get under way on Monday has been rescheduled for August in Barton County District Court. Chapman is charged with first degree murder in the death of Damon Leslie Galyardt, who was killed Nov. 11, 2011.

April 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Starting today, a stretch of West Barton County Road will be reduced from four lanes to two as crews begin to bury a concrete pipe beneath it. The work is part of a nine-month, $6 million project to improve the flow of water from the Arkansas River to Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.

April 08, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Commission honors abuse victims

Hearing a litany of sad and sobering figures, the Barton County Commission Monday morning adopted proclamations designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

April 08, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Immunization requirements to change for 2013-2014 school year

With the last day of school little more than a month away, most parents and students aren't thinking about immunizations. But it's not too early for school nurses and the Barton County Health Department to begin planning for fall. Public Health Nurse Melissa Hegerman shared some recent changes in immunization requirements.

April 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

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