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School district answers call for new phones

By late spring Great Bend USD 428 will be better connected than ever.

March 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Progress: Community


GBHS gears up for Community Day

The fourth annual Great Bend High School Community Day will take place on Wednesday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Progress: Community


GBCCA entertains the Golden Belt

Founded in 1937, the Golden Belt Community Concert Association has a rich heritage of providing quality, diverse, musical performances to the residents of Barton County and the surrounding area. The association's vision is to enrich the cultural awareness and appreciation of the performing arts for everyone in the communities served.

March 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Progress: Community


Claflin museum reopens better than ever

CLAFLIN - Claflin's history museum had to close unexpectedly in 2010 when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


Estes leaves legacy of support

A short time after Cathy Estes arrived at the Early Education Center, she re-discovered the importance of early intervention for children with developmental delays.

March 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Progress: Community


Early intervention can lead to better childhood, better adulthood

Infants and toddlers make progress every day at Sunflower's Early Education Center EEC as a result of the non-profit agency's varied programs.

March 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Progress: Community


Legos, Legos and more Legos at Rec

The Great Bend Recreation Commission hosts to many events and programs throughout the year.

March 04, 2016 | Russ Edem | Progress: Community


Ellinwood opens wellness center

2015 saw the culmination of a four-year effort by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission and volunteers in the community. The dream of opening a year-round fitness facility was realized the morning of May 1 with the grand opening of the Ellinwood Wellness Center.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


Ellinwood’s progressive person: Becca Maxwell

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March 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Progress: Community


GBRH creates employee growth opportunites

Every successful business knows that its employees are its biggest asset, and Great Bend Regional Hospital is no exception. The leadership team at the local, physician-owned hospital has created strategic opportunities for its staff to continue their education to better their careers. And for some people, the tuition for college courses is 100 percent free to the student.

March 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Progress: Community


Hoisington couple shows compassion through its art, foster care program

About a year and a half ago, the traveling fine arts exhibition "Estamos Aqui" (We Are Here) spent the summer at the Shafer Memorial Gallery in Great Bend. Highlighting work by 40 Hispanic artists, the exhibition is still touring the nation. Back in 2014, though, Hugo Gonzalez was one of the rare locals artists asked to contribute work to the Great Bend show. He submitted his charcoal series "Halftones," five pieces depicting life situations that often hinder human efforts to achieve happiness. One of those pieces, "Forever Home," depicted a tiny hand straining to reach the knob on a wooden ...

March 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Progress: Community


Emergency manager protects public

Amy Miller evolved into her job as director of emergency and risk management for Barton County. When you hear Miller's gentle voice, you know everything is going to be all right.

March 04, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Progress: Community


BCC instructor embraces student groups

Barton Instructor and Coordinator of Business Kathy Boeger has a reputation on campus for her positive energy and upbeat attitude. An email from Kathy has the power to uplift the spirits of the entire campus. It's not surprising that with her sunny disposition and outlook on life, she's made it a personal goal to enhance students' lives through community service groups, which in turn benefit the community at large.

March 04, 2016 | By Joe Vinduska | Progress: Community


Historical Society holds annual meeting

Some 3,000 people visited the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village in 2015, Executive Director Beverly Komarek reported at the annual meeting in January. That includes visitors from Canada, Spain, India and Mexico, 34 U.S. states and 59 cities in Kansas.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Community


Kid-friendly changes come to GB

Great Bend and Barton County saw many new improvements in 2015, but one improvement is very popular with the children in the community.

March 04, 2016 | Russ Edem | Progress: Community


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