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GBRC looks at goals, budget

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors discussed its 2017-2018 strategic plan goals and budget on Monday.

June 12, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


County approves tax help after tornado

Barton County residents who lost their homes or saw major home damage from last month's tornado may get a break on their property taxes this year, thanks to a resolution passed Monday by the County Commission.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Road & Bridge director to retire soon

Barton County Road and Bridge/Memorial Parks Director Dale Phillips announced Monday he will retire at the end of this month, concluding a 44-year career with the county.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Caution: Road work ahread

Great Bend Street Department employees remove a section of pavement at the southwest corner of Broadway and McKinley, Monday afternoon. Traffic is reduced to two lanes and will be for the rest of the month, according to Street Superintendent Mike Crawford.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Larned prison adopts new mission preparing young offenders for reentry

LARNED - At the end of May, the Kansas Department of Corrections announced that the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility will be converted to a medium-security prison this summer and the nearly 150 mental health inmates there will be moved to the El Dorado Correctional Facility. Changes were outlined in a May 23 letter from Todd Fertig, KDOC communication director. The letter is on Tuesday's agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees' study session, because the college provides classes at the Larned facility.

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend schools get wireless devices for K-12

Great Bend USD 428's One to One Technology Initiative will encompass grades K-12 this fall, Superintendent Khris Thexton said Monday. The school board voted to buy 250 iPads for kindergartners and first-graders, and 250 Chromebooks for second- and third-graders, at a cost of $181,248.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBFD responds to three weekend fire calls

The Great Bend Fire Department was busy with three fire calls over the weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

June 12, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


May marriage and divorce filings

Marriage Licenses

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Insurance on BCC trustees' agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday, June 13, to approve renewing insurance proposals. The board will meet at 4 p.m. in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The proposals include property, casualty and workers compensation insurance.

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kaiser sentenced on sexting case

Todd Eric Kaiser, the former Great Bend High School track coach convicted of sexual exploitation of a child, has been placed on three years of probation with an underlying sentence of 32 months of confinement.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fun day!

BY VERONICA COONS

June 10, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


Relay for Life celebrates fighters, remembers survivors

HOISINGTON - When cancer survivors and their caregivers line up for the Survivors' Lap at Relay for Life, it's hard not to be overcome by emotion, standing on the sidelines, clapping for those who have battled this disease and won. The sheer number of faces recognized can be overwhelming, with the realization how many people's lives are touched by cancer. As the survivors pass by, clapping and celebrating to the upbeat music, the memories of all those lost over the years surfaces, too.

June 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Larned's Santa Fe Trail Days gets rolling

LARNED - Saturday morning, Broadway and Main filled with families and people of all ages out for a good time as the 2017 Santa Fe Trail Days parade and festivities began. At noon, crowds of people migrated towards what Larned residents affectionately call "sled hill," where the United Way of Central Kansas and the City of Larned prepared a plastic sluice where soon, a flotilla of over 700 ducks would soon float. The top 10 winners would walk away with cash prizes, and the rest, well, the loss would roll off them like water off a duck's back.

June 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Youth Academy brings many smiles

Great Bend youths got a behind-the-scenes look at how the city works on Friday during the Youth Academy.

June 10, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Teacher contracts on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is set to ratify next year's contracts for licensed employees. The Great Bend-National Education Association announced that teachers ratified the agreement on Thursday.

June 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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County bridge to see repairs

Starting in late August, the Arkansas River bridge on SW 50 Avenue, commonly known as the Radium Road, will see some long-needed repairs, the Barton ...

June 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City Council to hold special meeting Thursday night

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the city office building, 1209 Williams. According to ...

June 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas Wheat Harvest Report: Day 9

This is day 9 of the Kansas Wheat Harvest Reports, brought to you by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the ...

June 26, 2017 | By Jordan Hildebrand, Program Assistant; Brooke Haas, Communications Intern | Local News


Kansas Wheat Harvest Report: Day 11

This is day 11 of the Kansas Wheat Harvest Reports, brought to you by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the ...

June 26, 2017 | By Brooke Haas, Communications Intern | Local News


Larned man held on murder charge

LARNED - Jacob Ohnmacht, 27, of Larned, has been charged with second-degree murder and other felonies in connection with the death of his wife last December ...

June 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rec Commission announces July activities

With summer school coming to an end, the Great Bend Recreation Commission has a number of programs set to begin in July and run through ...

June 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS grad, Mull, making name in video

Aaron Mull, a 2012 Great Bend High School graduate, is beginning to make a name for himself in the world of internet video. This Wednesday ...

June 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Weapons laws on Barton Community College agenda

With new Kansas laws going into effect on July 1, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will consider changes to the weapons policy on ...

June 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Larned woman dies in two-vehicle crash

BARTON COUNTY - A Larned woman died following a two-vehicle crash near the Barton-Russell county line early Saturday evening, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

June 26, 2017 | BY tribune STAFF news@gbtribune.com | Local News


Teachers combine learning with games

Editor's Note: This is one in an ongoing series of stories about how USD 428 teachers spend their summer break.

June 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


The Roesler House

BY VERONICA COONS | vcoons@gbtribune.com

June 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


High school teacher takes break from teens

Editor's Note: This is one in an ongoing series of stories about how USD 428 teachers spend their summer break.

June 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Retiring Dale Phillips to be recognized

There will be a retirement reception for Road and Bridge/Memorial Parks Director Dale Phillips on Wednesday. The vendor-sponsored event will be held at the ...

June 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ellinwood historians tapped for 2017 After Harvest Festival Parade Grand Marshalls

ELLINWOOD - Every year, the Ellinwood Rotary Club solicits nominations of a citizen or citizens who have demonstrated a keen sense of community spirit to be ...

June 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


W8T 2 TXT

BY RUSSELL EDEM

June 24, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


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