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Home for the Holidays

The annual Home for the Holidays festival and parade marked the beginning of another Christmas season in Great Bend Saturday night. The parade line-up at Brit Spaugh park swelled with several creative floats late afternoon for the parade that started at 5:30 p.m. It was followed by the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting and Trail of Lights at 6:15 p.m. Attendees took their pick of many free activities including ice skating, horse drawn carriage rides, and free food including hot dogs, funnel cakes and hot chocolate. Santa made an appearance too.

November 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the appointment of special deputy coroners, a pest control proposal for county buildings and trash hauling proposal for county buildings.

November 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Holiday décor, decorated homes to be on display

Xi Delta Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi's annual Holiday Décor open house is set 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Flavored Celebrations at 1315 Stone in Great Bend. In addition to decorated tables, tree décor, room décor, and holiday fashions will be shared by businesses and individuals.

November 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC officials study enrollment trends

At a retreat earlier this month, Barton Community College trustees talked about the future of traditional campuses. Online education and shifts in demographics are changing the playing field for all Kansas college, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman noted.

November 24, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS Hall of Fame

Great Bend High School has announced its 2017 inductees to the GBHS Hall of Fame. Recognized will be two individuals, one a longtime swimming coach and the other a respected architect.

November 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Imagination Library sparking interest in reading

United Way of Central Kansas kicked off Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Great Bend in August with much anticipation and fanfare, celebrating the children that the program would benefit.

November 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCHD confirms meningitis case

The Barton County Health Department has been notified of a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal meningitis is fairly rare (less than one case per 100,000 people each year).

November 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


TURKEY DAY

An Eisenhower Elementary student walks past turkey artwork, last week at the school. The feathers on this bird represent individuals at the school; each contains a written message of things the contributor is thankful for.

November 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC to host holiday events

Barton Community College invites the public to celebrate the holidays with the following events:

November 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Local teacher, student receive awards

A student and a teacher from Riley Elementary School received awards on Tuesday for all their hard work this school year.

November 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Barton celebrates inmate success at Ellsworth Correctional Facility

Barton Community College, Ellsworth Correctional Facility and the Kansas Department of Corrections highlighted the success of about 140 inmates who have taken the initiative to pursue their educations while incarcerated at the 13th Annual Learning Celebration, held earlier this month at Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

November 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Thanksgiving a popular holiday

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims - early settlers of Plymouth Colony - held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this event as the nation's first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

November 22, 2017 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


THANK YOU SANTA, MRS. CLAUS

Randy and Sandy Smith, who portrayed Santa and Mrs. Claus at Christmas in Great Bend for decades, will serve as the grand marshals for the Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday night, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.

November 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Giving Tuesday is Nov. 28

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and next Tuesday is a day of giving, thanks.

November 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


VFW QUILTS OF VALOR

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111 in Great Bend presented Quilts of Valor to seven veterans in November 2017.

November 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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New city council members learn the ropes

Although they won't officially be a part of the City of Great Bend governing body until January, the meeting Monday afternoon was a chance ...

December 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Architect agreement moves forward

Great Bend USD 428 will spend nearly $65,000 to repair the track around Memorial Stadium and to add new life to the artificial turf ...

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fatal crash in Rush Co.

A Hays man died in a one-vehicle crash discovered early Sunday in Rush County, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports. Darin Alan Stiles, 51, was pronounced ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


F.O.P. SHOPPING SPREE

Everyone looks forward to a day off, especially on an unseasonably warm Saturday in December. While many were home, watching football, catching up on outdoor ...

December 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff enters ‘not guilty’ plea to misdemeanor

Friday's court appearance for Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir was canceled after his attorney entered a plea of not guilty to the misdemeanor charge ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Track repair, PAC fans on school board agenda

Details for bids on the Great Bend High School track repair will be presented to the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education when it ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rec commission phones on board agenda

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's Board of Directors will consider a "phone system request for proposal" when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Circles of Central Kansas fights poverty

Circles of Central Kansas hosted its first community event, "Poverty Paradigm Experience," on Thursday at the Heartland Community Church in Great Bend. The program was ...

December 08, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Bailey picked as acting GBPD chief

Great Bend Police Department Lt. David Bailey has been named interim Chief for the GBPD, effective Monday, Mayor Mike Allison and Interim City Administrator George ...

December 08, 2017 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Orientation for new elected city officials set

Great Bend City Clerk Shawna Schafer and Interim City Administrator George Kolb announced Friday an orientation meeting for newly elected city officials, including mayor and ...

December 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Vespers Concert is Sunday

The A Cappella Choir will be 65 voices strong when students take the stage Sunday at the Great Bend High School Auditorium. But the choir ...

December 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Time to shop

December 07, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Preventing theft

One of the most common crimes of the holiday season - and one that is often preventable - is theft from vehicles, according to local law enforcement ...

December 07, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


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