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BCC trustees to review insurance

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will review property, casualty, workers compensation and other insurance proposals at the next board study session, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also review the monthly financial statement; contracts for head coach, management staff and administrative positions; and upcoming graduation events.

May 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Suit filed against ex-county administrator

A civil lawsuit filed March 1 claims that while Barton County administrator, Richard Boeckman harassed Robin Rziha, a nurse and Pawnee County health administrator. Rziha filed the suit in Barton County District Court seeking $75,000 in damages and a jury trial.

May 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ellinwood notes

The sponsor of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce coffee Friday morning was Central National Bank, with two locations in Great Bend. Chad Steffan, business lender and manager of the Main Street location, said since the bank expanded to Great Bend three years ago, business has been brisk, providing commercial, residential and agricultural loans, as well as providing banking services at the in-store bank at Walmart. As a regional bank, they can write loans ranging from a couple thousand dollars up to $15 million, he said. The bank has been owned by the same family for four generations. That family came ...

May 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Heard at Hoisington Chamber Coffee

Members of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce met for coffee Thursday morning at the new Sonic restaurant on S. Main St. As always, news was in abundant supply. Owner Ravi Vallal thanked the community for their support, and said business is going well. He hopes soon customers will catch on that they have a dining room, but, he noted, his stalls are always full.

May 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CVB invites area schools to town for field trips

Christina Hayes knows that Great Bend has a lot to offer but she also understands that a little promotion could go a long way to attracting visitors.

May 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Alice Wondra memorializes parents with endowment fund at GBCF

When Alice Wondra was considering how she could memorialize her parents, she kept the phrase "people in need" in the forefront of her mind.

May 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


El Sol to dance for school board

The Great Bend High School El Sol Folk Dance Club will perform a dance in recognition of Cinco de Mayo at the next school board meeting. The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road.

May 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Health care bill approved by narrow margin

WASHINGTON - Rep. Roger Marshall is pleased with Thursday's passage of the Republican health care bill by the House. He visited with Kansas media during a press conference in the afternoon, expressing confidence the bill will go on to pass in the Senate.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Students assist with orchard’s improvement

At the start of its third season, the apple orchard at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is beginning to fill out, but efforts to keep it weed-free haven't exactly succeeded. Landscape fabric and mulch, it turns out, weren't enough to keep bindweed and the creeping lawn at bay. That's why Cottonwood Extension ag agent Alicia Boor requested help from Great Bend High School students during their Community Service Day to help remove the old and try something new.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Schools prepare for 'The Lemonade War'

For the third year, community members are invited to join elementary students this fall in a shared reading experience. "The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davies is the selection for Great Bend's 2017-2018 "One District One Book" literacy program.

May 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Glow for Life aims to prevent suicide

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Barton County will sponsor its fifth annual Golden Belt Glow for Life event on June 2.

May 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | 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 a National Bike Month proclamation, early childhood intervention funding and a structural analysis of the Susank radio tower.

May 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local 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.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Zoo News: 'Birds Befriended' comes to a close

For the past decade, the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo and Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility offered the Birds Befriended Program. It allowed inmates with good behavior to care for exotic birds such as parrots and cockatoos that were former pets needing new homes.

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crime Stoppers rewards tipsters

"We don't want your name, just your information."

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Zoo prepares for Plastic Free July

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grizzly Bear exhibit expands in 2018

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo evolution

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hot results on a cold day

April 14 was a cold, blustery day, but the Regional Music Festival results were hot for Great Bend High School students. The festival was held ...

April 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Originals: BCC Theatre hosts play series

Barton Theatre Director Dr. Rick Abel premiered the Original Play Series at Barton last year, and in light of its success, he is bringing it ...

April 22, 2018 | By Micha Oelze Barton Community College | Local News


Ellinwood city council approves Splash Pad addition

ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting in April, a representative from the Ellinwood Rotary Club, Rosie Joiner, shared specifications for a covered patio the ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SPEAKING HER MIND

Darcy Feist, a fifth grade student in Joan Henning's class at Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend, can do something that makes many ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCC music students to present recital

Barton Community College will present a student recital at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Schools adopt technology literacy standards

Basic education in the 21st Century goes far beyond the ABC's. At the April school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 technology coaches presented ...

April 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camps offer free entrance May 5

PRATT - Kansas weather will get better, we promise. And after the past several months we've endured, we understand why those who crave outdoor experiences ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCYP provides funds and seeks to further community wellness efforts

The Flatlander Half Marathon, which started as a grassroots effort in 2015 to promote healthy and active lifestyles in the community, has quickly become a ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting to be held Tuesday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group is forming and those who missed the April 19 orientation will have another chance to attend on Thursday ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Argonne Forest re-dedication set

The Great Bend Tree Board will celebrate National Arbor Day and the 100th anniversary of the World War I Argonne Forest Battle in France with ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JobFest connects workers, companies

The 11th-annual Central Kansas JobFest brought a crowd to the Great Bend Events Center on Thursday, as businesses announced job openings and prospective employees gathered ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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