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City to study management, pay at police department

Following an exhausting string of executive sessions totaling 2 hours and 45 minutes to discuss "personnel issues currently facing the city" Thursday night, the Great Bend City Council emerged and voted to proceed with hiring a law firm to conduct a management and compensation study of the Police Department.

June 29, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ellinwood’s Wolf Pond under toxic algae warning

ELLINWOOD – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, has issued a public health warning for eight lakes, including Wolf Pond in Ellinwood, and a watch for two lakes due to harmful toxic algae blooms.

June 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


IT IS OFFICIAL

With scores of massive white wind turbine components as a backdrop, officials cut the ceremonial ribbon for the Great Bend transload facility Thrusday afternoon. The site, located in the Great Bend Industrial park west of town, has been in use for a couple months now, but this just marked its grand opening.

June 29, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend's T-ball Super Heroes

BY JIM MISUNAS

June 29, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Fashion leads to fair with 2017 Revue

A precursor to the Barton County Fair each year is the 4-H Clothing, Fiber Arts & Fashion Revue. Wednesday morning, 4-Hers from area clubs arrived early at Trinity Lutheran Church to undergo judging for garment construction and buymanship outfits, and to get feedback on their workmanship in the fiber arts. Some of the top winners will go on to compete this fall at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, said Barton County Extension Agent Bernie Unruh.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington upholds fireworks ordinance

HOISINGTON - Hoisington City Council members had two weeks to review the city's fireworks ordinance following a discussion at the June 12 meeting. When they met again Monday night, fireworks were once again on the agenda, and the council unanimously agreed to uphold the ordinance that allows the discharge of fireworks in the city on one day only, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Building the dream

Last week, the Central Kansas Dream Center made significant progress on the renovation of the third floor of their building. A pump truck arrived and began pumping cement up a long hose, and workers began spreading and filling the floor to level it prior to framing new living spaces.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Harvest continues after rain delays

Harvest has been rolling in Sublette since June 16. Zach Laffrey, of McCoy Grain Co, says yields have been average for their area. He reported about 150,000-200,000 bushels of wheat have been taken in since harvest started.

June 28, 2017 | By Brooke Haas, Communications Intern | Local News


Barton County personnel honored as Roads Scholars

Several Barton County Road and Bridge Department personnel were honored by the County Commission Monday morning for furthering their education. They received certificates marking their completion of the Kansas Association of Counties' Roads Scholar Program.

June 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


School board to meet Thursday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to close out the fiscal year. The board will meet at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road.

June 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ashtin Heath places 10th at national speech tourney

It was a tournament two Great Bend High School forensics students had been working toward for four years and their efforts did not disappoint.

June 27, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


New weapons laws start Saturday

As of Saturday, Barton Community College and other Kansas colleges won't be able to ban "concealed carry" weapons on campus. A draft of a new weapons policy was discussed at Tuesday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting.

June 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC student invited to strategic planning

Three students at Barton Community College were invited recently to attend a strategic planning meeting with staff and administrators. One of those students, Devon Nelson, attended Tuesday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting to report on the experience.

June 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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 County Commission decided Monday morning.

June 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Scenes from Camp Hope

Camp Hope 2018 wrapped up Saturday, after a week of activities in Barton County. Camp Hope Media Coordinator Barb Keltner, Eudora, reports there were 72 ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Going Buggy

Dancing slugs and butterflies from the StoneLion Puppet Theatre interacted with audience members Saturday at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery. The gallery and ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker to stand trial for death of cyclists

The man accused of accidentally causing the deaths of two people riding a motorcycle through Great Bend on Aug. 16, 2014, may face a jury ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Area counties report on harvest progress

More rain in the Golden Belt has delayed harvest in some areas. Reports from Rice, Pawnee and Ford counties show yields to be higher than ...

June 23, 2018 | By Tribune staff | Local News


Midwest Energy holds public meetings on electric rate changes

HAYS – Midwest Energy is seeking board of directors approval for proposed electric rate changes, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

June 23, 2018 | Tribune Staff | 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 ...

June 23, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City administrator finalists to be announced

Great Bend city officials will announce the three finalists for the city administrator position at 10 a.m. Monday, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said. The ...

June 22, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wanted: GBHS grads from 1960-1963

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In 1960, the classes of 1960-63 at Great Bend High School became part of Project Talent, a landmark study of 440,000 ...

June 22, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


‘Best camp in the world’

Harrison Sellers gives Camp Hope two thumbs up. Harrison, who prefers to be called "Harry," is almost 10 years old and is attending the annual ...

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL host KWEC

The Great Bend Public Library hosted the Kansas Wetlands education Center on Thursday as part of the summer program, "Libraries Rock with Rock and Roll ...

June 21, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News


Rain slows harvest in Barton County

Barton County and much of the state received widespread rains overnight on June 19 into the 20th, which put harvest on hold in many areas.

June 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


House passes Farm Bill

The United States House of Representatives Thursday passed the crucial five-year Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also know as the Farm Bill. The House ...

June 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 concedes violation of policy in graduation remarks

Counsel representing Great Bend USD 428 has responded to a complaint from Christopher Line, a Patrick O'Reiley Legal Fellow with the Freedom From Religion ...

June 21, 2018 | Veronica Coons | 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 ...

June 21, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Fatal crash in Ness County

Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday in Ness County, 6 miles east of Ness City on K-96 ...

June 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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