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Humane Society to hold adoption event in Rush Center

RUSH CENTER – Golden Belt Humane Society/Adopt a Pet will be a food vendor at the St Patrick's Day celebration in Rush Center Saturday. They will be starting at 9 a.m. selling Wheatland Cafe cinnamon rolls for breakfast and walking tacos for lunch, cookies and a bottle of water for $6. As always, 100 percent of the money raised goes to the care of the shelter animals. For more information, call Jean Clair at 620-786-5955.

March 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wind can make ‘gust’ appearance at landfill

This time of year means two things to Barton County Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock – the lion-like winds that usher in spring and the increased traffic from stir-crazy residents doing their spring cleaning.

March 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New houses are ready in Great Bend

Members of the Great Bend Community all joined in on a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at the new housing development called Amber Meadows.

March 09, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1936, many minor historical events took place, all adding up to an interesting week.

March 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves housing study

The Ellinwood City Council welcomed the opportunity to hear from two different sources vying to bring new housing to the city. Vicky Dayton, Executive Director of Housing Opportunities Inc., and Justin Joiner of Joiner Construction both indicated their desire to secure funding through the state's Moderate Income Housing Program (MIH) in order to bring additional moderate income housing to the city. Therefore, both made a case in favor of the city conducting a market study for housing.

March 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBHS students build pasta, marshmallow tower

Nope. It wasn't a cooking class even though the ingredients were spaghetti and marshmallows.

March 09, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


School handbooks include Chromebook rules

Great Bend schools will have new policies to reflect the "1-to-1 Chromebook Initiative" being implemented this fall at USD 428.

March 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPD beefing up Special Services Team

The Great Bend Police Department is currently taking steps to increase the effectiveness of its Special Services Team, Police Chief Cliff Couch said.

March 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Drug offender check

According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office. In February they conducted verification of the location of registered sex and violent offenders in Barton County.

March 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board approves gifts and grant applications

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the following contributions and grant applications on Tuesday:

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 considers bus policy change

The Great Bend USD 428 school board had its first reading Tuesday of next year's handbooks for students, teachers, athletics and activities. The Athletic Handbook and the Activity Handbook include some new guidelines for school bus sponsor duties.

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New coach hired

Erin Beck was hired Tuesday as Great Bend High School's head football coach and to teach physical education.

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 431 parents concerned about bullying

Despite years of classroom instruction devoted to curbing bullying among school-aged children, problems persist, leaving some parents wondering what can be done to protect their children on the bus and and at school. Monday night, four Hoisington parents brought their concerns to the USD 431 Board of Education. Complaints ranged from the need to block students from inappropriate internet usage, sexting, and social and physical bullying on school buses.

March 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City hires firm for on-call engineering services

It's a concept being utilized successfully in other communities. In lieu of hiring a full-time city engineer, they are contracting with an on-call engineering firm.

March 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Habitat breaks ground in Hoisington

Members of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce, Hoisington City Council, and Barton County Habitat for Humanity gathered at 322 E. 6th Street in Hoisington Thursday morning to break ground on a project that will make the dreams of one as yet undetermined Barton County family come true. This is not the first such build in the city.

March 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Federal disaster declaration OKed following ice storm

President Donald Trump granted Gov. Sam Brownback's request for a federal disaster declaration for 18 Kansas counties, including Barton, affected by a severe winter ...

February 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Judge urges students to show compassion

The first time Tommy Webb tasted a banana, he tried to eat the peel, too. It was the worst food he'd ever tasted, but ...

February 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motorcyclist injured near Wilson Lake dam

RUSSELL COUNTY - A Hays man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Wednesday after the motorcycle he was driving went off K-232 and hit a ...

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Alden man charged after chase, standoff

LYONS – The Alden man who Wednesday afternoon led law enforcement on a high-speed chase from Ellinwood through Barton and Rice counties before engaging in a ...

February 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Bond reduced on Joey Steinbacher

Bond for a Great Bend woman arrested Monday on drug charges has been reduced from $300,000 to $100,000 after further investigation, Lt. Scott ...

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City lobbying to keep highway funding

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington attended an Economic Lifelines Meeting in Topeka recently. Economic Lifelines is the group that works toward enhancing the state ...

February 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas Division of Vehicles announces two new features to improve and simplify customer service

Kansas drivers can now track their driver's license production status online and receive automatic updates when changes are made to their driving record.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

As we wrap up February, we do so with a nod to Black History Month. One hundred years ago, a man with Great Bend connections ...

February 23, 2017 | BY KAREN NEUFORTH | Local News


Kiwanis club gears up for Pancake Day

Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis Club are selling tickets for the 60th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, which will be Thursday, March 2. Pancakes and ...

February 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


High-speed chase ends in Alden standoff

ALDEN – A traffic stop in Ellinwood Wednesday afternoon devolved into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies before ending in a standoff in Alden ...

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New bridge design moves forward

The Barton County Commission Tuesday morning approved a service agreement with the Ellsworth engineering firm Kirkham Michael for the redesigning of a long-embattled bridge about ...

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Seeing in the dark

Kansas Wetlands Education Center Educator Jean Aycock gave a presentation on nocturnal animals on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center.

February 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Possible burglary turns up drugs

Police found more than a pound of marijuana and suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms while investigating a possible burglary Monday in Great Bend.

February 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


No one injured in gas plant blast

RICE COUNTY – The massive explosion that rocked the Oneok natural gas plant near Bushton Tuesday night remains under investigation and no cause has been determined ...

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ceremony marks closure of LJCF

LARNED – A ceremony and reception will be held to mark the official closing of Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility at 3 p.m. on Friday, March ...

February 21, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


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