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Former coach Kaiser formally charged

A criminal complaint charging former Great Bend High School track coach Todd Eric Kaiser with one count of sexual exploitation of a child was filed Thursday, Feb. 2, in Barton County District Court. The defendant was arrested June 6, 2016, and posted a $50,000 surety bond, which remains in effect.

February 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tribune attends KPA day at Capitol

TOPEKA - The Kansas Press Association Day at the Legislature fell on Thursday. Organized by KPA leadership, it provides newspaper editors and publishers an opportunity to travel to Topeka, network with, and meet en masse with legislators. Thursday, Great Bend Tribune Publisher Mary Hoisington and Managing Editor Dale Hogg were among the 50 members in attendance.

February 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LOVE TO SHARE

When Jadisyn Andrasek, 8, overheard her grandmother talking to a friend about the Box of Love promotion sponsored by the United Way of Central Kansas, she wanted to help. She thought for a moment, and decided she could share a nice Valentine note to be put in each of the packages. Using the pages from the friend's heart-shaped notepad, Jadisyn went to work on the project, and wrote 80 Valentine's greetings. She also attached a sweet treat to each one. Her sister, Jaizley, 7, wanted to help too, so Grandma bought her a package of Valentines also, which ...

February 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


KDOT announces approved January bids

The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Jan. 18 in Topeka. Some of the bids may include multiple projects that have been bundled based on proximity and type of work.

February 02, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


FROM THE DOME TO HOME

RUSSELL - Kansas celebrated its 156th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Kansas House of Representatives celebrated Kansas Day this past Monday on Jan. 30 and recognized Robert Bergen, artist and creator of the 22 foot bronze Kansa warrior statue on top of the statehouse dome and the filming crew for the documentary film, "Home on the Range." In addition to the activities on the House floor, there were opportunities to view the "Home on the Range" at the Capitol. Kansas entered the Union as the 34th state on Jan. 29, 1861.

February 02, 2017 | BY TROY L. WAYMASTER, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 109TH KANSAS HOUSE | Local News


Kaiser charged in Barton County

On Thursday, Feb. 2, a complaint was filed with Barton County District Court charging Todd Eric Kaiser with one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The defendant was previously arrested and posted a $50,000 surety bond, which remains in effect. A first appearance is expected to be scheduled on March 6.

February 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Promise seen in new juvenile justice approach

February marks the first year of the implementation for a new approach to juvenile justice in Southeast Kansas, and state and local officials say it will now be expanded to address juvenile offenders statewide.

February 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Two from Great Bend charged in Larned robbery

LARNED - Justin Miler, 25 of Great Bend, appeared in custody Wednesday morning before Pawnee County Magistrate Judge Julie Cowell. Judge Cowell advised the defendant he is charged with aggravated robbery, a severity level 3 person felony.

February 02, 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.

February 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Zoo news: A Bough for Bonnie the Black Bear

Bonnie, the Black Bear at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, received a new piece of furniture Monday when DJ's Tree Service delivered the remains of a huge maple tree. Because the City of Great Bend does not own a crane, Stone Sand Company donated use of the crane that lifted the hollow tree trunk over the fence and dropped it into the exhibit.

February 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Scouts make oodles of noodles

Boy Scouts Pack 184 and Troop 184 are getting ready to serve some hot soup to the community this coming Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Elks Lodge, 12th and Kansas Ave., Great Bend. Serving will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

February 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


American Legion announces February events

Great Bend's American Legion Post 180 will offer an early Valentine's Day dinner and dance on Feb. 11, and a benefit soup supper for the American Legion Baseball program on Feb. 13, according to Marianne Krallman with the American Legion Auxiliary.

February 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fatality crash reported near Kinsley

EDWARDS COUNTY - Kansas Highway Patrol reports a fatality accident that occurred at 12:23 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 50 at 80th Ave. in Edwards County, 1 mile west of Kinsley.

February 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


First ice storm damage assessment meeting set

The Barton County preliminary damage assessment meeting for government entities has been scheduled for 10 a.m. today, in the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main Street, room 101, Great Bend. Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller is coordinating the process to collect damage totals from the recent ice storm.

February 01, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

On Monday, the Barton County Commission honored several employees for their years of service. Road and Bridge Department Shop Foreman Gary Demel stood out from the pack.

January 31, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Regan Reif Named 2016 NextGen Leader of the Year

During the 95th Annual Meeting & Banquet for the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development, Regan Reif was recognized as the 2016 NextGen Leader of ...

February 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Kari Smith honored with Legacy Award

The Legacy Award presented by The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development honors the life and legacy of individuals who have made an indelible ...

February 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Bonine honored as the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

It's been about 10 years since Dan Bonine retired from First Kansas Bank, but a former colleague there had no problem listing reasons his ...

February 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Countryside Veterinary Associates earns recognition as 2016 Business of the Year

EDITOR'S NOTE: Countryside Veterinary Associates was notified of its Business of the Year Award prior to the unexpected Feb. 11 death of Jerry Schrader ...

February 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Possible case of mumps reported at GBHS

The Barton County Health Department is investigating a possible mumps case at Great Bend High School.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Goss, Cavanaugh join GBHS Hall of Fame

There were standing ovations Friday for longtime Great Bend resident Jean Cavanaugh and for Great Bend native Mike Goss, the two newest members of the ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Saint Francis Community Services offers free foster parent training

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for an upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


4-H shooters take aim

The Barton County 4-H Winter Classic Air Rifle Sports Match was held on Saturday at the Great Bend Expo grounds. Shooters from all over the ...

February 18, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


LOVE, SEX and the IRS

A farce about dodging taxes and scamming the Internal Revenue Service will have audiences laughing at the next Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Love, Sex ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Commission and council to meet this week

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams, and Barton County Commission will meet ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tribune brings Army Jazz Band to town

The 312th Army Jazz Band from Lawrence is coming to the Crest Theater to perform at the 23rd annual Great Bend Jazz Festival. This free ...

February 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teresa, Mike Malone to chair academic drive

The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign on March 1. Teresa and Dr. Mike Malone of Great Bend ...

February 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Program offers help with college, career planning

Before heading out on job interviews or seeking financial aid for education beyond high school, students at Barton County Academy – and anyone else who cares ...

February 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


UWCK reaches goal

United Way of Central Kansas has reached its goal of $275,000 for 2017, UWCK Executive Director Julie Smith said.

February 16, 2017 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


TAKING THEIR TEMPERATURE

HOISINGTON – From the heavy-duty bunker gear worn to a fire call to the ever-rising price of equipment, the business of fighting fires has evolved dramatically ...

February 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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