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New members sworn in at Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council welcomed newly elected members and honored those retiring from service at Monday night's meeting. Nancy Farmer, Ward 1 and Jim Sekavec, Ward 2 both retired following last week's election. Both were presented plaques, recognizing their many years on the council.

April 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCSO seeks wanted person

Crime Stoppers of Barton County and the Barton County Sheriff's office are seeking the public's assistance in locating a wanted person.

April 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend City Council seat decided by write-in vote

Cory Zimmerman came out in front of a field of three write-in candidates to claim a seat on the Great Bend City Council during last Tuesday's general election. This was necessary when incumbent Councilman Matt Hiss decided not to seek reelection and no one filed for the position.

April 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County re-ups with eco-devo group

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved renewing the county's membership in the Dodge City-based Great Plains Development Inc., an economic development agency that works with cities and counties by helping with loans to them as well as entrepreneurs.

April 12, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Public Library 1409 Williams Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters Marty Steinert and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBCF listening tour in Rush County, identifying needs and discussing solutions

Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation will soon host meetings in Rush County for a listening tour and series of community meetings across Rush, Pawnee, Stafford, and Barton counties. The Rush County meetings are scheduled for Thursday, April 21, and will be held at the following locations and times:

April 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New administrators hired at USD 428

The Great Bend USD 428 administrative team will see quite a bit of shuffling this summer as one longtime principal leaves the district, another accepts a new position at the District Education Center and two teachers earn places at the table.

April 11, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Handbook, textbook adoptions approved by Great Bend school board

New handbooks that outline policies for Great Bend USD 428 students, teachers, athletics and activities were approved with little fanfare at Monday's Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Brad Reed noted that, in accordance with board policy, this was the second reading of the handbooks that were introduced at the March board meeting.

April 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drug sweep at GBHS nets arrest

This past Friday, Great Bend Police Officers participated in a drug sweep at the Great Bend High School. This sweep, conducted with and at the request of the school administration, consisted of drug detecting canine teams working with school administrators to "sniff" for drugs in the school building and vehicles parked near the school.

April 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


How much is enough?

Barton County business owners have noticed a surge in burglaries in recent years, and frustration is running high. In 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's report on crimes known to law enforcement, Great Bend was number three in the state of Kansas for number of burglaries per 1,000 residents. Only Pittsburgh and Coffeyville were higher.

April 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


911 dispatchers, abuse and assault prevention efforts honored

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to recognized the unsung heroes of 911 and those on the front lines fighting child abuse and sexual assault.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County ready should Zika come this way

In early March, Kansas reported its first case of the much-talked about Zika virus. Although there has only been on instance thus far, local and state health officials are bracing for the mosquito-borne disease to spread to the Sunflower state.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KWEC event offers fun for everyone

Fly over to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Great Migration Rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 30, for entertainment, prizes and food.

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library fundraiser

Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey, is the featured speaker for the third annual joint fundraising event co-sponsored by Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library. Buchanan's topic for the evening is recent earthquakes in Kansas. Along with the guest speaker, the 6:30 p.m. event includes hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction and will be held on Earth Day Friday April 22, at the Lyons High School Cafeteria. Rex Buchanan grew up near Little River,in Rice County on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey, based ...

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees schedule meeting to discuss personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room F-30 on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold an executive session for discussion of personnel.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Great Bend Tree Boards marks Arbor Day with tree giveaway

Michael Fletcher, arborist with the Great Bend Tree Board, marked a decades long Arbor Day tradition with fifth graders at Great Bend elementary schools and ...

April 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Meals on Wheels seeking summer volunteers

Spring has sprung and summer will be here before you know it.

April 28, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Riley School reports reading success

At the start of this school year, 45 percent of the students at Riley Elementary School were reading at their grade level. The staff hoped ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Variety Show tickets on sale

Tickets for the Great Bend Variety Show go on sale at 7 a.m. Friday. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday ...

April 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Biblial art on display in Hays

April 28, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


County Commission will not meet this week

The Barton County Commission will not meet on Monday due to the annual Kansas County Commissioners Association annual meeting in Manhattan. The next meeting will ...

April 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Thirty years ago this week, the world began to get an inkling of just how destructive nuclear power can be when the Soviet Union's ...

April 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Community colleges weigh in on mergers

The state's 19 community colleges aren't opposed to mergers involving universities and technical schools, but they are concerned about how mergers will affect ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


TEAM PANTHER

Instead of backpacks full of books, some students at Great Bend High School were seen carrying work boots into the school Wednesday morning. The entire ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local law enforcement seeks public assistance

Crime Stoppers of Great Bend and the Barton County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a burglar.

April 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS Community Service Day photos

Great Bend High School students started their fourth Community Service Day with an all-school assembly recognizing volunteer service. They received commemorative T-shirts as they boarded ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 to reimburse mileage

Great Bend USD 428 will pay mileage reimbursement to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside of the city limits and 2.5 ...

April 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC to host annual sidewalk art contest

Barton Community College will host its ninth annual Sidewalk Art Contest May 2-4 on the sidewalk outside the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Juvenile Justice gets half its budget for now

Admittedly, it makes planning difficult, but the 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services will only have the first half of its 2017 budget to work with ...

April 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Local church helps those impacted by wildfires

Stories that have played out on the statewide and nationwide level were topics when the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee, sponsored by Barton County ...

April 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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