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Inmates eligible for parole hearings

Two Kansas Department of Corrections inmates convicted of crimes in Pawnee County are scheduled for parole hearings during the month of October. They may be eligible for parole in November.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wondra chosen to head Family Crisis Center

Joanne Wondra has been named executive director of the Family Crisis Center. She had been serving as interim director since April and the board of directors made her promotion official on July 25.

August 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


AG Derek Schmidt announces grants for Great Bend organization

TOPEKA - A Great Bend organization has been awarded more than $78,000 in grants to provide services for victims of crime, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Eyecare of Great Bend to host Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Eyecare of Great Bend, 713 McKinley St., at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Host will be Sarah Adams with greeters Pete Schartz and Brandon Steinert. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Quilts of Valor August 2017

Golden Plains Quilts of Valor Group Leader Amy Schartz Mellor and members of the group awarded Quilts of Valor to 14 veterans on Aug. 25 at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend, Kansas.

August 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Study tests increased stress on county roads

Heavy truck traffic has increased on county blacktops due to Great Bend Transload Facility at the Industrial Park west of Great Bend and that may increase the wear and tear on those roads, Barton County Engineer Barry McManaman told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College Planetarium presents “The Cowboy Astronomer” Aug. 28

The Barton Planetarium will host "The Cowboy Astronomer" at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Barton Community College Planetarium located in the Science Building.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rep. Marshall wraps up farm bill listening tour

Editorial note: The 2018 Farm Bill, as every other before it, is a complicated and bulky piece of legislation. It affects every person in America who eats. Because of this, the Great Bend Tribune travelled to Haven for this last of ten stops US Rep Roger Marshall made as he sought feedback from constituents of the Big First. To do the topic justice, throughout the week, we will spotlight some of the insights and concerns shared Saturday morning by the people who attended Marshall's 2018 Farm Bill Listening Tour.

August 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 Kansas Department of Corrections grant for Saint Francis Community Services, the Juvenile Services fiscal year 2018 carry-over budget, the Central Kansas Community Corrections fiscal year 2018 carry-over reimbursement plan budget and the fiscal Year 2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

August 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wetland Explorer

Every day is different at Cheyenne Bottoms, which makes visiting and working at the Bottoms an endless adventure and this year we haven't even had to leave the building to witness nature's dramas.

August 26, 2017 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Specialist | Local News


Stafford woman sentenced to 21 years for murder

ST. JOHN – A Stafford woman was sentenced Friday to more than 21 years in prison for murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

August 25, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Pavement testing in Kiowa and Pratt counties to begin

Pavement testing on U.S. 54 and U.S. 281 in Kiowa and Pratt counties will begin Tuesday. The Kansas Department of Transportation conducts these pavement tests annually on different highway segments, using a falling-weight deflectometer, a device equipped with a series of weights that checks the strength of asphalt pavement. The project is scheduled to be completed, weather permitting, on Friday, Aug. 31.

August 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


FHSU’s Robbins Banking Institute open for business

HAYS – The Hays Area Chamber of Commerce was on hand Friday to help cut the ribbon on Fort Hays State University's new Robbins Banking Institute and help introduce the institute's director, Alan Deines.

August 25, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Kans for Kids establishes fund for Great Bend boy

Kans for Kids, a Hoisington based non-profit that supports children and their families as they fight cancer, has established a fund to to help defray the expenses of Bujanda-Juarez, Great Bend. The 4-year-old boy was diagnosed with a brain tumor (Medulloblastoma) recently. He has undergone surgery to remove the tumor and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Gael is the son of Jansi Juarez and Jesus Bujanda, Great Bend. He has five siblings. Like most 4-year-old boys he likes baseball (Chicago Cubs), Spiderman, and Paw Patrol.

August 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Road sealing work to begin

August 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Sign show support for Dade Cannon

Some of the blue signs showing support for Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch are finding a new purpose - to welcome home 13-year-old Dade Cannon ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Young readers will help Harvey victims

Great Bend elementary students will have an opportunity help children in Texas schools hit by Hurricane Harvey. The community can participate by visiting the Great ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBFD awarded SAFER grant

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 21, 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 ...

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington will supply more water to Kansas Brick and Tile

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council has granted Kansas Brick and Tile Co.'s request to install a 2-inch tap into the city's transmission line.

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Next (interim) city administrator visits Great Bend

Great Bend's next interim city administrator is looking forward to a "quiet and uneventful" transition when he steps into the position on Oct. 9.

September 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Birds, bugs and sun

Second graders from Great Bend and the surrounding communities took a field trip Wednesday to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

September 20, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Flu shots available from health department

The Barton County Health Department will travel to several locations this week to administer flu shots to combat this year's influenza strains.

September 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grant will help add 3 firefighters

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Community support evident at start of Dolly Parton program in Great Bend

Tuesday morning at the Great Bend Public Library a larger than average gathering of parents and toddlers attended the special storytime for the kickoff of ...

September 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HELLO, DOLLY

Tuesday morning at the Great Bend Public Library a larger-than-average gathering of parents and toddlers attended the special story time for the kickoff of Dolly ...

September 19, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Spray family donates $25K to Barton Athletics

Barton Community College's Athletic Department will receive another $25,000 donation from Kip and Kelly Spray, bringing their total giving in the past two ...

September 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Council OKs 15 percent water rate hike

In light of the massive water line replacement project that will soon be underway in Great Bend, the City Council Monday night approved a 15 ...

September 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


WorkFit program saves county money

Noting it is money well spent, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the continuation of the agreement for physical capacity profile testing with WorkFit.

September 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council fills key city vacancies

It was a busy night Monday for the Great Bend City Councils as it filled several key positions left vacant recently as fallout from the ...

September 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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