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Russell Co. trafficking suspect indicted

TOPEKA - U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced several indictments Wednesday, including drug charges that stemmed from an arrest in Russell County.

August 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Hoisington American Legion announces Chicken Fry Nite

HOISINGTON - Hoisington's American Legion Post 286 will have Chicken Fry Nite from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at 204 N. Main. They will serve chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, biscuits and ice cream.

August 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


First day photos

Aug. 23, 2017, at GreatBend USD 428.

August 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SCHOOL STARTS

Wednesday was the first day of school for most students in Great Bend, although USD 428 kindergartners went home at noon. Today will also be a half-day for kindergarten, and it will be the first day of school for students in grades 8 and 10-12.

August 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Work to begin on Arkansas River bridge repair project

L & M Contractors of Great Bend will begin the bridge deck repair project on SW 50 Avenue on Monday. The bridge crosses the Arkansas River approximately one mile south of US-56. The $398,945 project consists of removing the existing asphalt from the deck surface, removing deteriorated concrete and replacing it with new concrete, and constructing a thin concrete overlay to provide a new wearing surface. The work will be done one lane at a time with traffic being allowed across the adjacent lane with traffic signals. Concrete barriers will be placed near the center line of the bridge, resulting ...

August 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Stuff the Bus brings in needed items

The seventh-annual United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus campaign brought in hundreds of needed items for the 23 agencies supported by the UWCK, Executive Director Gaila Demel said. The event took place Aug. 15 and 16 in Ellinwood, Hoisington, Great Bend and Larned.

August 23, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


USD 431 adopts 2018-2019 budget

HOISINGTON - The Unified School District 431 Board of Education convened a special meeting Monday night in order to hold the 2018 budget hearing. No members of the public were present, so the hearing went quickly. Also, following an executive session at the end of the meeting, the board approved a motion to eliminate coaching duties for Kyle Jeffrey. No explanation for this action was provided. Jeffrey is the special services teacher at Hoisington Middle School, and he coached middle school girls basketball and middle school track.

August 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


School board approves budget

The local tax for Great Bend USD 428 will be close to 45.931 mills next year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said at Tuesday's budget hearing. With an increase in local taxes for the supplemental general budget and a decrease in bonded indebtedness, the net result is "a wash." Last year's tax rate was 45.946 mills.

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report: Community colleges swamped with reports

Two new admissions representatives at Barton Community College reflect the growing mountain of paperwork and reporting required of higher learning institutions, the BCC Board of Trustees heard Tuesday.

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Council adjournment meets with disdain

When the Great Bend City Council adjourned its regular meeting Monday night at the Great Bend Events Center, the move was not popular with the vocal crowd of those supporting suspended Police Chief Cliff Couch that wanted more time to address the council and to see more action on the matter.

August 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City’s 2018 budget approved

Following a budget hearing at City Hall, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the city's 2018 budget ordinance during its regular meeting at the Great Bend Events Center.

August 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Couch supporters hold their own meeting

After the Great Bend City Council adjourned its regular meeting Monday night to the disapproving shouts and jeers from supporters of suspended Police Chief Cliff Couch gathered at the Great Bend Events Center, Bryan Harris stepped to the podium and addressed the restless crowd.

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Retired officer backs suspended chief

Most of those at the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night don't know all that has transpired or been said regarding the ongoing controversy involving suspended Police Chief Cliff Couch and the city, retired Great Bend police officer Terry Millard said. "Perhaps we never will."

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Eyeing the sky

Eclipse viewing glasses were a hot commodity in Great Bend Monday morning. Those looking for a pair began arriving as early as 8 a.m. at the Great Bend Public Library where it had been announced there would be an eclipse viewing party mid-day. While the wait continued until 11:30 a.m., and the line grew to nearly a block-long on the Forest Ave. side of the library, most who waited were not disappointed.

August 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Eclipse viewing slideshow

Aug. 21, 2017, Barton County, Kansas. Solar eclipse viewing.

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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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 | Tribune Staff | 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


Commission OKs revamped financial controls

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an updated resolution outlining how the county manages accounts with financial institutions, a change that also revamps the ...

September 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Auditions set for ‘Funny Money’

Great Bend Community Theatre will conduct auditions for "Funny Money," a hilarious situational comedy by Ray Clooney. Those interested just need to come by the ...

September 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Suspect claimed to be federal agent

A Marion County man suspected of stealing a car Saturday in Great Bend told police he was a federal agent, according to reports from the ...

September 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


StoryWalk

Reading a children's book does not usually involve much physical activity, unless the book is part of a StoryWalk.

September 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

September 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend tackles drop in ACT scores

Great Bend High School has seen its ACT Scores creeping downward in the last five year years, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board this ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Potato Bar returns Sunday Sept. 17

RUSH CENTER - The Walnut Valley Senior Center will offer monthly a Potato Bar on the third Sunday of the month from September through May of ...

September 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Larned Homecoming Parade

Larned High School's Homecoming and the Indians' first home football game of the 2017-2018 season were Friday, Sept. 8.

September 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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