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Veterans service rep coming to Kansas Works Center

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Area veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to their time in service. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

April 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Woman injured in garage fire

A 57-year-old woman suffered burns and smoke inhalation from a fire inside a garage Friday afternoon, according to a report from the Great Bend Fire Department. She was identified only as the daughter of Howard H. Barry, Great Bend.

April 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Program aims for jobs after high school

A program that helps keep at-risk students in school now and helps them find jobs after graduation is coming to Great Bend USD 428 this fall.

March 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Easter fun planned Saturday

Children can experience Easter fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St. Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club is coordinating the "Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop." Children get to create their own Easter baskets, decorating Easter eggs for the baskets. They also can participate in other fun activities, like coloring Easter pages.

March 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thexton named USD 428 Superintendent

Khris Thexton will become the next superintendent of Great Bend USD 428, effective July 1. The school board met Thursday and voted unanimously to promote the assistant superintendent to the key position.

March 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thexton releases statement

Khris Thexton released the following statement Thursday afternoon, after being named superintendent of Great Bend USD 428:

March 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Cold Weather Rule ends today

The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends today. That means Kansans who are behind on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service unless they contact their utility company to make payment arrangements, the Kansas Corporation Commission announced.

March 30, 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.

March 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rain slows Ellinwood KDOT project

ELLINWOOD - No one in Ellinwood is complaining about the rain the area has received in the past 48 hours, but it has temporarily stopped the KDOT project along Santa Fe Ave. where storm sewers are being updated and new concrete is being poured.

March 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Battling noxious weeds serious business

Noxious weeds are one of the greatest threats to the Kansas environment, but strong local efforts to control them are a tremendous help, Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told the County Commission Monday morning.

March 29, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG | Local News


Rain Dance

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Two convicted of juvenile sex crimes

Two men were convicted Friday of sex crimes involving juveniles, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said. The cases were unrelated. Camerino Rodriguez Olvera and Todd Lane Leech appeared in Barton County District Court and entered pleas.

March 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Much-needed moisture saves crops

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rainfall totals

Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 maintains 10 weather stations throughout the district, which includes portions of Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties. Rainfall totals from the weather stations are shown below.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remodel bid sparks council debate

HOISINGTON - City Council members were uncertain how to proceed Monday night after they were presented with three bids for the construction and installation of new cabinets and counter tops for the city offices. In February, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said money had been set aside for a few years for the remodeling of the offices. Still, when he shared that office staff recommended the high bid, which was nearly 50 percent higher than the other two bids, eyebrows were raised.

March 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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GBMS students chosen for state orchestra

Seven Great Bend Middle School students were selected for the Kansas ASTA Middle Level State Wide Orchestra which performed April 22 in Hutchinson.

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Concert Association announces new season

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has begun its 2017-18 membership campaign offering an exciting new season of concerts. The association will continue receiving renewals ...

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


DONUT BULLY

Each class at Park Elementary School in Great Bend created an anti-bullying poster early in the school year. One urges "Donut (do not) Bully." In ...

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton music students to present recital

Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 in the Dorothy Moses ...

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC students awarded at juried art exhibit

Barton art students received recognition at this year's Barton Student Exhibition at the Shafer Gallery on April 21. This exhibit will run through May ...

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Hundreds of drugs tossed at Rx Take Back

More than 150 area residents stopped outside the Barton County Courthouse on Saturday to dispose of unwanted pills, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

April 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Birders flock to Wings 'N' Wetlands Fest

At the 2017 Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival, the emphasis Saturday was on WET. But rain and temperatures in the low 40s didn't stop ...

April 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope 5K canceled

Sunday's 5K walk/run for Camp Hope at Barton Community College has been canceled due to weather challenges. Sponsors at BCC's Community Service ...

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


UTV in US 56 crash near Ellinwood

Two Ellinwood residents were injured Friday afternoon when a utility task vehicle (UTV) was hit by another vehicle, 6 miles east of Ellinwood on U ...

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wetland Explorer: Birds of Spring

Spring is an exciting time here at Cheyenne Bottoms. Not only do we have the thrill of seeing the marsh turn green as plants wake ...

April 29, 2017 | Jean Aycock, KWEC Educator | Local News


Ellinwood hospital plans annual meeting

ELLINWOOD – The Ellinwood District Hospital will hold its annual meeting Friday, May 5. The meeting will start at noon in the hospital Education Room.

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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.

April 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBPD seeks man involved in a disturbance

The Great Bend Police Department is still seeking a man who wielded a gun during a disturbance with his ex-girlfriend Thursday night, Police Chief Cliff ...

April 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Shooting of GB man said to be accidental

Great Bend police officers responded Thursday night to what was reportedly an accidental shooting, Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch said.

April 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Bid awarded for Field House HVAC

A Garden City firm, Tantro Plumbing, was awarded the contract for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning renovation at the Great Bend High School Field ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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