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Commission marks colon cancer month

It was two years ago that Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir was diagnosed with colon cancer. Now a cancer survivor, the 55-year-old Bellendir is a staunch advocate for screening.

March 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBPL recipient of Whelan Endowment Fund

Vickie Herl, the Great Bend Public Library's administrative manager, will celebrate 45 years as a staff member on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. The library Board of Trustees recognized her at the March meeting on Monday. There will be a retirement reception on April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library, open to the public.

March 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


All-American Boys Chorus will wrap up concert season

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present the All-American Boys Chorus as its last concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.

March 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


GB schools gain state recognition

Great Bend school board members heard good news on Monday concerning USD 428's progress in the state's Multi-Tiered Support System program. Todd Wiedemann, assistant director of the State of Kansas MTSS Team, said Great Bend's leadership in the program has earned statewide recognition.

March 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Commission OKs new spray truck

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the replacement of spray truck for the Noxious Weed Department, but the approval was not without opposition.

March 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization on BCC agenda

An interlocal agreement for a Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization program will be reviewed at the Barton Community College Board of Trustees Study Session, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room F-30, in the Fine Arts Building on the BCC campus. The board will also hear the monthly financial statement and a report on Foresight 2020 performance agreements with the Kansas Board of Regents.

March 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County moves ahead with joint extension district

Barton County will be part of a joint extension district with Ellis County following action by the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

March 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BANNING THE BURN

Citing extremely dry conditions and high winds creating an "imminent threat of fire," the Barton County Commission Monday morning signed a resolution establishing a temporary burn ban for Barton County.

March 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Budget, schools, gun laws topics of second legislative coffee

Richard Schenck with Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, the sponsor of the Great Bend legislative coffee, introduced Rep. Tori Arnberger, Great Bend, and Sen Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, to the public who came for an update on what has been happening at the state capitol since the last coffee in February. Both freshmen legislators, they provided a fresh perspective on the legislative process, now partway through their first session of their first term.

March 11, 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 proclamations Great Bend High School Panther girls' bowling team as 5-1A girls state bowling champions and recognizing Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a extension district operational agreement with Ellis County, public fire safety awareness and 911 addressing issues in the county.

March 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Starting from scratch, sort of

It isn't ideal, but building a new police station east across the street from the current facility on what is now a city-owned parking lot will better meet the Great Bend Police Department's current and future needs, Police Chief Cliff Couch said.

March 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Panther bands present contest selections Tuesday

Panther band members will present their pre-contest concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Great Bend High School gym.

March 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Camp Aldrich used most weekends

Barton Community College hasn't had any trouble booking its rural Camp Aldrich facility, at least on weekends, Dean of Administration Mark Dean said recently.

March 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pursuit ends when car hits pickup, power pole

Two people were taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Thursday after a vehicular pursuit by law enforcement ended in a collision. Kansas Highway Patrol reports a 2004 Cadillac driven by Howard L. Johnson, 21, Wichita, was being pursued by the Great Bend Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office at 4:37 p.m. in the 2300 block of 19th St., near Great Bend High School.

March 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Romeo & Juliet Seussified by GBHS drama

If Dr. Seuss had written "Romeo and Juliet," how might it sound? Both the Dr. and the Bard were famous for their couplets, but only a "Seussified" Romeo would say:

March 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Pumpkin Piety

First Christian Church at 5230 Broadway Ave. has opened its pumpkin patch.

October 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Candidates for USD 428 BOE spotlighted at forum

Following the closing comments by mayoral candidates who opened the Candidate Forum Tuesday night, League of Women Voters representative Rose Kelly requested candidates for USD ...

October 18, 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 ...

October 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Bentley eligible for parole hearing

Twenty-five years after going to prison for aggravated battery committed in Ellsworth County, Curtis Lee Bentley, 57, is scheduled for a parole hearing in November ...

October 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Reality U

Great Bend Middle School's eighth graders had some tough choices to make Wednesday.

October 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sheriff’s Office plans selective enforcement

On Friday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a selective enforcement in the area of North East 30 Road from U.S. 281 ...

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


BCSO teaches people about crime prevention

Lt. Stephen Billinger of the Barton County Sheriff's Office talked about crime prevention and how people can protect themselves on Wednesday during a Stop ...

October 18, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


FHSU, rural Kansas meeting challenges

The concerns plaguing Fort Hays State University are the same as those plaguing rural Kansas as a whole, FHSU Interim Provost Jeff Briggs said. And ...

October 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Quivira whooping crane program

STAFFORD COUNTY - Cranes will be the featured topic at a special event from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge ...

October 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Gordee running as write-in candidate

Jim Gordee has announced his write-in candidacy for Ward 4 of the Great Bend City Council.

October 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


MAYORAL HOPEFULS

In order to provide Great Bend voters with information to help guide their voting in November, the Great Bend Tribune and the Great Bend chapter ...

October 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rosewood Rodeo highlights ability

Jeremiah McCutchen was just one of more than 40 riders who showed off their skills during the 13th Annual Rosewood Rodeo held Oct. 7 at ...

October 17, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Edgar Allan Poe to speak at Historical Society

As a Halloween treat, Edgar Allan Poe portrayer Mike Westerman will speak at Monday's Barton County Historical Society meeting. The free program is open ...

October 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sonic data breach hits close to home

It was all about a quick lunch at Sonic in Great Bend. That's how Laura Mason became one of millions of Sonic customers nationwide ...

October 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Street closings for Christmas parade set

The Home for the Holidays Festival and Parade is just around the corner, and plans are already underway, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told ...

October 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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