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More flu cases being reported

With the official start of winter a week away, temperatures have plunged. And, we all know that cold weather and influenza go hand in hand.

December 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington City Council receptive to CID for Sonic

HOISINGTON - When developers of Hoisington's new Sonic Restaurant began construction earlier this month, it wasn't long before they ran into an unexpected and expensive problem, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell explained at Monday night's city council meeting.

December 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Exiting Supt. gets extra $90k

Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicles bids go to local dealers

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of four vehicles on Tuesday, opting for the lowest bids submitted by from Barton County venders.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed granted leave of absence

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Popular Larned superintendent announces retirement

LARNED – Long-time Fort Larned school system Superintendent Jon Flint has announced his retirement from Unified School District 495. Flint will remain in his post through the end of the 2016-17 school year.

December 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Former bank employee in Great Bend pleads guilty to embezzling more than $73,600

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A former employee of a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $73,600 from the bank, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

December 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend Public Library adjusts despite funding cut

With the writing on the wall, Director Harry Willems and the Library Board put into action an austerity plan of sorts in order to sock away 10 percent of this year's budget into the coming year's capital improvement fund. With 92 percent of the year complete, only 82 percent of the library's budget has been spent, Willems was pleased to share during his financial report Monday at the monthly board meeting.

December 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed resigns

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement/resignation was accepted by the school board on Monday. Although the retirement officially starts at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the board also named Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton as the interim superintendent, effectively immediately.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building projected tabled

At the Nov. 14 school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed had an architect show the board two proposed building projects that could cost more than $2 million: A new bus barn/maintenance building constructed next to the District Education Center on Patton Road, and a remodeling of the Center itself. Payment for the projects would come from capital outlay funds and would be accomplished with no tax increases, he stressed.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four fires reported over weekend

The Great Bend Fire department was busy over the weekend dealing with four fire-related calls beginning on Friday.

December 12, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Pawnee County/Larned Police reports

Pawnee County Sheriff's report

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Sarah Adams and Shelly Peacock. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Personnel on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 tonight, Dec. 12, at the District Education Center. Items on the agenda include state assessment data, a report on USD 428 Foundation minigrants, personnel report and an executive session for discussion of personnel.

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library to address staffing, income

The Great Bend Public Library's board of directors will meet at 4:45 p.m. today, Dec. 12, in Library Director Harry Willems' office at the library, 1409 Williams St. Items on the agenda include staffing and reduced city income.

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Supporting the community

BY VERONICA COONS

July 26, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS vcoons@gbtribune.com | Local News


Residents asking about recalling council members

BY DALE HOGG

July 26, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG dhogg@gbtribune.com | Local News


Winnebago damaged by fire

A Great man may have stayed too long trying to extinguish a fire in his motor home, but he made a safe retreat with help ...

July 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Deadline approaching for Labor Day registrations

HOISINGTON - The deadline to enter children in pageants going on during Hoisington's upcoming Labor Day Weekend celebration is Monday, July 31.

July 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC to replace aging boiler

The two large steam boilers that provide heat to the eight main buildings on the Barton Community College campus are now 50 years old, Vice ...

July 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton trustees approve 2 percent raises

Next year's operational budget at Barton community college will include an additional 2 percent for salaries. The college's board of trustees approved the ...

July 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington Mayor proclaims Shrine Bowl Week

HOISINGTON - With three band members and one football player from Hoisington High School selected to participate in the upcoming 2017 Shrine Bowl and Shrine Bowl ...

July 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Questions arise after police chief suspended

Following the Great Bend City Council's split decision Monday night to suspend Police Chief Cliff Couch with pay, with the potential for termination, there ...

July 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New resolution sets commission meeting time, date

It seemed like a matter of common sense, but the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution establishing a regular meeting schedule for the ...

July 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Larned man sentenced on meth convictions

LARNED - A Larned man has been sentenced to three years, eight months in prison for two separate drug convictions, Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett said.

July 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


St. John man injured in rollover

A St. John man was flown to Wichita via air ambulance on Monday after the semi-trailer he was driving crashed in Stafford County.

July 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Honoring dedication, attitude

BY DALE HOGG

July 24, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG | Local News


Council votes to suspend Chief Couch

The Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to suspend Police Chief Cliff Couch with pay effective immediately "with potential for termination." The decision split ...

July 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BCC trustees prepare to publish budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is expected to approve a proposed budget for publication when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July ...

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Garage lost in fire

A controlled burn that got out of control Saturday afternoon destroyed a garage in rural Claflin. The fire at 921 NE 140 Ave. was reported ...

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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