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City Council and County Commission meet Monday

Both the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday.

December 15, 2016 | 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.

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council accepts bid on Main Street property

ELLINWOOD - The first order of business Tuesday night at the Ellinwood City Council was consideration of bids for the property at 104 N. Main St. The property was acquired by the city earlier this year after several delays in having the adjoining blighted buildings demolished caused damage to the building, and the past owners sold it to the city to avoid further damages. After the buildings were removed, the city had the exposed wall fixed and put it up for bid in September. The first round of bids included one from a private person who wished to use the property ...

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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


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FHSU Golden Belt Alumni Chapter gathering

ELLINWOOD - Join area Fort Hays State University alumni and friends, and take a step back in time to experience life during the prohibition era when ...

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Lack of quorum nixes council meeting

It was the meeting that wasn't.

August 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Historical Society to hold Rolling Sculpture car show

Barton County Historical Society will host Rolling Sculpture 2017, its annual car show and open house, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on ...

August 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ellinwood's star shooter

Katelyn Reh wasn't sure she wanted to be in the shooting club when she joined the Ellinwood Energizers 4-H Club 10 years ago.

August 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.

August 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts attends Great Bend Chamber Coffee

When he's home in Kansas, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts makes a point of expressing his fondness for long-time friends, and Thursday morning's ...

August 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Child Welfare Family Summit coming to GB

On Saturday, Aug. 26, the Kansas Family Advisory Network and the Kansas Foster and Adoptive Parent Association will co-sponsor a meeting in Great Bend seeking ...

August 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Road work to cause delays on North Washington Monday

On Monday, Aug. 21, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department will begin asphalt and overlay work on North Washington County Road from NW 50 ...

August 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Events Calendar: Aug. 18-23

FRIDAY

August 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police ask residents to remove signs from city right of way

As a matter of public safety, the Great Bend Police Department is requesting that signs placed on the city right of way adjacent to public ...

August 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Larned man boasted he spat on officer's pizza

LARNED - Following a bench trial Wednesday morning, Pawnee County District Judge Bruce Gatterman found Jacob Ohnmacht, 27, of Larned, guilty of criminal threat involving the ...

August 17, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Pursuit ends in death by suicide; officer injured

On Thursday afternoon, the Kansas Highway Patrol was involved in a pursuit that began in Edwards County and ended in Pawnee County near Garfield, and ...

August 17, 2017 | By Tribune staff | Local News


GB council to hold special meeting Friday night

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend events Center, 3111 10th St ...

August 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Meet the Panthers happening Sunday

The Great Bend High School Booster Club will sponsor the second annual Meet the Panthers event, starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 ...

August 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


'Sons of Anarchy' stars donate prizes for poker run

Four autographed and framed photographs of people that motorcycle enthusiasts may recognize are on the list of raffle prizes for the upcoming Ride for Independence ...

August 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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