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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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GBPL increasing opportunities for participation, usage in 2018

Patrons of the Great Bend Public Library will have more opportunities to participate in reading-centric opportunities in 2018, thanks to the groundwork being laid now ...

December 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Freshman Academy being considered at GBHS

The 2017-2018 "GBHS Program of Studies" book may include a new course, Freshman Academy, to help some ninth graders learn time management and organizational skills ...

December 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBRC approves phone proposal

The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors met on Monday and approved the request for proposal to replace its telephone system.

December 12, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


BCSO issues three search warrants

The Barton County Sheriff's Office issued three search warrants over the course of this past weekend where officers were looking for evidence of a ...

December 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New city council members learn the ropes

Although they won't officially be a part of the City of Great Bend governing body until January, the meeting Monday afternoon was a chance ...

December 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Architect agreement moves forward

Great Bend USD 428 will spend nearly $65,000 to repair the track around Memorial Stadium and to add new life to the artificial turf ...

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fatal crash in Rush Co.

A Hays man died in a one-vehicle crash discovered early Sunday in Rush County, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports. Darin Alan Stiles, 51, was pronounced ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


F.O.P. SHOPPING SPREE

Everyone looks forward to a day off, especially on an unseasonably warm Saturday in December. While many were home, watching football, catching up on outdoor ...

December 09, 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 the ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff enters ‘not guilty’ plea to misdemeanor

Friday's court appearance for Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir was canceled after his attorney entered a plea of not guilty to the misdemeanor charge ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Track repair, PAC fans on school board agenda

Details for bids on the Great Bend High School track repair will be presented to the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education when it ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rec commission phones on board agenda

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's Board of Directors will consider a "phone system request for proposal" when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Circles of Central Kansas fights poverty

Circles of Central Kansas hosted its first community event, "Poverty Paradigm Experience," on Thursday at the Heartland Community Church in Great Bend. The program was ...

December 08, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Bailey picked as acting GBPD chief

Great Bend Police Department Lt. David Bailey has been named interim Chief for the GBPD, effective Monday, Mayor Mike Allison and Interim City Administrator George ...

December 08, 2017 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


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