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Blown tire causes driver injury

A Great Bend man was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash in Trego County.

July 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 improves student preparation

Students at Great Bend High School now have more opportunities to learn about careers before they graduate, and they have more opportunities to prepare for the ACT test if they plan to attend college.

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ex CVB director charged with theft

Felony theft charges have been filed against former Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Cris Collier, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said Thursday afternoon.

July 13, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Gubernatorial candidate Svaty visits Great Bend

Josh Svaty, Ellsworth, declared his candidacy for the Governor of Kansas in May. He visited the Great Bend Tribune Thursday morning.

July 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


County to receive more storm damage funds

As it turns out, Barton County will get some additional state money to pay for damage to county infrastructure caused by storms two years ago.

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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July 12, 2017 | BY RUSSELL EDEM | Local News


Hoisington to revamp holiday decorations; Budget priorities set

HOISINGTON - Hoisington council member Karen Van Brimmer wanted to know more about a proposed upgrade to Hoisington's holiday star decorations. She asked for the item to be moved from the consent agenda to the regular agenda, opening a discussion that touched on the possibility of more volunteer involvement with the project.

July 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Tax credits and more to HOI for new apartment development

Local non-profit housing developer, Housing Opportunitites, Inc., in June received word from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, Topeka, that it has been awarded $2,831,830 in tax credits. Then, last week, they received more good news. They were one of nine Community Houisng Development Organizations (CHDO) in Kansas to be awarded federal HOME Rental Development loans. In addition to the tax credits, HOI will also receive this additional $500,000 loan. HOI plans to use these awards to develop Kensington Square, its newest income-based rental property in Great Bend.

July 12, 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 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.

July 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Man found guilty in trial

LARNED - A Larned man who threatened to choke his mother to death was found guilty of felony criminal threat and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Tuesday in Pawnee County District Court.

July 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCSO responds to fatality crash

Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle fatality crash at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of SE 40 Ave (Airport Road) and 4th Street west of Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

July 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC aims for no mill levy increase

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't need a mill levy increase get more money from local taxpayers next year. At the board study session held Tuesday, Vice President of Administration Mark Dean explained that valuations are up, especially for oil. Last year's tax rate of 33.26 mills raised $8.03 million, but this year an estimated rate of 33.15 mills could raise $8.53 million.

July 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Council hears allegations of ‘unethical’ conduct

According to Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch, there is a misconception surrounding his recent run-ins with City Administrator Howard Partington and other city officials. It is more than an employment dispute, he said, adding he's feels he's been treated inappropriately by Partington and that he is "desperately trying to blow the whistle about unethical conduct occurring at City Hall."

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City Council OKs budget

Following a three-and-a-half-hour work session Monday night, the Great Bend City Council approved publishing the city's budget for 2018. The public budget hearing is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, prior to the council's regular meeting in the council chambers at City Hall.

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Saying thank you

It was Gaila Demel's first United Way of Central Kansas Pacesetter luncheon as the UWCK's new executive director. But, having worked at a non-profit supported by United Way funds, she understood the importance of the event Tuesday afternoon.

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Ellinwood city council approves Splash Pad addition

ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting in April, a representative from the Ellinwood Rotary Club, Rosie Joiner, shared specifications for a covered patio the ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SPEAKING HER MIND

Darcy Feist, a fifth grade student in Joan Henning's class at Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend, can do something that makes many ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCC music students to present recital

Barton Community College will present a student recital at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Schools adopt technology literacy standards

Basic education in the 21st Century goes far beyond the ABC's. At the April school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 technology coaches presented ...

April 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camps offer free entrance May 5

PRATT - Kansas weather will get better, we promise. And after the past several months we've endured, we understand why those who crave outdoor experiences ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCYP provides funds and seeks to further community wellness efforts

The Flatlander Half Marathon, which started as a grassroots effort in 2015 to promote healthy and active lifestyles in the community, has quickly become a ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting to be held Tuesday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group is forming and those who missed the April 19 orientation will have another chance to attend on Thursday ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Argonne Forest re-dedication set

The Great Bend Tree Board will celebrate National Arbor Day and the 100th anniversary of the World War I Argonne Forest Battle in France with ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JobFest connects workers, companies

The 11th-annual Central Kansas JobFest brought a crowd to the Great Bend Events Center on Thursday, as businesses announced job openings and prospective employees gathered ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SKILLS DRILLS

LARNED - Jacque Wasinger is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Larned High School. Four years ago, she began organizing mock interviews for students in ...

April 19, 2018 | PHOTOS BY JANET FLESKE | Local News


Great Bend Airfest highlights of Kansas Air Tour

The Great Bend Municipal Airport and Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday this year's partnership building this year's Kansas Air Tour around the ...

April 19, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Traffic stop turns up drugs, gun

Great Bend Police Officer Joel Hamlin initiated a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday in the 1000 block of Heizer St. With ...

April 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Vacation time opens doors for thieves

A relaxing vacation away from home is something many people look forward to – including thieves targeting homes for a crime of opportunity.

April 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Stafford USD 349 among 19 school districts selected for Gemini II Redesign Project

STAFFORD - Nineteen school districts from across the state, including Stafford USD 349, will take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the ...

April 18, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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