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New teachers nominated for Horizon Awards

Kyle Vierra, sixth-grade teacher at Park School, and Lori Tennis, Great Bend Middle School math teacher, have been nominated by their principals for the Horizon Award, a state award for outstanding new teachers. The program recognizes exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.

September 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Swim program on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hear a recommendation for a future swim team when the board meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

September 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

School board to visit Riley

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold its monthly noon meeting at Riley Elementary School on Thursday. Principal JoAnn Blevins and staff will share information regarding the academic programs and school improvements at Riley.

September 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Community Concert Association Presents David Burnham’s Broadway

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present David Burnham showcasing his roles from Broadway musicals including "Wicked," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.

September 26, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Pafford serves Barton County Detention Center as full-time deputy

When Cyril Pafford reports for work, he passes through a few locked doors on his way to a dimly lit room that passersby cannot see into and where computers and cameras are tools of the trade.

September 26, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

City to start flushing fire hydrants Monday

The City of Great Bend Water Division of Public Works Department will begin flushing the city's fire hydrants on Monday, Water Superintendent Joseph Tracy said.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC students win awards at state fair

Two Barton Community College students earned awards in the Fine Arts Competition for professional photography and painting at the Kansas State Fair.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

AG Derek Schmidt announces grants for Great Bend organization

A Great Bend organization has been awarded more than $72,000 in grants to provide services for victims of crime, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC Young Democrats to host debate watch

Barton Community College Young Democrats Club will hold a presidential debate watch party at 8 p.m. Monday in the college Library's Cavanaugh Room. Those who attend are asked to bring a can of food to donate to the Food Bank, and a snack to share.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Children ready to meet 'Ivan'

Great Bend elementary students received copies of the children's novel "The One and Only Ivan" on Friday. These books are theirs to take home and keep, and to read with a family member as part of this year's One District One Book community literacy program.

September 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Drop in government jobs fuels jobless rate increase


September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Executive session on commission agenda Monday morning

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 acceptance of an insurance dividend check, an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel and the buy back of a loader for the Road and Bridge Department.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC freshman lands lead role in stage classic

An advantage of attending a community college versus a four-year university is the opportunity to participate and get one's hands dirty on campus right from the start.

September 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

New feature goes up at Bark Park

First, it is announced that a new fitness trail for humans is going up at Veterans Memorial Park. This week, the popular park went to the dogs.

September 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

'Triplet Day'

This is Spirit Week at Jefferson Elementary School, and Thursday was Twin/Triplet Day. Teachers Maddy Demel, left, Brenda Unrein and Jennifer Leiker dressed as the Koo Koo Kangaroo group. The screen behind them shows the original Koo Koo group members on the GoNoodle website. "We use (GoNoodle) for brain breaks during our day," Unrein said.

September 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Matt Bristow, candidate for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, a fresh face in politics

Editor's note: With Republican Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas Senate Dist. 33 opened and ...

October 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Gas prices continue to decline

As of this past weekend, Topeka was ranked 15th for the least expensive gas price average in the metro areas around the nation at $2 ...

October 26, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Larned meeting to provide Medicare help

LARNED – Medicare and Medicare Part D will be the topics of a meeting set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Welcome Inn ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Citizenship classes start Tuesday

A new series of free citizenship classes starts Tuesday, Nov. 1, in room 208 of the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main, Great Bend.

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC Music Dept. to host free instrumental concert

Barton Community College's Prairie Winds Concert Band will present a fall concert featuring music from around the world at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

KBI: Check for offenders before Halloween

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation advises parents to check online for registered offenders in their neighborhoods and areas their children plan to trick-or-treat, prior to ...

October 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Langford named warden of Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility

LARNED – Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood announced Wednesday that Don Langford has been named warden of the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A steady stream of voters flowed through the Barton County clerk's second-floor courthouse office Wednesday afternoon. They stood at the black machines casting their ...

October 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS debate places first

Three Great Bend High School debate teams competed at the TMP debate tournament in Hays on Saturday. In the novice division, Darian Harbaugh placed first ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Student reports on her 'Barton Experience'

Barton Community College trustees heard one student's "Barton Experience" when Keanna Craig addressed the board Tuesday evening.

October 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hoisington council rejects election ordinance

HOISINGTON - What two weeks ago appeared to be a done deal, the decision to have half the council be elected at-large and half by district ...

October 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Health department gives thousands of flu shots

The Barton County Health Department has given over 2,000 flu shots since September, plus another 2,000 so far this month, Health Director Shelly ...

October 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS football ticket sales

Great Bend will host Topeka West at 7 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Reserved seating is no longer available as all remaining games ...

October 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Window breaking happening throughout the city

Great Bend has seen its share of criminal damage, but as of lately there has been a rash of window breaking in the city starting ...

October 25, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Nature educator explains animal sounds

Jean Aycock from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will explain the meanings of some animal sounds during a free Stop N' Learn program hosted by ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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