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Mental fusion

Ovie Cade's nontraditional career path stands in stark contrast to the current norms. While his fellow high school graduates went off to universities in the hopes of landing a job after four years of study and student loans, he began work as a shop-helper for a company in Houston.

December 15, 2016 | By BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News


Monday will be busiest mailing day

More than 4.3 million cards, letters and packages are expected to be mailed in Kansas on Monday, Dec. 19, the busiest mailing day of the year, according to the United States Postal Service. That's 180,000 pieces per hour, 3,000 per minute, or 50 per second.

December 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Big chill to hit Barton County

Winter has finally settled in and with bitterly cold temperatures heading for Barton County beginning on Friday, people need to take some precautions to help prepare for the chill.

December 15, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Madrigal greetings

Dressed in red and black formal attire, the Madrigals from Great Bend High School sang at Wednesday's Kiwanis Club meeting, with a second performance planned in the evening. Vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said the choir has been singing once or twice a day of late.

December 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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


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Possible injury in Pawnee County crash

Kathy R. Tankersley, 53, Larned, was taken to Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned Saturday after a two-vehicle crash in Pawnee County.

September 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tarp in road causes fatal motorcycle crash in Russell County

A large commercial vehicle tarp in the roadway on Interstate 70 contributed to a fatal motorcycle crash late Friday in Russell County.

September 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Camp Hope reunion photos

photos taken Sept. 23, 2017

September 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Family Reunion: Camp Hope's 35th

The family reunion Saturday afternoon wasn't about shared genealogy - it was about a shared experience. The Camp Hope family consists of hundreds of children ...

September 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kathleen Kuchar watercolor monotype workshop Oct. 7

Kathleen Kuchar, retired professor at the Fort Hays State University Department of Art and Design, will demonstrate the basics of watercolor monotype printing during an ...

September 23, 2017 | By MICAH OELZE Barton Community College | Local News


Friends and Acquaintances Art Festival

Local artists' work will be on display at the Shafer Gallery as part of the Barton County Arts Council Friends and Acquaintances Art Festival from ...

September 23, 2017 | By MICAH OELZE Barton Community College | 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 ...

September 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Boyd Road work to begin Saturday

Venture Corporation will begin work on NW 40 Avenue (Boyd Road) on Saturday. Crews plan to do asphalt milling at various locations on Saturday and ...

September 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Marsh Musings

It is 3 a.m. and I am aware that my hunting buddy is awake and sitting cross-legged on the cold (it was about minus ...

September 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


The Wetland Explorer

It's finally Fall at Cheyenne Bottoms. Birds are migrating, days begin to shorten, and hunting seasons begin.

September 22, 2017 | BY CURTIS WOLF KWEC site manager | Local News


Library board updated on outreach efforts

Members of the Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors Monday were reminded that to remain relevant,libraries need to evolve. Rather than just a ...

September 22, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Signs show support for Dade Cannon

Some of the blue signs showing support for Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch are finding a new purpose - to welcome home 13-year-old Dade Cannon ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Young readers will help Harvey victims

Great Bend elementary students will have an opportunity help children in Texas schools hit by Hurricane Harvey. The community can participate by visiting the Great ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBFD awarded SAFER grant

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 21, 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 ...

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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