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Chromebooks purchased for most students

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education approved two major purchases Thursday for its One-To-One technology initiative. These purchases will allow the district to issue a Chromebook mobile laptop computer to every student in grades 2-12 this fall.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspects told officers Aron Villegas wanted to fight

Law enforcement officers' testimony on Wednesday and Thursday suggests a motive for the events that led to the death of 23-year-old Aron Villegas on Nov. 15, 2015.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge asked to dismiss murder charges

Preliminary hearings for three men charged with first-degree murder and other felonies concluded Thursday morning in Barton County District Court, but Magistrate Judge Don Alvord won't make a ruling until later this month.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Petition filed to recall school board

A petition was filed with the Barton County Attorney's Office Thursday afternoon seeking the recall of all seven Unified School District 428 Board members. It asserts there was misconduct on the Board's part in its response to the alleged sexual assault that occurred on a district bus as it returned from a boys swim meet in Manhattan Feb. 6.

March 31, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Stafford superintendent to oppose Rep. Holmes

By JIM MISUNAS

March 31, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


County preparing for spring

Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips joked with county commissioners Monday morning about the mild winter. He had predicted 100 inches of snow, a prediction that was fortunately off target.

March 31, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Congressman Huelskamp accepting applications for DC and Kansas internships

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced today that his offices in Washington D.C. and Kansas are accepting applications for internships in the summer and fall semesters. Kansas offices with internship positions include Dodge City, Hutchinson and Salina.

March 31, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


​USD 428 responds after sheriff’s investigation

Great Bend USD 428 administrators released a statement Wednesday afternoon, commenting on Sheriff Brian Bellendir's news conference. It reads:

March 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Burglary victim didn’t tell cops he shot Aron Villegas

Sterling Mills said he shot Aron Villegas in self defense the night Villegas and others broke into his Great Bend home at 1801 Eighth St. and beat him up. But when Mills called police about the burglary he didn't mention shooting anyone.

March 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | 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, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Barton County sheriff recommends charges in sex assault case

The Barton County Sheriff's Office found evidence for criminal charges against a suspect in the alleged sexual assault that happened Feb. 3 on a Great Bend USD 428 school bus that was heading back to Great Bend from a swim meet in Salina.

March 30, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Annual tax sale in the works

The first steps have been taken towards the 2016 Barton County tax sale, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the county commissioners Monday morning.

March 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Traffic stop turns into police chase

According to the Great Bend Police Department at 2 p.m. on On March 25, Officer Michael Bradley conducted a traffic stop in the 1900 block of Odell Street.

March 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Two people injured in early morning accident

At 8:43 a.m. Great Bend Fire/EMS responded to the north side of the high school for the report of an injury accident.

March 30, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Man arrested for selling stolen firearm

According to the Hoisington Police Department, on March 23 they the recovered a stolen firearm from the rash of auto burglaries that occurred in January 2016.

March 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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USD 428 personnel discussions continue

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education held a quick meeting Thursday evening to discuss personnel matters. It was the second special meeting this ...

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kenneth N. Parten 1933 - 2016

ST. JOHN - Kenneth N. Parten, 83, passed away Dec. 5, 2016, at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. Born on Feb. 1, 1933, at Prather Hill ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meeting

The Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will have a speaker to discuss the legal and financial concerns of families dealing with Alzheimer's ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board announces special meeting

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. today at the District Education Center, 201 ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Christmas past

Live music, refreshments and a glimpse into rural life and holiday traditions from days gone by can be enjoyed this Sunday, Dec. 11 during the ...

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


You snooze, you lose

Drowsiness and driving is a dangerous combination, comparable to drinking and driving. With the holidays upon us, people are aware of the hazards of being ...

December 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BCHD praises USD 431 for Walking School Bus program

HOISINGTON - At the last Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education meeting of the semester, every seat was taken, and for some late arrivals, it was ...

December 08, 2016 | 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 ...

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Holiday musical

Holy Family School's annual music program can be seen at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium ...

December 07, 2016 | Public can attend early show | Local News


Volunteers team up to build toys at FHSU

With light snow falling and Santa's elves hard at work, it seemed a little like Christmas Saturday morning in Fort Hays State University's ...

December 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Police department, bandshell improvements advancing

A pair of projects long in the planning are moving forward, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night.

December 07, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City of Larned approves installation of tennis backboards

The Larned City Council met for a brief meeting Monday night. After discussing and approving the monthly appropriations ordinance, Mayor William Nusser noted that the ...

December 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Senior Companion Volunteers recognized for their service

Beverly Prescott of Larned and Delores Burgardt of Great Bend were honored for their service and support to frail and disabled adults through the Senior ...

December 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Family Crisis Center, 1924 Broadway Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

December 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Safer signs cropping up around county

Work on the High Risk Rural Roads signing project continues, according to information from Barton County Engineer Barry McManaman presented at the Barton County Commission ...

December 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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