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Kansas State University team part of $10 million grant to study the Ogallala Aquifer

For more than 80 years, the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest freshwater aquifer in the world, has been the main source of agricultural and public water for western Kansas and parts of seven other states in the Great Plains.

March 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1966, young men of draft age who hoped to complete college were given hope when the Selective Service announced it would continue to provide college deferments based on performance for the time being. It was reported in the March 25, 1966 edition of the Tribune, a Selective service spokesman had put it succinctly, "We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best." It issued guidelines to the local draft boards that allowed them to consider a student's calss standing and deferment test score in determining deferment eligibility.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Library sees utility savings with geothermal

The geothermal heating and air conditioning system installed in the Great Bend Public Library building at the end of 2014 may never pay for itself, but it has resulted in lower utility costs. At Monday's Library Board meeting, GBPL Director Harry Willems shared month-by-month fees for gas and electricity for both years, showing a net savings of $6,823.

March 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BARTON COUNTY BURNING

The gusty wind and dry conditions help fuel fire in Barton County.

March 23, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Fire danger remains high

WICHITA -- Very strong south to southwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts over 55 mph, dry air, and warm temperatures will create extreme grassland fire danger conditions across much of the region again today into Tuesday evening. Fires have been reported in northern Barton County. A fire in Comanche County has burned more than 41,000 acres. Barber County requested mutual fire assistance from Barton County at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Smoke was visible on radar in several Kansas counties stretching from Barber County to Sedgwick County.

March 23, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


State’s funding of KDOT causing concern for city

City Administrator Howard Partington told the Great Bend City Council Monday night that he testified at the House Taxation Committee hearing in Topeka on March 15 to urge the committee to fund Kansas Department of Transportation projects and operations.

March 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fires reported in county

Multiple fires have been reported in Barton County this afternoon.

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton and area high school students to perform in Vocal Masterclass forum

The public is invited to observe a Vocal Masterclass forum from 3-5:30 p.m. (session one) and from 6:15-8:30 p.m. (session 2) on April 1 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College. The forum is open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about vocal technique and performing is encouraged to attend one or both of the sessions.

March 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Community donates $53,000 to people who rely on Sunflower Diversified

The community stood up and showed its support for people with developmental disabilities and delays by raising $53,000 at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala.

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBCF Listening Tour – Stafford County

Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation soon will be in Pawnee County for the beginning of a listening tour and series of community meetings across Stafford, Pawnee, Rush, and Barton counties. The Stafford county meetings are scheduled for Friday, April 1, and will be held at the following locations and times:

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley Street in Great Bend. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be lots of Easter eggs for all.

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kindergarten round-up for area schools

USD 428 Roundup

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Camp Aldrich to host grand re-opening celebration March 31

Construction on the new Camp Aldrich Dining and Events Center is in the final stages of construction and the public is invited to celebrate the facility's completion at a Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 31. The after-hours event is in conjunction with the Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood chambers of commerce and Claflin Area Pride.

March 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Plains archeologist to speak at BCHS museum

Wichita state University Anthropology Professor Don Blakeslee will present a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, at the Barton County Historical Society Museum.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton student reports 60 credits transfer

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees gathered Tuesday evening for its regular meeting and discussed one of its nine overarching goals, known as ENDs, one of which is "Academic Advancement."

March 22, 2016 | ​By BRANDON STEINERT SteinertB@bartonccc.edu | Local News


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USD 428 board meets with attorney

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education met behind closed doors for more than two hours Monday evening at the District Education Center. A ...

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 BOE SPECIAL MEETING HELD

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education called a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening for discussion of personnel.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Santa's Workshop

Hundreds of children visited Santa's Workshop, Monday at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Veterans rep to visit Great Bend

A Veterans Service representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p ...

December 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Car hits dead deer in Russell County

RUSSELL COUNTY A dead deer on K-18 caused two vehicles to collide at 5:41 p.m. Sunday on K-18 in Russell County, 3.6 ...

December 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS Debate places 1st

The Great Bend High School debate team competed at the a Gusta High School Invitational Debate Tournament on Saturday. All three teams competed in the ...

December 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


If snow comes, county, KDOT crews ready

Winter may arrive this week, according to the National Weather Service. Patchy snow is likely Wednesday morning, made worse by north winds gusting up to ...

December 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New stop signs to pop up in county

Comments from Barton County residents expressing safety concerns about two rural intersections prompted the County Commission Monday morning to approve the installation of stop signs ...

December 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wetlands wonderland

Fluffy flakes of snow were falling on Cheyenne Bottoms when the Kansas Wetlands Education Center opened its doors Saturday morning, but it only added to ...

December 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


November Marriage and Divorce filings

Marriage Licenses

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Deck the Halls safely this holiday season

As the holidays approach, Great Bend residents are becoming increasingly excited about adorning their homes for the season. However, these decorations, as beautiful as they ...

December 03, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department awarded grant funding

The Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $5,992 grant through the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program administered by the Office ...

December 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


OPEC deal could trigger gas price hikes

It came just in time for the holiday driving season.

December 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ks Oil & Gas Museum has holiday wish list

Children aren't the only ones making Christmas wish lists for Santa. The Kansas Oil and Gas Hall of Fame and Museum staff have a ...

December 01, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Tree of Life benefits hospice patients at Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice

While the Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed ...

December 01, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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