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City Council to discuss water system Monday

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a bond issue for water system improvements and refinancing existing debt; a Nex-Tech video service agreement; one-day cereal malt beverage license for Aug. 27; request for permission to bore across Lischesky Ditch for an electric service line; appointment of Public Works Director; budget and tax revenue ordinances related to the 2017 budget; and renewal of the Great Bend Boom facility use agreement.

August 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chiller repairs on County Commission agenda

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes approval of a list of added/abated/escaped/refunded taxes; openings on the Community Development Advisory Board and the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging; and chiller repairs.

August 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


State upholds LaVeta Miller conviction

The Kansas Court of Appeals announced Friday its decision to uphold the 2015 conviction of LaVeta Miller, the local women who stole money earmarked for Honor Flights for U.S. veterans.

August 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support shown for bike, pedestrian options

By Veronica Coons

August 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Local business shows support in a different light

There are many different ways of showing support and respect to the people that keep our cities safe, but Waters True Value is taking this support a step further. Waters True Value is hosting the "Back The Blue" event. The Great Bend Waters True Value is located at 1649 K-96 Highway.

August 12, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Almost time to party in the park

Everyone loves a great party and right here in Great Bend there is a party planned for this weekend. That's right, it is time for Party In the Park and it will be held at Veterans Park this Saturday.

August 12, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


GBHS marching band to welcome teachers, staff

When employees of Great Bend USD 428 attend their Back to School Celebration next Monday, nearly 100 students should already be there.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


UWCK names campaign co-chairs

United Way of Central Kansas has announced the campaign co-chairs for the 2017 campaign, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith.

August 11, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Foundation’s Big Benefit Auction ticket sales end Monday

Tickets for the Barton Community College Foundation's 38th Annual Big Benefit Auction themed "A Political Party" are available now until Monday, Aug. 15. The event is Aug. 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Great Bend. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation office, 620-786-1136 or by sending an email to capec@bartonccc.edu.

August 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


College completes extensive program review

A review of programs at Barton Community College shows business courses generate the most credit hours on campus and a good deal of income. In a presentation to the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Vice President Robin Garrett also mentioned at least one program that may be phased out in the future.

August 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves 2017 budget

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met Monday night, and began the meeting with a brief public hearing of the 2017 budget which was published earlier in the Ellinwood Leader. The mill levy will remain virtually the same as last year, City Attorney Bob Peter summarized. No public comments, so the hearing was closed. Ken Lebbin moved to approve the budget, seconded by Kirk Clawson. The council approved the budget unanimously.

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Waterpark season ends Sunday

Sunday is the final day that the Wetlands Water Park at Great Bend will be open for public swimming this year. Weather permitting, the pool is open daily from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Three Padens in law enforcement

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one story in a series of articles about local law-enforcement officers.

August 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces Summer Grant recipients

Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the July competitive grant cycle and awarded a total of $11,569. The foundation supports programs or projects that are innovative, collaborative, proactive, measurable and sustainable.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Patrol to hold enforcement aimed at reducing fatality crashes

This weekend, troopers across the state of Kansas will be mobilizing for a statewide RAVE (Roving Aggressive Violation Enforcement) to address the increase in fatal crashes. The enforcement will be held Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13.

August 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thomas to retire from US Navy

Engineman Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon L. Thomas will retire from the U.S. Navy on June 23 at San Diego, Calif. Thomas is a ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Free origami workshop

A free workshop on origami will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Marine life by James Mages at Shafer Gallery

The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit "Mages' Marine Marvels" by James Mages at 6 p.m. May 25. The show ...

May 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


USD 428 memorandum reinforces teamwork with law enforcement

While it's something that's been done locally for as long as anyone can remember, a document and a few signatures now makes it ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bringing back memories

The sun was barely up and there was a stiff chill in the air as Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall made his way along the muddy ...

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Visit Fort Larned for Memorial Day Weekend

Larned - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site will bring a frontier military post back to life for Memorial Day Weekend.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kids Fishing Day scheduled at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - Enjoy the outdoors with the whole family with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids Fishing Day on ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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 a ...

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

May 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford ...

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton ...

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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