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Mary Jo Taylor, Republican candidate for Dist. 33, bringing experience to the table

Editor's note: With Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas District 33 opened and two newcomers threw their hats into the ring. As the November election draws near, the Great Bend Tribune met with both candidates to learn more about who they are, what issues they are passionate about, and what inspired them to aspire to the Senate seat. Yesterday, we provided a peek at what Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, the Democratic candidate hopes to bring to the seat. Today, we cast our spotlight on Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, the Republican candidate.

October 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Workshop at KWEC open to farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold an informational workshop for farmers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Speakers from K-State Extension, Farm Service Agency, and NRCS will talk about services, price-support loan programs and financial assistant opportunities available through their organizations for farmers of all kinds.

October 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A fishy release

Veterans Memorial Lake had 180 new, slimy, squirmy residents as of Thursday morning as a truck load of large-mouth bass were released into the popular City of Great Bend-owned body of water.

October 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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 two newcomers threw their hats into the ring. Democrat Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, and Republican Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, were relative unknowns prior to the April primaries. As the November election draws near, the Great Bend Tribune met with both candidates to learn more about who they are, what issues they are passionate about, and what inspired them to aspire to the Senate seat. Our spotlight is on Bristow today, and on Friday, it will shift ...

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 per gallon, the American Automobile Association reported. Wichita at $2.01 was 22nd and Lawrence was 28th nationally.

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, 113 W. Fourth in Larned. Appointments for Part D prescription check-ups will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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, Nov. 3 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

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 Halloween festivities.

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


SAFE AND SECURE

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 advance ballots ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

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 overall in outstanding speaker awards. The team of Harbaugh and Patrick Heath placed fifth with a 4-1 win loss record. In the varsity division, Lisa Marlow and Geoffrey Pafford had a 3-2 win loss record. The novice team of Tatyana Badue and Bayle Sandy competed in the varsity division for the first time earning a 2-3 win loss record against many fourth-year debaters.

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, fell apart Monday night.

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 Schneider told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

October 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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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 ...

August 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Family Crisis Center receives over $10,000

The Family Crisis Center in Great Bend received more than $10,000 this month from the community group 100+ People Who Care.

August 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Russell Co. trafficking suspect indicted

TOPEKA - U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced several indictments Wednesday, including drug charges that stemmed from an arrest in Russell County.

August 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Hoisington American Legion announces Chicken Fry Nite

HOISINGTON - Hoisington's American Legion Post 286 will have Chicken Fry Nite from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at 204 N. Main. They will serve ...

August 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


First day photos

Aug. 23, 2017, at GreatBend USD 428.

August 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SCHOOL STARTS

Wednesday was the first day of school for most students in Great Bend, although USD 428 kindergartners went home at noon. Today will also be ...

August 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Work to begin on Arkansas River bridge repair project

L & M Contractors of Great Bend will begin the bridge deck repair project on SW 50 Avenue on Monday. The bridge crosses the Arkansas River ...

August 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Stuff the Bus brings in needed items

The seventh-annual United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus campaign brought in hundreds of needed items for the 23 agencies supported by the UWCK ...

August 23, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


USD 431 adopts 2018-2019 budget

HOISINGTON - The Unified School District 431 Board of Education convened a special meeting Monday night in order to hold the 2018 budget hearing. No members ...

August 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


School board approves budget

The local tax for Great Bend USD 428 will be close to 45.931 mills next year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said at Tuesday's budget ...

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report: Community colleges swamped with reports

Two new admissions representatives at Barton Community College reflect the growing mountain of paperwork and reporting required of higher learning institutions, the BCC Board of ...

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Council adjournment meets with disdain

When the Great Bend City Council adjourned its regular meeting Monday night at the Great Bend Events Center, the move was not popular with the ...

August 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City’s 2018 budget approved

Following a budget hearing at City Hall, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the city's 2018 budget ordinance during its regular meeting ...

August 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Couch supporters hold their own meeting

After the Great Bend City Council adjourned its regular meeting Monday night to the disapproving shouts and jeers from supporters of suspended Police Chief Cliff ...

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Retired officer backs suspended chief

Most of those at the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night don't know all that has transpired or been said regarding the ongoing ...

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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