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GIANT WATER FIGHT

The Kiwanis Wet/Dry Parade will provide a fun way to cool off Saturday, Aug. 12, at Great Bend's Party in the Park.

August 05, 2017 | 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 Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Area veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to their time in service. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

August 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Party under shooting stars

This Friday, Aug. 11, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will hold a party under falling stars.

August 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer jam recalled

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series on the Summer Jam music festival that took place in Great Bend in August 1978. Delete-Merge Up

August 05, 2017 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


Bike Brew Q raises $5K for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Over 160 cyclists, craft beer and barbecue enthusiasts came together and raised upwards of $5,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the second annual Bike Brew Q event at the Great Bend Expo Complex on July 29. Cyclists headed out in the morning and routes were available from 20-72 miles and included road and gravel routes. All routes included support and gear (SAG) stops sponsored by local businesses and philanthropy groups, and gave riders a chance to rest, hydrate and refuel.

August 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


It's time to strike up the GBHS band

Great Bend High School freshmen band members, drum majors and section leaders will meet Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 8-10, in the GBHS Band Room from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC budget hearing is Tuesday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also hold its monthly study session. Topics for discussion include the July financial report, Composite Financial Index (CFI) rating index, City of Great Bend Revitalization Plan, Higher Learning Center presentation, and Corrections programming.

August 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sen. Moran to host Kansas Listening Tour stop in Barton County

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that he will visit Great Bend as part of his Kansas Listening Tour on Thursday, Aug. 10. Area residents are encouraged to attend the meeting from 2-3 p.m. in the meeting room at American Ag Credit, 5634 10th St., and share feedback with Sen. Moran on the critical issues facing Kansas and the nation.

August 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Couch: Be respectful at meeting

A large crowd is expected to attend the Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting at the Great Bend Events Center, but suspended Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch is urging for calm.

August 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Summer Jam: Right place, right time

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series on the Summer Jam music festival that took place in Great Bend in August 1978.

August 03, 2017 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


KASB rep touts 'new day' for Kansas ed

A new school year is just around the corner, with a new formula to fund Kansas schools and a plan to redesign Kansas education. In fact, "It's a new day for Kansas education," a Kansas Association of School Boards representative said Thursday.

August 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPD study to look at wages, morale

It was during a special Great Bend City Council meeting June 29 that Police Chief Cliff Couch leveled accusations of unethical behavior within city government. Following four executive sessions totalling two hours and 45 minutes, the council approved contracting with an outside party to do a compensation and management study of the Great Bend Police Department.

August 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas begins offering federally compliant ID

TOPEKA - Kansas has a new driver's license design, specifically formatted to comply with approaching federal ID requirements for airport security purposes, three years early.

August 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Council changes venue for meeting

The Monday Great Bend City Council meeting will be moved to the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th St., to accommodate an anticipated larger-than normal crowd in light of the controversy involving Police Chief Cliff Couch and the council, city officials announced Thursday afternoon. It will start at 7:30 p.m.

August 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Council to appoint interim city administrator

On the agenda for Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting is the appointment of City Attorney Bob Suelter as the interim city administrator ...

August 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Henneke resigns from City Council

Great Bend Second Ward City Councilman Wayne Henneke resigned his position on the council Wednesday morning.

August 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ohnmacht found guilty of spitting on pizza

LARNED – Following a bench trial Wednesday morning, Pawnee County District Judge Bruce Gatterman found Jacob Ohnmacht, 27, of Larned, guilty of criminal threat involving the ...

August 17, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


For City of Great Bend, public safety is upmost concern

The City of Great Bend has a focused and united goal and that is public safety, a news release issued by city officials said. It ...

August 17, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Partington resigns as city administrator

Longtime Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington announced Wednesday afternoon his retirement, effective immediately. His action follows months of controversy engulfing him, the city and ...

August 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Total eclipse of the sun

MANHATTAN - From coast to coast and across the heartland, the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will be an awe-inspiring and rare event, says a Kansas ...

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Travelers encourage to plan ahead and travel safely

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, darkening the sky. With increased traffic ...

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC will host eclipse events

A total solar eclipse will occur over the United States on Aug. 21, visible on a path from Oregon to South Carolina, crossing over northeast ...

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend City Council meeting being moved

It will be a little awkward when the Great Bend City Council meets Monday night as the meeting will be split between two locations.

August 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo loses longtime resident ‘Sunny’ the tiger

It is with great sadness that the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo announced Wednesday the passing of its beloved Bengal Tiger, Sunny. Sunny Delight was humanely ...

August 16, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


IT’S HER PARTY

WICHITA - A teenager battling cancer with Great Bend connections enjoyed a "Sweet 16," birthday, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

August 15, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Weekend accident claims Stafford Co. official

STAFFORD - A current Stafford County Commissioner, Shane Stimatze, was found dead at his home in rural Stafford County on Monday from an apparent accident that ...

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle registration snafu uncovered

Claflin Police Chief Gary Vaughan was approached last week by a Claflin man who lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend was stopped by ...

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Cuts in federal funding a trend

It's a mouth full and its an annual ritual for the Unified School District 428 School board. But the approval of Local Consolidated Plan ...

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


District enrollment holding close to constant

With the first day of school a week away, the early enrollment numbers for Unified School District 428 are in and looking good, Superintendent Khris ...

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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