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City to study management, pay at police department

Following an exhausting string of executive sessions totaling 2 hours and 45 minutes to discuss "personnel issues currently facing the city" Thursday night, the Great Bend City Council emerged and voted to proceed with hiring a law firm to conduct a management and compensation study of the Police Department.

June 29, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ellinwood’s Wolf Pond under toxic algae warning

ELLINWOOD – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, has issued a public health warning for eight lakes, including Wolf Pond in Ellinwood, and a watch for two lakes due to harmful toxic algae blooms.

June 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


IT IS OFFICIAL

With scores of massive white wind turbine components as a backdrop, officials cut the ceremonial ribbon for the Great Bend transload facility Thrusday afternoon. The site, located in the Great Bend Industrial park west of town, has been in use for a couple months now, but this just marked its grand opening.

June 29, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend's T-ball Super Heroes

BY JIM MISUNAS

June 29, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Fashion leads to fair with 2017 Revue

A precursor to the Barton County Fair each year is the 4-H Clothing, Fiber Arts & Fashion Revue. Wednesday morning, 4-Hers from area clubs arrived early at Trinity Lutheran Church to undergo judging for garment construction and buymanship outfits, and to get feedback on their workmanship in the fiber arts. Some of the top winners will go on to compete this fall at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, said Barton County Extension Agent Bernie Unruh.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington upholds fireworks ordinance

HOISINGTON - Hoisington City Council members had two weeks to review the city's fireworks ordinance following a discussion at the June 12 meeting. When they met again Monday night, fireworks were once again on the agenda, and the council unanimously agreed to uphold the ordinance that allows the discharge of fireworks in the city on one day only, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Building the dream

Last week, the Central Kansas Dream Center made significant progress on the renovation of the third floor of their building. A pump truck arrived and began pumping cement up a long hose, and workers began spreading and filling the floor to level it prior to framing new living spaces.

June 28, 2017 | 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 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.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Harvest continues after rain delays

Harvest has been rolling in Sublette since June 16. Zach Laffrey, of McCoy Grain Co, says yields have been average for their area. He reported about 150,000-200,000 bushels of wheat have been taken in since harvest started.

June 28, 2017 | By Brooke Haas, Communications Intern | Local News


Barton County personnel honored as Roads Scholars

Several Barton County Road and Bridge Department personnel were honored by the County Commission Monday morning for furthering their education. They received certificates marking their completion of the Kansas Association of Counties' Roads Scholar Program.

June 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


School board to meet Thursday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to close out the fiscal year. The board will meet at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road.

June 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ashtin Heath places 10th at national speech tourney

It was a tournament two Great Bend High School forensics students had been working toward for four years and their efforts did not disappoint.

June 27, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


New weapons laws start Saturday

As of Saturday, Barton Community College and other Kansas colleges won't be able to ban "concealed carry" weapons on campus. A draft of a new weapons policy was discussed at Tuesday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting.

June 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC student invited to strategic planning

Three students at Barton Community College were invited recently to attend a strategic planning meeting with staff and administrators. One of those students, Devon Nelson, attended Tuesday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting to report on the experience.

June 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County bridge to see repairs

Starting in late August, the Arkansas River bridge on SW 50 Avenue, commonly known as the Radium Road, will see some long-needed repairs, the Barton County Commission decided Monday morning.

June 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Camp Hope is back

CAMP ALDRICH - Nine-year-old Bailey Thompson from Mulvane caught four little fish Tuesday morning before landing a "whopper," with the help of a Camp Hope volunteer.

June 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo promotes Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is an initiative that started in Australia that is now taking hold in the US and largely being promoted by zoos across ...

June 20, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Run-down house deemed unsafe

Indeed, the small, white ramshackle house at 819 Adams is an eyesore and potentially dangerous, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

June 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City audit report a good one

It was welcome news for the Great Bend City Council Monday night as Vickie Dreiling of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball presented the city's ...

June 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


The garden is a labor of live

Oh Oh. It's that time again. Fred has planted THE annual garden. I have helped very little. It's his project.

June 20, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local News


Waterline project ahead of schedule

Sure, the ongoing Great Bend waterline replacement project seems to be dragging on, leaving gaping holes in streets and snarling traffic. But, the City Council ...

June 19, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission backs recycling efforts

Barton County's recycling efforts and the need to extend the County Landfill's lifespan were on the minds of Barton County commissioners Monday morning.

June 19, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Women for Kansas to show documentary

The documentary, "Merchants of Doubt," will be shown during the Women for Kansas Barton County Chapter at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at ...

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Long days of harvest in full swing

Wheat harvest is underway in Barton and Pawnee counties with reports of average bushels being harvested.

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Musical petting zoo planned

On Thursday, the Great Bend City Band in conjunction with A440 and the Great Bend Public Library, will co-host an "Instrument Petting Zoo."

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Plains State Bank to host weekly Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Plains State Bank, 800 Coolidge Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Another Bailey

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Police Sgt. Chance Bailey attended the Ellinwood City Council meeting on June 12, where, following a 10 minute executive session, he was recommended ...

June 19, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Marking historical roots

Great Bend Rotarian Pat Cale told the City Council Monday night the unique but stately 70-plus-year-old ginkgo tree at the north end of the Barton ...

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sheriff’s Office watching intersection north of Great Bend

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told the Barton County Commission Monday morning his deputies have been running selective enforcement at the North Washington/30 Road ...

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A dose of reality

It's been a bitter pill to swallow, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told county commissioners Monday morning.

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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