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Big chill to hit Barton County

Winter has finally settled in and with bitterly cold temperatures heading for Barton County beginning on Friday, people need to take some precautions to help prepare for the chill.

December 15, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Madrigal greetings

Dressed in red and black formal attire, the Madrigals from Great Bend High School sang at Wednesday's Kiwanis Club meeting, with a second performance planned in the evening. Vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said the choir has been singing once or twice a day of late.

December 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Council and County Commission meet Monday

Both the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday.

December 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | 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.

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council accepts bid on Main Street property

ELLINWOOD - The first order of business Tuesday night at the Ellinwood City Council was consideration of bids for the property at 104 N. Main St. The property was acquired by the city earlier this year after several delays in having the adjoining blighted buildings demolished caused damage to the building, and the past owners sold it to the city to avoid further damages. After the buildings were removed, the city had the exposed wall fixed and put it up for bid in September. The first round of bids included one from a private person who wished to use the property ...

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


More flu cases being reported

With the official start of winter a week away, temperatures have plunged. And, we all know that cold weather and influenza go hand in hand.

December 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington City Council receptive to CID for Sonic

HOISINGTON - When developers of Hoisington's new Sonic Restaurant began construction earlier this month, it wasn't long before they ran into an unexpected and expensive problem, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell explained at Monday night's city council meeting.

December 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Exiting Supt. gets extra $90k

Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicles bids go to local dealers

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of four vehicles on Tuesday, opting for the lowest bids submitted by from Barton County venders.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed granted leave of absence

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Popular Larned superintendent announces retirement

LARNED – Long-time Fort Larned school system Superintendent Jon Flint has announced his retirement from Unified School District 495. Flint will remain in his post through the end of the 2016-17 school year.

December 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Former bank employee in Great Bend pleads guilty to embezzling more than $73,600

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A former employee of a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $73,600 from the bank, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

December 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend Public Library adjusts despite funding cut

With the writing on the wall, Director Harry Willems and the Library Board put into action an austerity plan of sorts in order to sock away 10 percent of this year's budget into the coming year's capital improvement fund. With 92 percent of the year complete, only 82 percent of the library's budget has been spent, Willems was pleased to share during his financial report Monday at the monthly board meeting.

December 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed resigns

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement/resignation was accepted by the school board on Monday. Although the retirement officially starts at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the board also named Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton as the interim superintendent, effectively immediately.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building projected tabled

At the Nov. 14 school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed had an architect show the board two proposed building projects that could cost more than $2 million: A new bus barn/maintenance building constructed next to the District Education Center on Patton Road, and a remodeling of the Center itself. Payment for the projects would come from capital outlay funds and would be accomplished with no tax increases, he stressed.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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County lists Thanksgiving closings

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. The Barton County Health Department and the Records Division of ...

November 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


One size doesn’t fit all

It was a chance for Barton County officials to see what they have in common with counties from around the state, as well as what ...

November 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Zoo loses Bonnie the Black Bear

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo made the difficult decision Friday to humanely euthanize Bonnie, the North American Black Bear. Bonnie had called Great Bend ...

November 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Beginning to look like Christmas

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes looked at her calendar Monday morning and it hit her. Thanksgiving in this week, meaning the annual Home for ...

November 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | 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.

November 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A sign of the times

When the Great Bend Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1127 was born over a century ago, it boasted 400 members, a number that jumped ...

November 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Marsh Musings

There is so much happening this time of year it almost boggles the mind. Pheasant and quail seasons are open. Ducks and geese are everywhere ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Wetland Explorer

From wind-surfing hawks to mobs of butterflies, it was a banner fall migration in South Central Kansas. The bird and butterfly list serves were full ...

November 18, 2017 | BY PAM MARTIN KDWPT Education Specialist | Local News


Families celebrate LIFE at Great Bend schools

Making silly hats to wear at a Mad Hatter Party was one of the favorite activities of at least one Eisenhower Elementary School family. While ...

November 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KWEC to hold Holiday Open House

Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 9 a.m. to noon ...

November 17, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Ellinwood City Council hears good and not so good news

ELLINWOOD - City Manager Chris Komarek had some good news to report about the bond issue the city passed recently that will fund needed street and ...

November 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 video talks about MTSS

Parents of Great Bend USD 428 students can learn more about the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) by watching a seven and a half minute ...

November 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Yarmer to talk about Wolf Brewery

Barton County Historical Society in Great Bend will host a talk by Robert Yarmer on the M.K. Wolf Brewery at 7:30 p.m ...

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thanksgiving dinner planned

HOISINGTON - Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 1101 N. Vine St. in Hoisington will have a Thanksgiving Day Dinner including turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. Dinner ...

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


House passes tax bill

The House passed Thursday afternoon a sweeping Republican tax bill that will cut taxes for corporations and many Americans, said First District Congressman Roger Marshall ...

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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