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Oxford houses a success

Barb Esfeld is the Barton County appraiser, but she wore a different hat when she addressed the Great Bend City Council Monday night.

June 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City of Larned considers billing changes

LARNED - Every month, the city of Larned sends an average of 529 late notices, or "red" bills, to utility customers. That's nearly 20 percent of the city's 2,700 utility contracts. Larned's City Council declared that's too many, and something needs to change. They tasked Kara Rath, the utility clerk, and Monica Steiner, the finance director, to conduct a study of how other cities like Larned combat similar problems. Rath and Steiner presented their proposal to the council Monday night.

June 06, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


An expensive proposition

The City of Great Bend's on-call engineering firm Professional Engineering Consultants of Wichita will discontinue its study of ball field lighting for Veterans Memorial Park after the City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the agreement with PEC ending its involvement in the project.

June 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend native to sing at Cosmosphere Thursday

One of the nations leading music programs for young musicians, the 39th Summer Choral Institute at Kansas State University will be performing a free public concert at 11 a.m. Thursday on the wing of the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.

June 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A MATTER OF SAFETY

Great Bend Police Chief Cliff was not on the City Council to speak Monday night and he was not going to be allowed to address the governing body.

June 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Local extension council board reps named

The Barton County Commission Monday morning named the county's first board members to the newly formed Cottonwood Extension District, the joint Kansas State University Extension venture with Ellis County.

June 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Basement fire damages home

An explosion woke the occupants of 806 Hubbard St. around 2:20 a.m. Monday. Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said the couple living at that address escaped through smoke and heat and went to a neighbor's house to call 911.

June 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Milling and overlay to begin on US-56 From Kinsley to Larned

Starting this week, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin construction of a 25-mile road milling and overlay project on US-56 Highway in Pawnee and Edward counties, beginning at the US-50/US-56 junction north along US-56 to the south city limits of Larned.

June 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sun Salutation

June 03, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


6th June Jaunt full of fun

Great weather converged with great planning on Saturday for June Jaunt activities at Great Bend's Jack Kilby Square. Families came out to enjoy the entertainment, games, food and fun.

June 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Brock McPherson announces intent to run for Mayor of Great Bend

Brock McPherson of McPherson & McVey Law Office Chtd., a local private law practice, has announced his intent to run for Mayor of Great Bend.

June 03, 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.

June 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBMS offers free summer band lessons

Summer band lessons for next year's middle school students will begin next week and go through Thursday, June 29. The free lessons will be in the GBMS band room. Students will use the front door of the building located on Harrison Street.

June 02, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Breakfast Briefing, June 2-10, 2017

FRIDAY, June 2

June 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KWEC offers 'Gifts from the Garden' series

Discover the many gifts your flower garden provides, from edible treats to decorative items, during the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's adult class series, "Gifts from the Garden" held throughout the summer months.

June 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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No action taken after closed sessions

The Great Bend City Council Monday night emerged from the second of two 15-minute executive sessions only to take no action and adjourn the meeting.

June 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council declares two trailers as ‘unsafe and dangerous’

BY DALE HOGG

June 19, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG | Local News


$2.3M disbursement shortfall irks commission

The Barton County Treasurer's Office was forced to issue a third June property tax disbursement totally $1.1 million after a tray of mail ...

June 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Boeckman will not face criminal charges

Former Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman will not face criminal sexual battery charges, at least for now, Barton Count Attorney Amy Mellor said.

June 19, 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.

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sew-sew summer: Youths learn quilting

So far, it's been a so-so summer for Gloria Bogan and her 12 students. Make that sew-sew.

June 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Kansas Highway Patrol urges safety during harvest

Harvest season is underway in parts of the state, and the Kansas Highway Patrol reminds motorists to use more caution and patience when traveling around ...

June 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


IT'S ON! Wheat harvest in Barton County

Wednesday evening, people could see the familiar dust cloud of a harvester cutting wheat near the Great Bend Municipal Airport on West Barton County Road ...

June 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hathcock named County Operations Director

Barton County no longer has a County Administrator but it does have an Operations Director. Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock now holds two "director" titles.

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Driver flees after crash in Ellsworth County

ELLSWORTH COUNTY - A Salina man was injured Thursday when a vehicle went off an Ellsworth County Road, but it took a while to find the ...

June 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC's presence at Larned prison grows

Changes coming to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility the summer will create opportunities for Barton Community College, the BCC Board of Trustees learned Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Quiz time

The First Assembly of God Church in Great Bend sent its Bible Warriors to the National Bible Quiz tournament this past weekend at Ceder Hills ...

June 14, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Residents speak up about fireworks

HOISINGTON - Patrons attending the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday asked council members for some answers. They wanted to know what if anything the council had ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Library director shares HVAC ups and downs

It takes a while to learn how to use new technology. This is something Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has learned the hard ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Debbie Stevens Week proclaimed

HOISINGTON - The tour of the utility billing office on the agenda for Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting was canceled to make time for ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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