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Great Bend's Cinco de Mayo Festival, 2017

May 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vet service rep to be in Great Bend

A veterans service representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 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.

May 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Checks helps senior citizens shop at farmers market

Low-income senior citizens are encouraged to apply to receive checks to buy fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey at farmers markets in Barton County.

May 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 students join workforce

It is the aim of public education to prepare K-12 students for life, but some students need a little more help than offers.

May 06, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC trustees to review insurance

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will review property, casualty, workers compensation and other insurance proposals at the next board study session, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also review the monthly financial statement; contracts for head coach, management staff and administrative positions; and upcoming graduation events.

May 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Suit filed against ex-county administrator

A civil lawsuit filed March 1 claims that while Barton County administrator, Richard Boeckman harassed Robin Rziha, a nurse and Pawnee County health administrator. Rziha filed the suit in Barton County District Court seeking $75,000 in damages and a jury trial.

May 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ellinwood notes

The sponsor of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce coffee Friday morning was Central National Bank, with two locations in Great Bend. Chad Steffan, business lender and manager of the Main Street location, said since the bank expanded to Great Bend three years ago, business has been brisk, providing commercial, residential and agricultural loans, as well as providing banking services at the in-store bank at Walmart. As a regional bank, they can write loans ranging from a couple thousand dollars up to $15 million, he said. The bank has been owned by the same family for four generations. That family came ...

May 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Heard at Hoisington Chamber Coffee

Members of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce met for coffee Thursday morning at the new Sonic restaurant on S. Main St. As always, news was in abundant supply. Owner Ravi Vallal thanked the community for their support, and said business is going well. He hopes soon customers will catch on that they have a dining room, but, he noted, his stalls are always full.

May 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CVB invites area schools to town for field trips

Christina Hayes knows that Great Bend has a lot to offer but she also understands that a little promotion could go a long way to attracting visitors.

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


Alice Wondra memorializes parents with endowment fund at GBCF

When Alice Wondra was considering how she could memorialize her parents, she kept the phrase "people in need" in the forefront of her mind.

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


El Sol to dance for school board

The Great Bend High School El Sol Folk Dance Club will perform a dance in recognition of Cinco de Mayo at the next school board meeting. The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road.

May 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Health care bill approved by narrow margin

WASHINGTON - Rep. Roger Marshall is pleased with Thursday's passage of the Republican health care bill by the House. He visited with Kansas media during a press conference in the afternoon, expressing confidence the bill will go on to pass in the Senate.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Students assist with orchard’s improvement

At the start of its third season, the apple orchard at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is beginning to fill out, but efforts to keep it weed-free haven't exactly succeeded. Landscape fabric and mulch, it turns out, weren't enough to keep bindweed and the creeping lawn at bay. That's why Cottonwood Extension ag agent Alicia Boor requested help from Great Bend High School students during their Community Service Day to help remove the old and try something new.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Schools prepare for 'The Lemonade War'

For the third year, community members are invited to join elementary students this fall in a shared reading experience. "The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davies is the selection for Great Bend's 2017-2018 "One District One Book" literacy program.

May 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Glow for Life aims to prevent suicide

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Barton County will sponsor its fifth annual Golden Belt Glow for Life event on June 2.

May 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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BCC to offer free citizenship classes

Barton Community College will offer free citizenship classes starting June 1 at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main, Great Bend. Classes will be held ...

May 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


More information for tornado victims offered

Barton County residents are moving forward in an effort to clean up and rebuild following the tornado of May 16. A tabulation of storm damage ...

May 25, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Making a Splash

It was nothing but fun and splashing on Thursday in Ellinwood during the ribbon cutting ceremony that took place and officially opened the new splash ...

May 25, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Being ready

Chief Cliff Couch along with officers of the Great Bend Police Department participated in active shooter training, Thursday at Great Bend High School.

May 25, 2017 | Russ Edem | 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 ...

May 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A new mission

SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE

May 24, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Number of county tax sale properties dwindling

The Count Treasurer's Office is receiving payments for properties included in this year's tax sale and there are currently 66 properties, said County ...

May 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Juvenile Justice budget remains unchanged

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services 2018 fiscal year budget. The $635,847.82 budget includes $33,157 ...

May 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Gas prices stay steady

The average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.13 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's ...

May 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Police letters blame pay for understaffing

Letters to Great Bend City Council members and/or city officials from the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter express concern over staffing shortages within ...

May 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation's fallen warriors and contribute to the ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington MIH lots (finally) going fast

HOISINGTON -- Monday night, board members of the Hoisington Land Bank met to consider three new applicants for lots in the McKenna Meadows subdivision. After advertising ...

May 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington painting program yielding positive results

HOISINGTON -- Dolores Kipper, the city's code enforcement officer, Monday night provided an update to the city council on her efforts to encourage property owners ...

May 22, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


YOU CAN SEE FOR MILES

The sparkling new hilltop scenic overlook tower looms over the griddle-flat Cheyenne Bottoms below. Stretching out into the horizon Monday were the refuge's shimmering ...

May 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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