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PVCH strives to make Pawnee County ‘Heart Safe’

LARNED - Pawnee Valley Community Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Department has been busy over the last few months educating our community members on Hands Only CPR/AED's. The CPR education that the department administered has one goal - to make Pawnee County a Heart Safe Community.

April 01, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Of the two holiday traditions that involve small children dressing up and going out into the community, some sort of handled container in hand, with hopeful anticipation of bringing it home filled with candy, Easter is the swiftest. And reporters for local newspapers are drawn to the photo opportunities these Easter egg hunts provide as well.

March 31, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Follow up on Rankin, dismissal of charges

On Feb. 20, the Great Bend Tribune story, "Social media conduct questioned over Rankin report," delved into informal charges Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor leveled against employees of the Barton County Sheriff's Department regarding two posts and "likes" from other department employees on Facebook. The posts at issue claimed Mellor and Assistant County Attorney Doug Matthews assessed blame to Great Bend Police Department Lt. Heather Davis Smith for actions ordered in the state versus Jeffrey Rankin case.

March 31, 2018 | Veronica Coons | 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.

March 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Teachers receive poverty training

As the number of Great Bend children in low-income homes increases, educators are spending more time on poverty training. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Kim Wilson said that is one of the goals set by his Building Leadership Team last summer and the efforts will continue.

March 30, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


ELLINWOOD - Quarterly parties for students who reach their Accelerated Reader goals proves learning to read can be fun. Students in grades two through four celebrated their latest AR goals by taking part in several "minute to win it" games organized by librarians Amy Hammeke, Jean Garner, grade school library assistant Kala Robl and library substitute Lindell Redington.

March 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Teachers report 'light bulb' moments

A sixth grader at Jefferson Elementary School who was struggling with reading at the start of the school year got extra help, which has made a world of difference, English Language Arts coach Natalie DeForest told the school board Thursday. It was another example of how frequent testing and prompt interventions help teachers target what students need to work on.

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Garden City man pleads in kidnapping of teen

LARNED – On Thursday morning in Pawnee County District Court, Anthony Riojas, 22, of Garden City, waived his preliminary hearing and entered a no-contest plea to kidnapping and battery in connection to a 2017 kidnapping of a Garden City teen. He was originally charged with a single count of aggravated kidnapping. According to Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett, the charges stem from a missing teenager report from Garden City on Dec. 21, 2017. Riojas had been reported by the teenager's family as a suspect in the girl's disappearance.

March 29, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


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

March 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


ALBERT - Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller is looking forward to being able to offer his firefighters another level of safety when filling air bottles at the station, thanks to the turnout at the 29th Annual Albert Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Feed and Raffle that happened Saturday, March 24.

March 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Dates set for kindergarten roundup

Dates have been set for Great Bend USD 428's kindergarten roundup. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 and are planning to attend local schools in the fall.

March 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Helping Hands Preschool has openings

Helping Hands Preschool has peer mentor openings for the 2018-19 school year, according to Michelle Cape, program coordinator for Early Childhood Special Education.

March 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Harvesting fur

While farmers harvest grain, Calvin "Trapper" Calp harvests fur. The owner of Calp's Fur and Root in Hoisington has been a fur dealer for six decades after learning to trap at an early age.

March 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Next HazMat offering starts in April

The image that comes to mind for hazardous materials might be a broken barrel with radioactive glowing green goo coming out of it, but the reality is hazardous materials can be household chemicals; they are everywhere and can pose a threat to the public's safety and health if a container is breached or if materials are not handled according to regulations.

March 28, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News

Hoisington City Council approves request for TGT funds

HOISINGTON - Hoisington Mayor Dalton Popp brought the Monday night city council meeting Monday night to order, following a brief opportunity for council members to examine a prototype for new metal art displays that the city's power plant staff have been developing. It's one way the city is helping the Hoisington Main Street organization to solve the problem of how to better protect the city's iconic metal art currently displayed on utility poles along Main Street. A request from that organization for $5,000 from the Transient Guest Tax fund to go toward the project was part of ...

March 28, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Originals: BCC Theatre hosts play series

Barton Theatre Director Dr. Rick Abel premiered the Original Play Series at Barton last year, and in light of its success, he is bringing it ...

April 22, 2018 | By Micha Oelze Barton Community College | Local News

Ellinwood city council approves Splash Pad addition

ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting in April, a representative from the Ellinwood Rotary Club, Rosie Joiner, shared specifications for a covered patio the ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Darcy Feist, a fifth grade student in Joan Henning's class at Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend, can do something that makes many ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

BCC music students to present recital

Barton Community College will present a student recital at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Schools adopt technology literacy standards

Basic education in the 21st Century goes far beyond the ABC's. At the April school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 technology coaches presented ...

April 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Camps offer free entrance May 5

PRATT - Kansas weather will get better, we promise. And after the past several months we've endured, we understand why those who crave outdoor experiences ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCYP provides funds and seeks to further community wellness efforts

The Flatlander Half Marathon, which started as a grassroots effort in 2015 to promote healthy and active lifestyles in the community, has quickly become a ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting to be held Tuesday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

New Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group is forming and those who missed the April 19 orientation will have another chance to attend on Thursday ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Argonne Forest re-dedication set

The Great Bend Tree Board will celebrate National Arbor Day and the 100th anniversary of the World War I Argonne Forest Battle in France with ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

JobFest connects workers, companies

The 11th-annual Central Kansas JobFest brought a crowd to the Great Bend Events Center on Thursday, as businesses announced job openings and prospective employees gathered ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


LARNED - Jacque Wasinger is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Larned High School. Four years ago, she began organizing mock interviews for students in ...

April 19, 2018 | PHOTOS BY JANET FLESKE | Local News

Great Bend Airfest highlights of Kansas Air Tour

The Great Bend Municipal Airport and Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday this year's partnership building this year's Kansas Air Tour around the ...

April 19, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Traffic stop turns up drugs, gun

Great Bend Police Officer Joel Hamlin initiated a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday in the 1000 block of Heizer St. With ...

April 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Vacation time opens doors for thieves

A relaxing vacation away from home is something many people look forward to – including thieves targeting homes for a crime of opportunity.

April 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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