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Jefferson School Pie in the Face contest

Jefferson school won the Pie in the Face contest for best USD 428 payroll participation for United Way of Central Kansas for the second year in a row. Mr. Brad Reed, USD 428 Superintendent and Mr. Art Baker, Jefferson School Principal receive a pie in the face at a school assembly. Paige Stegman was the school representative and led the charge. Art Baker, school principal was also a positive force in the Jefferson win. "We believe in United Way of Central Kansas and the community and are willing to do anything for the cause." said USD #428 Superintendent Brad Reed.

May 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior Volunteers recognized for community service

Senior Companions Juanita Lumpkins of Great Bend and Judi Welch of Larned, and Foster Grandparent volunteer, Hubert Brown of Olmitz were honored for their service to individuals in the community at the Senior Corps In-service meeting held in Great Bend on May 19th. Lumpkins has served 12 years with the program, Welch four years and Brown has been a Foster Grandpa for eight years.

May 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Park visitors asked to leave firewood at home

Headed to one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' lakes for the upcoming holiday weekend? David Hoover, a Conservation Biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District is asking park visitors to leave their firewood at home.

May 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Mental Heath Awareness Day teaches ‘no stigma’

A bounce house and a beanbag toss, face painting and free popcorn were all part of the carnival atmosphere Friday in the parking lot at The Center for Counseling and Consultation in Great Bend. The event was Mental Health Awareness Day.

May 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Experts hope mental health kiosks can save lives

In the future, central Kansas residents may be able to check their mental health as easily as they can now check their blood pressure while visiting the pharmacy at a big-box store.

May 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Claflin announces summer reading program

CLAFLIN - The Claflin Independent Township Library invites all children, preschool through 6th grade, to attend the Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is, "On Your Mark, Get Set - READ."

May 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC to revisit overtime rule

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime laws when the board meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board first looked at the issue in February. The final rule has been issued and takes effect on Dec. 1; it applies to salaried employees with "exempt" status, raising their minimum salary levels. Barton's solution would probably be a mix of increasing some salaries, moving some employees to hourly and redefining positions.

May 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Email scam on County Commission agenda

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a discussion about the Treasurer's Office and the email scam, a supplemental agreement for the High Risk Rural Roads program and a gas line that is interfering with a bridge project east of Great Bend.

May 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Perfect attendance celebrated at USD 428

USD 428 elementary schools celebrated the end of the 2015-2016 school year last week, each in their own unique ways. They promoted kindergarten students and sixth graders, recognized good citizenship and good grades, and students who had near perfect and perfect attendance were given special recognition. School administrators, representatives from Barton Community College, and a group of 34 patron donors made sure the students who strove all year to make it to school on time understood how proud they should be for showing that level of dedication to their education.

May 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Library Holiday and Summer hours announced

Beginning May 23, the Ellinwood School Community Library will be open 9-7, M-Th, 9-4 on Friday

May 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thank You

Everyone makes sacrifices throughout their lives, but some take this a step further.

May 20, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Hoisington City Council meeting Monday

The Hoisington City Council will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Hoisington Municipal Building. The agenda includes the consideration of an ordinance to rezone property from R-1 to C-2, comments from citizens concerned about duplex construction on Fourth and Maple, and continued discussion of a proposed blight partnership program.

May 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


COURAGE, STRENGTH AND HONOR

Raising awareness comes in many forms, but two veterans have taken it to the next level. Michael Priddy and David Allison are riding their bikes across the nation to raise awareness for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs and for veterans that are suffering with post traumatic stress disorder.

May 19, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Money spent on early education services saves tax dollars

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of two stories about data on Harvard University's website regarding research into early childhood development.

May 19, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Former curator recognized for many years of service

People's jobs become part of their fiber and this is no different for Dean Weis. Weis worked in the oil and gas fields for many years and was the curator of the Kansas Oil and Gas museum for 11 years, retiring from this position in December of 2015.

May 19, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


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November Marriage and Divorce filings

Marriage Licenses

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Deck the Halls safely this holiday season

As the holidays approach, Great Bend residents are becoming increasingly excited about adorning their homes for the season. However, these decorations, as beautiful as they ...

December 03, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department awarded grant funding

The Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $5,992 grant through the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program administered by the Office ...

December 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


OPEC deal could trigger gas price hikes

It came just in time for the holiday driving season.

December 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ks Oil & Gas Museum has holiday wish list

Children aren't the only ones making Christmas wish lists for Santa. The Kansas Oil and Gas Hall of Fame and Museum staff have a ...

December 01, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Tree of Life benefits hospice patients at Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice

While the Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed ...

December 01, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Holiday hiring strong statewide, nationwide

TOPEKA – With the holiday seasonal hiring leading the way, Kansas' October seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, the same rate that was reported ...

December 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


‘Santas Around The World’ exhibit open through Dec. 23

This time of year, a question usually arises about the 'Santas Around The World' exhibit located in downtown Great Bend. Are there 23 or 24 ...

December 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission, council to meet Monday

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

December 01, 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 ...

December 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CLAFLIN TRADITION GROWING

CLAFLIN - Preparations have begun in Claflin for the town's annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival Sunday, Dec. 4. Different this year will be ...

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sen. Moran's office has tickets to Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will be offering a limited number of tickets to Kansans for the inauguration ceremony of the 45th President ...

November 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Spotlight in garage starts fire

A double-car detached garage sustained an estimated $8,000 in damage Wednesday after a fire broke out at 64 NE 21 Road.

November 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board to tour bus barn

Members of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education plan to tour the district bus barn at 12th and Williams St. at noon Tuesday ...

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: New species arrives at zoo

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo continues to work with the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums on species preservation and quality care. Although the ...

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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