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LHS welcomes foreign exchange students

Larned High School will be host to two foreign exchange students for the 2017-2018 school year. Phurideth, or Paul, as he likes to be called, comes from Bangkok, Thailand, and Xu Zhaokun, or Toby, as his American friends call him, hails from Hefei, China. They will be staying with their host parents, Ron and Corrine Wray.

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


Spray family plans donation to BCC

The Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center at Barton Community College is sure to bear that name until at least 2034, and another $25,000 gift from the Sprays may extend the "facilities naming contract" through 2037.

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Algae resurfaces at Vets

Great Bend's Veterans Memorial Lake is again under a toxic blue-green algae warning, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism announced Thursday afternoon. It is one of 11 lakes under a warning and three under a watch.

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Landmark Bancorp victim of $10M in hot checks

MANHATTAN - Manhattan-based Landmark Bancorp, holding company of Landmark National Bank in Great Bend, fell victim to $10.3 million in hot checks, the company disclosed to federal regulators in August.

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Access to GBHS football games, admission fees change

Great Bend High School will play Wichita Northwest in football action at 7 p.m. Friday at GBHS's Memorial Stadium. Admission prices have changed for the first time in over 10 years and will now be $6 for adults and $4 for students for varsity events.

September 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Police Chief Cliff explains resignation

Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch submitted his resignation Wednesday afternoon, a resignation that is effective Oct. 15. He announced the decision in a statement released Thursday morning. Below is the statement in its entirety:

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Cliff Couch resigns as police chief

Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch submitted Wednesday afternoon his resignation effective Oct. 15. The announcement came just a week after he was reinstated following his suspension in July amid the on-going controversy that has engulfed the chief and the city.

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | 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.

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Council OKs Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

ELLINWOOD - A small quorum of three Ellinwood City Council members met Monday night in regular session, and took action on a number of business items. However, all three present, Gaila Demel, Ken Lebbin and Alan Brauer, opted to table action concerning options for payment of a proposed bond and authorizing the resolution for bond sale until a full council can be present. That meeting is tentatively planned for the first week of October, and the city will announce the date through the media as soon as it is set.

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood man killed in Crash

ELLINWOOD - An Ellinwood man died Tuesday after the bicycle he was riding was hit by a pickup around 11 a.m. in the 500 block of East E St., near the Lakin Comanche Cemetery.

September 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Surge in raccoons with distemper seen

Local veterinarians and the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University are joining forces to warn the public to be on the lookout for raccoons, especially those showing up in the daytime, as they could be infected with canine distemper and be a health threat to dogs.

September 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Central Plains Middle Schoolers attend State Fair Spelling Bee

BUSHTON - The 17th Annual Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee was held at the Encampment Building on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Students participating from Central Plains Middle School-Bushton were Natalie Rolfs, Kristi Weeks, Kassidy Nixon, Hannah Ames, Lane Rolfs, Zoe Wimmer, Melissa Donecker and Lauren Oeser. The first part of the competition was a 30-word written exam. While the written exam was being graded the students enjoyed playing Kansas State Fair Trivia. Forty-three 6th-8th grade students competed in the written part of the exam with 25 qualifying for the oral competition. Kassidy, Kristi, Natalie and Lauren qualified for the oral competition ...

September 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves next steps in CDBG application

HOISINGTON -- Mayor Clayton Williamson opened Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting with a hearing about the proposed CDBG Wastewater Application, which could pay for up to half the cost of bringing the city into compliance with EPA regulations and requirements for the city's sewage lagoons and pump station. An administrative order currently exists on the lagoons, which requires the city to make changes to the treatment process and also to remove some sludge from the lagoons. .

September 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 ready to extend Title I status

Great Bend USD 428's five elementary schools are part of Title 1 - a program that provides federal financial assistance to schools with high percentages of children from low-income families. Now the administration will pursue district-wide Title 1 status, extending the program to the middle school and the high school, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Lemonade War'

The lemonade stand set up at Monday's school board meeting was a reminder that soon children throughout Great Bend soon will be reading "The Lemonade War," by Jacqueline Davies.

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Great Bend City Council candidate bios

Candidates for Great Bend Mayor, Great Bend City Council, and USD 428 were invited to participate in a candidates forum Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the ...

October 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pumpkin Piety

First Christian Church at 5230 Broadway Ave. has opened its pumpkin patch.

October 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Candidates for USD 428 BOE spotlighted at forum

Following the closing comments by mayoral candidates who opened the Candidate Forum Tuesday night, League of Women Voters representative Rose Kelly requested candidates for USD ...

October 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 ...

October 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Bentley eligible for parole hearing

Twenty-five years after going to prison for aggravated battery committed in Ellsworth County, Curtis Lee Bentley, 57, is scheduled for a parole hearing in November ...

October 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Reality U

Great Bend Middle School's eighth graders had some tough choices to make Wednesday.

October 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sheriff’s Office plans selective enforcement

On Friday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a selective enforcement in the area of North East 30 Road from U.S. 281 ...

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


BCSO teaches people about crime prevention

Lt. Stephen Billinger of the Barton County Sheriff's Office talked about crime prevention and how people can protect themselves on Wednesday during a Stop ...

October 18, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


FHSU, rural Kansas meeting challenges

The concerns plaguing Fort Hays State University are the same as those plaguing rural Kansas as a whole, FHSU Interim Provost Jeff Briggs said. And ...

October 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Quivira whooping crane program

STAFFORD COUNTY - Cranes will be the featured topic at a special event from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge ...

October 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Gordee running as write-in candidate

Jim Gordee has announced his write-in candidacy for Ward 4 of the Great Bend City Council.

October 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


MAYORAL HOPEFULS

In order to provide Great Bend voters with information to help guide their voting in November, the Great Bend Tribune and the Great Bend chapter ...

October 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rosewood Rodeo highlights ability

Jeremiah McCutchen was just one of more than 40 riders who showed off their skills during the 13th Annual Rosewood Rodeo held Oct. 7 at ...

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


Edgar Allan Poe to speak at Historical Society

As a Halloween treat, Edgar Allan Poe portrayer Mike Westerman will speak at Monday's Barton County Historical Society meeting. The free program is open ...

October 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sonic data breach hits close to home

It was all about a quick lunch at Sonic in Great Bend. That's how Laura Mason became one of millions of Sonic customers nationwide ...

October 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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