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GBCF listening tour in Rush County, identifying needs and discussing solutions

Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation will soon host meetings in Rush County for a listening tour and series of community meetings across Rush, Pawnee, Stafford, and Barton counties. The Rush County meetings are scheduled for Thursday, April 21, and will be held at the following locations and times:

April 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New administrators hired at USD 428

The Great Bend USD 428 administrative team will see quite a bit of shuffling this summer as one longtime principal leaves the district, another accepts a new position at the District Education Center and two teachers earn places at the table.

April 11, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Handbook, textbook adoptions approved by Great Bend school board

New handbooks that outline policies for Great Bend USD 428 students, teachers, athletics and activities were approved with little fanfare at Monday's Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Brad Reed noted that, in accordance with board policy, this was the second reading of the handbooks that were introduced at the March board meeting.

April 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drug sweep at GBHS nets arrest

This past Friday, Great Bend Police Officers participated in a drug sweep at the Great Bend High School. This sweep, conducted with and at the request of the school administration, consisted of drug detecting canine teams working with school administrators to "sniff" for drugs in the school building and vehicles parked near the school.

April 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


How much is enough?

Barton County business owners have noticed a surge in burglaries in recent years, and frustration is running high. In 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's report on crimes known to law enforcement, Great Bend was number three in the state of Kansas for number of burglaries per 1,000 residents. Only Pittsburgh and Coffeyville were higher.

April 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


911 dispatchers, abuse and assault prevention efforts honored

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to recognized the unsung heroes of 911 and those on the front lines fighting child abuse and sexual assault.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County ready should Zika come this way

In early March, Kansas reported its first case of the much-talked about Zika virus. Although there has only been on instance thus far, local and state health officials are bracing for the mosquito-borne disease to spread to the Sunflower state.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KWEC event offers fun for everyone

Fly over to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Great Migration Rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 30, for entertainment, prizes and food.

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library fundraiser

Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey, is the featured speaker for the third annual joint fundraising event co-sponsored by Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library. Buchanan's topic for the evening is recent earthquakes in Kansas. Along with the guest speaker, the 6:30 p.m. event includes hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction and will be held on Earth Day Friday April 22, at the Lyons High School Cafeteria. Rex Buchanan grew up near Little River,in Rice County on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey, based ...

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees schedule meeting to discuss personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room F-30 on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold an executive session for discussion of personnel.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge Keeley seeks reelection

District Judge Mike Keeley has announced he will seek reelection for the position of District Judge, Division 3, of the 20th Judicial District. The 20th Judicial District includes Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties.

April 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library offers Book Store sale

Great Bend Public Library's Book Store will observe National Library Week, April 10-16, with a two-for-one sale. This week, patrons can purchase two hardbacks for $3 or two paperbacks for $1.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New books, more at GBPL

Great Bend Public Library added the following titles in March:

April 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:

April 09, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


School board set to approve handbooks

Handbooks for the next school year are on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting. It will start at 5 p.m. Monday at the District Education Center.

April 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Safer signs cropping up around county

Work on the High Risk Rural Roads signing project continues, according to information from Barton County Engineer Barry McManaman presented at the Barton County Commission ...

December 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Mother Nature dampens shootout

When it came to the rain-soaked fourth-annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout, organizers told the Great Bend City Council Monday night that they played the cards ...

December 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 board meets with attorney

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education met behind closed doors for more than two hours Monday evening at the District Education Center. A ...

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 BOE SPECIAL MEETING HELD

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education called a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening for discussion of personnel.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Santa's Workshop

Hundreds of children visited Santa's Workshop, Monday at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Veterans rep to visit Great Bend

A Veterans Service representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p ...

December 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Car hits dead deer in Russell County

RUSSELL COUNTY A dead deer on K-18 caused two vehicles to collide at 5:41 p.m. Sunday on K-18 in Russell County, 3.6 ...

December 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS Debate places 1st

The Great Bend High School debate team competed at the a Gusta High School Invitational Debate Tournament on Saturday. All three teams competed in the ...

December 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


If snow comes, county, KDOT crews ready

Winter may arrive this week, according to the National Weather Service. Patchy snow is likely Wednesday morning, made worse by north winds gusting up to ...

December 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New stop signs to pop up in county

Comments from Barton County residents expressing safety concerns about two rural intersections prompted the County Commission Monday morning to approve the installation of stop signs ...

December 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wetlands wonderland

Fluffy flakes of snow were falling on Cheyenne Bottoms when the Kansas Wetlands Education Center opened its doors Saturday morning, but it only added to ...

December 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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


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