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It's time to strike up the GBHS band

Great Bend High School freshmen band members, drum majors and section leaders will meet Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 8-10, in the GBHS Band Room from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC budget hearing is Tuesday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also hold its monthly study session. Topics for discussion include the July financial report, Composite Financial Index (CFI) rating index, City of Great Bend Revitalization Plan, Higher Learning Center presentation, and Corrections programming.

August 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sen. Moran to host Kansas Listening Tour stop in Barton County

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that he will visit Great Bend as part of his Kansas Listening Tour on Thursday, Aug. 10. Area residents are encouraged to attend the meeting from 2-3 p.m. in the meeting room at American Ag Credit, 5634 10th St., and share feedback with Sen. Moran on the critical issues facing Kansas and the nation.

August 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Couch: Be respectful at meeting

A large crowd is expected to attend the Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting at the Great Bend Events Center, but suspended Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch is urging for calm.

August 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Summer Jam: Right place, right time

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series on the Summer Jam music festival that took place in Great Bend in August 1978.

August 03, 2017 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


KASB rep touts 'new day' for Kansas ed

A new school year is just around the corner, with a new formula to fund Kansas schools and a plan to redesign Kansas education. In fact, "It's a new day for Kansas education," a Kansas Association of School Boards representative said Thursday.

August 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPD study to look at wages, morale

It was during a special Great Bend City Council meeting June 29 that Police Chief Cliff Couch leveled accusations of unethical behavior within city government. Following four executive sessions totalling two hours and 45 minutes, the council approved contracting with an outside party to do a compensation and management study of the Great Bend Police Department.

August 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas begins offering federally compliant ID

TOPEKA - Kansas has a new driver's license design, specifically formatted to comply with approaching federal ID requirements for airport security purposes, three years early.

August 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Council changes venue for meeting

The Monday Great Bend City Council meeting will be moved to the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th St., to accommodate an anticipated larger-than normal crowd in light of the controversy involving Police Chief Cliff Couch and the council, city officials announced Thursday afternoon. It will start at 7:30 p.m.

August 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fourth suspect caught in Hoisington

Eric Peters, 37, the fourth suspect connected to a search warrant executed at 306 Garfield St. in Olmitz on Monday, was caught by the Barton County Sheriff's Department in Hoisington on Tuesday.

August 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Big crowd expected at council meeting

The Great Bend City Council's regular meeting Monday evening looms large as the community grows increasingly polarized over the city's standoff with Police Chief Cliff Couch and the chief's July 24 suspension, an action that has prompted many residents to consider attending the meeting en masse.

August 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


HELPING HANDS

HOISINGTON - Tuesday morning marked the second day of a community playground build at Hoisington's new Lincoln Elementary School. While USD 431 will save $15,000 in labor, the real winners are the people pitching in, excited to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the educational history of their town.

August 02, 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 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.

August 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Zoo News: Photos of Sunny's new toy

Photos were taken Aug. 2, 2017

August 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Camp Hope is back

CAMP ALDRICH - Nine-year-old Bailey Thompson from Mulvane caught four little fish Tuesday morning before landing a "whopper," with the help of a Camp Hope volunteer.

June 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo promotes Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is an initiative that started in Australia that is now taking hold in the US and largely being promoted by zoos across ...

June 20, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Run-down house deemed unsafe

Indeed, the small, white ramshackle house at 819 Adams is an eyesore and potentially dangerous, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

June 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City audit report a good one

It was welcome news for the Great Bend City Council Monday night as Vickie Dreiling of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball presented the city's ...

June 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


The garden is a labor of live

Oh Oh. It's that time again. Fred has planted THE annual garden. I have helped very little. It's his project.

June 20, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local News


Waterline project ahead of schedule

Sure, the ongoing Great Bend waterline replacement project seems to be dragging on, leaving gaping holes in streets and snarling traffic. But, the City Council ...

June 19, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission backs recycling efforts

Barton County's recycling efforts and the need to extend the County Landfill's lifespan were on the minds of Barton County commissioners Monday morning.

June 19, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Women for Kansas to show documentary

The documentary, "Merchants of Doubt," will be shown during the Women for Kansas Barton County Chapter at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at ...

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Long days of harvest in full swing

Wheat harvest is underway in Barton and Pawnee counties with reports of average bushels being harvested.

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Musical petting zoo planned

On Thursday, the Great Bend City Band in conjunction with A440 and the Great Bend Public Library, will co-host an "Instrument Petting Zoo."

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Plains State Bank to host weekly Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Plains State Bank, 800 Coolidge Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

June 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Another Bailey

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Police Sgt. Chance Bailey attended the Ellinwood City Council meeting on June 12, where, following a 10 minute executive session, he was recommended ...

June 19, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Marking historical roots

Great Bend Rotarian Pat Cale told the City Council Monday night the unique but stately 70-plus-year-old ginkgo tree at the north end of the Barton ...

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sheriff’s Office watching intersection north of Great Bend

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told the Barton County Commission Monday morning his deputies have been running selective enforcement at the North Washington/30 Road ...

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A dose of reality

It's been a bitter pill to swallow, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told county commissioners Monday morning.

June 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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