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2017 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest winners listed

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center announced the winners of the 2017 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest. Nearly 400 second graders completed a coloring sheet featuring Red-Eared Sliders, one of several turtle species commonly found at Cheyenne Bottoms.

February 03, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


High court upholds Gleason death sentence

TOPEKA - A divided Kansas Supreme Court Friday upheld by a vote of 4-3 the death sentence of Sidney J. Gleason in a capital murder case involving a 2004 double homicide in Barton County.

February 03, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Former coach Kaiser formally charged

A criminal complaint charging former Great Bend High School track coach Todd Eric Kaiser with one count of sexual exploitation of a child was filed Thursday, Feb. 2, in Barton County District Court. The defendant was arrested June 6, 2016, and posted a $50,000 surety bond, which remains in effect.

February 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tribune attends KPA day at Capitol

TOPEKA - The Kansas Press Association Day at the Legislature fell on Thursday. Organized by KPA leadership, it provides newspaper editors and publishers an opportunity to travel to Topeka, network with, and meet en masse with legislators. Thursday, Great Bend Tribune Publisher Mary Hoisington and Managing Editor Dale Hogg were among the 50 members in attendance.

February 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LOVE TO SHARE

When Jadisyn Andrasek, 8, overheard her grandmother talking to a friend about the Box of Love promotion sponsored by the United Way of Central Kansas, she wanted to help. She thought for a moment, and decided she could share a nice Valentine note to be put in each of the packages. Using the pages from the friend's heart-shaped notepad, Jadisyn went to work on the project, and wrote 80 Valentine's greetings. She also attached a sweet treat to each one. Her sister, Jaizley, 7, wanted to help too, so Grandma bought her a package of Valentines also, which ...

February 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


KDOT announces approved January bids

The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Jan. 18 in Topeka. Some of the bids may include multiple projects that have been bundled based on proximity and type of work.

February 02, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


FROM THE DOME TO HOME

RUSSELL - Kansas celebrated its 156th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Kansas House of Representatives celebrated Kansas Day this past Monday on Jan. 30 and recognized Robert Bergen, artist and creator of the 22 foot bronze Kansa warrior statue on top of the statehouse dome and the filming crew for the documentary film, "Home on the Range." In addition to the activities on the House floor, there were opportunities to view the "Home on the Range" at the Capitol. Kansas entered the Union as the 34th state on Jan. 29, 1861.

February 02, 2017 | BY TROY L. WAYMASTER, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 109TH KANSAS HOUSE | Local News


Kaiser charged in Barton County

On Thursday, Feb. 2, a complaint was filed with Barton County District Court charging Todd Eric Kaiser with one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The defendant was previously arrested and posted a $50,000 surety bond, which remains in effect. A first appearance is expected to be scheduled on March 6.

February 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Promise seen in new juvenile justice approach

February marks the first year of the implementation for a new approach to juvenile justice in Southeast Kansas, and state and local officials say it will now be expanded to address juvenile offenders statewide.

February 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Two from Great Bend charged in Larned robbery

LARNED - Justin Miler, 25 of Great Bend, appeared in custody Wednesday morning before Pawnee County Magistrate Judge Julie Cowell. Judge Cowell advised the defendant he is charged with aggravated robbery, a severity level 3 person felony.

February 02, 2017 | 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 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.

February 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Zoo news: A Bough for Bonnie the Black Bear

Bonnie, the Black Bear at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, received a new piece of furniture Monday when DJ's Tree Service delivered the remains of a huge maple tree. Because the City of Great Bend does not own a crane, Stone Sand Company donated use of the crane that lifted the hollow tree trunk over the fence and dropped it into the exhibit.

February 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Scouts make oodles of noodles

Boy Scouts Pack 184 and Troop 184 are getting ready to serve some hot soup to the community this coming Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Elks Lodge, 12th and Kansas Ave., Great Bend. Serving will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

February 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


American Legion announces February events

Great Bend's American Legion Post 180 will offer an early Valentine's Day dinner and dance on Feb. 11, and a benefit soup supper for the American Legion Baseball program on Feb. 13, according to Marianne Krallman with the American Legion Auxiliary.

February 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fatality crash reported near Kinsley

EDWARDS COUNTY - Kansas Highway Patrol reports a fatality accident that occurred at 12:23 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 50 at 80th Ave. in Edwards County, 1 mile west of Kinsley.

February 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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GBRC approves phone proposal

The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors met on Monday and approved the request for proposal to replace its telephone system.

December 12, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


BCSO issues three search warrants

The Barton County Sheriff's Office issued three search warrants over the course of this past weekend where officers were looking for evidence of a ...

December 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New city council members learn the ropes

Although they won't officially be a part of the City of Great Bend governing body until January, the meeting Monday afternoon was a chance ...

December 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Architect agreement moves forward

Great Bend USD 428 will spend nearly $65,000 to repair the track around Memorial Stadium and to add new life to the artificial turf ...

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fatal crash in Rush Co.

A Hays man died in a one-vehicle crash discovered early Sunday in Rush County, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports. Darin Alan Stiles, 51, was pronounced ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


F.O.P. SHOPPING SPREE

Everyone looks forward to a day off, especially on an unseasonably warm Saturday in December. While many were home, watching football, catching up on outdoor ...

December 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff enters ‘not guilty’ plea to misdemeanor

Friday's court appearance for Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir was canceled after his attorney entered a plea of not guilty to the misdemeanor charge ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Track repair, PAC fans on school board agenda

Details for bids on the Great Bend High School track repair will be presented to the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education when it ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rec commission phones on board agenda

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's Board of Directors will consider a "phone system request for proposal" when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Circles of Central Kansas fights poverty

Circles of Central Kansas hosted its first community event, "Poverty Paradigm Experience," on Thursday at the Heartland Community Church in Great Bend. The program was ...

December 08, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Bailey picked as acting GBPD chief

Great Bend Police Department Lt. David Bailey has been named interim Chief for the GBPD, effective Monday, Mayor Mike Allison and Interim City Administrator George ...

December 08, 2017 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Orientation for new elected city officials set

Great Bend City Clerk Shawna Schafer and Interim City Administrator George Kolb announced Friday an orientation meeting for newly elected city officials, including mayor and ...

December 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Vespers Concert is Sunday

The A Cappella Choir will be 65 voices strong when students take the stage Sunday at the Great Bend High School Auditorium. But the choir ...

December 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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