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Lower cost, tasty lunches ahead for USD 431

The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.

June 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Volunteers needed to visit long-term care homes

When LaRea Cravens became a volunteer ombudsman at an assisted-living facility in Barton County, her daughter asked her what that entailed.

June 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Claflin cleans up

Monday, June 8, the Claflin City Council met and agreed to pay the back taxes and write off the cost of demolition of a house located at 304 Albro. The demomolition expense is expected to be $2,000.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Top honors to mean more at Hoisington High School

Being chosen to be the class valedictorian will carry more meaning at Hoisington High School in the coming year, thanks to clarifications made to the honor at a special meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education Wednesday, June 17 at the central office.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


35th Infantry Division Band comes to Great Bend

The Kansas Army National Guard 35 Infantry Division Band will present a free Home Front Concert at the Jack Kilby Square to honor and thank all those who have served our country. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, June, 22.

June 19, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Its harvest time again, and that means extra caution on Kansas roads

Harvest is a busy time for farmers and they use local roads to get in and out of their field driveways. This causes slower traffic along Kansas road ways throughout the state.

June 19, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Great Bend Airfest brings warbird ride opportunities

The Great Bend Airfest is official scheduled for Sept. 18-20. As plans and schedules are being finalized, Great Bend Municipal Airport Manager Martin Miller said early reservation opportunities for those interested in vintage warbird rides during the show. The 2015 Airfest will include 17 different warbirds, and six of these will be offering rides to the public, Miller said. Early booking is available on-line for the B-29 FiFi, the B-25 Miss Mitchell, and the P-51 Gunfighter.

June 19, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


No visible underwear, no altered clothing for Hoisington students

Parents of students attending Hoisington Middle and High Schools take heed. The USD 431 Board of Education met, discussed, and approved amendments to the district's dress policy on Wednesday, June 17. These decisions may have an impact on the back-to-school shopping decisions that are sure to be made in the next few months, and the board hopes to avoid complaints by disgruntled parents upset over spending money on clothing that will not be allowed in the school.

June 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


More than 100 participate in Rosewood’s “Kids Day at the Ranch”

Rosewood Ranch was a happening place Saturday, June 13, as dozens of energetic children were involved in fun ranch activities. The children and their families participated in the fifth annual "Kids Day at the Ranch," presented by Rosewood Services.

June 19, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas Wetlands Center offers summer fun

Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 2 through July 16 and summer day camps held June 26, July 10 and July 20, 22 and 24.

June 19, 2015 | | Local News


Tower bricks available; costs to save building prohibitive

St. Rose Health Center has been getting many requests for bricks that could serve as mementos of the 51-year-old circular towers that are currently being razed.

June 19, 2015 | | Local News


GAINING GROUND

TOPEKA – Veterans Memorial Lake in Great Bend was one of three lakes in Kansas under a warning for toxic blue-green algae, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Thursday afternoon.

June 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Take the Bull by the Horns

Brockel donates longhorns back to Foundation to auction again

June 18, 2015 | | Local News


Out of the Morgue

This week instead of delving into the history of Great Bend, we'll travel a few miles down the road to Pawnee Rock, through the pages of the Pawnee Rock Herald.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


PTSD picture book author visits Hoisington Public Library

Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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BUILDING BLOCKS

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is hosting Play Well TEKnologies, a Lego inspired engineering camp. The camp is designed to help children think creatively and to explore the world of engineering through the use of Legos.

June 30, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Governor updates drought status of Kansas counties

TOPEKA – Recent rains for Kansas have eased drought conditions for many areas, leading Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with an Executive Order.

June 30, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal in Barton County murders

TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.

June 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


​Riley, Park schools get Chromebooks

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.

June 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KDHE immunization program

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful 'Immunize and Win a Prize,' program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.

June 30, 2015 | | Local News


With Meeting in Ellsworth County, Huelskamp Approaches 300 Town Halls

Holyrood, Kan. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) continues the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District. At the American Legion in Holyrood, Kansans turned out to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the negative impacts of the Supreme Court's decisions on Obamacare and marriage, the importance of religious liberty, the Congressman's successful efforts at reforming the VA, and how trade benefits Kansas agriculture.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Drug Enforcement Operation conducted in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.

June 29, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Farmer’s input helps Rep. Huelskamp

By JIM MISUNAS

June 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Great Bend City Council nixes two days of fireworks

In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County announces holiday closings for Friday

Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Bird flu scare prompts county fair changes

For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend July 4 fireworks show planned

The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).

June 28, 2015 | | Local News


Get Outdoors!

One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.

June 28, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


Camp Hope: Kids make memories

Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope | Local News


​Library announces summer events for adults

The following programs will be offered at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., for adults 18 years of age and older (unless otherwise noted).

June 27, 2015 | | Local News


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