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Great Bend Tribune earns Awards of Excellence

The Great Bend Tribune's news and advertising staff earned a total of 49 awards, including 16 first-place awards, in the Kansas Press Association's 2017 Awards of Excellence contest.

April 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ed Foundation rewards big ideas

It was a fun-filled day and a half for USD 428 Education Foundation board members as they traveled to every school in the district handing out money to deserving teachers.

April 08, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Barton Community College to close for Easter break

Barton Community College will be closed on Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17 for Easter break. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Art Gallery will also be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 18.

April 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Local schools ready for new K-12 English standards

The Kansas State Department of Education is proposing revisions to the current College and Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts. Area residents are invited to learn more and offer feedback at a public meeting next month in Great Bend.

April 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Loving named Teacher of the Year

Amanda Loving, Riley School second-grade teacher, has been selected as the USD 428 Teacher of the Year for the upcoming school year. She will now advance to the Kansas Teacher of the Year competition.

April 07, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Roofing bid on school board agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will approve a bid for roofing at Great Bend High School when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. Other items on the agenda include recognition of the district's Teacher of the Year candidate; recognition of GBHS Future Business Leaders of America who earned awards at state competition; first reading of 2017-2018 handbooks for teachers and students, and approval of a bid for asbestos abatement and HVAC at the Field House.

April 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Free summer camp available for kids with cancer

Registration is now open for Camp Hope, a summer camp for youth who have, or have had, cancer. It takes place each June at Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich near Claflin.

April 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The Passion & the Resurrection

Hoisington artist Mary "Monne'" Nicholson's Easter-themed paintings are on display at the Great Bend Public Library. Nicholson said the works are from two exhibits, "The Passion of Christ" and "He is Risen." The paintings will be up until April 17.

April 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stunt skater flips over GBMS principal

It was a stunt. But it was an impressive stunt. Jaren "The Monster" Grob somehow talked Great Bend Middle School Principal David Reiser into taking one for the team. The inline skater flew upside down over Reiser and literally gave him a high to the delight of a gym full of middle-school students.

April 06, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Horse trainer featured at Farm & Ranch Expo

Horse trainer JD Wing's demonstrations are drawing crowds at the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo, which continues Friday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend.

April 06, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Annual Wine Tasting event for Catholic Charities

Want to learn more about wine, but not sure about where to start? One option is to purchase a hundred bottles of wine, invite some friends over and start sipping away in the privacy of your home.

April 06, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


GBMS plans EXciting EXploratory EXpo

For the first time ever, Great Bend Middle School is hosting a spring expo. The show displaying student work from exploratory classes is set for 5-7 p.m. April 24 at the middle school, 1919 Harrison St.

April 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Lincoln school completion date nears

HOISINGTON - The new Lincoln Elementary School in Hoisington is nearing completion. Construction is expected to be finished by May 18 and teachers will begin to move into their new classrooms.

April 06, 2017 | By Ray Strunk Special to the Tribune | 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: Proclamations for National Public Safety Communications Officers Week, Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month; and road maintenance and sand sealing at the Barton County Landfill.

April 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Former GBHS coach pleads 'no contest' on sex charge

Former Great Bend High School track coach Todd Eric Kaiser Thursday morning entered a plea of no contest on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child. Sentencing has been set for 9 a.m. June 23 in Barton Count District Court.

April 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Articles by Section - Local News


War and murder in 1898

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 ...

April 18, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Possible suicide attempt leads to vehicle chase

A possible suicide attempt in rural Barton County Wednesday afternoon led law enforcement officials, along with emergency medical service crews, on a vehicle chase through ...

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rail crossing to close

The rail crossing on 17th Street Terrace, just west of McKinley Street, will be closed from May 1 to approximately May 5 for repairs.

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Hipp running for District Judge

Carey Hipp has announced her intention to run for District Judge in the 20th Judicial District. The district includes Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford ...

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Making History

HOISINGTON - When Hoisington Historical Society President Lon Palmer and recently retired Hoisington Public Library Director Chris Rippel proposed an oral history project to teachers at ...

April 17, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Water, sewer billing explained

Many Great Bend residents don't understand how the city bills for water and sewer usage, an issue officials hope to address with a new ...

April 17, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


House damaged by fire had to be demolished

A house ravaged by fire at 2506 Gano last Thursday night was damaged so badly it was declared an unsafe structure and razed by city ...

April 17, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fatal crash in Barton County

Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal motor-vehicle crash at 12:09 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of N. Washington Ave ...

April 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Standoff leads to arrest

A standoff between Great Bend Police officers and a Great Bend man ended peacefully last Friday evening.

April 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Congressman Marshall shares feedback on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the nation recognizes the worst day of the year: 'Tax Day.' Luckily, this is the last time Americans will file their ...

April 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Second time not a charm

Monday night, the Great Bend City Council again voted on a charter ordinance setting term limits for council members and for the mayor. Again, it ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New crossing coming to country intersection

Fuzzy Brewer Corner will get a new railroad crossing after action by the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hathcock’s title changes to county administrator

Following the resignation of long-time County Administrator Richard Boeckman, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock was named county operations director in May 2017 to help ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sheriff breaks silence on charges against him

In an emotional impromptu statement to Barton County commissioners Monday morning, Sheriff Brian Bellendir broke his silence on charges leveled against him, calling them politically ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Judge revokes Hirsh’s parole

Since he did not complete a batterer's intervention program as required under his post-release agreement, former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Darrin Hirsh's parole ...

April 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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