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USD 428 parents make transition to online enrollment

The first day of walk-in enrollment for Great Bend High School saw shorter lines than previous years. Principal Tim Fries said many parents had already enrolled their students from home, online.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Trumpeter Swan hatches at Great Bend zoo

There were two Trumpeter Swans at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo until recently. Now there are three.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces summer grant recipients

The end of another very competitive grant cycle has come, bringing with it 16 applications and over $31,689 in grant application requests. Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the July competitive grant cycle and awarded 16 charitable organizations a combined total of $10,271. Awards were granted to programs and projects within Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford Counties.

August 05, 2015 | | Local News


Barton County Medical Society makes donation to the Sr. Mary Ann Klein, OP Nursing Endowment at the

Barton County Medical Society recently made a donation to the Sr. Mary Ann Klein, OP Nursing Endowment at the Golden Belt Community Foundation. The endowment was started by Barton Community College Foundation and the former St. Rose Foundation to provide funding and support for the recruitment, retention, and training of health professionals and health educators, including opportunities for scholarships, equipment for training and continuing education. In the past this endowment supported the purchase of an additional SimPad controller at Barton Community College to aid in the training of new nurses.

August 05, 2015 | | Local News


​Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists to hold program in inflatable planetarium

An inflatable planetarium from Fort Hays State University will be set up at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center for a preview of the 2015 Perseids Meteor Shower. The free program will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the KWEC on K-156.

August 04, 2015 | | Local News


Think safety first

A new academic year is upon us and saftey should be on everyone's mind.

August 04, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Great Bend community urged to be safe this academic year

Back to school is upon us, with this brings flashing yellow lights around town. It also means drivers need to be aware of students crossing the streets in those designated school zones.

August 04, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


City retires street improvement bond

One of the bills approved by the Great Bend City Council Monday night was a pretty big deal. It was the final payment on a bond approved a decade ago for street repairs.

August 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Asphalt overlay on K-96 Highway in western Barton County

Starting around Monday, Aug. 10, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt roadway surface recycle and overlay project on K-96 Highway in Barton County, from the Rush/Barton County line then continuing east 13.63 miles to the west city limits of Great Bend. The purpose of this asphalt roadway surface recycle and overlay project is to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

August 04, 2015 | | Local News


City receives ‘clean’ audit

Members of the Great Bend City Council's Administrative Committee heard some good news Monday night when they learned "clean" or "unqualified opinion" on the city's 2014 audit.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City receives final Bushnell funds for park improvements

The Great Bend City Council Monday night accepted a Barbara Bushnell Memorial Fund presentation from Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director Christy Tustin. This payment is the final of five annual grants from the fund and will provide money for improvements to Veterans Memorial Park and Brit Spaugh Park.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tot Spot coming to life at Brit Spaugh

Passersby may have noticed some new bright and colorful playground equipment springing up north of the Wetlands at Great Bend Aquatic Center. It is all part of the Tot Spot, a joint project between Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


SWKAAA to offer insurance advice for seniors

The SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging will hold an informational meeting about what one can expect and what to do before they turn 65 in regards to insurance from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. in Great Bend.

August 03, 2015 | | Local News


Commission OKs contract for K-4 overlook

Construction on the long-awaited K-4 Cheyenne Bottoms Overlook Improvement Project will begin late next spring or early next summer, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Paranormal investigators will visit St. John Wednesday

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August 03, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


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Weekend cruises, races to success

This past weekend's cruise night and Horsepower on the Plains was a roaring success, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council ...

May 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Treasurer’s Office falls for email scam

The Barton County Treasurer's Office wired $48,600 to a bank in Georgia in what was probably a scam, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir ...

May 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Panther Band honors musicians

May 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Government commodities to be distributed

United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m., Monday, May 23, at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office ...

May 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Play ball: Family enjoys baseball history

While Great Bend's Gary Pinkall is warming up his arm, his son, Bryan, will warm up his Grammy Award-winning voice.

May 17, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Library director reacts to City reaction

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems told the GBPL board he'd left his leather motorcycle jacket at home for Monday's meeting, an ...

May 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


ANTICIPATION

The latest graduates of the Barton County Academy walked across the stage Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend, with dozens of friends ...

May 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Claflin city council approves purchase of police vehicle

The Claflin City Council met Monday, May 9, at the city building. City Clerk Patricia Schmidt submitted minutes from the meeting. At the meeting, the ...

May 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sidewalk art winners

Barton Community College has announced the winners of its Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. The winners are Adreinne Danner, Natalie Espino and Fernando Rojas.

May 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grill Guy

Great Bend woodcarver Barry Bowers competed in the Wichita carving show this past weekend. He won a first place ribbon for his Grill Guy carving ...

May 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Viewing tower being reviewed

When the bids came back for the much-anticipated Cheyenne Bottoms scenic overlook east of Hoisington on K-4, state and local officials were a little shocked ...

May 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington EMS to hold open house Thursday

Red is usually the color of choice for fire trucks, catching the eye and delivering the universal message - an emergency is at hand. But coming ...

May 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Order up

Making the proposed Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers closer to a reality in Great Bend, the City Council Monday night approved a rezoning request ...

May 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City proceeds with Amber Meadows replat

The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign an engineering services agreement with Wichita-based Professional Engineering Consultants for the replatting ...

May 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


School board meets with attorneys

Great Bend USD 428's Board of Education met with the school district's attorneys Monday. The special meeting started at noon at the District ...

May 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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