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Don’t drive drowsy

The most in-depth drowsy driving research ever conducted in the U.S. using footage of everyday drivers found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

February 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fatality crash in Edwards County

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a fatality crash at 9:05 p.m. on Thursday in the 800 block of Colony Street in the city limits of Kinsley.

February 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Flexible learning styles

All kids have the wiggles even when they are trying to sit still. Instead of fighting that tendency, Priscilla Rose, fourth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School, is making peace with it.

February 09, 2018 | By Jennifer Schartz Great Bend USD 438 | Local News


Senator Roberts: Bipartisan Budget Act Avoids Shutdown; Funds Key Priorities for Nation

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today said the Bipartisan Budget Act avoids a government shutdown, boosts funding for the military, contains disaster assistance for states hard hit by natural disasters, improves livestock disaster programs and contains several important healthcare provisions.

February 09, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Floor repairs on county agenda

The Barton County Commission will discuss repairs to the Barton County Office Building at 12th and Kansas when it meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse.

February 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop Coming

The Pilot Club of Great Bend is sponsoring an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Workshop set for Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Barton Community College in the Fine Arts building in Great Bend. The event is open to the public. Teachers and families in Kansas, and especially western Kansas, affected by autism are encouraged to attend.

February 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Retiring Fort Riley Soldier uses OSHA classes at Barton Community College to transition to civilian

The transition to civilian life can be a drastic and stressful adjustment for Soldiers, but when Sgt. 1stClass Craig Jacobs walks into a Barton Community College classroom at the college's Grandview Plaza Campus, he brings with him an air of lightheartedness, despite his looming last-day in the military of April 30.

February 09, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News


School calendars on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will vote on school calendars for the next two years when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road.

February 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 monitors sickness levels at school

There is no denying that there is a lot of illness going around.

February 08, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Larned Council mulls Topeka trip

LARNED - City Councilman Kim Barnes voiced his concern Monday night over feedback he has received from the community concerning recent reports that legislators in the eastern half of the state are interested in changing the protocols for evaluating mentally ill patients, and what that could mean for Larned State Hospital. He wanted to gauge interest in forming a delegation of representatives from Larned to travel to Topeka and visit with legislators there to let them know how important the hospital is to Pawnee County.

February 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Completed tech project is ooh la la

It is one thing to ask students to think outside the box. It is quite another to ask them to build outside the box – way outside, like another country.

February 08, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


New faces at GBFD

There are new faces at the Great Bend Fire Department, where four open positions were recently filled. The new firefighters are Elisabeth Mohler, Great Bend's first female firefighter; Grant Peevyhouse, Preston Landers and Andrew Davis.

February 08, 2018 | Russ Edem | 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 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Jail, 911 see a lot of traffic in 2017

Editor's note: At Monday morning's Barton County Commission meeting, Operations Director Phil Hathcock presented a summary of departmental activities for 2017. This is the first of two articles outlining these. Part two will appear in Friday's Great Bend Tribune.

February 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Split council OKs social media policy

A revised social media policy and a brand-new whistle-blower policy for Great Bend city employees gained preliminary approval from a divided City Council Monday night. Final approval will be on the agenda when the council meets next Feb. 19.

February 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Marmie Auto Group acquires Dove dealership

Late last year, the owners of Marmie Ford and Marmie Motors in Great Bend had the opportunity to expand their enterprise by purchasing the Doonan ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Courthouse structural study nearly done

With the Barton County Courthouse turning 100 years old this year, the first steps in determining how to restore the aging building are underway.

February 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


2017 a busy weather year in Barton County

Barton County and central Kansas were no strangers to nasty weather last year. Now, with the beginning of this year's severe weather season looming ...

February 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Jefferson Jets

Great Bend USD 428 photos from Jefferson Elementary School.

February 15, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fun in the Sun

The My Backyard Playground outside the GBRC Activity Center was a busy place Thursday after children were dismissed from school early and temperatures reached the ...

February 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior judge assigned to Bellendir case

Senior Judge Edward Bouker from Hays has been assigned to preside over the misdemeanor case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, which is pending in ...

February 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fort Larned has a new brochure

Fort Larned National Historic Site recently received a shipment of new brochures to hand out at the visitor center.

February 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton nursing program sees renewed success

The 2015-2016 academic year was a turning point for the nursing program at Barton Community College. Gary Burke recalls being a fairly new college trustee ...

February 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rep. Marshall’s low-dose radiation bill unanimously passes house

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman Roger Marshall's bill, H.R. 4675, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act of ...

February 13, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Waterline replacement project will begin on Main Street

The City of Great Bend Administration and Engineering departments announced Tuesday afternoon the next phase for the on-going waterline replacement project. At the end of ...

February 13, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


BSCO, GBPD respond to injury crashes

Local law enforcement responded to injury crashes Monday and Tuesday, including a vehicle/pedestrian collision in Great Bend.

February 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


17 days: Dispute over speedy trial countdown results in nixed jury trial

It may be awhile, if ever, before Barton County jurors are permitted to decide the guilt or innocence of Alejandro "Vato" Azteca in a 2016 ...

February 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


School board approves summer wrestling tournament

Great Bend High School Head Wrestling Coach Nathan Broeckelman has plans for a summer wrestling tournament at Memorial Stadium, with some night matches "under the ...

February 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Funds exchange gives county more flexibility

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a supplement to the county's federal-aid fund exchange master agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation. The ...

February 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County announces Presidents Day closings

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the ...

February 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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