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Teachers receive poverty training

As the number of Great Bend children in low-income homes increases, educators are spending more time on poverty training. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Kim Wilson said that is one of the goals set by his Building Leadership Team last summer and the efforts will continue.

March 30, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


ELLINWOOD - Quarterly parties for students who reach their Accelerated Reader goals proves learning to read can be fun. Students in grades two through four celebrated their latest AR goals by taking part in several "minute to win it" games organized by librarians Amy Hammeke, Jean Garner, grade school library assistant Kala Robl and library substitute Lindell Redington.

March 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Teachers report 'light bulb' moments

A sixth grader at Jefferson Elementary School who was struggling with reading at the start of the school year got extra help, which has made a world of difference, English Language Arts coach Natalie DeForest told the school board Thursday. It was another example of how frequent testing and prompt interventions help teachers target what students need to work on.

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Garden City man pleads in kidnapping of teen

LARNED – On Thursday morning in Pawnee County District Court, Anthony Riojas, 22, of Garden City, waived his preliminary hearing and entered a no-contest plea to kidnapping and battery in connection to a 2017 kidnapping of a Garden City teen. He was originally charged with a single count of aggravated kidnapping. According to Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett, the charges stem from a missing teenager report from Garden City on Dec. 21, 2017. Riojas had been reported by the teenager's family as a suspect in the girl's disappearance.

March 29, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


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

March 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


ALBERT - Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller is looking forward to being able to offer his firefighters another level of safety when filling air bottles at the station, thanks to the turnout at the 29th Annual Albert Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Feed and Raffle that happened Saturday, March 24.

March 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Dates set for kindergarten roundup

Dates have been set for Great Bend USD 428's kindergarten roundup. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 and are planning to attend local schools in the fall.

March 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Helping Hands Preschool has openings

Helping Hands Preschool has peer mentor openings for the 2018-19 school year, according to Michelle Cape, program coordinator for Early Childhood Special Education.

March 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Harvesting fur

While farmers harvest grain, Calvin "Trapper" Calp harvests fur. The owner of Calp's Fur and Root in Hoisington has been a fur dealer for six decades after learning to trap at an early age.

March 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Next HazMat offering starts in April

The image that comes to mind for hazardous materials might be a broken barrel with radioactive glowing green goo coming out of it, but the reality is hazardous materials can be household chemicals; they are everywhere and can pose a threat to the public's safety and health if a container is breached or if materials are not handled according to regulations.

March 28, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News

Hoisington City Council approves request for TGT funds

HOISINGTON - Hoisington Mayor Dalton Popp brought the Monday night city council meeting Monday night to order, following a brief opportunity for council members to examine a prototype for new metal art displays that the city's power plant staff have been developing. It's one way the city is helping the Hoisington Main Street organization to solve the problem of how to better protect the city's iconic metal art currently displayed on utility poles along Main Street. A request from that organization for $5,000 from the Transient Guest Tax fund to go toward the project was part of ...

March 28, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Barton tuition going up

For the third year in a row, Barton Community College students will see a tuition increase this fall. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $2 increase in tuition and a $2 increase in fees.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

CKCA announces open house

Central Kansas Christian Academy, 215 McKinley St., will hold its annual open house from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29. There will be class projects and an art display, as well as a book fair and kindergarten screening sign-up.

March 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Fatal crash in Ellsworth Co.

A Colorado teenager died Friday following a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County.

March 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBRC to host ‘What Exactly Is Soil’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "What Exactly Is Soil?" on Wednesday, March 28, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th.

March 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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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

Trial date pending for Kern

Lafe Kern, the man charged in a two-vehicle collision that left four injured, stood moot during his arraignment in Barton County District Court Friday afternoon ...

April 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ellinwood City Council approves building permit

ELLINWOOD - Soon, Ellinwood's Main Street will feature an new structure that may just be the wave of the future. Rachel Ringering, Ellinwood stylist, attended ...

April 14, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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