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Mental fusion

Ovie Cade's nontraditional career path stands in stark contrast to the current norms. While his fellow high school graduates went off to universities in the hopes of landing a job after four years of study and student loans, he began work as a shop-helper for a company in Houston.

December 15, 2016 | By BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News


Monday will be busiest mailing day

More than 4.3 million cards, letters and packages are expected to be mailed in Kansas on Monday, Dec. 19, the busiest mailing day of the year, according to the United States Postal Service. That's 180,000 pieces per hour, 3,000 per minute, or 50 per second.

December 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Big chill to hit Barton County

Winter has finally settled in and with bitterly cold temperatures heading for Barton County beginning on Friday, people need to take some precautions to help prepare for the chill.

December 15, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Madrigal greetings

Dressed in red and black formal attire, the Madrigals from Great Bend High School sang at Wednesday's Kiwanis Club meeting, with a second performance planned in the evening. Vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said the choir has been singing once or twice a day of late.

December 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Council and County Commission meet Monday

Both the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday.

December 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | 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.

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council accepts bid on Main Street property

ELLINWOOD - The first order of business Tuesday night at the Ellinwood City Council was consideration of bids for the property at 104 N. Main St. The property was acquired by the city earlier this year after several delays in having the adjoining blighted buildings demolished caused damage to the building, and the past owners sold it to the city to avoid further damages. After the buildings were removed, the city had the exposed wall fixed and put it up for bid in September. The first round of bids included one from a private person who wished to use the property ...

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


More flu cases being reported

With the official start of winter a week away, temperatures have plunged. And, we all know that cold weather and influenza go hand in hand.

December 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington City Council receptive to CID for Sonic

HOISINGTON - When developers of Hoisington's new Sonic Restaurant began construction earlier this month, it wasn't long before they ran into an unexpected and expensive problem, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell explained at Monday night's city council meeting.

December 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Exiting Supt. gets extra $90k

Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicles bids go to local dealers

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of four vehicles on Tuesday, opting for the lowest bids submitted by from Barton County venders.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed granted leave of absence

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Popular Larned superintendent announces retirement

LARNED – Long-time Fort Larned school system Superintendent Jon Flint has announced his retirement from Unified School District 495. Flint will remain in his post through the end of the 2016-17 school year.

December 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Former bank employee in Great Bend pleads guilty to embezzling more than $73,600

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A former employee of a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $73,600 from the bank, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

December 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend Public Library adjusts despite funding cut

With the writing on the wall, Director Harry Willems and the Library Board put into action an austerity plan of sorts in order to sock away 10 percent of this year's budget into the coming year's capital improvement fund. With 92 percent of the year complete, only 82 percent of the library's budget has been spent, Willems was pleased to share during his financial report Monday at the monthly board meeting.

December 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Online enrollment at USD 428 opens

Online enrollment for all USD 428 students will open on Monday, July 17. Parents who choose not to enroll electronically may enroll their students in ...

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Strike up the band

The Great Bend City Band is shown at last Thursday's concert, a tribute to "Star Wars." The band's final concert of the summer ...

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Join the ‘Butterfly Quest’

From tiny hairstreaks to large swallowtails, all sizes of butterflies will be counted during the Cheyenne Bottoms annual butterfly quest, from 9 a.m. to ...

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC prepares for armed security force

The new law that allows concealed weapons to be carried on campus has caused administrators at many Kansas community colleges to rethink security polices. Barton ...

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Massages offered as fundraiser for Remi

Several local masseuses will be donating their services Saturday, July 22, to help raise funds for a young girl's medical expenses.

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Time to renew GBHS season football tix

Great Bend High School season football ticket renewal notices have been mailed. If you are a current ticket holder but did not receive your notice ...

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Free physicals for GBMS, GBHS

Physical forms have been mailed to all USD 428 students entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades and to sophomore, junior and senior athletes.

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission honors live-saving efforts

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Blown tire causes driver injury

A Great Bend man was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash in Trego County.

July 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 improves student preparation

Students at Great Bend High School now have more opportunities to learn about careers before they graduate, and they have more opportunities to prepare for ...

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ex CVB director charged with theft

Felony theft charges have been filed against former Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Cris Collier, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said Thursday afternoon.

July 13, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Gubernatorial candidate Svaty visits Great Bend

Josh Svaty, Ellsworth, declared his candidacy for the Governor of Kansas in May. He visited the Great Bend Tribune Thursday morning.

July 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


County to receive more storm damage funds

As it turns out, Barton County will get some additional state money to pay for damage to county infrastructure caused by storms two years ago.

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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July 12, 2017 | BY RUSSELL EDEM | Local News


Hoisington to revamp holiday decorations; Budget priorities set

HOISINGTON - Hoisington council member Karen Van Brimmer wanted to know more about a proposed upgrade to Hoisington's holiday star decorations. She asked for the ...

July 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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