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Witness: Victim said she fabricated story

Darrin Hirsh's former supervisor testified Friday that Candice Hirsh told him she "fabricated" a story about her husband threatening her with a gun. But prosecutors maintain Darrin asked her to say that so he wouldn't lose his job as a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 audit approved

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education received a clean audit on its financial reports for 2014-2015, although there was a "non-compliance issue," according to an auditor.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State assessment data released

Kansas State Board of Education state assessments for 2014-2015 were released this month.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers man Ident-a-kid

Five-year-old Tyler McHenry said "it felt kind of weird" having images of his fingerprints saved. It was a "left-righty" feeling, he explained.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Food for the holidays

Members of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club collect food boxes to deliver to families in need, Saturday morning at Dillons. The club bought 35 boxes, spending over $1,200, for deliveries to homes suggested by the Barton County Food Bank. It was a busy day for acts of kindness; club President Rob Bauer said his church, First United Methodist, also planned to deliver 105 food boxes that day.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Update on jury trial

Darrin Hirsh trial continues. Defense called its first witness shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. The jury was sent home for the weekend around 5:10 p.m. and will return at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

December 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jobless rate takes dip

TOPEKA – The labor force in Kansas swelled in November, forcing down the state's November seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 4.0 percent,a decline from 4.1 percent in October and decreased from 4.2 percent in November 2014, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week.

December 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Generous gift

December 18, 2015 | | Local News


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a recognition of the D.A.R.E. essay winners, a court costs ordinance and a report from Community Coordinator Christina Hayes.

December 18, 2015 | | 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 recognizing retiring County Engineer Clark Rusco, the replacement of a damaged Road and Bridge Department truck, the sale of two Road and Bridge trucks, and appointments to the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Center for Counseling and Consultation Governing Board.

December 18, 2015 | | Local News


Madrigal music

Choir members of the Great Bend High School Madrigals sing at the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club meeting, Wednesday at Perkins restaurant. They have been performing once or twice a day for most of this month, vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said. Their final public appearance of the year was set for Thursday. The program featured seasonal music, including a dance number choreographed by the students. They ended with the Madrigals' signature song, "Reach out and Touch," performed with sign language.

December 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Defense questions versions of report

The defense attorney for Darrin Hirsh cross examined the defendant's ex-wife during the jury trial that continued Thursday in Barton County District Court.

December 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | 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 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington’s TNR program questioned in light of costs

Concerns over increased costs incurred by the City of Hoisington to Hoisington Veterinary Hospital for activities related to the trap, neuter and return program for stray cats were discussed at the city council meeting Monday.

December 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council meeting

Changes to the city's snow and ice removal policy topped the list of new business to be discussed at the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night. City Manager Jonathan Mitchell proposed an amended policy following the Thanksgiving weekend ice event that the city was late to respond to because it was not adequately prepared.

December 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Coronado Quivira Museum seeking 2016 harvest photos

The Coronado Quivira Museum is seeking photographs of the 2016 Harvest to display in the museum's gallery. The photographs will add to the current ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


United Way of Central Kansas announces three new board members

With the merger of United Way of Central Kansas and United Way of Hoisington, UWCK felt it important to have local representative from the Hoisington ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Bike, Build returns to St. John

By JIM MISUNAS

June 18, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Thanks, dad

On the third Sunday each June, Americans observe Father's Day, a celebration of the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children ...

June 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Extreme heat likely contributed to GB woman’s death

BARTON COUNTY – The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigation the death of a 49-year-old woman who died at a home in north of Great ...

June 17, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


The ‘Ark’ receives national trail designation

As part of a larger announcement, a 192-mile portion of the Arkansas River in Kansas was designated as a National Water Trail earlier this month ...

June 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City water quality report available

BY STAFF REPORTS

June 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas Oil and Gas Museum hosts summer camp

Summer is a time for children to have fun, relax and hang out with friends, but for some they had the opportunity to learn about ...

June 16, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Local officials urge safety during harvest season

It is that time again for farmers to be busy out in their fields for wheat harvest and this means slower moving farm implements along ...

June 16, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


SEASONED GROWERS

Dan and Joyce Wapelhorst live west of Great Bend. For the past 12 years, they've been regular vendors at Great Bend farmers markets. But ...

June 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Foundry Church’s Mission

Donated items by Foundry Methodist Church members will be provided free to anyone at 5401 Broadway from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Great ...

June 16, 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 ...

June 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Soggy situation

HOISINGTON - Thanks to the quick thinking of Hoisington Public Works employees, some elbow grease and a little bit of luck, residents of Hoisington avoided what ...

June 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellsworth County under warning

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Ellsworth County in central Kansas until 6:15 p.m. Locations impacted ...

June 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Huelskamp staff to host office hours in Barton County

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that a staff representative from his Kansas office will be available in Great Bend from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m ...

June 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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