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Council fills key city vacancies

It was a busy night Monday for the Great Bend City Councils as it filled several key positions left vacant recently as fallout from the controversy surrounding the city and now-resigned Police Chief Clifton Couch.

September 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission OKs revamped financial controls

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an updated resolution outlining how the county manages accounts with financial institutions, a change that also revamps the duties of the county treasurer and others who touch county funds.

September 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Auditions set for ‘Funny Money’

Great Bend Community Theatre will conduct auditions for "Funny Money," a hilarious situational comedy by Ray Clooney. Those interested just need to come by the Crest Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, or at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

September 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Suspect claimed to be federal agent

A Marion County man suspected of stealing a car Saturday in Great Bend told police he was a federal agent, according to reports from the Great Bend Police Department. Calvin Hinz, 34, of Lincolnville, was booked into the Barton County Jail on multiple charges, including false impersonation.

September 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


StoryWalk

Reading a children's book does not usually involve much physical activity, unless the book is part of a StoryWalk.

September 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

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

September 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend tackles drop in ACT scores

Great Bend High School has seen its ACT Scores creeping downward in the last five year years, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board this past week. The average score is also below the state average.

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Potato Bar returns Sunday Sept. 17

RUSH CENTER - The Walnut Valley Senior Center will offer monthly a Potato Bar on the third Sunday of the month from September through May of 2018, Betty Misegadis announced. The only exception of the schedule will be in March, when it will be offered one week earlier because of the St. Patrick celebration. The Potato Bar will be open Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the senior center, located at 220 Washington St. in Rush Center.

September 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Larned Homecoming Parade

Larned High School's Homecoming and the Indians' first home football game of the 2017-2018 season were Friday, Sept. 8.

September 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


LHS welcomes foreign exchange students

Larned High School will be host to two foreign exchange students for the 2017-2018 school year. Phurideth, or Paul, as he likes to be called, comes from Bangkok, Thailand, and Xu Zhaokun, or Toby, as his American friends call him, hails from Hefei, China. They will be staying with their host parents, Ron and Corrine Wray.

September 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Spray family plans donation to BCC

The Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center at Barton Community College is sure to bear that name until at least 2034, and another $25,000 gift from the Sprays may extend the "facilities naming contract" through 2037.

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Algae resurfaces at Vets

Great Bend's Veterans Memorial Lake is again under a toxic blue-green algae warning, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism announced Thursday afternoon. It is one of 11 lakes under a warning and three under a watch.

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Landmark Bancorp victim of $10M in hot checks

MANHATTAN - Manhattan-based Landmark Bancorp, holding company of Landmark National Bank in Great Bend, fell victim to $10.3 million in hot checks, the company disclosed to federal regulators in August.

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Access to GBHS football games, admission fees change

Great Bend High School will play Wichita Northwest in football action at 7 p.m. Friday at GBHS's Memorial Stadium. Admission prices have changed for the first time in over 10 years and will now be $6 for adults and $4 for students for varsity events.

September 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Police Chief Cliff explains resignation

Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch submitted his resignation Wednesday afternoon, a resignation that is effective Oct. 15. He announced the decision in a statement released Thursday morning. Below is the statement in its entirety:

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Pawnee County Sheriff warns public of unethical septic company

PAWNEE COUNTY - The Pawnee County Sheriff's Office has received several complaints regarding a septic tank pumping and servicing business. This organization is called "Septic ...

May 16, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Commission OKs new rabies rules

What a difference one word makes. That is what it boiled down to in the new rabies vaccination resolution approved by the Barton County Commission ...

May 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington City Council hears two TGT fund requests

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council approved two requests for transient guest tax (TGT) grants Monday night totaling $11,200. Both requests put marketing and promotion ...

May 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Community group studies schools

The community group that has been meeting with architects and looking at needs for Great Bend USD 428 is still months away from making a ...

May 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect attendance

With students counting the days remaining in the school year, Riley Elementary took care of some final business on Tuesday. Other schools will follow suit ...

May 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


MPIRE Realty to host Chamber Coffee Thursday

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by MPIRE Realty Group, LLC, 3520 Lakin Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host ...

May 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Selzer says he’ll help Kansas grow

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, one of four Republican gubernatorial candidates, said his vision for the state is a simple one.

May 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Young Eagles take first flights

Area young people 8-17 years old had a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, May 12, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1134 ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher contracts ratified

Teachers at Great Bend USD 428 will receive a minimum pay raise of $1,700 for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said after ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Meeting at a glance: USD 428

Here's a quick look at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting:• The board recognized the achievements of several GBHS seniors ...

May 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Extending Fourth fireworks fun fizzles

After fierce opposition from fire chiefs across Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning rejected a resolution that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks ...

May 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Second county fire district formed

Following a lengthy public hearing, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the organization of a new fire district in the county. Fire District Number ...

May 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BCC on summer schedule; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

May 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Electric cars win state

Great Bend High School students pulled ahead of the competition and in the process captured two state titles last weekend. Members of the Vocational Technology ...

May 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Barton recognizes Student Ambassadors of the Year

Barton Community College has announced its 2017-18 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year awards. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award ...

May 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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