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School districts wait for cues from state

Great Bend USD 428 and other school districts are waiting to see whether the Kansas Legislature can correct K-12 fund inequities ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Kansas Supreme Court. A special session starts June 23, and if the deadline is not met the justices noted possible closure of the education system.

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE considers allowing air rifle events

Great Bend USD 428 school board members have received drafts of proposed policy revisions and two new policies. These polices were included in board materials for a "first reading" at the June 13 meeting, and will be voted on at the July meeting.

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County seeks to replace crumbling limestone bridge

After the County became involved with the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, several Works Progress Administration native-stone bridges in the northern part of the County were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

June 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Baseball expert to speak in Great Bend, McCracken

McCRACKEN - Baseball historian Phil Dixon will speak at the McCracken Community Building at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. The public is invited to come for lunch at 1 p.m., followed by Dixon's program on the history of the Kansas City Monarchs. Freewill donations will be accepted for the McCraken Public Library.

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wheat harvest reaches area fields

Barton County farmers have been cutting wheat in some fields since Sunday. Elevators were open Tuesday evening, and harvest is expected to gain momentum Wednesday.

June 14, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


FINISHING STRONG

The Fourth Annual Make a Movement was held Saturday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park.

June 14, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton fends off dark web attacks

Barton Community College has faced its share of cyber-threats, including an attack last November that cost more than $30,000 to clean up, Dean of Information Services Charles Perkins said.

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Splash Pad goal reached, Ellinwood City Council considers next steps

Ellinwood's City Council met Tuesday night in anticipation of some good news from the Ellinwood Rotary Club. They weren't disappointed. Since the last council meeting when club member Rosie Joiner addressed the council, requesting the city consider providing some financial assistance in lieu of in-kind assistance preparing a grant offered by the former city manager, the club was now ready to move forward with the project. This was done thanks to generous donors who came forward, and the club's decision to postpone the installment of three of the water features in the initial phase of the build ...

June 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Barton: Check from county is late

Barton Community College's Dean of Administration Mark Dean said Tuesday that a tax payment of "a couple million" dollars from the Barton County Treasurer's Office is late.

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Heat index to rise starting Wednesday

WICHITA -- The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will give way to dangerous heat index values for Wednesday afternoon. Stay hydrated and limit long exposure times in the sun.

June 14, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBRC to host fun fishing day

Join staff from the Kansas Wildlife &and Parks office and learn the basics of fishing.

June 14, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Scammed county money entered into books

Within a week of being scammed out of $48,600, the county had been notified that $34,360.70 had been collected and would be returned. This was good news, but County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said it needed to be determined into what account both the expenditure and receipt of funds would be booked.

June 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington City Council agrees on fireworks

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council revisited a discussion that began at the May 23 meeting concerning when it is acceptable to set off fireworks, and what procedure residents should go through in order to have a block party to celebrate Independence Day.

June 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Walk to End Alzheimer's seeks entrants, sponsors

The Barton County Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held from 4-8 p.m. Monday, June 20, in the courthouse square. The public is invited to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

June 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New technology fees added

With summer school underway in Great Bend, the school board is looking ahead to the 2016-2017 year and at closing the books on 2015-2016.

June 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Zinn to leave City Council

Mike Zinn tried to make it to the end of his current term on the Great Bend City Council that ends in November.

January 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City gets new clerk/finance officer

The City of Great Bend has a new city clerk/finance director. The City Council Monday night confirmed Mayor Mike Allison's appointment of Shawna ...

January 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emergency shelter opens in southwest Kansas

DODGE CITY - The Red Cross jointly opened a shelter with the Salvation Army at Dodge County Community College in Dodge City on Monday in response ...

January 16, 2017 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Fundraiser for injured hunter planned

There will be a benefit fundraiser for Brandi Jecha starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Great Bend Elks Club, 1120 Kansas ...

January 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Traveling exhibit, K is for Kansas, on display at Ellinwood library

ELLINWOOD - An exhibit that opened at the Ellinwood School and Public Library last week has been a draw for young and old alike. The "K ...

January 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


School fundraisers approved by BOE

Parents and others who support school fundraisers will have plenty of opportunities next year to buy everything from trash bags to cookie dough.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More cancellations announced as storm looms

When the National Weather Service office at Wichita issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for most of central Kansas last Thursday, Barton ...

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The dream still lingers

We have seen much racial strife in America of late. Shootings and rioting have shaped our current view of race relations.

January 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


LIEAP application period opens Tuesday, Jan. 17

During the cold winter months, heating a home can be a financial strain. In order to ensure Kansans keep warm this winter, the Kansas Department ...

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City Council to meet Monday night, County Commission to meet Tuesday morning

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

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBMS performance choirs entertain

Audiences were entertained by the GBMS 8th Grade performance choir, consisting of students from the 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3 cores, Monday, Jan. 9, at the ...

January 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Semis collide in Stafford County

Two semitrailers collided at 9:18 p.m. Thursday in Stafford County on U.S. 50 at SW 30th Ave., about 4 miles west of ...

January 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Police seize meth, marijuana ‘vape’ vials

Traffic stops led to more than one drug bust this past week in Great Bend, Police Chief Cliff Couch said. Two suspects were arrested on ...

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More events canceled

Several area events have been canceled or postponed due to the expected ice storm.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local drivers license office to close for remodeling

The Barton County Driver License Office in Great Bend will be closed for renovations starting Friday, Jan. 27. The tentative re-open date is Friday, Feb ...

January 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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