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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.

January 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington CDBG Survey starting soon

HOISINGTON - City staff last week attended training for administering surveys in order for the city to challenge key Census results. The existing Census results indicate a high percentage of residents are above an income threshold required to qualify for needed Community Development Block Grants that can bring significant dollars into the community. But with recent downturns in the economy, the City feels these results are inaccurate, and are standing in the way of acquiring funding to complete needed infrastructure projects.

January 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Campus safety expert Katie Koestner coming to BCC

Barton Community College's Sexual Misconduct & Assault Resources Team (SMART) will host expert campus safety speaker Katie Koestner, who will present three sessions at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Barton Community College. The morning sessions will take place in the Fine Arts Auditorium with the evening session in the Barton Gymnasium. All are open to the public.

January 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Sen. Moran accepting applications for Summer 2017 Internships

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced he is accepting applications for congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., Manhattan and Olathe offices for summer 2017.

January 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wind turbines arriving at transload site

From massive wind turbines arriving to traffic control, there is a lot happening at the developing Great Bend transload facility, it was announced at a news conference Monday morning. A host of city, economic development and industry officials gathered in the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Office to make the presentation.

January 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Old dorms to become PE classrooms

Some of the oldest student housing units at Barton Community College will be converted into space for physical education classes such as dance, yoga, Zumba and karate. The BCC Board of Trustees met Tuesday and accepted the only bid submitted to replace the roof on "housing units 3 and 4" and tear out the interior of the facility.

January 24, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPD seeks help on Klotz murder

The Great Bend Police Department is asking the public to come forward with any information they might have regarding a 30-year-old cold case, the 1987 death of Roberta Mae Klotz.

January 24, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


'Barton County's Got Flavor' tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for "Barton County's Got Flavor," a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.

January 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Silver Haired Legislature taking applications

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is seeking older Kansans with an interest in politics and public policy. Anyone who is at least 60 years old has until Feb. 10 to file for the next two-year term.

January 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Hiss Sherman Wealth Management and Behrends Tax and Accounting Solutions, LLC

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wanted: Volunteers for county boards, commissions

Barton County needs a few good volunteers, Barton County Commission Assistant Diana Watson told commissioners Monday morning.

January 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Pesky mice disable 911 radio tower

The Barton County Commission Monday morning ratified the purchase of replacement generator for the Susank TAC 17 communications tower. Mice destroyed the existing generator that was installed in 2011 by chewing through wires.

January 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


ICE PROMPTS DISASTER LETTER

Barton County experienced serious damage from the recent ice storm and resulting ice accumulations. Countless limbs crashed to the ground, thousands of residents left without electricity and travel became hazardous.

January 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


School board to review E-rate budget

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will conduct a noon luncheon meeting Thursday, Jan. 26, at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield St. Items on the agenda include approval of a $293 check to the local FFA from the national organization for future scholarships, and approval to request E-rate funding for 2017-18. Eisenhower Principal Laurie Harwood and other staff will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees to consider dorm makeovers

The renovation of two housing units into classroom space is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Cliff Couch resigns as police chief

Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch submitted Wednesday afternoon his resignation effective Oct. 15. The announcement came just a week after he was reinstated following ...

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | 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 ...

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Council OKs Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

ELLINWOOD - A small quorum of three Ellinwood City Council members met Monday night in regular session, and took action on a number of business items ...

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood man killed in Crash

ELLINWOOD - An Ellinwood man died Tuesday after the bicycle he was riding was hit by a pickup around 11 a.m. in the 500 block ...

September 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Surge in raccoons with distemper seen

Local veterinarians and the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University are joining forces to warn the public to be on the lookout for raccoons ...

September 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Central Plains Middle Schoolers attend State Fair Spelling Bee

BUSHTON - The 17th Annual Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee was held at the Encampment Building on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Students participating from Central Plains ...

September 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves next steps in CDBG application

HOISINGTON -- Mayor Clayton Williamson opened Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting with a hearing about the proposed CDBG Wastewater Application, which could pay for ...

September 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 ready to extend Title I status

Great Bend USD 428's five elementary schools are part of Title 1 - a program that provides federal financial assistance to schools with high percentages ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Lemonade War'

The lemonade stand set up at Monday's school board meeting was a reminder that soon children throughout Great Bend soon will be reading "The ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


ElderCare offers emergency boxes to homebound clients

Local non-profit entities and private businesses have teamed up to provide emergency food and water to some homebound people in the event of a disaster.

September 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Site Council members for 2017-2018 school year selected

Principals at Great Bend USD 428 learning centers submitted names of recommended 2017-2018 Site Council members for their schools. These were approved at Monday's ...

September 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 will ask state to revoke teacher's license

Special education teacher Alyson Burkhart's resignation was not accepted Monday by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education. Instead, the board will petition ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘It’s like family’

With North Korea testing its nukes, hurricanes lashing Texas and Florida and continued threat of terrorist attacks, it may seem like an odd time to ...

September 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Importance of being ready recognized

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a proclamation marking September as Preparedness Month 2017.

September 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Family enhances lives at Cherry Village with memorial piano donation

The spirit of Kenneth and Dolores Corke is living on at Cherry Village Benevolence, thanks to a memorial gift from their children.

September 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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