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Johnson: Cuts would destroy avenues to Sunflower clients' independence

When state and federal officials learn what Jim Johnson thinks of proposed funding changes, they will have no doubt about his position.

July 21, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Incredible Years Preschool enrollment open now

Parents who want to take advantage of the comprehensive curriculum at Incredible Years Preschool are encouraged to enroll their youngsters soon, Director Shari Schneider said.

July 21, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC trustees ready to publish budget

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees is set to approve a proposed budget when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The budget will be approved for publication as a legal notice in the Great Bend Tribune; a public budget hearing will be held at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9.

July 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senate candidates introduce themselves

All three candidates for senator of Kansas District 33 supplied information about themselves for a handout distributed at the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State Senate candidates weigh in

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of stories on the League of Women Voters of Great Bend Public Forum Tuesday night at the Crest Theater. This part covers the Kansas Senate race for District 33. The series will conclude Sunday with candidates for several Barton County offices who are unopposed.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Godmothers help women of all ages

The Prairie Godmothers group is known for its motto of "Women Helping Women," and that means women of all ages. To help make it known that senior citizens are included, members were invited to create gift bags for older women Thursday at a Build-A-Bag Beach Party.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer projects underway at USD 428

Before windows were replaced at the Washington Early Education Center this summer, it was possible to look into a classroom through a crack under the window, Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood Library awarded 3-D printer

Wednesday, July 13, participants in the Ellinwood School/Community Library summer reading program who attended the Summer Library Celebration had the opportunity to see the library's new 3-D printer in action.

July 21, 2016 | 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.

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington USD 431 publishes budget for 2016-2017 school year

HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education reviewed the 2016-2017 proposed budget Monday night. Valuation this year is down from 2015 slightly, from $37,579,650 to $36,192,721. Superintendent Bill Lowry noted that recent adjustments made to the state education financing formula would not result in more money to the district, but instead would provide relief to taxpayers by dropping the mill levy in order to fund the budget.

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Local officials learn from massive wilfire

When the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee, sponsored by Barton County Emergency Management, met July 12 for its third quarterly meeting of 2016, members got a lesson in how to plan for and cope with a wildfire disaster.

July 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Candidates seek House seats

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of stories on the League of Women Voters of Great Bend Public Forum Tuesday night at the Crest Theater in Great Bend. This part covers the Kansas House of Representatives Dist. 113 race, and the unopposed candidate for the Dist. 112.

July 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Big Benefit Auction tickets on sale

Tickets for the Barton Community College Foundation's 38th Annual Big Benefit Auction themed "A Political Party" are available now until Aug. 15. Tickets are $35 each of $280 per table of eight. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the live auction starts at 8 p.m. on August 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Great Bend.

July 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Temperatures are on the rise

Summer is here and is in full swing with temperatures on the rise throughout the week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency along with city officials are asking people to take precautions and to stay safe during the extreme heat.

July 20, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Street Stroll, movie and sidewalk sale on horizon

There will be a lot going on Thursday and Friday in Great Bend, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.

July 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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BCC student fees may increase

Administrators at Barton Community College plan to ask the BCC Board of Trustees to increase student fees by $4 per credit hour for the fall ...

March 15, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


KWEC offers Spring Break at Cheyenne Bottoms

Those looking for something fun to do this spring break are invited to make a trip to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Spend an hour ...

March 15, 2017 | By Tribune staff | Local News


Make a magical fairy garden

Where do fairies live? At your house in the fairy garden you'll create for them, during the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's fairy garden ...

March 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Campaign begins to honor McKown for many contributions to Great Bend

When Bob Feldt started to realize just how much he missed his old friend, Bill McKown, he wondered if others might be feeling the same ...

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


Exchange students experience different way of learning

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part story. Ellinwood High School exchange students talked about the differences between high school in America ...

March 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


EHS rich in cultural exchange

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part story. An interview with three Ellinwood High School exchange students earlier this week resulted ...

March 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Teachers offered used computers

Employees at Great Bend USD 428 can purchase used desktop and laptop computers as they are replaced with new ones. Prices range from $75 to ...

March 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Address unknown

Barton County established its 911 addressing system in 1989. But, as the county's mapping system is much more advanced now, it has become more ...

March 14, 2017 | | Local News


Commission marks colon cancer month

It was two years ago that Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir was diagnosed with colon cancer. Now a cancer survivor, the 55-year-old Bellendir is a ...

March 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBPL recipient of Whelan Endowment Fund

Vickie Herl, the Great Bend Public Library's administrative manager, will celebrate 45 years as a staff member on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 ...

March 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


All-American Boys Chorus will wrap up concert season

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present the All-American Boys Chorus as its last concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ...

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


GB schools gain state recognition

Great Bend school board members heard good news on Monday concerning USD 428's progress in the state's Multi-Tiered Support System program. Todd Wiedemann ...

March 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Commission OKs new spray truck

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the replacement of spray truck for the Noxious Weed Department, but the approval was not without opposition.

March 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization on BCC agenda

An interlocal agreement for a Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization program will be reviewed at the Barton Community College Board of Trustees Study Session, set for 4 ...

March 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County moves ahead with joint extension district

Barton County will be part of a joint extension district with Ellis County following action by the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

March 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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