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Tax credits and more to HOI for new apartment development

Local non-profit housing developer, Housing Opportunitites, Inc., in June received word from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, Topeka, that it has been awarded $2,831,830 in tax credits. Then, last week, they received more good news. They were one of nine Community Houisng Development Organizations (CHDO) in Kansas to be awarded federal HOME Rental Development loans. In addition to the tax credits, HOI will also receive this additional $500,000 loan. HOI plans to use these awards to develop Kensington Square, its newest income-based rental property in Great Bend.

July 12, 2017 | 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 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Man found guilty in trial

LARNED - A Larned man who threatened to choke his mother to death was found guilty of felony criminal threat and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Tuesday in Pawnee County District Court.

July 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCSO responds to fatality crash

Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle fatality crash at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of SE 40 Ave (Airport Road) and 4th Street west of Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

July 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC aims for no mill levy increase

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't need a mill levy increase get more money from local taxpayers next year. At the board study session held Tuesday, Vice President of Administration Mark Dean explained that valuations are up, especially for oil. Last year's tax rate of 33.26 mills raised $8.03 million, but this year an estimated rate of 33.15 mills could raise $8.53 million.

July 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Council hears allegations of ‘unethical’ conduct

According to Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch, there is a misconception surrounding his recent run-ins with City Administrator Howard Partington and other city officials. It is more than an employment dispute, he said, adding he's feels he's been treated inappropriately by Partington and that he is "desperately trying to blow the whistle about unethical conduct occurring at City Hall."

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City Council OKs budget

Following a three-and-a-half-hour work session Monday night, the Great Bend City Council approved publishing the city's budget for 2018. The public budget hearing is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, prior to the council's regular meeting in the council chambers at City Hall.

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Saying thank you

It was Gaila Demel's first United Way of Central Kansas Pacesetter luncheon as the UWCK's new executive director. But, having worked at a non-profit supported by United Way funds, she understood the importance of the event Tuesday afternoon.

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 proud of grads who performed CPR

Chris Umphres was elected president of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday, and Lori Reneau was named vice president.

July 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reunion!

SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE

July 10, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


County hires county works director

Long-time Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips retired at the end of June. On Monday, the County Commission appointed the man to take his place.

July 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission renews agreement with county counselor

Renewing the contract with Ellsworth attorney Carey Hipp as Barton County's legal counselor was in the best interest of the county, the County Commissioner decided Monday morning. This came despite a plea from County Attorney Amy Mellor, who caught most on the commission off guard when she attended the meeting asking to move the counselor's job to her office and asking for more departmental resources.

July 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


HERE’S THE BEEF

BY SUSAN THACKER

July 08, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


House fire Thursday at 723 1/2 Madison

The Great Bend Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 7:31 p.m. on Thursday at 723 1/2 Madison.

July 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tractor pulls show off pedal power, antiques

Despite the warm weather, spectators of all ages came out to the Barton County Fair on Saturday to watch not only real-life tractor pulls, but also join in on the fun of the pedal tractor pulls.

July 08, 2017 | Russ Edem | 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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