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Controversy in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- Downtown blight is a tricky problem to deal with, as many rural cities have found. Ellinwood is finding that out too, and the learning process is causing acute hardship for one couple whose business and livelihood are now at risk because of what started out as the city's good intentions. Early in 2014, the city acquired two dilapidated buildings at 100 and 102 N. Main Stret at a county tax sale. They intended to tear them down, ridding the city of an eyesore. But, as the demolition began, it became clear that the south wall of the adjoining ...

July 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Community Blood Drive July 20 to feature Farmers and Battle of the Badges

Kansas pork farmers are hoping to make an even bigger impact on communities around the state this year though a partnership supporting American Red Cross Blood Drives that has already collected enough blood to help up to 11,000 patients since 2012.

July 12, 2015 | | Local News


How About These Beauties?

There are several birds at the Bottoms right now that are just stunning. My friends, Dodge and Lorna Engleman from Salina and San Antonio are here for their annual visit. They are world-class birding experts and travel internationally several times per year to see new birds in their natural environment. It is always a special treat for them to stop by. Their efforts in conservation and habitat preservation are inspiring to all of us.

July 12, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include, appreciation to the retiring Board Members; adjournment of 2014-2015 Board of Education and organization of the 2015-2016 Board of Education; election of officers and appointments/designations; adoption of 2015-2016 calendar; ratification of 2015-2016 licensed employees' agreement; first reading of BOE policies; approval of change of order for flooring project at Eisenhower Elementary School; budget update; and licensed teacher appointments.

July 12, 2015 | | Local News


June Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marraige Licenses

July 12, 2015 | | Local News


Hometown Teams says thanks to community

The Great Bend Public Library lower meeting room was filled to standing room only Saturday afternoon for the dedication of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps The Hometown Teams exhibit dedication. Alumni and their parents, including members of the Legion Riders, past instructors and past participants in the corps, some of whom travelled from out of the state to attend, were there to celebrate and reminisce about the years the drum and bugle corps brought national attention to Great Bend.

July 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A Bittersweet occasion

During a solemn ceremony in the sweltering Kansas National Guard armory Saturday afternoon, the guidon, the banner representing the Great Bend-based Battery E (Target Acquisition), 161st Field Artillery, unit was "cased."

July 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ellinwood City Council Meeting Tuesday

The Ellinwood City Council will conduct the regular council meeting Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. At that meeting, a service award will be presented to electric department employee Chris Komarek for his 35 years of service to the City of Ellinwood. The council will set a date for a work study session in late July, to precede the 2016 budget hearing at the regular council meeting on Aug. 11. Representatives of the Sidewinders will present a request to use the City Park Aug. 22 for the Annual Fallen Brother Run, and request permission for the consumption of cereal ...

July 11, 2015 | | Local News


United Way hotdog feed Thursday at Movie in the Square

The United Way of Central Kansas is teaming up with the City of Great Bend to host our annual Community Hot Dog Feed in conjunction with the Movie in the Square on Thursday, July 16. The event was rescheduled after it was postponed during June Jaunt due to inclement weather.

July 11, 2015 | | Local News


32nd Annual Kansas State Demolition Derby

The 32nd Annual Kansas State Demolition Derby will be held Sunday, September 6, part of this year's four day Labor Day Weekend in Hoisington. The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual event, with support from Superior Essex, JRZ Enterprises, and Parr Sound and Lighting. Rules and regulations are available at the Hoisington Chamber office, 123 N. Main in Hoisington or call 620-653-4311. Please visit our website at www.hoisingtonkansas.com for complete information regarding rules and regulations on the Demolition Derby page.

July 11, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Unique motorcycle comes to Great Bend

A well known motorcycle or chopper, that was aired on the T.V. Show American Choppers, and built by Orange County Choppers or OCC, comes to Great Bend.

July 10, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Teachers ratify contract; board approval needed

Members of the Great Bend-National Education Association have announced their ratification of the 2015-2016 licensed employers agreement with Great Bend USD 428. The school board is expected to approve that agreement when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, July 13, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road.

July 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fair photos

Thursday night at the Barton County Fair ...

July 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former Argonne drum major will be guest speaker

Sometimes, being a rebel can be a good thing. Just ask Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Prince William County Public School in Virginia. In 1971 he and fellow drum major Steve Rothenberger led the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps to their first American Legion Natinal Championship at the Houston Astrodome, and in 1972, retained the crown in Chicago. He will return to his home town Saturday as the keynote speaker at the dedication of "The Hometown Team: How our Community Championed Its Youth" exhibit at the Great Bend Public Library. Walts's time with Rebels taught him a ...

July 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


​Online enrollment available at USD 428

USD 428 will soon open online enrollment for returning students.

July 09, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


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Unusual butterfly species visit wetlands

Field guides and amateur lepidopterists were on the lookout for butterflies Saturday morning, but the first catch of the day was a 3-foot garter snake.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 urging early enrollment

Parents enrolling their students in Great Bend schools next month may face long waits in line, but they don't have to, said Jan Frenzl ...

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Tickets on sale for Legion Auxiliary’s Hawaiian Luau

The American Legion Auxiliary's fifth annual Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser will be held Friday, Aug. 7, at American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., Great ...

July 24, 2015 | | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an ...

July 24, 2015 | | Local News


Pawnee County will spearhead breastfeeding grant

By JIM MISUNAS

July 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Kansas communities will share more than $13 million in Community Development Block Grant funding

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 49 Kansas communities will share a total of $13,049,583 in federal grants for residential handicapped ...

July 24, 2015 | | Local News


Saturday event to benefit food bank

A memorial food drive that will collect items for the Community Food Bank of Barton County is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday ...

July 23, 2015 | | Local News


Barton County Extension one of six in state picked for expansion grant

With the start of school right around the corner, its almost time for clubs to become active again, and with church and sports gearing up ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Mel and Darnell Holopirek named Old Bill Honoree

Each year the Barton Community College Foundation Board chooses someone to honor with the "Old Bill" honorarium. This year's honorees are Mel and Darnell ...

July 23, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC releases new 'Prairie Ink'

Editors of Barton Community College's literary journal, "Prairie Ink," aim to provide a venue for local authors to showcase their creative writing talents and ...

July 23, 2015 | | 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 ...

July 23, 2015 | 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 ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rush County wind farm helping to decrease Yahoo! carbon footprint

The Alexander Wind Project in Rush County is beating the odds that face proposed wind energy projects, and will be going online very soon. That ...

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Prescription assistance program moves to Kirby Building; applicants welcome

The office for the local program that helps with the cost of prescription drugs has moved but its services are still available for those who ...

July 22, 2015 | | Local News


Several events on horizon for Great Bend

There are a lot of activities coming up in Great Bend, it was reported to the City Council Monday night.

July 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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