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World War II vet gets honorary diploma

World War II veteran Art Gruber served his country in the U.S. military before he could finish high school. On Sunday, May 8, 2016, he received an honorary high school diploma from Hoisington High School.

May 09, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Scholarships awarded at Vortex Day

Area high school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend, Larned and Hoisington came to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from art professionals and participate in a juried art exhibit Thursday, May 5.

May 09, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


GBHS students place at art show

Students of Sergio Ramirez, Great Bend High School art teacher, swept the painting and color media categories at the Barton Community College's Vortex Juried High School Art Exhibition on May 5. The local show features student artwork from Larned, Ellinwood, Hoisington and Great Bend high schools.

May 09, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


New coach ‘proud to be a panther’

Great Bend High School's new head boys basketball coach, Tim Brooks, will meet student athletes Tuesday morning. Brooks also attended Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting where his appointment was approved. He will also serve as assistant activities director at Great Bend Middle School and will be a strength-conditioning coach at GBHS.

May 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Olmitz shows support for VFD

Saturday, April 30, Barton County traffic to Olmitz was up as fun-seekers headed north to the Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser. The goal, to build community and raise money for needed equipment for the volunteer firefighters who dedicate their time to keeping the people of Olmitz and the surrounding area safe.

May 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Operations at the Raymond Post Office temporarily moved to Alden

Operations at the Raymond Post Office have been temporarily suspended due to structural concerns with the building.

May 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by AlternaCare, 2708 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Cindy Parr with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Mark Mingenback. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

May 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Mosquito spraying to begin early

Due complaints about mosquitoes, the City of Great Bend Public Works Department will begin to spray for the pesky insects this coming Thursday. This is earlier than originally planned, Great Bend Street Superintendent Mike Crawford said.

May 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


IMPROVING THE PROCESS

In order to improve election efficiency, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the purchase of 16 electronic poll books at the recommendation of County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.

May 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sunflower bank’s abc education program a success

Sunflower Bank raised $102,500 during its 2016 ABC campaign developed to support education in our communities. Over $7,450 of the total is being donated to schools and students in Great Bend and Ellinwood. The program began in 2001 and has generated over $1,036,700 throughout the past 15 years for schools and students in Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri.

May 08, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Celebration

The streets in downtown Great Bend was full of music, celebration, traditions and fun for many people coming out to enjoy the Cinco de Mayo event on Saturday at Jack Kilby Square.

May 07, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Zimmerman files for re-election

Donna Zimmerman, Barton County Clerk, announces she filed for re-election.

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grass Workshop

Staff from Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will present a program entitled "Grasses and Grass-like Plants" from 7 to 8 p.m. on May 23, at the Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library in St. John. This free educational workshop, designed for Middle School age children through adults, is an introduction to this often confusing and difficult to learn group of plants. For more information, call Barry Jones at 620-486-2393.

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Panther bands spring concert recognizes seniors, parents, accomplishments

Panther band members will present their spring concert at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Great Bend High School gym. The band seniors and their parents will be recognized, as well as all of the band student's achievements during the year. Selections the Panther jazz band will play are "String of Pearls," "Chameleon," "Swing Shift" and "Spain. Junior varsity band members will perform "Farnfare for the Third Planet," "Salute to Beethoven," "Pevensey Castle," and a medley from the movie, "Cars". Varsity band members will play "Amparito Roca (Spanish March)," "Celtic Suite," "Into the Storm," and a medley of ...

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Community College to honor graduates in 46th commencement

Barton Community College's 46th commencement is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Barton Gymnasium.

May 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Email scam on County Commission agenda

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

May 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Perfect attendance celebrated at USD 428

USD 428 elementary schools celebrated the end of the 2015-2016 school year last week, each in their own unique ways. They promoted kindergarten students and ...

May 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Library Holiday and Summer hours announced

Beginning May 23, the Ellinwood School Community Library will be open 9-7, M-Th, 9-4 on Friday

May 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thank You

Everyone makes sacrifices throughout their lives, but some take this a step further.

May 20, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Hoisington City Council meeting Monday

The Hoisington City Council will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Hoisington Municipal Building. The agenda includes the consideration of an ordinance ...

May 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


COURAGE, STRENGTH AND HONOR

Raising awareness comes in many forms, but two veterans have taken it to the next level. Michael Priddy and David Allison are riding their bikes ...

May 19, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Money spent on early education services saves tax dollars

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of two stories about data on Harvard University's website regarding research into early childhood development.

May 19, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Former curator recognized for many years of service

People's jobs become part of their fiber and this is no different for Dean Weis. Weis worked in the oil and gas fields for ...

May 19, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Peace Treaty Pageant, Carrie Nation part of Gyp Hills history

John W. Nixon from Medicine Lodge will share some Gypsum Hills history at the next Barton County Historical Society meeting. The program is set for ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dr. Rick Abel accepts position as BCC theater director

The Barton Community College theater program has a new leader at the helm. Former Dean of Academics Dr. Rick Abel is now the theater program ...

May 19, 2016 | BY JOE VINDUSKA, BCC and Tribune Staff | Local News


Renard moves to BCC communications department

Erin Renard has stepped down from directing the theater program at Barton Community College, but said she'll continue to teach one theater course this ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wanted: Homes for professional baseball players

A handful of the newly minted Great Bend Boom professional baseball players attended the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee this morning with two simple ...

May 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


VFW to host its first blood drive

The Veterans Of Foreign Wars helps people all over the country with donations, taking care of veterans, helping students with scholarships and much more. Now ...

May 18, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Teaching coaches take students to new levels

Great Bend students who started the year with skills below their grade level are catching up, thanks to interventions tailored to their needs. That was ...

May 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board approves gifts, personnel

Here is a summary of action taken Wednesday at the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

May 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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