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Kolb suggests Stone Street revision

The city's project of major waterline replacements is taking a toll on some Great Bend streets. Interim City Administrator George Kolb suggested the city might want to entirely reconstruct Stone Street from 10th to 12th St. His suggestion was presented at Monday's city council meeting, but council members voted to table it for now.

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Larned man charged with cyber attacks

WICHITA - A Larned man who allegedly hired a hacker to damage computers served by internet service provider Nex-Tech was charged Tuesday in a federal indictment, the office of U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister reports.

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Free lunches still available for kids

Great Bend USD 428 served more than 12,000 breakfasts and lunches at five elementary schools in June. Lunches are still being served this month at Park School. They are available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through July 27.

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

USD 428 online enrollment starts

Online enrollment for all USD 428 students opens on Wednesday, July 18. Those who choose not to enroll electronically may do so in person on Aug. 7-8 at all schools.

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

'New Quilts from an Old Favorite' returns to Shafer

The National Quilt Museum's annual traveling show "New Quilts from an Old Favorite," featuring the Flying Geese Block, will be on display from July 16 through Aug. 4 in The Shafer Art Gallery. The gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the Barton Community College campus, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

July 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Big Benefit Auction tickets on sale

Tickets for the Barton Community College Foundation's 40th Annual Big Benefit Auction, themed "Clownin' Around," are available July 16 through Aug. 13. The auction will take place on Aug. 25. Tickets are $45 each or $360 per table of eight. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Great Bend Knights of Columbus with complimentary beer and food available until 8 p.m. The live auction will begin promptly at 8 p.m. This year's auction is underwritten by Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine, UMB Wealth Management, Nex-Tech and ILS.

July 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission hesitant to give nod to Rosewood request

The building where E&E Glass once operated may have a new life soon, should Rosewood Services succeed in acquiring a grant from the state to offer tax credits to fund its renovation. But, a request for a letter of support backing Rosewood's application for the Kansas Department Of Commerce Community Service Tax Credit Program was tabled until next week in order for commissioners to look further into who exactly will benefit from the proposed renovations.

July 16, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Ellinwood After Harvest Festival celebrates ‘people, petroleum and progress’

ELLINWOOD - If you didn't get enough midway action last weekend at the Barton County Fair in Great Bend, you'll get a second chance this weekend in Ellinwood. It's time for the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival. All activities, unless otherwise listed, will take place at Ellinwood City Park this year.

July 16, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Multi-million dollar senior housing proposed

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a rezoning request from Richard "Scott" Reddig and learned about investors' plans to develop a nursing home facility on the southwest end of town. Great Bend residents who live in the Anchor Way subdivision voiced concerns but did learn more about plans for the land, which is located in the three-mile radius surrounding the city.

July 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kendal Francis was named Great Bend's next city administration on Monday during the city council meeting. Francis, who previously served as city manager in Coffeyville and city administrator in Lakin, said he's already found a place to live and will start his new job in two weeks.

July 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Crews testing pavement strength in Barton, Pawnee counties

The Kansas Department of Transportation is conducting pavement strength tests this week in Barton and Pawnee counties. A pilot car operation will be in effect during testing.

July 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Colyer, Farm Bureau pres. visit Great Bend

Governor Jeff Colyer and Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts stopped by the Great Bend Tribune on Saturday en route to the Ellis County Fair. Aides said Colyer was looking forward to relaxing in his hometown, Hays, but he and Felts have also been making some campaign stops since Farm Bureau endorsed him at the end of June.

July 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

City plans emergency street repair

The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will have the intersection at 17th and Polk closed starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday for emergency road repair. This intersection could be closed for up to two weeks so citizens need to plan a different route if they use this intersection on a daily basis.

July 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Advanced primary election ballots available

Barton County registered voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the Tuesday, Aug. 7, primary election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.

July 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

July 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Larned City Council recognizes Officer hill

LARNED - When the Larned City Council met Monday night, their first order of business was the commendation of Larned Police Department's newest addition, Officer ...

August 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Bellendir trial set for Nov. 14

The senior judge overseeing the criminal case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said 100 jurors were called for a July 16 trial before it ...

August 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Made in Great Bend, America

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) toured Doonan Specialized Trailers on Wednesday and heard first-hand how tariffs on steel and aluminum are hurting the local manufacturing plant ...

August 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

City abates former hotel property

Among the Great Bend properties abated by the City Council Monday night was former Highland Hotel (now known as the Great Bend Hotel and Convention ...

August 08, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Marshall will run for Big First

When polls closed Tuesday night, incumbent Congressman Roger Marshall was in the clear to move forward to the general election in November. Statewide, he received ...

August 07, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Pawnee County voters in line with state returns

Voters in Pawnee County headed to the polls Tuesday, and by the time the returns were in, it was apparent the county largely followed the ...

August 07, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Milsap, Moeder survive council primary

In the first-ever non-partisan primary in Barton County held for the Great Bend City Council Ward 1 Tuesday, Jessica Milsap and Alan Moeder stamped their ...

August 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Straub headed to a second term

Barton County Commissioner Alicia (Schartz) Straub has won the Republican primary and will go on to run for a second term in November. She represents ...

August 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Driscoll hearing delayed for negotiations

The preliminary hearing for Tracy Driscoll set for Aug. 2 was continued at the request of his defense attorney, Michael S. Holland II. The reason ...

August 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

New trial set in rape case

A man facing more than 50 years in prison for raping a Great Bend woman will get a new jury trial, now that the Kansas ...

August 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

With library issue resolved, city to publish budget

The City of Great Bend and the Great Bend Public Library have closed a troubled chapter in their relationship. As the council approved publishing its ...

August 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Council seeks to rebid 8th Street work

After a sometimes heated discussion, the Great Bend City Council Monday night vote to toss out all four bids it had received for paving the ...

August 06, 2018 | | Local News

Tractor Supply Inc. coming to Great Bend

The City Council Monday night approved allowing Tractor Supply Inc. to temporarily use a septic tank system when it puts in its planned new store ...

August 06, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News



August 06, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Saying thanks and offering encouragement

The RSVP of Central Kansas' annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet last Thursday night was a pep rally of sorts.

August 06, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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