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Council votes to suspend Chief Couch

The Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to suspend Police Chief Cliff Couch with pay effective immediately "with potential for termination." The decision split the council and was approved on a five-three vote following a 45-minute executive session.

July 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BCC trustees prepare to publish budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is expected to approve a proposed budget for publication when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building on campus. This action will also set the public budget hearing for 4 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the same location.

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Garage lost in fire

A controlled burn that got out of control Saturday afternoon destroyed a garage in rural Claflin. The fire at 921 NE 140 Ave. was reported at 1:33 p.m.

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Burglaries reported in neighborhood

Several Great Bend residents in a one-block area awoke last Friday to find someone had entered their property overnight.

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Two arrested on aggravated battery charges

Two people were arrested on aggravated battery charges after Great Bend Police Department officers were dispatched to 2919 Gano St. at 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library law change has CKLS turning to commissioners

Thanks to the recent passage of HB 2102, which went into effect July 1, the governor will no longer be called on to appoint members to the state's seven library systems boards. That job will now fall to county commissioners around the state.

July 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOT SHOTS: 4-H at shooting nationals

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Three Barton County teenagers were among the 712 4-H members, representing 34 states, at the 2017 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships held June 25-30 in Grand Island, Nebraska. All three placed and helped take the Kansas squad to a second-place finish.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Historical weaver teaches tradition

During a weaving demonstration Friday at the Great Bend Public Library, Terry Asper described some of the looms used throughout history.

July 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


BCSO to offer concealed carry class

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, Aug. 5. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Even though a permit is not required to carry concealed within the state, citizens are strongly encouraged to take the class, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Legion Auxiliary plans Hawaiian Luau

The American Legion Auxiliary in Great Bend will hold its seventh annual Hawaiian Luau fundraiser on Saturday, July 29, at Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., for members of the Legion and Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and guests. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the menu will feature Aaron Delgado's barbecued ribs and chicken. Ham, scalloped potatoes and other sides and desserts will be furnished by Unit 180 American Legion Auxiliary members.

July 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


New attraction at Sunflower Diversified's pancake dinner

A new addition to the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake feed will result in prizes for several lucky raffle winners, said Connie Oetken, the non-profit agency's director of development.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City Council to hold special meeting Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda calls for an executive session to discuss "employment issues common to two individual employees pursuant to non-elected personnel matter exception." To be present with the council are Ed Keeley of Wichita, special counsel for the city, and City Attorney Robert Suelter.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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 a Comanche Township board resignation and appointment, recognition of 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Department employees Ryan Lichter and the 2017 asphalt overlay project.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Frey to speak on Climate Reality Project

ST. JOHN - A representative from the Climate Reality Project will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, in the annex building of the Stafford County Courthouse in St. John.

July 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barnett proud of state’s ag tradition

Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett seemed comfortable in jeans and cowboy boots, and at home touring Great Bend Feeding

July 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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GOOD CLEAN FUN

Saturday morning, as 17th Ave. East of McKinley began to fill up with floats and other parade entries, families made their way to the parade ...

August 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 ...

August 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


U.S. 56 milling and overlay from Ellinwood to Lyons to begin

A 19-mile asphalt mill and overlay surfacing project on U.S. 56 in Barton and Rice counties will begin this week. The project is located ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fire Chief Napolitano announces retirement

Longtime Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano announced Friday he plans to retire effective Sept. 1.

August 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Best viewing times for eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, on Monday, Aug. 21.

August 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free eclipse glasses available

Note: The Great Bend Tribune no longer has eclipse viewing glasses.

August 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Marsh Musings

It has been necessary for Sandra and me to be in Kansas City for several days. It is almost strange to see all the traffic ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BOE may revise medication policy

A possible revision of the school district's policy for supervision of medications is on the agenda for the Great Bend USD 428 Board of ...

August 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 has preschool openings

Great Bend USD 428 still has openings in its 4-year-old preschool class set to start Aug. 23. The attendance site is at Riley School and ...

August 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Budget hearing set for USD 428

A 4.3-mill increase in local property taxes for Great Bend USD 428's supplemental budget will be offset by a 4.3-mill decrease in ...

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Moran supports extending Veterans Choice Program

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran fielded questions about health care for veterans and the Veterans Choice Program during a town hall Thursday at the American ...

August 10, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Crash sends one to hospital

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a one-vehicle crash at 1:29 p.m. Tuesday just west of Dorrance on I-70.

August 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Teaching the teachers

New teachers at Great Bend USD 428 met at the District Education Center on Thursday for training with Assistant Superintendent John Popp. This year there ...

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 ready for new year

With the start of school less than two weeks away, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton is excited.

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood Country Living to host barbecue for Christmas fund

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Country Living will host a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the facility, located at 302 ...

August 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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