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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.

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council accepts bid on Main Street property

ELLINWOOD - The first order of business Tuesday night at the Ellinwood City Council was consideration of bids for the property at 104 N. Main St. The property was acquired by the city earlier this year after several delays in having the adjoining blighted buildings demolished caused damage to the building, and the past owners sold it to the city to avoid further damages. After the buildings were removed, the city had the exposed wall fixed and put it up for bid in September. The first round of bids included one from a private person who wished to use the property ...

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


More flu cases being reported

With the official start of winter a week away, temperatures have plunged. And, we all know that cold weather and influenza go hand in hand.

December 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington City Council receptive to CID for Sonic

HOISINGTON - When developers of Hoisington's new Sonic Restaurant began construction earlier this month, it wasn't long before they ran into an unexpected and expensive problem, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell explained at Monday night's city council meeting.

December 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Exiting Supt. gets extra $90k

Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicles bids go to local dealers

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of four vehicles on Tuesday, opting for the lowest bids submitted by from Barton County venders.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed granted leave of absence

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Popular Larned superintendent announces retirement

LARNED – Long-time Fort Larned school system Superintendent Jon Flint has announced his retirement from Unified School District 495. Flint will remain in his post through the end of the 2016-17 school year.

December 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Former bank employee in Great Bend pleads guilty to embezzling more than $73,600

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A former employee of a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $73,600 from the bank, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

December 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend Public Library adjusts despite funding cut

With the writing on the wall, Director Harry Willems and the Library Board put into action an austerity plan of sorts in order to sock away 10 percent of this year's budget into the coming year's capital improvement fund. With 92 percent of the year complete, only 82 percent of the library's budget has been spent, Willems was pleased to share during his financial report Monday at the monthly board meeting.

December 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed resigns

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement/resignation was accepted by the school board on Monday. Although the retirement officially starts at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the board also named Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton as the interim superintendent, effectively immediately.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building projected tabled

At the Nov. 14 school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed had an architect show the board two proposed building projects that could cost more than $2 million: A new bus barn/maintenance building constructed next to the District Education Center on Patton Road, and a remodeling of the Center itself. Payment for the projects would come from capital outlay funds and would be accomplished with no tax increases, he stressed.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four fires reported over weekend

The Great Bend Fire department was busy over the weekend dealing with four fire-related calls beginning on Friday.

December 12, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Pawnee County/Larned Police reports

Pawnee County Sheriff's report

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Sarah Adams and Shelly Peacock. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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D of I Soup Sampler Supper is Sunday

The Daughters of Isabella will hold a soup sampler supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Prince of Peace Parish ...

January 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 in no rush to replace Reed

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education doesn't need to hurry as it seeks to replace Superintendent Brad Reed, who resigned last month ...

January 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend High School students plan for fifth annual Community Service Day

Great Bend High School's Student Council got a green light Monday to organize the fifth annual all-day school-wide Community Service Day. Weather permitting, it ...

January 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Traffic stop turns into drug arrest

A routine traffic stop in the 200 Block of Main Street by Barton County Sheriff's deputy Sierra Thorne at 11:15 a.m. on ...

January 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from ...

January 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Matthews honored for service as county attorney

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to recognize outgoing Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews for his years of service.

January 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


TAKING THEIR OATHS

The results of the November general election in Barton County were made official as part of the County Commission meeting Monday morning. A host of ...

January 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hunting retreat brings 12 USMC vets to area

SEWARD - Friday, 12 veterans from the Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas areas travelled to Great Bend to take part in a pheasant hunting therapy retreat ...

January 07, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


United Way of Central Kansas Boxes of Love program

There are hundreds of seniors in Barton County living alone and dependent on local agencies for food, socialization, and basic human contact. So, come Valentines ...

January 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


December Marriage and Divorce Filings

December Marriage Licenses

January 07, 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 the ...

January 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Touched by Cancer plans Monday meet and greet

The Touched by Cancer support group has announced its schedule for the new year. The group meets from 4-5 p.m. on the second Monday ...

January 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Alzheimer’s support group to meet on Monday

The Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Trinity Methodist Church, located at 5700 Broadway ...

January 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff to speak at League of Women Voters meeting

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is scheduled to speak at the League of Women Voters of Great Bend meeting, set for noon Tuesday, Jan. 10 ...

January 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Greek mythology

Great Bend's Lincoln School sixth graders in Karen Eckberg's class pose in costumes and/or with props depicting gods and goddesses. Eckberg said ...

January 06, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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