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Great Bend Recreation Commission approves $275K destination playground

Great Bend will soon have a destination pocket playground that will provide a place to play for people of all ages and abilities. The master plan for "My Back Yard," to be located at the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St., was unveiled Monday at the Great Bend Recreation Commission meeting.

June 10, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC trustees set special meeting

The Barton Community College board of trustees' June study session is set for 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.

June 09, 2015 | | Local News


A LOT OF PLANNING

Barton County is crisscrossed with 389 miles of paved roads, ranking it fourth among the 105 counties in state in terms of asphalt blacktops.

June 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Injured cyclist treated, released

HODGEMAN COUNTY - A New Mexico woman riding in Biking Across Kansas was treated and released at Hodgeman County Health Center Monday after being blown off her bicycle by a semi-tractor trailer.

June 09, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Faith Community Church, 293 W Barton Co Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Connie Oetken and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

June 09, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 approves pool lease with BCC

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Barton Community College. Superintendent Brad Reed said the agreement, in effect, guarantees the school district can continue to use the college's indoor pool for the next 12 years with a $10,000 a year lease.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​New teachers hired for fall

A summary of items approved Monday by the USD 428 school board:

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspect found with stolen boat and motors

A stolen boat was recovered Saturday and a suspect was arrested, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former banker in Great Bend sentenced for bank fraud

WICHITA - Aformer loan officer for a bank in Great Bend was sentenced Monday to six months in prison followed by six months home detention for bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. In addition, he was ordered to pay $124,000 in restitution and $50,000 in a personal forfeiture judgment.

June 08, 2015 | | Local News


Training facility asset to county, area

What started out as a berm for target shooting and an old farmhouse for Barton County Sheriff's Office training has evolved into a multi-use site utilized by law enforcement agencies around the state.

June 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado siren repaired

The tornado warning siren at 5th and Chestnut in the southeastern part of Great Bend is now back in service, the Great Bend Police Department reported Monday afternoon.

June 08, 2015 | | Local News


​Vehicles collide near Russell

RUSSELL - Two vehicles collided and two people were taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Sunday after a driver ran a stop sign at the intersection of Old 40 and 189th St., approximately 1.25 miles east of Russell.

June 08, 2015 | | Local News


Tuesday is Ninja Day

Tuesday, June 9, is Ninja Day at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St. Kids are invited to join in some sneaky ninja fun. They will get the chance to decorate their own ninja swords and frost ninja cookies.

June 08, 2015 | | Local News


​‘Run for the Soul’ motorcycle run set

ELLSWORTH - On Saturday June 27, the 16th annual "Run For The Soul" Motorcycle Benefit Run will be held at the Ellsworth Recreation Center, former Armory, in Ellsworth. The ride will leave at 12:30 p.m. with a bike parade around the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

June 08, 2015 | | Local News


American Red Cross encourages adding blood donation to vacation to-do lists

There are 100 days of summer and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to choose their day to give blood and help ensure a sufficient blood supply.

June 07, 2015 | | Local News


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35th Infantry Division Band comes to Great Bend

The Kansas Army National Guard 35 Infantry Division Band will present a free Home Front Concert at the Jack Kilby Square to honor and thank all those who have served our country. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, June, 22.

June 19, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Its harvest time again, and that means extra caution on Kansas roads

Harvest is a busy time for farmers and they use local roads to get in and out of their field driveways. This causes slower traffic along Kansas road ways throughout the state.

June 19, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Great Bend Airfest brings warbird ride opportunities

The Great Bend Airfest is official scheduled for Sept. 18-20. As plans and schedules are being finalized, Great Bend Municipal Airport Manager Martin Miller said early reservation opportunities for those interested in vintage warbird rides during the show. The 2015 Airfest will include 17 different warbirds, and six of these will be offering rides to the public, Miller said. Early booking is available on-line for the B-29 FiFi, the B-25 Miss Mitchell, and the P-51 Gunfighter.

June 19, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


No visible underwear, no altered clothing for Hoisington students

Parents of students attending Hoisington Middle and High Schools take heed. The USD 431 Board of Education met, discussed, and approved amendments to the district's dress policy on Wednesday, June 17. These decisions may have an impact on the back-to-school shopping decisions that are sure to be made in the next few months, and the board hopes to avoid complaints by disgruntled parents upset over spending money on clothing that will not be allowed in the school.

June 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


More than 100 participate in Rosewood’s “Kids Day at the Ranch”

Rosewood Ranch was a happening place Saturday, June 13, as dozens of energetic children were involved in fun ranch activities. The children and their families participated in the fifth annual "Kids Day at the Ranch," presented by Rosewood Services.

June 19, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas Wetlands Center offers summer fun

Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 2 through July 16 and summer day camps held June 26, July 10 and July 20, 22 and 24.

June 19, 2015 | | Local News


Tower bricks available; costs to save building prohibitive

St. Rose Health Center has been getting many requests for bricks that could serve as mementos of the 51-year-old circular towers that are currently being razed.

June 19, 2015 | | Local News


GAINING GROUND

TOPEKA – Veterans Memorial Lake in Great Bend was one of three lakes in Kansas under a warning for toxic blue-green algae, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Thursday afternoon.

June 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Take the Bull by the Horns

Brockel donates longhorns back to Foundation to auction again

June 18, 2015 | | Local News


Out of the Morgue

This week instead of delving into the history of Great Bend, we'll travel a few miles down the road to Pawnee Rock, through the pages of the Pawnee Rock Herald.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


PTSD picture book author visits Hoisington Public Library

Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Summer interns join the team at the 4-H extension office

The 4-H extension office of Great Bend has two summer interns for these warm months.

June 17, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Pump prices unexpectedly jump

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 7.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 per gallon earlier this weekly, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81.

June 17, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


St. Rose, local employers team up for wellness screenings

St. Rose Health Center is taking its mission to improve community health and wellness to the streets – one employer at a time.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Fatal collision in Barton County

An Ellsworth woman died when the vehicle she was driving collided with another vehicle on K-156, 14 miles northeast of Great Bend at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday. A 2000 Mazda protege driven by Teresa Mehl, age 45, was travelling east on K-156 and crossed into the westbound lane, colliding with a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 driven by Andrew Kirkpatrick, 31, from Ellinwood.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


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