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Hoisington City Council to move forward with policy manual overhaul

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council addressed one of the top staffing priorities for the coming year when it met Monday night. At the June 25 meeting, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell revealed that the council selected updating the personnel manual to address significant changes as one of its most pressing needs. Mitchell consulted with the League of Kansas Municipalities about steps necessary to review and revise the document, which he shared with the council.

July 10, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

‘Queen of the night’ doesn’t disappoint

LARNED - Anne Graner isn't sure where her father bought his Queen of the Night cactus many years ago. Growing up in Oyster Bay, New York, the cactus was a family fixture for many years. This summer, for the first time ever, Graner's plant bloomed, and finally, she understands why it bears its name.

July 10, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

GBRC approved budget

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors approved its 2018-2019 budget on Monday.

July 10, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News

Alien invasion

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is sponsoring its 24th annual youth summer theater production, "The Day Aliens Attacked Fairfield, the Town Where Nothing Ever Happens."

July 10, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News

Special ed staff covering school psych posts

Great Bend USD 428 has all of its teaching positions covered for the fall semester, Assistant Superintendent John Popp told the board of education on Monday.

July 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Chapman bolts from courtroom

Raymond K. Chapman, in Barton County District Court for a hearing Monday morning, suddenly fled Courtroom B after District Magistrate Judge Verle Willey announced his sentence, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

July 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Stuffing the bus

United Way of Central Kansas is gearing up for its annual Stuff the Bus event across Barton and Pawnee counties, said UWCK Executive Director Gaila Demel.

July 09, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Newman earns national FBLA award

Lindsey Newman from Great Bend High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 1.

July 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Bright and early Saturday morning, 4-Hers and their four-legged friends were spruced up and ready for show at the annual Barton County Fair 4-H Dog Show at Expo 3. Dog and owner teams competed in four areas: obedience, showmanship, agility and rally. With many contestants members of Barton County 4-H's newest project club, several teams competed in multiple events.

July 07, 2018 | 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 appointments to the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging Sub-Regional Council, establishing speed limits on a portion of SE 10 Road East of SE 105 Avenue and bordering the City of Ellinwood and an update of the 2018 authorized positions listing.

July 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

City administrator topic of special council meeting

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The sole agenda item is an executive session to discuss the city administrator position.

July 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Voters must trust electoral system

From making sure voting rolls are accurate to preventing foreign interference in local elections, Kansas secretary of state candidate Dennis Taylor said voters must have confidence in the electoral process.

July 06, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Business town hall to address workforce issues

The Governor's Education Council, the Kansas Chamber and the Brandmeyer Center for Applied Economics at the University of Kansas School of Business have joined together in a survey-based research project to help better define the term "skills gap" as experienced in the Kansas business community.

July 06, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Day 15, Kansas Wheat Harvest Report

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July 06, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


The Great Bend City Band held its annual patriotic concert Thursday night, with a selection of eight historical marches that date back to the Civil War and culminating with a rendition of John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

July 05, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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First human WNV case reported in Kansas

TOPEKA – The mosquitoes are at it again.

August 01, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

UWCK announces 2019 co-chairs

United Way of Central Kansas Wednesday morning announced its 2019 Campaign co-chairs. They include Patrick and Karisa Cowan, Kenny and Cindy Vink, and Barry and ...

August 01, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

KU Health System announces purchase of Great Bend Regional

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The University of Kansas Health System announced Wednesday it has completed the purchase of Great Bend Regional Hospital and its affiliated clinics ...

August 01, 2018 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

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