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County Commission, City Council meet Monday

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

March 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Teachers receive poverty training

As the number of Great Bend children in low-income homes increases, educators are spending more time on poverty training. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Kim Wilson said that is one of the goals set by his Building Leadership Team last summer and the efforts will continue.

March 30, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


ELLINWOOD - Quarterly parties for students who reach their Accelerated Reader goals proves learning to read can be fun. Students in grades two through four celebrated their latest AR goals by taking part in several "minute to win it" games organized by librarians Amy Hammeke, Jean Garner, grade school library assistant Kala Robl and library substitute Lindell Redington.

March 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Teachers report 'light bulb' moments

A sixth grader at Jefferson Elementary School who was struggling with reading at the start of the school year got extra help, which has made a world of difference, English Language Arts coach Natalie DeForest told the school board Thursday. It was another example of how frequent testing and prompt interventions help teachers target what students need to work on.

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Garden City man pleads in kidnapping of teen

LARNED – On Thursday morning in Pawnee County District Court, Anthony Riojas, 22, of Garden City, waived his preliminary hearing and entered a no-contest plea to kidnapping and battery in connection to a 2017 kidnapping of a Garden City teen. He was originally charged with a single count of aggravated kidnapping. According to Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett, the charges stem from a missing teenager report from Garden City on Dec. 21, 2017. Riojas had been reported by the teenager's family as a suspect in the girl's disappearance.

March 29, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


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

March 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


ALBERT - Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller is looking forward to being able to offer his firefighters another level of safety when filling air bottles at the station, thanks to the turnout at the 29th Annual Albert Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Feed and Raffle that happened Saturday, March 24.

March 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Dates set for kindergarten roundup

Dates have been set for Great Bend USD 428's kindergarten roundup. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 and are planning to attend local schools in the fall.

March 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Helping Hands Preschool has openings

Helping Hands Preschool has peer mentor openings for the 2018-19 school year, according to Michelle Cape, program coordinator for Early Childhood Special Education.

March 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Harvesting fur

While farmers harvest grain, Calvin "Trapper" Calp harvests fur. The owner of Calp's Fur and Root in Hoisington has been a fur dealer for six decades after learning to trap at an early age.

March 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Next HazMat offering starts in April

The image that comes to mind for hazardous materials might be a broken barrel with radioactive glowing green goo coming out of it, but the reality is hazardous materials can be household chemicals; they are everywhere and can pose a threat to the public's safety and health if a container is breached or if materials are not handled according to regulations.

March 28, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News

Hoisington City Council approves request for TGT funds

HOISINGTON - Hoisington Mayor Dalton Popp brought the Monday night city council meeting Monday night to order, following a brief opportunity for council members to examine a prototype for new metal art displays that the city's power plant staff have been developing. It's one way the city is helping the Hoisington Main Street organization to solve the problem of how to better protect the city's iconic metal art currently displayed on utility poles along Main Street. A request from that organization for $5,000 from the Transient Guest Tax fund to go toward the project was part of ...

March 28, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Barton tuition going up

For the third year in a row, Barton Community College students will see a tuition increase this fall. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $2 increase in tuition and a $2 increase in fees.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

CKCA announces open house

Central Kansas Christian Academy, 215 McKinley St., will hold its annual open house from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29. There will be class projects and an art display, as well as a book fair and kindergarten screening sign-up.

March 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Fatal crash in Ellsworth Co.

A Colorado teenager died Friday following a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County.

March 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Legislators commended for supporting education

During Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Khris Thexton noted the Kansas Legislature's passage of a school finance bill ...

April 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Week honors unsung heros

Public Safety Communications Officers play a vital role in protecting the life and property of Barton County citizens, a proclamation adopted by the Barton County ...

April 09, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS | Local News

Marijuana wax lab explosion in rural Great Bend

A structure fire Friday afternoon in rural Great Bend was caused by a butane explosion in what law enforcement officers are calling a clandestine lab ...

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

ATV pursuit leads to drug arrest

Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved is a pursuit with an all terrain vehicle around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday that led ...

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS speech team earns medals at Pratt

The Great Bend High School speech team competed at the Pratt Speech tournament on Saturday. Four GBHS students competed in 10 events and placed in ...

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kansas AG sending notices to 25,000 Kansans to reach who might be eligible for refunds

TOPEKA - The Kansas Attorney General's Office is mailing notices to nearly 25,000 Kansans who may be eligible for a refund of money they ...

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Missing teen was last seen in Great Bend

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for assistance from the public to help locate a missing teenager.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kloos supports Kansans Can initiative

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Rick Kloos, Independent, stopped by the Tribune offices Wednesday on his way to the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show. He was ...

April 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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