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New administrators hired at USD 428

The Great Bend USD 428 administrative team will see quite a bit of shuffling this summer as one longtime principal leaves the district, another accepts a new position at the District Education Center and two teachers earn places at the table.

April 11, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Handbook, textbook adoptions approved by Great Bend school board

New handbooks that outline policies for Great Bend USD 428 students, teachers, athletics and activities were approved with little fanfare at Monday's Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Brad Reed noted that, in accordance with board policy, this was the second reading of the handbooks that were introduced at the March board meeting.

April 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drug sweep at GBHS nets arrest

This past Friday, Great Bend Police Officers participated in a drug sweep at the Great Bend High School. This sweep, conducted with and at the request of the school administration, consisted of drug detecting canine teams working with school administrators to "sniff" for drugs in the school building and vehicles parked near the school.

April 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


How much is enough?

Barton County business owners have noticed a surge in burglaries in recent years, and frustration is running high. In 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's report on crimes known to law enforcement, Great Bend was number three in the state of Kansas for number of burglaries per 1,000 residents. Only Pittsburgh and Coffeyville were higher.

April 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


911 dispatchers, abuse and assault prevention efforts honored

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to recognized the unsung heroes of 911 and those on the front lines fighting child abuse and sexual assault.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County ready should Zika come this way

In early March, Kansas reported its first case of the much-talked about Zika virus. Although there has only been on instance thus far, local and state health officials are bracing for the mosquito-borne disease to spread to the Sunflower state.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KWEC event offers fun for everyone

Fly over to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Great Migration Rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 30, for entertainment, prizes and food.

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library fundraiser

Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey, is the featured speaker for the third annual joint fundraising event co-sponsored by Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library. Buchanan's topic for the evening is recent earthquakes in Kansas. Along with the guest speaker, the 6:30 p.m. event includes hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction and will be held on Earth Day Friday April 22, at the Lyons High School Cafeteria. Rex Buchanan grew up near Little River,in Rice County on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey, based ...

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees schedule meeting to discuss personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room F-30 on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold an executive session for discussion of personnel.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge Keeley seeks reelection

District Judge Mike Keeley has announced he will seek reelection for the position of District Judge, Division 3, of the 20th Judicial District. The 20th Judicial District includes Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties.

April 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library offers Book Store sale

Great Bend Public Library's Book Store will observe National Library Week, April 10-16, with a two-for-one sale. This week, patrons can purchase two hardbacks for $3 or two paperbacks for $1.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New books, more at GBPL

Great Bend Public Library added the following titles in March:

April 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:

April 09, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


School board set to approve handbooks

Handbooks for the next school year are on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting. It will start at 5 p.m. Monday at the District Education Center.

April 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Keeley, Gatterman reappointed as chief judges

TOPEKA - Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced Thursday the Kansas Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley as chief judge of the 20th judicial district and Judge Bruce Gatterman as chief judge of the 24th judicial district. Both have been appointed to another two-year term, effective to Dec. 31, 2017.

April 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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