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Oil and gas museum takes education a step further

The Kansas Oil and Gas Museum has teamed up with USD 428 to offer classes to 4th and 6th graders through a grant it received last November from the Golden Belt Community Foundation for the 2017 and 2018 school year.

August 31, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


World Shorebirds Day is Sept. 6

TOPEKA - The Nature Conservancy and Cheyenne Bottoms are preparing for World Shorebirds Day, Wednesday, Sept. 6.

August 31, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Manager discusses plans for Cheyenne Bottoms

The opening of teal season on Saturday, Sept. 9, could draw hundreds of hunters to the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. Last year, over 600 people came for the opening day, according to Jason Wagner, the new wildlife area manager at the state-owned portion of the Barton County marsh. Some 11,000 hunters were there during the season that runs from September to March, he added.

August 31, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Labor Day weekend activities set at Fort Larned National Historic Site

LARNED – Experience the excitement of a working frontier fort as Fort Larned National Historic Site hosts Labor Day Weekend activities Saturday through Monday. Living history demonstrations and activities will be held all three days of the event from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

August 31, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Local general election candidates listed

The Barton County Clerk's Office has announced the list of local candidates running in the Nov. 7 general election. On the ballot are a number of city, school and other local positions in Barton county, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said.

August 31, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Filling vacancy on council agenda

On the agenda for the Great Bend City Council meeting Tuesday night is the vacancy created by the Aug. 15 resignation of Second Ward Councilman Wayne Henneke in the wake of the ongoing controversy engulfing the city and suspended Police Chief Cliff Couch. Also on the to-do list is the election of a new council president since Henneke had served in that capacity.

August 31, 2017 | | Local News


Chasing Tails Rescue heading to Houston area

Chris Klima, Great Bend, operates a small, rescue based shelter called Chasing Tails Rescue. Her network put out the plea to pull dogs from shelters around the Houston area earlier this week. She has since been organizing a transport that will be part of a caravan with a Wichta based rescue, Beauties and the Beasts, leaving Kansas on Friday.

August 31, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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.

August 31, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A SAFE PLACE TO WEATHER THE STORM

Monday, Rashaun Southard of Hands of Hope Rescue, Great Bend, hit the road with a handful of volunteers destined for San Antonio,Texas. They had empty vans and full hearts.

August 31, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Thinking outside the box

ST. JOHN - A brick building that was the only grocery store in St. John sits vacant, its glass doors covered with paper since it closed early last year.

August 30, 2017 | BY BRYAN THOMPSON Kansas News Service | Local News


Hoisington City Council honors Zecha for 30-plus years service

HOISINGTON -- For the last 32-and-a-half years, Paul Zecha, Hoisington's Public Works supervisor, has been serving the citizens of Hoisington, helping to keep the infrastructure of the city in good condition so things like turning on water, driving down the street, and turning on the lights could simply be taken for granted. This week, Zecha will retire, and Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell took time to thank him at the Monday night council meeting.

August 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


UWCK advises how to help Harvey victims

According to Gaila Demel, Executive Director of United Way of Central Kansas, her office has received emails and phone calls inquiring about local procedures, if any, for donations to the relief efforts due to Hurricane Harvey.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sen. Mary Jo Taylor stops at Great Bend Rotary

Even though the rest of the Kansas legislature may be taking a break, Sen. Mary Jo Taylor has been busy since the end of the protracted session on June 26. The soon-to-be former Stafford USD 249 superintendent still has two weeks to go before her replacement takes over, and she can officially retire from her school career. Still, that didn't keep the Stafford Republican from attending the Great Bend Rotary Club meeting Monday where she shared insights gleaned from her freshman year as a state Senator.

August 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Old school desk crowning touch on old school project car

On any given Summer weekend, Kansas is ripe with opportunities to get your fix of top-notch examples of classic cars like Ford Model Ts, Plymouth Belvederes, Dodge Chargers, Thunderbirds, and Pontiac GTOs, Bonnevilles and more. And while the cars themselves are testaments to the tender loving care of their owners, each car comes with its own unique story. Saturday morning, Great Bend was the place, featuring Barton County Historical Society's annual Rolling Sculpture car show. Al Denning was on hand to share the story of his Ford UK Anglia with enthusiasts.

August 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Volunteers guide seniors through Medicare maze

When Kansans become eligible for Medicare, the process can be intimidating. But friendly volunteers are available to guide seniors through the maze of enrollment.

August 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Central Plains Middle Schoolers attend State Fair Spelling Bee

BUSHTON - The 17th Annual Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee was held at the Encampment Building on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Students participating from Central Plains ...

September 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves next steps in CDBG application

HOISINGTON -- Mayor Clayton Williamson opened Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting with a hearing about the proposed CDBG Wastewater Application, which could pay for ...

September 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 ready to extend Title I status

Great Bend USD 428's five elementary schools are part of Title 1 - a program that provides federal financial assistance to schools with high percentages ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Lemonade War'

The lemonade stand set up at Monday's school board meeting was a reminder that soon children throughout Great Bend soon will be reading "The ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


ElderCare offers emergency boxes to homebound clients

Local non-profit entities and private businesses have teamed up to provide emergency food and water to some homebound people in the event of a disaster.

September 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Site Council members for 2017-2018 school year selected

Principals at Great Bend USD 428 learning centers submitted names of recommended 2017-2018 Site Council members for their schools. These were approved at Monday's ...

September 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 will ask state to revoke teacher's license

Special education teacher Alyson Burkhart's resignation was not accepted Monday by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education. Instead, the board will petition ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘It’s like family’

With North Korea testing its nukes, hurricanes lashing Texas and Florida and continued threat of terrorist attacks, it may seem like an odd time to ...

September 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Importance of being ready recognized

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a proclamation marking September as Preparedness Month 2017.

September 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Family enhances lives at Cherry Village with memorial piano donation

The spirit of Kenneth and Dolores Corke is living on at Cherry Village Benevolence, thanks to a memorial gift from their children.

September 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Tickets still available for Sunflower Diversified pancake feed

Tickets for the Sunflower Diversified Services pancake dinner and related raffle are still available from the non-profit agency. All proceeds will directly support infants, toddlers ...

September 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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