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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.

March 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rain slows Ellinwood KDOT project

ELLINWOOD - No one in Ellinwood is complaining about the rain the area has received in the past 48 hours, but it has temporarily stopped the KDOT project along Santa Fe Ave. where storm sewers are being updated and new concrete is being poured.

March 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Battling noxious weeds serious business

Noxious weeds are one of the greatest threats to the Kansas environment, but strong local efforts to control them are a tremendous help, Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told the County Commission Monday morning.

March 29, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG | Local News


Rain Dance

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Two convicted of juvenile sex crimes

Two men were convicted Friday of sex crimes involving juveniles, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said. The cases were unrelated. Camerino Rodriguez Olvera and Todd Lane Leech appeared in Barton County District Court and entered pleas.

March 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Much-needed moisture saves crops

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rainfall totals

Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 maintains 10 weather stations throughout the district, which includes portions of Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties. Rainfall totals from the weather stations are shown below.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remodel bid sparks council debate

HOISINGTON - City Council members were uncertain how to proceed Monday night after they were presented with three bids for the construction and installation of new cabinets and counter tops for the city offices. In February, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said money had been set aside for a few years for the remodeling of the offices. Still, when he shared that office staff recommended the high bid, which was nearly 50 percent higher than the other two bids, eyebrows were raised.

March 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Student offers testimonial of transfer experience

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees gathered Tuesday evening for its regular meeting and discussed one of its nine over-arching goals, known as ENDs. This month's focus was on "Academic Advancement," which deals primarily with ensuring students are able to transfer successfully if that is their intent.

March 28, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC lowers tuition for out-of-state students

Tuition for out-of-state students at Barton Community College will be the same as tuition for in-state students - a reduction of $31 per credit hour - starting in the fall of 2017. All students will see a $4 increase in fees at that time.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas Startup to start up

Kansas Startup will be held April 7-9 in Great Bend. Participants will spend 48 hours building businesses with the support of expert facilitators and distinguished judges.

March 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Family Crisis Center gets van

As excited as JoAnn Wondra was about the Family Crisis Center receiving a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, she can't show the public the van that was purchased with the gift.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GB River Rats remove trash on Ark River

A group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts who enjoy riding four-wheelers along the Arkansas River spent a recent weekend picking up tons of trash.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBRC to host ’Notable Naturalists’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Notable Naturalists" from noon–1 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Olmitz man injured in vehicle accident

An Olmitz man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Friday evening near Olmitz, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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