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Couch supporters hold their own meeting

After the Great Bend City Council adjourned its regular meeting Monday night to the disapproving shouts and jeers from supporters of suspended Police Chief Cliff Couch gathered at the Great Bend Events Center, Bryan Harris stepped to the podium and addressed the restless crowd.

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Retired officer backs suspended chief

Most of those at the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night don't know all that has transpired or been said regarding the ongoing controversy involving suspended Police Chief Cliff Couch and the city, retired Great Bend police officer Terry Millard said. "Perhaps we never will."

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Eyeing the sky

Eclipse viewing glasses were a hot commodity in Great Bend Monday morning. Those looking for a pair began arriving as early as 8 a.m. at the Great Bend Public Library where it had been announced there would be an eclipse viewing party mid-day. While the wait continued until 11:30 a.m., and the line grew to nearly a block-long on the Forest Ave. side of the library, most who waited were not disappointed.

August 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Eclipse viewing slideshow

Aug. 21, 2017, Barton County, Kansas. Solar eclipse viewing.

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The teachers are back

School doesn't start until Wednesday, but all of the employees at Great Bend USD 428 were on the job Monday for the annual Back to School Bash.

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


St. Joseph man killed following highway chase

PAWNEE COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation identified 30-year-old Jason Dale Smith of St. Joseph, Missouri, as the man killed following a highway chase involving the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Pawnee County Sheriff's Office, and the Edwards County Sheriff's Office, which ended Thursday, Aug. 17 east of Garfield.

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees meet Tuesday

Great Bend's revitalization plan is on the agenda when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The plan allows for residents in specific areas within the city to apply for tax rebates for certain improvements to their properties. Also on the agenda: personnel, strategic planning report and RSVP yearly report.

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 budget hearing is Tuesday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a budget hearing at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. There will be a review of the district's 2017-2018 budget, which was published in the Great Bend Tribune on Aug. 11. The board may then officially adopt the budget.

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


What a show!

Hundreds of Barton County residents watched the solar eclipse together on Monday, as crowds gathered early at the Great Bend Public Library, Barton Community College and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Injury crash sends one to hospital

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle crash at 2:08 p.m. on Sunday at mile marker 109 on North U,S, 281 in Barton County.

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Back to School Bash slideshow

Photos taken Aug. 21, 2017, as teachers return to Great Bend USD 428.

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


911 Office to get new security camera, intercom

In an effort to upgrade the security at the Barton County 911 Office, the County Commission Monday morning approved the purchase of replacement security camera and intercom system.

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


FHSU Golden Belt Alumni Chapter gathering

ELLINWOOD - Join area Fort Hays State University alumni and friends, and take a step back in time to experience life during the prohibition era when you gain access, by special FHSU password, to the Underground Saloon of the Historic Wolf Hotel in downtown Ellinwood. Enjoy the company of fellow Tigers while hearing the latest and greatest about Fort Hays State from special guest Dr. Joey Linn, vice president of student affairs.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Lack of quorum nixes council meeting

It was the meeting that wasn't.

August 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Historical Society to hold Rolling Sculpture car show

Barton County Historical Society will host Rolling Sculpture 2017, its annual car show and open house, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.

August 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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