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Cliff Couch resigns as police chief

Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch submitted Wednesday afternoon his resignation effective Oct. 15. The announcement came just a week after he was reinstated following his suspension in July amid the on-going controversy that has engulfed the chief and the city.

September 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | 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.

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Council OKs Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

ELLINWOOD - A small quorum of three Ellinwood City Council members met Monday night in regular session, and took action on a number of business items. However, all three present, Gaila Demel, Ken Lebbin and Alan Brauer, opted to table action concerning options for payment of a proposed bond and authorizing the resolution for bond sale until a full council can be present. That meeting is tentatively planned for the first week of October, and the city will announce the date through the media as soon as it is set.

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood man killed in Crash

ELLINWOOD - An Ellinwood man died Tuesday after the bicycle he was riding was hit by a pickup around 11 a.m. in the 500 block of East E St., near the Lakin Comanche Cemetery.

September 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Surge in raccoons with distemper seen

Local veterinarians and the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University are joining forces to warn the public to be on the lookout for raccoons, especially those showing up in the daytime, as they could be infected with canine distemper and be a health threat to dogs.

September 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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 Middle School-Bushton were Natalie Rolfs, Kristi Weeks, Kassidy Nixon, Hannah Ames, Lane Rolfs, Zoe Wimmer, Melissa Donecker and Lauren Oeser. The first part of the competition was a 30-word written exam. While the written exam was being graded the students enjoyed playing Kansas State Fair Trivia. Forty-three 6th-8th grade students competed in the written part of the exam with 25 qualifying for the oral competition. Kassidy, Kristi, Natalie and Lauren qualified for the oral competition ...

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 up to half the cost of bringing the city into compliance with EPA regulations and requirements for the city's sewage lagoons and pump station. An administrative order currently exists on the lagoons, which requires the city to make changes to the treatment process and also to remove some sludge from the lagoons. .

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 of children from low-income families. Now the administration will pursue district-wide Title 1 status, extending the program to the middle school and the high school, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

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 Lemonade War," by Jacqueline Davies.

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 school board meeting:

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 the state to revoke her license for failing to fulfill her contract with the district.

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 look at butter sculptures and eat Pronto Pups. But, that's not the case.

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


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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


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