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The importance of leadership

Frustration over bills that seemingly target western and rural Kansas unfairly was evident from some of the questions asked by attendees at the Hoisington Legislative Coffee Saturday. Hoisington School Board President Dean Stoskopf. and Superintendent Bill Lowry were vocal on a bill that would limit a district's ability to raise funds for capital improvements and one that sought to consolidate small school districts, as well as the ongoing legal battles to define the Gannon decision on school funding. Hoisington City Council member Brian Wilborn also questioned the logic of the state legislature's decisions to seek passages of some ...

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Perfect Pancakes

Cool weather puts people in the mood for hot pancakes, Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller said. He's a man who knows what he's talking about. Hundreds turned out Saturday evening for the annual Albert Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Feed and Raffle. Each year for 27 years, the town of about 175 population located in southwest Barton County swells to over 600 as people from the surrounding area come for all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage and the chance to win their share of $100s in prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Whitetails, 656 W Barton County Road (4.5 Miles west of 10th and Patton), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Gaila Nielsen with greeters Jake Deutsch and Staci Bownes. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior companion is recognized for serving elderly

Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington was honored for her community service at the Senior Companion Program In-service meeting held on March 16, in Great Bend. Pritchard has served individuals in Hoisington and Great Bend as a Senior Companion for ten years.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Literacy kits

In April 2015, Great Bend High School Students were able to raise money to give to a charity of their choice. GBHS decided to donate the check to United Way of Central Kansas. This money was used as seed money for literacy kits.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend library makes end of fines official

As of March 1, the Great Bend Public Library no longer charges fines or late fees for overdue materials. The GBPL Board approved the practice earlier this year, but approved it again Monday after Library Director Harry Willems provided a written policy.

March 21, 2016 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


City accepts two major gifts for zoo

Bison are returning to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, and the bears are getting a larger home with its own swimming pool.

March 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Council approves HorsePower on the Plains

Here are highlights of other items from Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting:

March 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County getting healthier

Barton County rose to the 73rd spot in the 2016 county health rankings released last week by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. This is a jump from 2015 when it fell in at 86th.

March 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New rankings shed light on where kansas counties could improve health

Johnson County ranks healthiest in Kansas and Wyandotte County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

March 21, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


The Wetland Explorer: Spring Cleaning for your Nest Box

It is quite evident by now that Spring is upon us. Insects are beginning to emerge, trees are beginning to bloom, days are getting longer, and the birds... Have you noticed how active the birds in your yard are recently? Singing, chasing each other, and maybe even gathering nesting materials have become the birds' daily routine.

March 20, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Legislators talk about '800 lb gorilla'

At the Hoisington legislative coffee Saturday morning, Rep. John Edmonds, Rep. Troy Waymaster, and Sen. Mitch Holmes talked on issues and actions of note in their respective houses before opening up the floor to questions.

March 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Barton County under winter weather advisory

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita placed Barton, Russell, Ellsworth and Lincoln counties under a winter weather advisory Friday until 1 p.m.

March 18, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Walk Kansas starts April 3

Teams are forming and registration is open for the 2016 Walk Kansas program, which this year runs April 3 through May 28. It is open to all Kansans across the state.

March 18, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Huelskamp staff to host tax concerns office hours in Great Bend March 22

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that a staff representative specializing in IRS casework from his Hutchinson office will be available in Great Bend from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 22, at Front Door Community Center. During these office hours, Huelskamp's staff representative will be available to meet individually with taxpayers to learn about their concerns and to serve as a resource for constituents struggling to navigate bureaucratic red tape. Constituents seeking assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment by contacting Congressman Huelskamp's Hutchinson office at 620-665-6138.

March 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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A LESSON IN PERSEVERANCE

ELLINWOOD - A visit almost a year in the planning brought author and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan to the Ellinwood High School gymnasium Tuesday, first ...

September 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Shooting sends victim to Wichita hospital

Authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred late Tuesday morning that sent the victim to a Wichita hospital, Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch said.

September 13, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Band Day 2016 features halftime show with more than 2,000 performers

The Pride of Wildcat Land, the Kansas State University Marching Band, will be joined by band alumni and high school bands from across the state ...

September 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BOE awards bid on sound system

A new sound system purchased for the Great Bend High School Gymnasium could change the experience of watching a program in the gym, school administrators ...

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Schools seek input from candidate Marshall

Members of the Kansas Association of School Boards visited Great Bend on Monday to talk to Dr. Roger Marshall, the Republican candidate for the U ...

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas Highway Patrol responds to injury accident

The Kansas Highway patrol responded to a one vehicle injury accident in Stafford County at 9:58 on Sunday.

September 12, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


GBRC Partners with Great Bend Rotary Club

Everyone enjoys a day fishing at the lake and with the help of the Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Great Bend Rotary Club, the ...

September 12, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Governor Sam Brownback announces more than $1 million in grants to help victims of domestic violence

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced more than $1 million in grants for the 2017 Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) grant program ...

September 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Diversified Services – Westside Market, 5523 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday ...

September 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Work progressing on K-4 overlook

Construction on the much-anticipated Cheyenne Bottoms scenic overlook east of Hoisington on K-4 could begin in November, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning. This ...

September 12, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hartung sought by BCSO

The Barton County Sheriff's office is seeking the public's assistance in locating Amy Hartung.

September 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Shots fired into USD 428 office

Someone shot several rounds into the USD 428 District Education Center shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, Sheriff Brian Bennendir reports.

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Memorial park fence to be restored

Barton County commissioners Monday morning knew the ornate north and south fences at Golden Belt Memorial Park had to be restored. They were just frustrated ...

September 12, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Mosquito spraying to continue

The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will start spraying for mosquitoes again this week. The spraying will start at 8 p.m. until ...

September 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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