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Annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Public Information Night

The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Public Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug, 23, at the Kansas Wetland Education Center northeast of Great Bend on Kansas Highway 156, in the southeastern portion of the wildlife area. Information presented includes current and expected conditions at Cheyenne Bottoms for the waterfowl season, waterfowl season dates, expectations for the fall waterfowl migration and expected upland game bird populations for the central part of Kansas.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Officials urge safety for back to school

Back to school is a busy time for children and families. Between school supplies, new clothes, and sports tryouts, parents may not think about safety issues.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff’s Office not part of investigation

Misunderstood information from the Barton County Commission meeting on Monday morning gave the wrong impression that there was an investigation at the Barton County Sheriff's Office which in fact there was not, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


More Back to School Bash photos

Teachers and staff reported for duty and a Back to School Bash Monday morning in Great Bend.

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City moves towards water system improvements

The Great Bend City Council Monday night took the next step towards issuing bonds to fund about $6 million in water line and water well improvements.

August 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


District holds tax rate level; fills vacancies

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday approved a budget that holds the mill levy to virtually the same rate as the past two years, Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton said. The estimated tax rate for the general fund, supplemental fund, capital outlay and debt service will be 45.834 mills, compared to 45.866 mills in 2015-2016 and 45.280 mills in 2014-2015.

August 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City’s mill levy inches down

Following a quiet public budget hearing Monday night, the Great Bend City Council approved the city's 2017 budget as it was published.

August 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


SCHOOL PRIDE

School board president Joyce Carter said Great Bend USD 428 has always been a good school district, and her goal is for it to become known statewide as a great school district.

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 budget hearing is Monday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold its budget hearing when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. The budget for 2016-2017 will be approved following the public hearing.

August 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pancake sales will kick off Sunrise Campaign

The flipping of the cakes is on the agenda again this year to benefit people with developmental disabilities and delays who rely on Sunflower Diversified Services.

August 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Court roundup: Baker trial postponed

Jury trials for several Barton County cases are scheduled to take place later this year and into 2017. Here is a recap of recent events in Barton County District Court:

August 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shooting suspect remains at large

Law enforcement officers are still looking for Alejandro Azteca, who is suspected of shooting Phillip Pardo outside an apartment complex in the 3900 block of Forest Ave. on May 21. But a second suspect in the case, charged with burglary and related misdemeanors, appeared in Barton County District Court on Friday.

August 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Supreme Court to conduct special evening session Oct. 4, at Hutchinson Community College

The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Hutchinson Community College, as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

August 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City Council to discuss water system Monday

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a bond issue for water system improvements and refinancing existing debt; a Nex-Tech video service agreement; one-day cereal malt beverage license for Aug. 27; request for permission to bore across Lischesky Ditch for an electric service line; appointment of Public Works Director; budget and tax revenue ordinances related to the 2017 budget; and renewal of the Great Bend Boom facility use agreement.

August 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chiller repairs on County Commission agenda

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes approval of a list of added/abated/escaped/refunded taxes; openings on the Community Development Advisory Board and the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging; and chiller repairs.

August 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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