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Work to begin on Arkansas River bridge repair project

L & M Contractors of Great Bend will begin the bridge deck repair project on SW 50 Avenue on Monday. The bridge crosses the Arkansas River approximately one mile south of US-56. The $398,945 project consists of removing the existing asphalt from the deck surface, removing deteriorated concrete and replacing it with new concrete, and constructing a thin concrete overlay to provide a new wearing surface. The work will be done one lane at a time with traffic being allowed across the adjacent lane with traffic signals. Concrete barriers will be placed near the center line of the bridge, resulting ...

August 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Stuff the Bus brings in needed items

The seventh-annual United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus campaign brought in hundreds of needed items for the 23 agencies supported by the UWCK, Executive Director Gaila Demel said. The event took place Aug. 15 and 16 in Ellinwood, Hoisington, Great Bend and Larned.

August 23, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


USD 431 adopts 2018-2019 budget

HOISINGTON - The Unified School District 431 Board of Education convened a special meeting Monday night in order to hold the 2018 budget hearing. No members of the public were present, so the hearing went quickly. Also, following an executive session at the end of the meeting, the board approved a motion to eliminate coaching duties for Kyle Jeffrey. No explanation for this action was provided. Jeffrey is the special services teacher at Hoisington Middle School, and he coached middle school girls basketball and middle school track.

August 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


School board approves budget

The local tax for Great Bend USD 428 will be close to 45.931 mills next year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said at Tuesday's budget hearing. With an increase in local taxes for the supplemental general budget and a decrease in bonded indebtedness, the net result is "a wash." Last year's tax rate was 45.946 mills.

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report: Community colleges swamped with reports

Two new admissions representatives at Barton Community College reflect the growing mountain of paperwork and reporting required of higher learning institutions, the BCC Board of Trustees heard Tuesday.

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Council adjournment meets with disdain

When the Great Bend City Council adjourned its regular meeting Monday night at the Great Bend Events Center, the move was not popular with the vocal crowd of those supporting suspended Police Chief Cliff Couch that wanted more time to address the council and to see more action on the matter.

August 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City’s 2018 budget approved

Following a budget hearing at City Hall, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the city's 2018 budget ordinance during its regular meeting at the Great Bend Events Center.

August 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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


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FROM THE DOME TO HOME

RUSSELL - After the education finance bill, House Bill 2445, failed on Monday afternoon, on Tuesday, April 3, we debated the same bill. The major components ...

April 13, 2018 | Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, 109th Kansas House | Local News


'The Foreigner' returns

The title character of "The Foreigner" doesn't want to talk to anyone during his unwilling stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. So he ...

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton Orchestra to perform Classical Ventures' concert in the Shafer Art Gallery

Enjoy an evening of classical music and gallery art with the Barton Community College Orchestra's spring concert "Classical Ventures" at 7:30 p.m ...

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Vortex exhibit open through Saturday

High school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend, Stafford, Larned and Hoisington came to Barton Community College to engage in hands-on workshops from art professionals and ...

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC to host dance theater auditions

Dance enthusiasts can take the opportunity to gain valuable experience as a dancer in a company setting. Barton Community College is hosting auditions for its ...

April 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Volunteers needed for Field Ops Day

Barton Community College needs volunteers for its annual Field Operation's Day on May 5. Volunteers participate as patients or bystanders in realistic training scenarios ...

April 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


First moves made on 2018 Farm Bill

The House Committee on Agriculture Thursday introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also know as the 2018 Farm Bill. This marks the first ...

April 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barnett: State has image problem

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett worked the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning at the Great Bend Public Library, admitting to those he ...

April 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Clara Barton ‘Steps for SIDS’ walk-a-thon

HOISINGTON - Tuesday afternoon was beautiful walking weather, and Clara Barton Hospital's Steps for SIDS Walk-a-thon was clearly the winner in the weather lottery. Community ...

April 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | 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 ...

April 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Volunteer finds her place helping teachers

Tabitha Blair loves children, school and she wants to make a difference – all the characteristics of a good teacher.

April 11, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Probable cause found in Kern DUI case

Lafe Kern told paramedic Tony Leeds that he'd taken a handful of Xanax prior to a two-vehicle collision south of Great Bend on Feb ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bellendir requests jury trial

The attorney representing Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir in a misdemeanor case has requested a jury trial and has also asked that the prosecutor be ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Memories Matter Bereavement Camp set for April 21 at Armory

Jessica Disque, 19, fondly remembers her grandma's smile and her grandpa's participation in her day-to-day life.

April 11, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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