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Hoisington to revamp holiday decorations; Budget priorities set

HOISINGTON - Hoisington council member Karen Van Brimmer wanted to know more about a proposed upgrade to Hoisington's holiday star decorations. She asked for the item to be moved from the consent agenda to the regular agenda, opening a discussion that touched on the possibility of more volunteer involvement with the project.

July 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Tax credits and more to HOI for new apartment development

Local non-profit housing developer, Housing Opportunitites, Inc., in June received word from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, Topeka, that it has been awarded $2,831,830 in tax credits. Then, last week, they received more good news. They were one of nine Community Houisng Development Organizations (CHDO) in Kansas to be awarded federal HOME Rental Development loans. In addition to the tax credits, HOI will also receive this additional $500,000 loan. HOI plans to use these awards to develop Kensington Square, its newest income-based rental property in Great Bend.

July 12, 2017 | 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 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.

July 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Man found guilty in trial

LARNED - A Larned man who threatened to choke his mother to death was found guilty of felony criminal threat and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Tuesday in Pawnee County District Court.

July 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCSO responds to fatality crash

Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle fatality crash at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of SE 40 Ave (Airport Road) and 4th Street west of Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

July 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC aims for no mill levy increase

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't need a mill levy increase get more money from local taxpayers next year. At the board study session held Tuesday, Vice President of Administration Mark Dean explained that valuations are up, especially for oil. Last year's tax rate of 33.26 mills raised $8.03 million, but this year an estimated rate of 33.15 mills could raise $8.53 million.

July 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Council hears allegations of ‘unethical’ conduct

According to Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch, there is a misconception surrounding his recent run-ins with City Administrator Howard Partington and other city officials. It is more than an employment dispute, he said, adding he's feels he's been treated inappropriately by Partington and that he is "desperately trying to blow the whistle about unethical conduct occurring at City Hall."

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

City Council OKs budget

Following a three-and-a-half-hour work session Monday night, the Great Bend City Council approved publishing the city's budget for 2018. The public budget hearing is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, prior to the council's regular meeting in the council chambers at City Hall.

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Saying thank you

It was Gaila Demel's first United Way of Central Kansas Pacesetter luncheon as the UWCK's new executive director. But, having worked at a non-profit supported by United Way funds, she understood the importance of the event Tuesday afternoon.

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

USD 428 proud of grads who performed CPR

Chris Umphres was elected president of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday, and Lori Reneau was named vice president.

July 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News



July 10, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

County hires county works director

Long-time Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips retired at the end of June. On Monday, the County Commission appointed the man to take his place.

July 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission renews agreement with county counselor

Renewing the contract with Ellsworth attorney Carey Hipp as Barton County's legal counselor was in the best interest of the county, the County Commissioner decided Monday morning. This came despite a plea from County Attorney Amy Mellor, who caught most on the commission off guard when she attended the meeting asking to move the counselor's job to her office and asking for more departmental resources.

July 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News



July 08, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News

House fire Thursday at 723 1/2 Madison

The Great Bend Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 7:31 p.m. on Thursday at 723 1/2 Madison.

July 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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HOISINGTON - Soon, when cross-country flyers stop at the Salina Regional Airport to refuel, they will be able to take in a unique and educational art ...

March 03, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

March 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The musical comedy 'whodunnit' parody "Curtains" is set to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Barton Community College Fine Arts ...

March 02, 2018 | Photos and Story By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News

‘Robin Hood and his Merry Men’ take the stage

Great Bend High School's drama students will present the play "Robin Hood and his Merry Men" at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and ...

March 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCSO to offer carry concealed class

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a one-day carry conceal class on Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m ...

March 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The Kansas House of Representatives discussed many bills this past week. This newsletter will focus on a few of those bills.

March 02, 2018 | Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, 109th Kansas House | Local News

Taylor Times

This week is the "Turnaround" deadline when bills must be "turned around" from the chamber where they started to the other chamber. Bills not heard ...

March 02, 2018 | Sen. Mary Jo Taylor, District 33 | Local News

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