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More flu cases being reported

With the official start of winter a week away, temperatures have plunged. And, we all know that cold weather and influenza go hand in hand.

December 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington City Council receptive to CID for Sonic

HOISINGTON - When developers of Hoisington's new Sonic Restaurant began construction earlier this month, it wasn't long before they ran into an unexpected and expensive problem, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell explained at Monday night's city council meeting.

December 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Exiting Supt. gets extra $90k

Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicles bids go to local dealers

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of four vehicles on Tuesday, opting for the lowest bids submitted by from Barton County venders.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed granted leave of absence

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Popular Larned superintendent announces retirement

LARNED – Long-time Fort Larned school system Superintendent Jon Flint has announced his retirement from Unified School District 495. Flint will remain in his post through the end of the 2016-17 school year.

December 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Former bank employee in Great Bend pleads guilty to embezzling more than $73,600

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A former employee of a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $73,600 from the bank, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

December 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend Public Library adjusts despite funding cut

With the writing on the wall, Director Harry Willems and the Library Board put into action an austerity plan of sorts in order to sock away 10 percent of this year's budget into the coming year's capital improvement fund. With 92 percent of the year complete, only 82 percent of the library's budget has been spent, Willems was pleased to share during his financial report Monday at the monthly board meeting.

December 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed resigns

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement/resignation was accepted by the school board on Monday. Although the retirement officially starts at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the board also named Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton as the interim superintendent, effectively immediately.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building projected tabled

At the Nov. 14 school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed had an architect show the board two proposed building projects that could cost more than $2 million: A new bus barn/maintenance building constructed next to the District Education Center on Patton Road, and a remodeling of the Center itself. Payment for the projects would come from capital outlay funds and would be accomplished with no tax increases, he stressed.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four fires reported over weekend

The Great Bend Fire department was busy over the weekend dealing with four fire-related calls beginning on Friday.

December 12, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Pawnee County/Larned Police reports

Pawnee County Sheriff's report

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Sarah Adams and Shelly Peacock. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Personnel on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 tonight, Dec. 12, at the District Education Center. Items on the agenda include state assessment data, a report on USD 428 Foundation minigrants, personnel report and an executive session for discussion of personnel.

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library to address staffing, income

The Great Bend Public Library's board of directors will meet at 4:45 p.m. today, Dec. 12, in Library Director Harry Willems' office at the library, 1409 Williams St. Items on the agenda include staffing and reduced city income.

December 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Party under shooting stars

This Friday, Aug. 11, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will hold a party under falling stars.

August 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer jam recalled

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series on the Summer Jam music festival that took place in Great Bend in August ...

August 05, 2017 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


Bike Brew Q raises $5K for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Over 160 cyclists, craft beer and barbecue enthusiasts came together and raised upwards of $5,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the second annual ...

August 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


It's time to strike up the GBHS band

Great Bend High School freshmen band members, drum majors and section leaders will meet Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 8-10, in the GBHS Band Room from ...

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC budget hearing is Tuesday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Room F-30, on the lower ...

August 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sen. Moran to host Kansas Listening Tour stop in Barton County

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that he will visit Great Bend as part of his Kansas Listening Tour on Thursday, Aug. 10. Area ...

August 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Couch: Be respectful at meeting

A large crowd is expected to attend the Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting at the Great Bend Events Center, but suspended Great Bend ...

August 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas 150 1901-1925

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