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Hoisington City Council honors Zecha for 30-plus years service

HOISINGTON -- For the last 32-and-a-half years, Paul Zecha, Hoisington's Public Works supervisor, has been serving the citizens of Hoisington, helping to keep the infrastructure of the city in good condition so things like turning on water, driving down the street, and turning on the lights could simply be taken for granted. This week, Zecha will retire, and Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell took time to thank him at the Monday night council meeting.

August 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


UWCK advises how to help Harvey victims

According to Gaila Demel, Executive Director of United Way of Central Kansas, her office has received emails and phone calls inquiring about local procedures, if any, for donations to the relief efforts due to Hurricane Harvey.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sen. Mary Jo Taylor stops at Great Bend Rotary

Even though the rest of the Kansas legislature may be taking a break, Sen. Mary Jo Taylor has been busy since the end of the protracted session on June 26. The soon-to-be former Stafford USD 249 superintendent still has two weeks to go before her replacement takes over, and she can officially retire from her school career. Still, that didn't keep the Stafford Republican from attending the Great Bend Rotary Club meeting Monday where she shared insights gleaned from her freshman year as a state Senator.

August 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Old school desk crowning touch on old school project car

On any given Summer weekend, Kansas is ripe with opportunities to get your fix of top-notch examples of classic cars like Ford Model Ts, Plymouth Belvederes, Dodge Chargers, Thunderbirds, and Pontiac GTOs, Bonnevilles and more. And while the cars themselves are testaments to the tender loving care of their owners, each car comes with its own unique story. Saturday morning, Great Bend was the place, featuring Barton County Historical Society's annual Rolling Sculpture car show. Al Denning was on hand to share the story of his Ford UK Anglia with enthusiasts.

August 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Volunteers guide seniors through Medicare maze

When Kansans become eligible for Medicare, the process can be intimidating. But friendly volunteers are available to guide seniors through the maze of enrollment.

August 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Inmates eligible for parole hearings

Two Kansas Department of Corrections inmates convicted of crimes in Pawnee County are scheduled for parole hearings during the month of October. They may be eligible for parole in November.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wondra chosen to head Family Crisis Center

Joanne Wondra has been named executive director of the Family Crisis Center. She had been serving as interim director since April and the board of directors made her promotion official on July 25.

August 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


AG Derek Schmidt announces grants for Great Bend organization

TOPEKA - A Great Bend organization has been awarded more than $78,000 in grants to provide services for victims of crime, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Eyecare of Great Bend to host Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Eyecare of Great Bend, 713 McKinley St., at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Host will be Sarah Adams with greeters Pete Schartz and Brandon Steinert. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Quilts of Valor August 2017

Golden Plains Quilts of Valor Group Leader Amy Schartz Mellor and members of the group awarded Quilts of Valor to 14 veterans on Aug. 25 at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend, Kansas.

August 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Study tests increased stress on county roads

Heavy truck traffic has increased on county blacktops due to Great Bend Transload Facility at the Industrial Park west of Great Bend and that may increase the wear and tear on those roads, Barton County Engineer Barry McManaman told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College Planetarium presents “The Cowboy Astronomer” Aug. 28

The Barton Planetarium will host "The Cowboy Astronomer" at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Barton Community College Planetarium located in the Science Building.

August 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rep. Marshall wraps up farm bill listening tour

Editorial note: The 2018 Farm Bill, as every other before it, is a complicated and bulky piece of legislation. It affects every person in America who eats. Because of this, the Great Bend Tribune travelled to Haven for this last of ten stops US Rep Roger Marshall made as he sought feedback from constituents of the Big First. To do the topic justice, throughout the week, we will spotlight some of the insights and concerns shared Saturday morning by the people who attended Marshall's 2018 Farm Bill Listening Tour.

August 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a Kansas Department of Corrections grant for Saint Francis Community Services, the Juvenile Services fiscal year 2018 carry-over budget, the Central Kansas Community Corrections fiscal year 2018 carry-over reimbursement plan budget and the fiscal Year 2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

August 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wetland Explorer

Every day is different at Cheyenne Bottoms, which makes visiting and working at the Bottoms an endless adventure and this year we haven't even had to leave the building to witness nature's dramas.

August 26, 2017 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Specialist | Local News


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BCC on summer schedule; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

May 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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