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Larned prison adopts new mission preparing young offenders for reentry

LARNED - At the end of May, the Kansas Department of Corrections announced that the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility will be converted to a medium-security prison this summer and the nearly 150 mental health inmates there will be moved to the El Dorado Correctional Facility. Changes were outlined in a May 23 letter from Todd Fertig, KDOC communication director. The letter is on Tuesday's agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees' study session, because the college provides classes at the Larned facility.

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend schools get wireless devices for K-12

Great Bend USD 428's One to One Technology Initiative will encompass grades K-12 this fall, Superintendent Khris Thexton said Monday. The school board voted to buy 250 iPads for kindergartners and first-graders, and 250 Chromebooks for second- and third-graders, at a cost of $181,248.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBFD responds to three weekend fire calls

The Great Bend Fire Department was busy with three fire calls over the weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

June 12, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


May marriage and divorce filings

Marriage Licenses

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Insurance on BCC trustees' agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday, June 13, to approve renewing insurance proposals. The board will meet at 4 p.m. in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The proposals include property, casualty and workers compensation insurance.

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kaiser sentenced on sexting case

Todd Eric Kaiser, the former Great Bend High School track coach convicted of sexual exploitation of a child, has been placed on three years of probation with an underlying sentence of 32 months of confinement.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fun day!

BY VERONICA COONS

June 10, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


Relay for Life celebrates fighters, remembers survivors

HOISINGTON - When cancer survivors and their caregivers line up for the Survivors' Lap at Relay for Life, it's hard not to be overcome by emotion, standing on the sidelines, clapping for those who have battled this disease and won. The sheer number of faces recognized can be overwhelming, with the realization how many people's lives are touched by cancer. As the survivors pass by, clapping and celebrating to the upbeat music, the memories of all those lost over the years surfaces, too.

June 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Larned's Santa Fe Trail Days gets rolling

LARNED - Saturday morning, Broadway and Main filled with families and people of all ages out for a good time as the 2017 Santa Fe Trail Days parade and festivities began. At noon, crowds of people migrated towards what Larned residents affectionately call "sled hill," where the United Way of Central Kansas and the City of Larned prepared a plastic sluice where soon, a flotilla of over 700 ducks would soon float. The top 10 winners would walk away with cash prizes, and the rest, well, the loss would roll off them like water off a duck's back.

June 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Youth Academy brings many smiles

Great Bend youths got a behind-the-scenes look at how the city works on Friday during the Youth Academy.

June 10, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Teacher contracts on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is set to ratify next year's contracts for licensed employees. The Great Bend-National Education Association announced that teachers ratified the agreement on Thursday.

June 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Santa Fe Trail Days

LARNED - Santa Fe Trail Days began last Thursday and the celebration continues Sunday in downtown Larned.

June 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


County will consider possible disaster relief

Homestead owners whose property was destroyed or substantially damaged in the May tornado may be able to apply for a tax abatement or credit. The Barton County Commission will discuss possible tax relief when it meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main.

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Street work at Broadway and McKinley starts Monday

The Great Bend Streets Department will start street work Monday at Broadway and McKinley, Street Superintendent Mike Crawford said.

June 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


West Nile virus arrives early in Barton County

The first reported Kansas case of West Nile virus this summer is a person in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday.

June 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Legislators commended for supporting education

During Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Khris Thexton noted the Kansas Legislature's passage of a school finance bill ...

April 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Week honors unsung heros

Public Safety Communications Officers play a vital role in protecting the life and property of Barton County citizens, a proclamation adopted by the Barton County ...

April 09, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS vcoons@gbtribune.com | Local News


Marijuana wax lab explosion in rural Great Bend

A structure fire Friday afternoon in rural Great Bend was caused by a butane explosion in what law enforcement officers are calling a clandestine lab ...

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


ATV pursuit leads to drug arrest

Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved is a pursuit with an all terrain vehicle around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday that led ...

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS speech team earns medals at Pratt

The Great Bend High School speech team competed at the Pratt Speech tournament on Saturday. Four GBHS students competed in 10 events and placed in ...

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas AG sending notices to 25,000 Kansans to reach who might be eligible for refunds

TOPEKA - The Kansas Attorney General's Office is mailing notices to nearly 25,000 Kansans who may be eligible for a refund of money they ...

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Missing teen was last seen in Great Bend

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for assistance from the public to help locate a missing teenager.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kloos supports Kansans Can initiative

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Rick Kloos, Independent, stopped by the Tribune offices Wednesday on his way to the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show. He was ...

April 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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