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Superintendent: District acted properly after sex abuse allegations

A defiant Unified School District 428 Superintendent Brad Reed admonished the media Monday afternoon for its coverage of sexual battery allegations involving members of the Great Bend High School boys swim team while assuring Great Bend residents the school system is addressing the matter with the utmost vigor.

February 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


It was all about birds on Saturday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The center held one of its Winter Kids Programs called "Celebrate Birds."

February 13, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Alleged GBHS incidents shine light on dark topic

Editor's note: Some definitions used in this story are graphic in nature. Reader discretion is suggested

February 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Future health care pros

More than 20 eighth grade students from St. John toured Great Bend Regional Hospital the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 29, to learn about careers in the health-care industry. They got to see first-hand how EKGs are performed before learning about laboratory testing and getting to scrub in for the operating room.

February 13, 2016 | | Local News

Schartz, Cobb join GBHS Hall of Fame

The two 2015 inductees into the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame will be recognized at a luncheon and special reception on Friday, Feb. 26. Honored will be longtime GBHS teacher and tennis coach Shannon Schartz and high-powered attorney Ty Cobb.

February 13, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

​School volunteers recognized

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed recently voiced his thanks for the "scores of volunteers" who donate time to USD 428 learning centers every year.

February 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Commission to hold Tuesday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes appointments to the Cow Creek Watershed Working Group, the landfill's permit to accept waste mass liquids and a departmental update.

February 13, 2016 | | Local News

GBHS Hall of Fame luncheon tickets for sale

Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are now on sale in the Activities Office at the high school. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Club at Stone Ridge.

February 12, 2016 | | Local News

BCC students honored in Topeka

TOPEKA - Six students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team during an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka. Prior to the luncheon, inductees toured the state capital building with Barton administrators and visited with state legislators.

February 12, 2016 | | Local News

Donors urged to help the Red Cross blood supply

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood this February.

February 12, 2016 | | Local News

​GBPL offers DVDs, novels

New acquisitions at the Great Bend Public Library include season six of British historical period drama television series "Downton Abbey," on DVD and Bluray.

February 12, 2016 | | Local News

Stop domestic violence

On Feb. 10, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence hosted its annual training and Advocacy Day to increase awareness about the issues of sexual and domestic violence in Kansas. This is KCSDV's 13th annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets event.

February 12, 2016 | | Local News

Preliminary engineering to begin for GB shipping facility

A consortium of city and rail interests has been given the go-ahead to begin preliminary engineering for a transload shipping center at Great Bend.

February 11, 2016 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Two years ago, Lindsey Homeier woke up to a nightmare that could have easily dashed the dreams of most young entrepreneurs. One December morning in 2013, the promising young dance instructor learned the building, formerly a great opera house, that housed her studio had been condemned by the city as an unsafe structure. After months of evasive maneuvers by the building's owners to avoid responsibility for their crumbling south wall, a large chunk had fallen onto the parking lot below during a snowstorm the night before, leaving the city no choice.

February 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

​Community invited to social cyber safety program

Recently students at Great Bend Middle School have heard from Detective Heather Smith of the Great Bend Police Department about the dangers of cyber communication and its life-long impacts. Now USD 428 wants parents and community members to know how they can help protect their children and teens from the pressures that are associated with cell phone and Internet use.

February 11, 2016 | | Local News

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Too much of a good thing

For area farmers and grain handlers, fall 2016 is amounting to a perfect storm.

October 07, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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