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Lincoln school completion date nears

HOISINGTON - The new Lincoln Elementary School in Hoisington is nearing completion. Construction is expected to be finished by May 18 and teachers will begin to move into their new classrooms.

April 06, 2017 | By Ray Strunk Special to the Tribune | 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: Proclamations for National Public Safety Communications Officers Week, Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month; and road maintenance and sand sealing at the Barton County Landfill.

April 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Former GBHS coach pleads 'no contest' on sex charge

Former Great Bend High School track coach Todd Eric Kaiser Thursday morning entered a plea of no contest on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child. Sentencing has been set for 9 a.m. June 23 in Barton Count District Court.

April 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | 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. This week, instead of providing "the rest of the story," as we normally do, we'll assume that everyone knows the outcome of World War I. Here, a look at how the people of Great Bend reacted to the historic declaration.

April 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Yellow, red or green

HOISINGTON - Tom Morey is the floodplain manager for the State of Kansas, under the Kansas Department of Agriculture. He partners with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a cooperating technical partner in an effort to update floodplain maps in the state. Wednesday afternoon, he and several consultants visited with Barton County residents affected by the new Cow Creek Floodplain draft map.

April 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCC Orchestra to perform ‘Strictly Strings’ concert

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the Shafer Art Gallery. "Strictly Strings," as the title implies, will only feature the stringed instruments.

April 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Clinician works with bands

Great Bend band students had the opportunity recently to work with clinician Darryl Batchelor, retired jazz band director at Hutchinson Community College.

April 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Zoo News: How to see Zito this week

Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society will be able to view Zito, the newest resident at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, this Saturday, April 8, from 2-3 p.m.

April 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Expo opens to public

The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo officially opened Wednesday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Expo III. Sponsors, city officials and promoter Darren Dale and his family were at the event.

April 05, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Payless Shoesource to close in Great Bend

Another retailer will be leaving Great Bend, shoppers learned Wednesday. The Payless Shoesource at 3511 10th St. is on the list of nearly 400 Payless shoe stores that will close as part of a company-wide reorganization.

April 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A PLAY OF LAST RESORT

LARNED - Larned High School's Drama department will sponsor its last production of the year, its spring play, "Inn-Cognito," by Craig Sodaro.

April 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Scenic Byway group asked to ‘step up’

ELLINWOOD - Area volunteers are stepping up to compete for a share of state and federal grants to enhance the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. The byway committee met Tuesday at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood and discussed KDOT's Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program.

April 04, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


One arrested in drug bust

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department executed a search warrant at 10:42 a.m. on Monday at a residence in the 400 block of West Broadway. Krystle Bartonek, 22, was arrested on drug charges.

April 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USDA approves CRP grazing for wildfire victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced it has authorized temporary emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands located in Kansas (including Ellsworth County), Oklahoma and Texas to help ranchers impacted by the wildfires.

April 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Alzheimer’s Association announces free program on caregiver education

The Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Kansas will present education for caregivers from 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 10, at Great Bend's Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave.

April 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Retiring Fort Riley Soldier uses OSHA classes at Barton Community College to transition to civilian

The transition to civilian life can be a drastic and stressful adjustment for Soldiers, but when Sgt. 1stClass Craig Jacobs walks into a Barton Community ...

February 09, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News


School calendars on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will vote on school calendars for the next two years when it meets at 5 p.m ...

February 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 monitors sickness levels at school

There is no denying that there is a lot of illness going around.

February 08, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Larned Council mulls Topeka trip

LARNED - City Councilman Kim Barnes voiced his concern Monday night over feedback he has received from the community concerning recent reports that legislators in the ...

February 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Completed tech project is ooh la la

It is one thing to ask students to think outside the box. It is quite another to ask them to build outside the box – way ...

February 08, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


New faces at GBFD

There are new faces at the Great Bend Fire Department, where four open positions were recently filled. The new firefighters are Elisabeth Mohler, Great Bend ...

February 08, 2018 | Russ Edem | 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 ...

February 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Jail, 911 see a lot of traffic in 2017

Editor's note: At Monday morning's Barton County Commission meeting, Operations Director Phil Hathcock presented a summary of departmental activities for 2017. This is ...

February 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Split council OKs social media policy

A revised social media policy and a brand-new whistle-blower policy for Great Bend city employees gained preliminary approval from a divided City Council Monday night ...

February 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Pawnee County convention called

LARNED - The Pawnee County Democratic Party will hold a special convention on Saturday, Feb. 17, to fill the unexpired term of the late District 1 ...

February 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Laura Daniel named America’s U.S. Miss Kansas

Great Bend Middle School student Laura Daniel was crowned America's U.S. Miss Kansas this past weekend in Dallas. She will advance to the ...

February 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


King and queen announced

February 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Cheely scholarship available for vo-tech careers

When Sheryl Cheely talked with Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF) officials recently, "a light bulb came on."

February 06, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Purchase of law enforcement equipment OKed

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved replacing aging devices serving Barton County law enforcement.

February 06, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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