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Commission shares frustration with county attorney

A unified Barton County Commission appreciated the plight of Denise Rankin, the former Great Bend woman accusing the County Attorney's Office of botching the handling of the sexual abuse case against her ex-husband. But, sadly, commissioners told her Monday morning there wasn't much they could do t

GREAT BEND TRIBUNE - 2018-03-20 17:52:00

City to hire IT professional

Members of the City of Great Bend's information technology committee weighed carefully the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a full-time information technology manager for the city against contracting with an outside party to handle the important task. In the end, the committee - consisting of

GREAT BEND TRIBUNE - 2018-03-20 17:58:00

Farmers, turkeys and chickens in 1978

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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be. This week in 1978, in San Francisco, the Robe

GREAT BEND TRIBUNE - 2018-03-22 02:16:00

Waterline work concerning business owners

The Main Street stretch of the massive waterline replacement project started in February with the anticipation it would take several months. Now, one month in, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said there is some grumbling among downtown shopkeepers. "Since the waterline project has

GREAT BEND TRIBUNE - 2018-03-21 21:20:00

Ellinwood Chamber requests permission to hold 2018 After Harvest Festival

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce's outgoing director Jacque Isern, newly appointed director Michele Martin, and members of the board of directors were on the agenda of the Ellinwood City Council meeting Tuesday, March 13. They came with their annual request for use of city facilities fo

GREAT BEND TRIBUNE - 2018-03-21 01:17:00

Man injured Monday when car slides off road

One person was injured when his vehicle slid off the road Monday morning near Hays. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Nicholas Donohoue, 23, Manhattan, was driving westbound on Interstate 70 about a mile east of the Vine Street exit when his 2011 Nissan Sentra slid off the right side of the ro

HAYS DAILY NEWS - 2018-03-20 13:33:15

Vopats support Barton Community College Foundation Academic Enrichment Fund campaign through March

Every gift matters; that's the message Jim and Kathy Vopat hope to share on behalf of the Barton Community College Foundation as the 2018 Academic Enrichment Fund (AEF) Campaign co-chairs. "You can't have a better return [on investment] than knowing you are responsible for giving our future generat

GREAT BEND TRIBUNE - 2018-03-20 18:45:00

Ottley enters plea agreement, sentenced to probation

A former Victoria Junior/Senior High School coach and teacher entered an Alford plea and was sentenced Monday in Ellis County District Court regarding inappropriate touching of a student. Jordan Ottley's plea agreement reduced the charges to one charge of aggravated endangering of a child - a level


Huge wild fires in Rice and Mcpherson counties

LYONS - Firefighting crews from around central Kansas including a brush truck from Great Bend were fighting three wildfires in Rice and McPherson counties Wednesday evening. As of 5 p.m., the fire was being propelled by 25 mile-per-hour winds from the southwest. Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a disaster de


BCC to host Career Closet Drive

Barton Community College's Community Service Organization will host a Career Closet Drive as part of the 11th annual Great Bend Job Fest. The drive will be March 26 through April 3. The group is looking for gently used professional attire for males and females including suits, dresses, shirts, shoes


Advertising alert for local businesses

The City of Great Bend issued information Wednesday about companies that are using the city's name and logo for their financial benefit through unendorsed advertisement. Companies like Empire Magnets and GMS Magnets use these identifiers on things like calendars, magnets and maps, said Christina Hay


Hays man enters Alford plea to reduce rape charge

A Hays man facing rape charges entered an Alford plea Monday in Ellis County District Court. Jordan Burgess pled no contest to one count of aggravated reckless battery, causing great bodily harm, a level five, person felony. He also pled to three counts of sexual battery, class A misdemeanors that r


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening. The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend.The agenda includes an update on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial, a Nort


Hoisington awards TGT dollars to GPS Kids Club

HOISINGTON - Kids and parents involved with Hoisington's GPS Kids Club showed up in force Monday night to lend support to a request from Debbie Stephens' and her team in their request for $40,000 in Transient Guest Tax dollars to assist with replacement of the heating system at their building. Touri


Coalition prioritizes widening U.S. 400 to four lanes

TOPEKA - A coalition of city and county leaders in southwest Kansas urged legislators Wednesday to prioritize funding to widen two-lane highways in the region with a history of fueling deadly crashes. Doug Smith, a representative of Garden City, Dodge City and Liberal's Southwest Kansas Coalition, t


Rain, storms predicted in Hays area

Following an unseasonably dry winter and weeks of high fire risk, the Hays area could see welcome rain showers beginning Sunday evening and extending into Monday morning. Two storm systems are predicted to move through the region overnight Sunday, with the possibility of up to a half-inch of precipi


Disturbance leads to arrest on aggravated battery charge

A Great Bend man was arrested Saturday evening following a disturbance at 2721 Forest Ave. At 5:40 p.m. a caller reported Nicholas Hixson hitting subjects with a chair and a pipe, and had broken a vehicle's window. He was booked into the Barton County Detention Center on charges of aggravated batte


Vehicle abandoned following GBPD pursuit

A motorist led a Sgt. Ryan DeYoung from the Great Bend Police Department on a pursuit at 3:22 a.m. Sunday. The sergeant reportedly attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding in the 1500 block of Second Street and the driver refused to stop. The pursuit was terminated. The vehicle was found abandoned a


Firefighters battle back blazes in Rice County

Large plumes of smoke no longer filled the air in southeastern Rice County Thursday, but firefighters weren't done yet. Small fires were still burning across the area of the three fires that ignited Wednesday. Rice County Emergency Management Director and Sterling Fire Chief Greg Klein said firefigh


Crews fighting several wildfires in Rice County

RICE COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) Fire crews from several departments are fighting three wildfires in Rice County. The National Weather Service says the fire is about 8-10 miles southeast of Lyons. Rice County Emergency Communications is asking people to stay away from the areas of Ave Q between 31st Rd & 22