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High winds topple tree at Washington Early Ed Center

Tuesday night, Great Bend experienced wind gusts of up to 52 mph, according to the National Weather Service. According to USD 428 assistant superintendent Dan Brungardt, the Great Bend Police Department notified district administration that a tree had blown over into another tree. They expressed concern that if the wind shifted or the other tree gave way, at least part of the original tree would fall into the Washington School building.

May 29, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Aging Out: Gaining a voice

Last week, we ran part one of a series on aging out of foster care. We were introduced to Daniel Martin, a foster alumnus who now works with other fosters in an independent living program in Wichita. His generation of fosters is working to change the system to ensure future fosters are empowered and have a more successful outcome. But it will take a lot of work to turn the system around. Here are a few ways they are making a difference, and ideas they have for the future.

May 29, 2013 | Veronica Coons | 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 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.

May 29, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


The second-annual K-96 June Jaunt is coming this weekend, offering arts, entertainment, cuisine and culture along the 176-mile long stretch of the highway winding from Tribune to Ellinwood. It runs Friday through Sunday.

May 28, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Making a good first impression

Barton County has a new face to the world.

May 28, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Barton County Historical Society a Blue Star museum

Barton County Historical Society is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

May 27, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


An early summer breeze whipped the multitude of American flags adorning the Great Bend Municipal Cemetery Monday morning. The bright red, white and blue of the banners stood out against the backdrop of a deep blue sky.

May 27, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Mom, son walk across Kansas for a cause

A mother and son walking across Kansas find plenty of ways to pass the time between towns. There are friendly people to meet and historic markers to read, amazing sunrises/sunsets, and an occasional game of "tumbleweed toss" – where walking sticks are used like hockey sticks to pass tumbleweeds back and forth.

May 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Wetlands Aquatic Center opens for summer

Great Bend's Wetland's Aquatic Center opened Saturday, making a splash as usual.

May 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Sequester resulting in preliminary Title 1 cuts for area schools

BARTON COUNTY - Congressional gridlock over the U.S. budget is trickling down to Barton County with the automatic spending cuts that went into effect March 1, called the sequester.

May 25, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

Wetlands Aquatic Center at Great Bend photos

Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Center opened for the summer on Saturday. Here are some photos taken in the afternoon.

May 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Garden tour replanted

After a one-year hiatus, the once annual Gardens Galore garden tour will return Sunday, June 2. Only now, it is a project of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. It had been sponsored by the local Soroptimist International, but it has since disbanded.

May 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Great Bend prepares to honor vets

The Great Bend Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3111 is organizing the Great Bend Memorial Day service this year. It is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Circle, Great Bend Municipal Cemetery

May 24, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Perfect attendance pays off

Perfect attendance is a rare accomplishment for most students. It takes planning and preparation, with illnesses and bad weather to contend with from time to time, to make it in to school every day on time. But for those who achieve it, it's nice to be recognized for the effort. Dale Shaner wanted to do that for USD 428 students. He had an idea, and after sharing it with his wife, Karen, and some friends, the group put the idea into action.

May 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

BCSO participating in 'Click It or Ticket'

Barton County Sheriff's officers are emphasizing seat belt laws by participating in the Click It or Ticket program. For the week prior to Memorial Day, and continuing until June 2, drivers can expect to see more BCSO deputies on the highways, aggressively enforcing "Kansas Occupant Restraint" laws and other traffic statutes.

May 22, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News

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