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March 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Great Bend Scouts ready to party in courthouse square

Next Monday marks the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts organization. Great Bend Girl Scouts will wrap up their annual cookie sale on Sunday, and will celebrate the century milestone on Monday evening with a public event for all past and present Girl Scouts and leaders.

March 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria attorneys still want venue change

Attorneys for Adam Longoria are still trying to get his upcoming jury trial moved to a location outside of Barton County. On Wednesday, defense attorneys in the capital murder case filed a supplement to a previous motion seeking a change of venue, noting, "media coverage of this case has continued since the defendant's (earlier) filings."

March 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas ranks third in New Report rating home-based daycare

The sound of rambunctious young voices could be heard in the background as veteran Great Bend child care provider Carolyn Humburg tried to speak. She was almost as giddy as her youthful charges.

March 08, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Barton relay honored for funds raised, involvement

There was a celebration Monday night at the Relay for Life Team captain meeting. The 2011 relay met and blew away the goals they had set as well as reached a goal that had eluded organizers for many years.

March 08, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Larned man indicted for mail theft

TOPEKA, Kan. – A 30-year-old Larned man has been charged with one count of stealing cash and gift cards from the mail while he was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.

March 08, 2012 | | News


Kansas GOP Caucus is this Saturday

One of the organizers of the coming GOP Caucus for Barton County explained there will be plenty of opportunity for campaigning at the event set for Saturday.

March 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Local gas prices on the rise again

Local fuel prices hiked by another dime a gallon this week, but even at that it only brought Great Bend to the state average price of $3.60.

March 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


United Way leading Harveyville recovery effort

The small Kansas community of Harveyville was devastated by an F-2 tornado which damaged more than 40 percent of the community on Tuesday, Feb. 28, killing one and injuring 13 others. In the aftermath of the storm, more than 1,600 volunteers have rallied to help the citizens clean up debris.

March 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Less than a week left to register

March 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Convention center work to continue

March 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Statewide weed conference going on in Great Bend

Cris Collier at the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau views this time of year as a harvest time.

March 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Signs taken from county intersections

Replacing missing or damaged signs on county roads is a regular chore for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department. On Monday, county employees were busier than usual, Department Director Dale Phillips said.

March 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Model rockets to be shot near Ellinwood

Rockets red glare will fly on Saturday when the Kansas Organization for Spacemodeling, a chartered section of the National Association of Rocketry sets up at the Ellinwood Municipal Airport located on NE 100 Ave. The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 06, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Storm spotter school is open to everyone

As residents of other parts of the state have already learned, painfully, the severe weather season is upon us, and state and local officials will cooperate to provide free training on severe weather issues this week.

March 05, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


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Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Poppy Program starts Friday

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand-crafted, red crepe paper poppies for donations from 2-6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | 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 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County looking at security issues

Last Friday, several Barton County employees gathered in the County Commission chambers for a program on what to do should there be an active shooter in the building.

May 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Five arrested in drug warrant sweep

On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 20, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers needed for baseball tourney

The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cops have suspects in graffiti outbreak

The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Future Looks Bright

After days of rain and storms, the future was so bright for Great Bend High School seniors, many had to wear shades.

May 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Longer Memorial Day flower period OKed

Those wishing to place flowers on the graves of loved ones at the Great Bend Cemetery for Memorial Day will have an extra week to do so, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Verizon granted permission for temporary cell tower

Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


City-wide clean-up efforts keep county tidier

Community-wide clean-up efforts are mixed blessing, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock told the County Commission Monday morning.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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