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Drop off and pick up

Whether area patrons have been holding onto dangerous chemicals over the winter, or they just come up with them in spring cleaning, Barton County Landfill Manager Mark Witt has reported that the Household Hazardous Waste Program will start another season soon.

April 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

County road improvements begin

Another season of county road improvements are underway, thanks to the mild weather that has already arrived this spring.

April 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Kids' creations: 'Watching Young Artists Grow' exhibition opens

Complex sculptures and impressionistic paintings have been moved from the spotlight at the Barton County Arts Center this month, replaced with the media of youth. Now, crayons and construction paper take their rightful place for the annual "Watching Young Artists Grow" exhibition.

April 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Catholic Social Service to hold 10th-annual Charity Wine Tasting Event

Visit and you'll find thousands of elegant wine tasting events from New York to Los Angeles, and from Atlanta to Seattle. Narrow your search to Kansas, however, and you'll find fewer than 10. One of those is the 10th-annual Catholic Social Service Charity Wine Tasting Event in Great Bend , the only one of its kind in this part of the state for wine connoisseurs to those just learning about the art of wine.

April 06, 2011 | | News

County election results listed

The total number of voters in the April 5 election was 3,311 with a turn-out of 19.88 percent of eligible voters in Barton County. The results will be finalized on Friday.

April 06, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News

Barbara Stecklein at Deines Cultural Center

In 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, Barbara Stecklein began her art career concentrating on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added charcoal and pastel.

April 06, 2011 | | News

Gas prices jump twice here Tuesday

Low price in the state on Tuesday morning was not too far below Great Bend, though it was still below where this community was before this week's dime-a-gallon hike.

April 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

ARRA project funds new handicap curb cuts

Thanks to good bids for a federally-funded street improvement program, part of Great Bend will also get sidewalk improvements, the Great Bend City Council decided this week.

April 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Hazard plan is approved by feds, county

Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller reported to county officials this week that a long-term county project is now in the hands of federal officials, and the Barton County Commission approved a resolution that adopted its version of the Barton County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

April 06, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

By nearly 2 to 1, Allison retains mayor’s post

By a nearly two-to-one margin over challenger and city council member Randy Myers, Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison retained his job in Tuesday's general election.

April 05, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Take a group of highly recognizable people – some with actual talent and some with just a talent for being a good sport – dress them up, turn up the music, let them feel the beat and wait for the fun to begin. I

April 05, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News

Spring projects bloom in Great Bend

The days are getting longer.

April 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

April to raise awareness on sex assaults

Barton County Commissioners have joined with other officials in choosing April as a time to help raise awareness about the plight of sexual abuse.

April 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Polling places to today’s election announced

Voting locations for today's local and school elections have been released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Stolen vehicle recovered; two sought for questioning

A GMC pickup reported stolen on Friday was found Saturday morning in the area behind Diane's Diner, 807 10th St. in Great Bend. It was discovered by a Great Bend police officer around 4 a.m. The GMC had plenty of gas and there was also a rifle inside it when it was taken while the owner of the vehicle was farming. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports the gun was also recovered.

April 04, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

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If one goes back two or three years, they would find the condition of the flood control levees around Great Bend had deteriorated, a fact driven home in less-than-flattering reports from the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the past.

January 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Spin fitness

LARNED - LA Psycle is spinning its way to success.

January 20, 2015 | | News

​Rollover accident under investigation

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rollover accident that was discovered around 4:15 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of NE 30 Road. It was determined that the owner of the vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Avenger, was Ahmad Walker, 22, a student at Barton Community College. The occupants of the car were located with the help of BCC security.

January 20, 2015 | | News

2015 tax sale in the works

The Barton County Commission Monday morning paved the way for the 2015 tax sale by authorizing tracts of real estate be sold for back taxes.

January 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

​Fire reported in Barton County

The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Claflin Fire Department and fire units from Ellsworth County responded to a structure fire 3:24 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. The location of the fire was at 1835 NE 150 Ave.

January 20, 2015 | | News

How would the county respond to Ebola?

It's a frightening possibility, but what would happen if there was an Ebola outbreak in Barton County?

January 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

On the front lines

The Great Bend City Council had a chance to get to know the members of the Police Department a little better when the officers and other personnel were introduced Monday night.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

B-29 restoration effort approved by council

Noting that the popular B-29 Memorial Plaza is a valuable asset as a historical landmark and tourist attraction, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved spending up to $18,050 to help restore the marker.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Council says farewell to Roberts

It was with regret Monday night that the Great Bend City Council accepted the resignation of First Ward Council Member Edwin Roberts.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Hannah Maddy, Ellinwood, and Courtney Blankenship, Pratt, achieved royalty status Saturday night at the Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageant.

January 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

​Cheyenne Bottoms documentary to be shown at Wetlands Center

HAYS - "The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms," the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

January 17, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News

Two arrested after pursuit

Two adult males under age 21 were arrested Thursday night after a police pursuit in the city of Great Bend.

January 17, 2015 | | News

Restoration of B-29 memorial needed

The Great Bend B-29 Memorial Plaza was dedicated in 2000 With much fanfare. The monument was a gleaming tribute to the city's rich World War II heritage.

January 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

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