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Convention center won’t run cheaply

Poor management has left the Great Bend Convention Center in need of - well, in need of a lot - local officials are discovering as they work to finalize public ownership.

November 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

UWCK goal in sight

After launching the 2012 campaign Sept. 1, the United Way of Central Kansas has made significant headway, UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said.

November 12, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Body of Great Bend man found

The body of a Great Bend man was found southwest of Great Bend by hunters Saturday morning, according to Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong.

November 12, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


November 12, 2011 | | News

State issues important to county officials

Barton County Commissioners will not meet Monday because of the annual meeting of county officials from across the state in Topeka.

November 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


For the veterans, some still bearing the scars of their service, it was a chance to rekindle their common bond and share their experiences with others.

November 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Civil War veterans came to Barton County

For years, a piece of Civil War history has, in effect, been hidden in plain sight in the Barton County courthouse square.

November 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

‘Hiking Humanitarian’ walks through Great Bend

"Have a spoonful of kindness with your coffee in the morning," says Kirk Sinclair, who is walking the American Discovery Trail across America to promote the humanitarian needs of housing, health and hunger. Having walked from the coast, he was in Great Bend on Wednesday and Thursday.

November 10, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News

Update: KDOT Traveler Information map to be tested again for winter

Due to some glitches that occurred during Tuesday's testing, KDOT will be conducting another live simulation test on the 511 map ( from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Like Tuesday, fake winter road conditions will appear on the site during the test period.

November 10, 2011 | | News

County speeds ahead with equipment purchases

Barton County Sheriff's Office will be purchasing four patrol vehicles from a Hoisington firm and will be operating some new models they haven't used before. The purchase, which came in over $80,000, was approved by the Barton County Commission this week.

November 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

City to host roundtable, introduce coordinator

Calling all retailers. The City of Great Bend is inviting business leaders in the Great Bend area to the first-ever Retailers Roundtable meeting on Monday.

November 09, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Young Professionals group reboots

Great Bend is making a revived effort to get young working adults involved in the community by reorganizing the Barton County Young Professionals group. To show prospective members what it's all about, the group will have a free membership mixer from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Straub International, 214 SW 40 Ave.

November 09, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News


Just in time to kick off the Christmas shopping season!

November 09, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News

County distributes annual alcohol tax money

County officials had almost $25,000 in worthwhile county programs that needed funding from this year's special alcohol tax funds.

November 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Teen Court plays a vital role in youth programs

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about this region's juvenile service programs.)

November 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

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