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New Keenan album released

"Imagination to the Nation", the new album by Great Bend's John Keenan, is now available on iTunes for digital download, or on CD at Perks. The Tribune met with Keenan on Thursday to talk about the direction his music is taking him as he continues exploring today's independent music scene.

August 22, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Suicide attempt leads to drug bust

HOISINGTON – A Hoisington man is in custody after his Tuesday morning suicide attempt led authorities to a Hoisington residence where drugs and drug-related items were found, a news release from the Hoisington Police Department said.

August 22, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

City thanks Sen. Roberts for Raptor Center

While visiting Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, Sen. Pat Roberts patted a spotted leopard, unconscious on the exam table, and spoke to it in an assuring tone. "You're going to be fine, Toby, I promise," he said. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."

August 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Clean Line proposes to run transmission lines through Barton County

HOISINGTON - Clean Line Energy LLC are planning a wind farm in southwestern Kansas, and the company proposes transmission lines that pass through Barton County to carry energy to states farther east. None of the electricity will light Kansas homes but will result in an improvement of the power grid.

August 21, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Somewhere beneath the tons of brand-new concrete being poured at the Great Bend Municipal Airport are chunks of another era, an era when the facility served as a training base for B-29 pilots headed to do battle in World War II.

August 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Reappraisal effort still underway

In her report to the Barton County Commission Monday morning, County Appraiser Barb Konrade said Appraiser's Office personnel are still in the process of the annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.

August 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Monday and Tuesday afternoons this week, Great Bend Police Sgt. Rod Weber arrived at Great Bend Middle School well before the 3:10 p.m. dismissal bell rang. He was there to remind parents that some common practices from years past are no longer allowed. They include double parking and stopping in the road to drop-off or pick up. Those transporting kids to and from school must legally park before anyone may exit the car, Weber told driver after driver.

August 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Judge orders psych evaluation for LaVeta Miller

A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the woman charged with stealing about $110,000 that was intended to pay for World War II veterans' trips to Washington, D.C.

August 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Former teacher gets diversion on drug charges

The case of a former teacher facing felony drug charges is wrapping up, with Angela Renee Foote receiving a diversion agreement. Another person arrested at the same time last September is on probation with Central Kansas Community Corrections after plea negotiations in 2012.

August 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

City sales tax numbers looking good

Looking at the city's sales tax revenue so far this year, Great Bend City Administrator told the City Council Monday night that things are looking bright.

August 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Stuff the bus planned for Wednesday

Sometimes, agencies serving the needy in Barton and Pawnee counties need more than just cash. They need supplies.

August 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

City passes on land donation

Citing maintenance and liability concerns, it was the consensus of the Great Bend City Council Monday night not to accept an offer from Concrete Services President Roy Westoff to donate property on Second Street to the city.

August 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Bark at Water Park

Great Bend's Wetlands aquatic park closed for the season on Saturday, but lifeguards returned on Sunday for one last event – the annual Bark at the Water Park for dogs.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Scouts meet at zoo for fall kickoff

Boy Scouts and Scout leaders from nine counties were invited to attend Scout Day, Sunday afternoon at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

County to help Ellinwood with flooding issues

It may only be a first step in preventing future flooding in Ellinwood, but the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a cooperative agreement with the city to improve water flow along its eastern edge, an area hit hard by recent heavy rains.

August 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

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