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Pawnee County lifts burn ban

The Burn Ban has been lifted for Pawnee County as of 1 p.m. Monday, April 9, Pawnee County Information Officer Joel Davis announced. Burning of appropriate and approved materials is allowed at this time in Pawnee County until further notice.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Planetarium to present full-dome movies through spring semester

Explore the depths of space and the mysteries of the cosmos at the Barton Planetarium which will host several activities this spring. The Planetarium is located in the Science Building on Barton Community College's campus. Enter through the sliding doors on the north side. Admission is free.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


5K to benefit Camp Hope

Barton Community College's Community Service Organization and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will host a 5K walk/run 8 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Registration will be at 7:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts circle drive at Barton. All proceeds will be donated to Camp Hope.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton hosts Enrollments Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Day sessions to prepare incoming students for the upcoming school year. Space is limited. Students can call 620-792-9286 or visit bartonccc.edu/admission/enrollmentdays to sign up. In addition to four dates this month, each month through July offers three or four sessions.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend and Lyons schools earn Challenge Awards

TOPEKA - The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 78 schools in 28 Kansas public school districts as recipients of the 2017 Challenge Awards. Recipients included two elementary schools in Great Bend USD 428 and three schools in Lyons USD 405.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees to review Larned Corrections programming

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hear an update on college programming at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room F-30 at the Fine Arts Building. This is the board's monthly study session. Other items on the agenda are the March financial statement, re-centering of state funding to community colleges and technical schools, Real ID driver's license changes in Kansas, Army deployments, and the board's meeting schedule for Fiscal Year 18-19.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Legislators commended for supporting education

During Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Khris Thexton noted the Kansas Legislature's passage of a school finance bill will add $522 million for K-12 funding over the next five years. The bill awaits the signature of Governor Jeff Colyer, who has already endorsed it publicly.

April 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Week honors unsung heros

Public Safety Communications Officers play a vital role in protecting the life and property of Barton County citizens, a proclamation adopted by the Barton County Commission reads in part. It goes on to mark this as National Public Safety Communications Officers Week.

April 09, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS vcoons@gbtribune.com | Local News


Marijuana wax lab explosion in rural Great Bend

A structure fire Friday afternoon in rural Great Bend was caused by a butane explosion in what law enforcement officers are calling a clandestine lab manufacturing "marijuana wax," also called BHO or DAB.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


ATV pursuit leads to drug arrest

Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved is a pursuit with an all terrain vehicle around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday that led to the arrest of Alex Roth, 25, of Great Bend. He was arrested for traffic violations and drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS speech team earns medals at Pratt

The Great Bend High School speech team competed at the Pratt Speech tournament on Saturday. Four GBHS students competed in 10 events and placed in five of those events.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas AG sending notices to 25,000 Kansans to reach who might be eligible for refunds

TOPEKA - The Kansas Attorney General's Office is mailing notices to nearly 25,000 Kansans who may be eligible for a refund of money they sent by wire transfer to scammers, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Missing teen was last seen in Great Bend

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for assistance from the public to help locate a missing teenager.

April 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kloos supports Kansans Can initiative

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Rick Kloos, Independent, stopped by the Tribune offices Wednesday on his way to the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show. He was traveling with his wife, Pennie, and his son and running mate Nathaniel as part of a 52-day campaign tour of western Kansas.

April 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Give blood during National Volunteer Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference.

April 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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BCC Leadership Institute praised

Barton Community College continues to train its best employees for future leadership roles, Vice President Elaine Simmons said Tuesday. She introduced the eight graduates of ...

April 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rankin gets maximum sentence

In Barton County District Court Tuesday afternoon, Jeffrey Allen Rankin received the maximum sentence on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Judge Richard ...

April 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Two arrested on drug charges

Barton County Sheriff's office detectives made two separate arrests Monday night, one at 11 p.m. and another at 2 a.m., for possession ...

April 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBRH purchased by University of Kansas Health System

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The University of Kansas Health System has signed a letter of intent to purchase the operations of Great Bend Regional Hospital and ...

April 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Meeting agendas, lifting of burn ban

Faculty contract renewals

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton hosts Hispanic Culture workshop

Dancing, artwork and soccer were all part of the experience more than 200 students from Kansas high schools shared Monday at Barton Community College's ...

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Deer crashes into van in Stafford County

A deer collided with a van carrying six people from Kingman at 5:40 p.m. Sunday in Stafford County.

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


4-way stop eyed for ‘problem’ intersection

County officials called the junction of North Washington and NE 30 Road a "problem intersection," and looked Monday morning at ways to make it safer ...

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


April weather in Great Bend: Is this a dream?

A long time ago there was a movie called "The Gods Must be Crazy." It was a comedy whose plot revolved around a Botswana African ...

April 23, 2018 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


An historic achievement

Monday was Central Plains High School Basketball State Champions Day in Barton County, but the team members didn't get much of a chance to ...

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Third stone for vet memorial in the works

A third stone for the on-going Golden Belt Veterans Memorial will be purchased, the Barton County Commission decided Monday morning.

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Zoo prepares for Plastic Free July

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grizzly Bear exhibit expands in 2018

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo evolution

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hot results on a cold day

April 14 was a cold, blustery day, but the Regional Music Festival results were hot for Great Bend High School students. The festival was held ...

April 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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