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Ellsworth Police Department announces Safe Exchange Zone

Ellsworth Police Chief Maverick Campbell Sr. likes to take a proactive approach to policing. He and his staff make a point of keeping an eye on crime trends not only in the local area, but around the nation. One area where crime and fraud has seen an uptick recently is in the growing e-commerce marketplace. Around the nation, reports of buyers and sellers falling victim to scams, robberies or worse after initiating exchanges on sites like Craigslist, Buy-Sell-Trade, eBay, and other facebook groups and web sites led to a simple idea. Thursday, the Ellsworth Police Department's facebook page announced ...

January 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Students request time for community service

Great Bend High School students will ask the school board Monday for a day off to do community service projects.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Fourth straight yearly decline at the pump forecasted


January 07, 2016 | | Local News

Great Bend Fire Department not seeking donations via telephone

The Great Bend Fire Department has been receiving reports about people getting phone calls from someone claiming to be a Great Bend firefighter and asking for a donation. "This is a scam," said Fire Chief Mike Napolitano.

January 07, 2016 | | Local News

CPHS Winter Royalty Court

January 07, 2016 | | Local News

A new year at Brit Spaugh Zoo

Wednesday was a quiet day at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, except for the occasional screeching of the newest resident, a colorful parrot cousin known as a sun conure.

January 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Pageants to return to Great Bend

The Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt pageant is gearing up for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Great Bend High School, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.

January 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend waiting for KDOT on transload facility

The City of Great Bend's has submitted its packet detailing its vision for a new train-truck shipping hub. Now, city officials just have to wait for word from the Kansas Department of Transportation on funding.

January 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Thrivent Financial at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Regan Reif and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 06, 2016 | | Local News


In December, Hoisington USD 431 gave the nod to purchasing Chromebooks for each middle and high school student in the district. Director of Technology Kerry Mooney said he could have the laptops ready to use by the end of winter break, and he was true to his word. Students returning Tuesday started off the new year by receiving their assigned Chromebooks and reviewing proper laptop etiquette.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

USD 431 considers new capital outlay resolution

Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night to discuss the expansion of the list of items that can be spent from the district's capital outlay fund. First mentioned at the December meeting, it was noted a new resolution would need to be passed before the next budget cycle, which begins at the end of June.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

BCC center rolls out Occupational Safety and Health certificates

GRANDVIEW PLAZA - Whether it's a small, independent construction business or a massive corporation with hundreds of employees, all industrial based businesses must dedicate time and manpower to safety on the job site. It's with that in mind that Barton Community College at Grandview Plaza has rolled out a specialized Occupational Safety and Health certificate program.

January 05, 2016 | | Local News

Library collects more than 300 food items

Overdue books paid off for the Barton County Food Bank when the Great Bend Public Library offered to accept food donations in lieu of fines for the entire month of December. Patrons were invited to bring in one non-perishable food item for every $1 in fees owed to the library.

January 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Disgruntled council sends ‘aggressive’ letter to treasurer

Frustrated with special property tax assessments not being processed by the Barton County Treasurer's Office, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved sending a strongly worded letter to Treasurer Kevin Wondra expressing the city's concern.

January 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Anonymous donation to bolster law enforcement image

An donor who wishes to remain anonymous approached Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director Christy Tustin a few months back worried about the image of law enforcement in light of several high-profile national incidents.

January 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Health department gives thousands of flu shots

The Barton County Health Department has given over 2,000 flu shots since September, plus another 2,000 so far this month, Health Director Shelly ...

October 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS football ticket sales

Great Bend will host Topeka West at 7 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Reserved seating is no longer available as all remaining games ...

October 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Window breaking happening throughout the city

Great Bend has seen its share of criminal damage, but as of lately there has been a rash of window breaking in the city starting ...

October 25, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Nature educator explains animal sounds

Jean Aycock from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will explain the meanings of some animal sounds during a free Stop N' Learn program hosted by ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Trick or Treat

One hundred twenty children received Halloween buckets and costumes this past Saturday at the Great Bend Public Library's costume giveaway, according to Kiwanis President ...

October 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC may extend naming rights on training center

The Barton Community College trustees will be asked to approve a scales certification program and extend the naming rights on a building during the next ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Scouting for food

On Oct. 29, our community will participate in Scouting for Food. Our local food banks continue to serve many families, and the need is great ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pre-election campaign reports

On Oct. 31, treasurers for candidates running for state office, county office, political action conmlittees (PACs) and party committees will file their pre-general election campaign ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Larned Police report

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October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission backs Sunflower’s transportation grant request

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a letter supporting Sunflower Diversified Services' application for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant applications. The funds would ...

October 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Deer-vehicle collision sends two to Clara Barton Hospital

Two people were taken to Clara Barton Hospital Saturday evening after a deer hit by a car was thrown into the windshield of an oncoming ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Motorcyclist injured on I-70

SALINE COUNTY - An Ellsworth man was injured Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving went off Interstate 70 at the Interstate 135 ramp. Kansas Highway ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend man jailed after Sunday morning shooting

Two men were shot and one Great Bend man remains in jail following an argument that turned violent early Sunday morning, Great Bend Police Chief ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Evening Lions provided vision screenings

The Great Bend Evening Lions Club provided free vision screening last Saturday and and Sunday during Family Fun Day at the Great Bend Brit SpaughZoo.

October 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Wood Carvers will be at Sutherlands on Saturday

The Golden Belt Wood Carvers will be at Sutherlands, 5520 10th St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 29. Members will ...

October 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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