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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

GBRH welcomes New Year's baby

Each year, the staff at Great Bend Regional Hospital wait anxiously to see which expecting mother will deliver the first baby of the new year. For 2016, the first baby was born over the weekend to Jarret and Katie Knieling of Rush Center. Their new daughter, Remi Mae Knieling, was born at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.

January 04, 2016 | | Local News

GBRC host two-step dance class

Grab your partner and have some fun learning how to two-step at the Great Bend Recreation Activity Center.

January 04, 2016 | | Local News

Drugs found in three Hoisington homes

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department ended 2015 and started 2016 by executing search warrants for narcotics. Warrants served on three different residences resulted in multiple arrests over the last two weeks, and the seizure of suspected drugs and paraphernalia.

January 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Winder pays special tribute to a friend

How do you describe a Legend like Meadowlark Lemon - and one of my best friends?

January 04, 2016 | | Local News

Meadowlark memory a treasured time


January 04, 2016 | | Local News

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Matt Bristow, candidate for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, a fresh face in politics

Editor's note: With Republican Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas Senate Dist. 33 opened and ...

October 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Gas prices continue to decline

As of this past weekend, Topeka was ranked 15th for the least expensive gas price average in the metro areas around the nation at $2 ...

October 26, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Larned meeting to provide Medicare help

LARNED – Medicare and Medicare Part D will be the topics of a meeting set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Welcome Inn ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Citizenship classes start Tuesday

A new series of free citizenship classes starts Tuesday, Nov. 1, in room 208 of the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main, Great Bend.

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC Music Dept. to host free instrumental concert

Barton Community College's Prairie Winds Concert Band will present a fall concert featuring music from around the world at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

KBI: Check for offenders before Halloween

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation advises parents to check online for registered offenders in their neighborhoods and areas their children plan to trick-or-treat, prior to ...

October 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Langford named warden of Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility

LARNED – Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood announced Wednesday that Don Langford has been named warden of the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A steady stream of voters flowed through the Barton County clerk's second-floor courthouse office Wednesday afternoon. They stood at the black machines casting their ...

October 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS debate places first

Three Great Bend High School debate teams competed at the TMP debate tournament in Hays on Saturday. In the novice division, Darian Harbaugh placed first ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Student reports on her 'Barton Experience'

Barton Community College trustees heard one student's "Barton Experience" when Keanna Craig addressed the board Tuesday evening.

October 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hoisington council rejects election ordinance

HOISINGTON - What two weeks ago appeared to be a done deal, the decision to have half the council be elected at-large and half by district ...

October 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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

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