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Barton GED Orientation classes begin March 20

Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon begin its nine-week GED Preparation Class.

March 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Public open house to review draft floodplain mapping

The Kansas Department of Agriculture–Division of Water Resources (KDA–DWR) is working with Barton County communities in the Cow Creek watershed to update FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps in that area. The draft FEMA floodplain maps can be reviewed and commented on by the public. A public review web map is available at and can also be accessed through the KDA–DWR website.

March 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Ellinwood City Council meeting

The Ellinwood City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the city office. The agenda items are service award, Scenic Byway update, Chamber of Commerce request and general liability, property and casualty insurance renewal.

March 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Marshall announces March Listening Tour

Congressman Roger Marshall will begin his March Listening Tour on Saturday, March 11 and it will continue through Saturday March 18. Constituents are encouraged to attend those stops. He will also be visiting areas near Hutchinson and Bucklin impacted by the ongoing wildfires.

March 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Health officials urge precautions to prevent spread of mumps

As of Thursday, there have been six reported mumps cases in Barton County, County Health Director Shelly Schneider said. However, only one of those cases have tested positive,

March 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Cresci charged with shooting at property

LARNED - Michele Cresci, 48 of Pawnee Rock, appeared in custody Wednesday afternoon before Pawnee County Magistrate Judge Julie Cowell. Judge Cowell advised the defendant that she faces five charges of criminal damage to property, Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett reported.

March 08, 2017 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Ouchtown: GBHS Dodgeball Tournament a hit

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball," Coach Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) tells members of the Average Joe's Gym team in the 2014 motion picture, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."

March 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hoisington Middle School to add cross country

HOISINGTON- The USD 431 school board on March 6 approved unanimously the addition of middle school cross country, to start in the 2017 fall season.

March 08, 2017 | By Ray Strunk | Local News

No delays in mailing valuation statements

Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld had good news for the County Commission Monday morning.

March 08, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is working with United Way, Red Cross and other local agencies to provide assistance for individuals and families who have lost homes, property and livestock in the wildfires that continue to sweep through southwest Kansas.

March 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Council: More discussion needed on tax rebate program

A public hearing on the proposed adoption of a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for Great Bend that started during the City Council meeting Monday night will be reconvened when the council next meets March 20.

March 07, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Learning to listen to animals, a program at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Chirps, whistles, croaks, and clicks all combine in an animal opera of high drama for eavesdropping scientists. The public can discover what animals are saying during the free program, "Listening to Animals," at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at the Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge, northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

March 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Road closure due to geology work

East Barton County road will be closed between U.S. 56 and NE 40 Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today while geology work is being done for a future bridge replacement.

March 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Taking the oath

March 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

‘He’ll be missed’

The Great Bend City Council had intended Monday night to honor former mayor and longtime community supporter Bob Parrish in person. However, Parrish died last Thursday, one day shy of his 90th birthday.

March 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the ...

March 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Stephens charged with first-degree murder

Chaz Stephens of Hoisington will face charges of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death Tuesday of a 2-year-old Hoisington girl. He made his ...

March 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Hoisington grass fire contained

HOISINGTON - "It's amazing just how dry it still is out there, even after the rain," Hoisington Fire Chief Jerry Stricker said Friday morning.

March 23, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Quivira wildfire reported Thursday

A wildfire occurred Thursday evening in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

March 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Supply drive benefits local charities

Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club are hosting their sixth annual Charity Supply Drive benefiting the Barton County Food Bank and ...

March 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Court of Appeals upholds prison ruling

The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled against a woman who admitted to violating her probation on a drug charge but who disagreed with Barton ...

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Preliminary hearing held for former CVB Director Cris Collier

Crystal Jo Collier, the former director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau, was bound over for trial on two felony charges filed ...

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day, which took place Wednesday, called awareness to this syndrome. The Northwest Kansas Down Syndrome Support Group ordered dozens of Down Syndrome ...

March 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Farmers, turkeys and chickens in 1978

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

March 21, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News

City’s guest tax numbers looking good

Folks are staying in Great Bend's hotels, lots of folks.

March 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Waterline work concerning business owners

The Main Street stretch of the massive waterline replacement project started in February with the anticipation it would take several months. Now, one month in ...

March 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Pipelines cross beneath us

One might be surprised at the number of pipelines that criss-cross Barton County and the rest of the state, said Greg Alexander of Northern Natural ...

March 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS track to be closed for a week

The track at Great Bend High School's Memorial Stadium is closed this week for repairs, school officials announced Tuesday. It will reopen Monday, March ...

March 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Missing girl found dead

HOISINGTON – Two-year-old Iviona Lewis, the Hoisington girl reported missing Tuesday afternoon, was been found dead in rural Barton County, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported ...

March 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ellinwood Chamber requests permission to hold 2018 After Harvest Festival

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce's outgoing director Jacque Isern, newly appointed director Michele Martin, and members of the board of directors were on ...

March 21, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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