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Giving Tuesday raises more than $210,000

Area endowed funds received a total of $210,780 during the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Giving Tuesday event on Dec. 1. The event, also billed as "Give Where You Live," attracted more than 400 donors to organizations throughout Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties. The total includes a $50,000 match.

December 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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 a public hearing on amendments to the budget, a letter of appreciation for out-going Great Bend Convention and Visitors' Bureau Director Cris Collier and the installation of Next Generation 911 equipment.

December 12, 2015 | | Local News

Cops feared gang retaliation after shooting

In the early morning of Nov. 15, four Great Bend men allegedly forced their way into a Great Bend home. One of the quartet was shot by the home's resident and eventually died of his wounds.

December 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Vespers Concert is Sunday

Members of Great Bend High School's A Cappella Choir rehearse for the annual Vespers Concert. It will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in the GBHS Auditorium. There will be a Youth Choir Concert in the auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The GBHS Vocal Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, also in the auditorium.

December 11, 2015 | | Local News

New playground opens in Great Bend

A nice size crowd came out for the grand opening of the newest playground in Great Bend.

December 11, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Retirement reception planned for Collier

Cris Collier has lead the Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau for the last 30 years. This month Loren Unruh, chairman of the board and the board of directors of the bureau announced her retirement as president of the organization.

December 11, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

Suspected pipe bomb found in Hoisington

According to the Hoisington Police Department, on Thursday the Hoisington Police Department with the assistance of the Great Bend Police Department's K-9 Unit, executed a search warrant to recover stolen property in the 100 block of East 7th Street in Hoisington.

December 11, 2015 | | Local News

Winter weather possible after stormy start Saturday

WICHITA - A variety of weather is expected this weekend with severe storms possible across south central and southeast Kansas Saturday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

December 11, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir contacted the Great Bend Tribune Friday morning to report that several citizens of Great Bend and Barton County have been receiving phone calls since Thursday night, Dec. 10, from an individual identifying himself as Sgt. Smith of the Barton County Sheriff's Department. While there is a Sgt. Smith at the department, this is a scam.

December 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Volunteer coordinators asking Kansans to get involved

While volunteering in Kansas remains strong, the Kansas Volunteer Commission reported this week that Kansas dropped from fourth in overall volunteerism rates to fifth in the nation.

December 11, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, Wal-Mart and Eagle Radio toy drive

Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate in Great Bend, along with Wal-Mart and Eagle Radio are joining forces to sponsor the 6th annual Christmas For Kids toy drive to benefit Saint Francis Community Services. Through this toy drive, wishes are fulfilled for children in Saint Francis foster care, adoption, and family preservation programs. Christmas For Kids provides presents to children and teens, ages newborn to eighteen, who may otherwise go without a gift this holiday season. You can make a real difference in the life of a child in Central Kansas this Christmas.

December 11, 2015 | | Local News

Supporting our troops, by supporting the Great Bend Military Moms

Recently, four area gun clubs organized a benefit shoot fund raiser. The Kiowa Gun Club, Fort Larned Arms Association, Central Kansas Prairie Shooters, and North Central Kansas Combat League hosted the event at the Kiowa Gun Club near Great Bend. With registration fees and generous donations, they raised $1,400 to donate to the Great Bend Military Moms, to help with sending care packages to our military men and women who are currently deployed to the war zones.

December 11, 2015 | | Local News

Youth from 12 countries in Great Bend Saturday

The City of Great Bend announced Thursday afternoon that Great Bend will be a featured city for a group of 16-20 different foreign exchange students from all around the country, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.

December 10, 2015 | | Local News

Operation Adopt a Vet

Bringing holiday cheer to veterans is a nice way to help show support and is a way to thank them for their service and sacrifices.

December 10, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Main airport runway needs replacing

Nearly all the air traffic that lands at are departs from the Great Bend Municipal Airport relies on a surface dating back to the Second World War, airport Manager Martin Miller said.

December 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Commission to hold executive session Monday morning

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

October 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Boeckman resigns as county administrator

Following two executive sessions totaling 90 minutes Friday morning, the Barton County Commission emerged to announce County Administrator had resigned effective Friday at the request ...

October 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Exhibits move from trails to rails

Somewhere in Barton County, north of Cheyenne Bottoms on privately owned land, Native Americans once cut crude drawings into an outcropping of sandstone.

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

County Commission to hold special meeting Friday morning

The Barton County Commission will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. It ...

October 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

General election advance voting now available

Registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Nov. 8 general election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Thursday.

October 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Moran crashes GB Chamber coffee

Paying a visit to the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), told those gathered at Tele-Communications Inc ...

October 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Out of the Morgue

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 ...

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOISINGTON - Wednesday afternoon, Lincoln Elementary School first through fourth grade students made their mark on the history of their town. The students, outfitted in toy ...

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Kansas Senate Dist. 33 candidates Taylor and Bristow take part in Pratt Town Hall

PRATT - Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, and Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, both candidates for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, were invited to debate at the Pratt Town Hall ...

October 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Adams to present life of Mother Bickerdyke

Ellsworth native Lu Adams will portray the life of Mary "Mother" Bickerdyke for the program at Monday's Barton County Historical Society meeting, set for ...

October 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

November busy in Great Bend

November will be Explore Great Bend month again and participating retailers will be ready to host a different event each Saturday, City Administrator Howard Partington ...

October 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Halloween costume giveaway is Saturday

Kids will be able to get a new or recycled Halloween costume at no cost from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend native to toss coin at Chiefs game

Great Bend native Ashley Gorney will celebrate the end of radiation treatment for cancer by making the coin toss Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Soldier pays surprise visit to mom

Riley School PE Teacher Bryan Scott strategically placed boxes of tissues around the school gymnasium Wednesday afternoon. Very few people understood the significance until minutes ...

October 19, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

County road construction work starting next week

Two road construction projects are scheduled to begin next week in Barton County, County Engineer Barry McManaman said.

October 19, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

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