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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

Kansas Amber Alert issued

At 11:47 a.m. Thursday morning, a Kansas Amber Alert was issued out of Topeka for Kaleb Thomas, a one-month old boy born Nov. 14. He was last seen at 2013 Bellview, Apt. #, Topeka,at around 10 a.m. The suspect Edward Alberty, B/M, DOB 8/28/1996, 6' 2", 250, Blk hair/Brn eyes. Last seen wearing white t-shirt, gray sweats, Nike tennis shoes. Alberty is the non-custodial father. They were last seen in a blue Chevy 4-door, NFI. Call 911 or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.

December 10, 2015 | | Local News

Security of public spaces a big deal

Great Bend police officer Jefferson Davis and Sgt. Jason Settle recently completed a comprehensive safety and security evaluation of the Police Department building, City Administrator Howard Partington reported to the city council Monday night.

December 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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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

BCC to host blood drive

Barton Community College will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 in the Technical Building ...

October 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Dogs kisses go for $1 a Pooch Smooch

The dog days of summer made a brief comeback of sorts this past Saturday; the temperature was an unseasonably warm 82 degrees, and the parking ...

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four-year-old Sophia Nelson grinned and hugged her favorite public television celebrity, Curious George, as a family member snapped a photo.

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Training offered for volunteers needed to help with hurricane relief

The American Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Matthew in five southeastern states and more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers have supported the ...

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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

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