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Teen injured in one-car accident

A Hoisington motorist was injured Monday afternoon when the car he was driving left a Barton County road and struck a culvert.

February 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The generosity and giving capacity of the Great Bend community was never more apparent than with the culmination this week of the Boxes of Love project spearheaded by United Way, Meals On Wheels, ElderCare Inc., RSVP of Central Kansas and Golden Belt Home, Health & Hospice.

February 13, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

New slate of legislators working together to fill Kansas budget hole

It has been a couple of weeks since my last newsletter. I can't say that there is too much real progress thus far to report on. There are lots of good discussions that are being had - but no decisions of how to proceed. However, I will give you an update on where things stand.

February 13, 2017 | BY REP. GREG LEWIS | Local News

Larned woman testifies in Topeka

TOPEKA - Lawmakers, experts in law and corrections, and those with direct personal experience with the death penalty testified on Monday in support of HB 2167, which would repeal the Kansas death penalty and replace it life in prison without any possibility of parole. The hearing on HB 2167 was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. in the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee.

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS Speech places in 7 events

SCOTT CITY - Two Great Bend High School speech students placed in seven events at the Scott City Forensics/Speech Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 11.

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Trustees plan board retreat

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a study session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board will review the monthly financial statement and discuss Camp Aldrich, grant updates and the spring board retreat.

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

School calendar adopted for 2017-18

"You're going to be debt-free. I think the district is in great financial shape." - Vickie Dreiling, Certified Public Accountant with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball Chtd.

February 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Robbery suspect sought

Last Wednesday, officers from the Great Bend Police Department were summoned to the Wal Mart parking lot in reference to a woman who had allegedly been robbed of an item she was carrying. As officers continue to investigate this case, the vehicle and person pictured here have been identified as of interest to the investigation. Anyone who knows who this person might be (or recognizes the vehicle) is asked to contact Detective Heather McLemore at 620-793-4120. An anonymous tip can also be left on the Crimestoppers Hotline at 620-792-1300.

February 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

County to mark Presidents Day

Barton County office buildings will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will also be closed, and the Landfill will close at 11 a.m. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Perks Coffee Shoppe, 1216 Main St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Gaila Nielsen with greeters Jake Deutsch and Lexie Schneider. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

A big thank you

February 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Health Department to offer health screenings

Starting today, the Barton County Health Department will begin offering lower prices on a wide assortment of laboratory services, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

February 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Annual Jobfest continues to grow

Noting the importance of promoting job growth in Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning voted to support the annual JobFest with a $500 sponsorship.

February 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


At the end of a stressful work week, many look forward to the restorative aspects of yoga practice. But Friday morning, that prospect of peace was shattered for Morgan Stevens and many of her students.

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Full house at legislative coffee

It's not unusual for only a couple state legislators to fit a local legislative coffee into their schedules during the regular session. That's what made Saturday's coffee hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce an unexpected treat. All four of Barton County's elected state representatives made time to come and answer questions and share their early insights about the 2017 legislative session.

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Top Chef Jr.: L.I.F.E. lessons at USD 428

They may not realize it, but eight Park Elementary School students could be training for "Top Chef Jr." And even though there were no actual ...

March 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

BCC to host Career Closet Drive

Barton Community College's Community Service Organization will host a Career Closet Drive as part of the 11th annual Great Bend Job Fest. The drive ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Parnassus auditions held at BCC

On Saturday, March 10, 34 music students participated in the annual Parnassus Auditions in piano and voice at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building.

March 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Women for Kansas to start Barton Co. Chapter

An organizational meeting of the Women for Kansas Barton County Chapter will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Kansas Wetlands ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BBB warns: Puppy scams litter the Internet

National Puppy Day, March 23, may not be a red-letter holiday on any of our calendars but millions of Americans seem to be in love ...

March 16, 2018 | | Local News

Easter Basket workshop set for Saturday at the library

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club will host a "Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17 ...

March 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Dust Bowl program offered Sunday

Cottonwood District Extension Agent Alicia Boor will present a program on the Dust Bowl at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society ...

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Crews continue to fight Rice County fires

LYONS – A complex of three Rice County wildfires continued to rage as of Thursday afternoon while fire crews from around central Kansas were worked to ...

March 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Hoisington awards TGT dollars to GPS Kids Club

HOISINGTON - Kids and parents involved with Hoisington's GPS Kids Club showed up in force Monday night to lend support to a request from Debbie ...

March 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Huge wild fires in Rice and Mcpherson counties

LYONS - Firefighting crews from around central Kansas including a brush truck from Great Bend were fighting three wildfires in Rice and McPherson counties Wednesday evening ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kanopolis Lake sees lower spring lake elevations

MARQUETTE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Lake advises visitors that early spring lake elevations will be lower than in normal years ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Advertising alert for local businesses

The City of Great Bend issued information Wednesday about companies that are using the city's name and logo for their financial benefit through unendorsed ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Girl Scouts brighten day for preschooler with heart disease

Great Bend Girl Scouts are wrapping up cookie sales but they took time recently to befriend a 4-year-old girl with a rare disease. Troop 11142 ...

March 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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