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Great Bend and Barton County under flood warning Monday evening

The drive home for many in Great Bend Monday evening was a wet one. At 4:38 p.m., Barton County Dispatch reported the National Weather Service in Wichita had issued a flood warning for Barton County until 8:30 p.m. Heavy rain had resulted in one inch in the 30 minutes prior to the report. Flooding occured from 10th and Washington to 8th and Washington. Stranded vehicles were reported at various locations throughout the city. Drivers calling into dispatch were advised they would be helped as help was available.

August 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


KS Supreme Court Judges to visit Great Bend

Two members of the Kansas Supreme Court will stop by the Barton County Courthouse next week, District Judge Mike Keeley said.

August 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A BIG DANCE

The 2016 campaign to sand and chip seal blacktop roads in Barton County is underway, Road and Bridge Department Director Dale Phillips told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ellinwood Hospital Foundation at Grove Park Golf Club in Ellinwood, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Mike Fortkamp with greeters Melinda Kurth and Jake Deutsch. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

August 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Shafer Gallery 'Friends & Acquaintances'

The Shafer Art Gallery has chosen to highlight local talent in its next exhibit, the Barton County Arts Council Friends and Acquaintances Art Festival, in conjunction with the Barton County Arts Council.

August 29, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Keith Bear to visit Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Native American storyteller and musician Keith Bear plans to visit Hoisington's elementary schools for five days at the end of September.

August 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County offices to close, commission to meet Tuesday due to Labor Day

County business offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Landfill will also be closed. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

August 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Taking the next step

Taking the next step in emergency communications, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a memorandum of agreement with Kansas 911 Coordinating Council for Next Generation 911. The agreement outlines the program use and cost.

August 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


PRAIRIE PICNIC

PAWNEE COUNTY - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site celebrated the National Park Service's 100th birthday on Saturday by recalling life at the fort in the late 1800s.

August 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teen injured in Stafford County rollover

STAFFORD COUNTY - One Stafford teenager was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital and another was possibly injured in a rollover accident Thursday evening in Stafford County.

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Free State Park Day encourages healthy outdoor recreation

When you get your body moving outdoors, it's beneficial for your health and well-being. A great way to enjoy healthy fresh-air exercise is to take advantage of the many beautiful trails at Kansas State Parks. Hiking, biking, kayaking and horse riding on state park trails can help make you happier, add to family memories, promote a healthy body and even help you live longer. The state's largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS), is teaming up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to sponsor Healthy Trails Adventure Day Oct. 1, with ...

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Monarch Mania to be held at Quivira

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is presenting Monarch Mania, a special event to be held on Saturday, Sept. 17. This free event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Quivira's Environmental Education Classroom. Activities include Monarch tagging, butterfly catching demonstrations, butterfly face-painting, crafts, and a unique outdoor Butterfly Pavilion with live butterflies for viewing.

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


US-281 Highway in Hoisington closing for annual Labor Day celebration

Starting Sept. 1 through Sept. 6, the City of Hoisington will begin a permitted road closing of US-281 Highway from Reference Post 114 to Reference Post 116 for the annual Labor Day Celebration in Barton County.

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Zebra Mussels found in Cedar Bluff Reservoir

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. The lake is owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). In July, the BOR conducted its annual plankton sampling survey which revealed zebra mussel veligers (larvae). The results were reported to KDWPT aquatic nuisance species staff on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Department fisheries staff began a search on Aug. 25 and found a population of adult zebra mussels near the Muley Boat Ramp on the south side of the reservoir. Cedar Bluff Reservoir is ...

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Keep the motor running

American and Kansas highways alike are a lot busier, transportation officials say.

August 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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School board approves budget

The local tax for Great Bend USD 428 will be close to 45.931 mills next year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said at Tuesday's budget ...

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report: Community colleges swamped with reports

Two new admissions representatives at Barton Community College reflect the growing mountain of paperwork and reporting required of higher learning institutions, the BCC Board of ...

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Council adjournment meets with disdain

When the Great Bend City Council adjourned its regular meeting Monday night at the Great Bend Events Center, the move was not popular with the ...

August 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City’s 2018 budget approved

Following a budget hearing at City Hall, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the city's 2018 budget ordinance during its regular meeting ...

August 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Couch supporters hold their own meeting

After the Great Bend City Council adjourned its regular meeting Monday night to the disapproving shouts and jeers from supporters of suspended Police Chief Cliff ...

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Retired officer backs suspended chief

Most of those at the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night don't know all that has transpired or been said regarding the ongoing ...

August 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Eyeing the sky

Eclipse viewing glasses were a hot commodity in Great Bend Monday morning. Those looking for a pair began arriving as early as 8 a.m ...

August 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Eclipse viewing slideshow

Aug. 21, 2017, Barton County, Kansas. Solar eclipse viewing.

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The teachers are back

School doesn't start until Wednesday, but all of the employees at Great Bend USD 428 were on the job Monday for the annual Back ...

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


St. Joseph man killed following highway chase

PAWNEE COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation identified 30-year-old Jason Dale Smith of St. Joseph, Missouri, as the man killed following a highway chase involving ...

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees meet Tuesday

Great Bend's revitalization plan is on the agenda when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room ...

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 budget hearing is Tuesday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a budget hearing at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the District Education Center, 201 ...

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


What a show!

Hundreds of Barton County residents watched the solar eclipse together on Monday, as crowds gathered early at the Great Bend Public Library, Barton Community College ...

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Injury crash sends one to hospital

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle crash at 2:08 p.m. on Sunday at mile marker 109 on North U,S, 281 ...

August 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Back to School Bash slideshow

Photos taken Aug. 21, 2017, as teachers return to Great Bend USD 428.

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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