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Find out what's happening at 'Squirrel Lake'

In a place called Squirrel Lake, you're bound to meet a nut or two. Great Bend Community Theatre's new production takes place at a family cabin on the shores of Squirrel Lake, Wisconsin, where a family gathers for the reading of their Mother's will. Not everyone is what they appear to be as we meet a nun and her insane brother, as well a psychic, supposedly sent by Mom from the great beyond.

April 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


It's official

Amy Mellor, left, turns in the final paperwork as she files to run for the office of Barton County Attorney, Friday at the courthouse. The office currently held by Douglas Matthews has not been contested since Matthews was first sworn in as the Barton County Attorney in January of 2005. Mellor, who at present serves as assistant county attorney, said she turned in signatures earlier in the week. Retired District Judge Hannelore Kitts is her campaign treasurer.

April 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County attorney’s office concedes murder charges

The Barton County Attorney's Office has conceded that current Kansas law does not support the first-degree murder charges that were filed against Adam Suppes, Alejo Villegas and Juventino Villegas.

April 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mellor files for county attorney

Amy Schartz Mellor announced Friday her candidacy for Barton County attorney's office.

April 15, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Judge denies Hirsh new trial based on jury misconduct/bias

Former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Darrin Hirsh will not get a new trial based on potential juror misconduct or bias, District Judge Ron Svaty ruled Friday in Barton County District Court.

April 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bellendir files for reelection as sheriff

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir Friday announced that he will seek reelection to the office.

April 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission, council to meet Monday

Both the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday.

April 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grand opening set for new Sunflower Diversified Westside Market

The newest venture at Sunflower Diversified Services combines two of the non-profit agency's priorities – employment for people with developmental disabilities and delays, and more opportunities for the community.

April 15, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Trainer praises Sunflower’s Early Education Center Autism Team efforts

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of two stories on the new Autism Team at the Sunflower Diversified Services Early Education Center.

April 15, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Huelskamp staff to host tax concerns office hours in Barton County

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that a staff representative specializing in IRS casework from his Kansas office will be available in Hoisington from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at the public library, 169 Sout Walnut. During these office hours, Huelskamp's staff representative will be available to meet individually with taxpayers to learn about their concerns and to serve as a resource for constituents struggling to navigate bureaucratic red tape. Constituents seeking assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment by contacting Congressman Huelskamp's Hutchinson office at 620-665-6138.

April 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sunflower’s early ed center forms new Autism Team for families

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of two stories about the new Autism Team at the Sunflower Diversified Services Early Education Center.

April 15, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


USD 428 bargaining move forward

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed said the first Interest-Based Bargaining meeting with teachers concerning next year's contracts went smoothly.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Young musician on the rise

Music touches everyone in different ways throughout their lives and the messages that these songs have also play into people lives in one form to another. One local high school student hopes his music will have the same impact on people by spreading the message of hope and positivity.

April 14, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Local veterans raise awareness for PTSD and suicide

Post traumatic stress disorder causes a lot of turmoil for veterans and active duty soldiers, This disorder is hard to understand from outside eyes. But for one local veteran and his team, they hope to change that by raising awareness about this disorder and reduce veteran suicide and while doing so they hope to raise money for a military family retreat.

April 14, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


SO FAR, SO GOOD

Recent showers have bypassed Barton County and its fledgling wheat. But, agriculture officials believe should the spring frosts stay away and the rains come, the crop could still be a good one.

April 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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CVB enhances Hospitality Program, supports local businesses

As a way to enhance its Hospitality Program, the City of Great Bend's Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently added a new service.

March 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Government commodities to be distributed

United States government commodities will be distributed from 4-5 p.m., Monday, March 27, at the Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in Great Bend ...

March 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tax rebate plan OKed by council

A revised version of Great Bend Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, a property tax rebate program targeting new buildings and improvements, was given the OK by the ...

March 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


June Jaunt plans in the works

Great Bend Community Coordinator/Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Christina Hayes attended a regional June Jaunt meeting last week in Scott City and had good ...

March 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City offers cash to Cinco de Mayo

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a $750 sponsorship for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration set for May 6 at Jack Kilby ...

March 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Farm show a boon to community

The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is big deal for the community, but it wouldn't be possible if it weren't for city ...

March 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


COUNCIL SHOWS THE ‘LOVE’

In recognition of his years of dedication to local tennis and local youth, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved naming the west tennis ...

March 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBHS speech team wins 8 medals

HAVEN - The Great Bend High School speech team took four students to the Haven Invitational Speech Tournament on Saturday. All four students placed and three ...

March 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Market Maven to host coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Marketing Maven Consulting, 2817 9th St., inside the Fieldhouse, at 9:30 a.m ...

March 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Lyons man sentenced to nearly 20 years for child sex crime

LYONS – A Lyons man was sentenced Monday to nearly 20 years in prison for a sex crime against a child, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt ...

March 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


‘It’s been a long time’

Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips summed up his 40 years of serving as the county's noxious weeds director very succinctly.

March 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBHS Student Showcase on Sunday for MS

The public is invited to attend a GBHS Student Showcase on Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 at Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley. There will ...

March 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


RED HOT

Law enforcement professionals realize the nature of their work can put them in dangerous situations where hand-to-hand defensive tactics are required. The criminal justice program ...

March 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Eighth annual Sporting Clay Shoot to be held at Camp Aldrich

The Barton Community College Foundation will host its Eighth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 ...

March 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


CREP promoted to help save aquifer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Kansas are partners in implementing a voluntary program to encourage Golden Belt farmers along the ...

March 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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