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Literacy kits prep kids for kindergarten

A monetary donation from Great Bend High School students, added to time donated by the Barton County Young Professionals and other volunteers, means area children may be better prepared when they start school. More than 400 literacy kits from the United Way of Central Kansas have been assembled to hand out at Kindergarten Roundups this spring.

January 21, 2016 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


​Truck fire still under investigation

The cause of a fire in a gin pole truck stolen Sunday night from Duke Drilling, 620 Hubbard St., continues to be under investigation, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said Thursday. A mobile home fire earlier that day at 5501 Ninth St. has been ruled accidental.

January 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


January is ‘Kansas Radon Action Month’

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have proclaimed January "Kansas Radon Action Month" to help educate Kansans about the dangers of radon exposure and encourage actions to identify and address radon problems in the home.

January 21, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Blood donations urgently needed

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.

January 21, 2016 | | 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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

January 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Three car accident east of Great Bend

Icy road conditions are believed to have caused a three-car crash reported at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 56 east of Great Bend near the Fort Zarah park.

January 20, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


College receiving $4.9 million tax distribution

Barton Community College waited weeks for its October tax distribution from the Barton County Treasurer's Office, but by the first of the year the payments were caught up. Dean of Administration Mark Dean said the Oct. 31 and Dec. 18 distributions were combined as one payment of $956,603.

January 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Winter weather advisory issued for Barton County

WICHITA - Barton County is included in a winter weather advisory by the National Weather Service in Wichita for central Kansas until 6 p.m. Thursday.

January 20, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


U.S. Supreme Court sides with Kansas in Carr, Gleason cases

TOPEKA – The U.S. Supreme Court today sided with Kansas and ruled that the death sentences imposed on two capital murder defendants in Wichita and one in Great Bend did not violate the U. S. Constitution, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday.

January 20, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Changes coming to the CVB

The newly restructured Great Bend Convention and Visitors' Bureau board will hold its first meeting at noon Friday in the Great Bend Events Center, it was announced at the City Council meeting Monday night.

January 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City hopes to end ‘shortcut’

Most Great Bend motorists may not have been aware of it, but there has been a shortcut connecting Walmart on Grant Street and Dillons on McKinley Street.

January 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Seaport ceases air service to Great Bend

The call from Seaport Airlines came Friday. Great Bend city officials were told the Portland, Ore.-based carrier would cease service to Great Bend as of that Saturday.

January 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Winter weather advisory posted

WICHITA -- Areas east and south of Barton County are part of a winter weather advisory Tuesday. Winter weather will impact the south central Kansas region through the evening hours, with a mix of light freezing drizzle and light snow. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will be confined to portions of Nebraska, northeast Kansas and central to northern Missouri. Meanwhile, light ice accumulations will create slick travel conditions through the evening.

January 19, 2016 | | Local News


County honors longevity

It was a time to thank Barton County employees for their dedication as the County Commission honored several staff members for their longevity.

January 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council takes swing at pro baseball

It was a swing and hit for Pecos League baseball Monday night as the City Council backed the establishment of professional team in Great Bend.

January 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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NHS sees need, feeds it

There are many great things that happen at Great Bend High School on a daily basis. The National Honor Society Food Drive is just one ...

December 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Audit and vehicles on agenda for BCC Trustees

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve vehicle bids and the audit for Fiscal Year 2016 when it meets at 4 p.m ...

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Public invited to join Christmas Bird Count

The public is invited to participate in the national Christmas Bird Count events at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Youths visit Kansas Wetlands Education Center

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center had some special guests for the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists program on Saturday.

December 10, 2016 | Russ Edem | 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 approval ...

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Teacher helped choking student

Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Karen Smith will receive a ROSE Award from the school board on Monday for helping a student who was choking.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chapman appeal on docket

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on a Barton County man's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction. Jeffrey Wade ...

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wanted: Some Christmas spirit

Sadly, there are a lot of names on the list to receive gifts of food and clothing through an annual Christmas time campaign sponsored by ...

December 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KBI probe involves ex-county administrator

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations involving an office within the Barton County government, KBI Communications Director Melissa Underwood confirmed.

December 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 personnel discussions continue

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education held a quick meeting Thursday evening to discuss personnel matters. It was the second special meeting this ...

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kenneth N. Parten 1933 - 2016

ST. JOHN - Kenneth N. Parten, 83, passed away Dec. 5, 2016, at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. Born on Feb. 1, 1933, at Prather Hill ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meeting

The Barton County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will have a speaker to discuss the legal and financial concerns of families dealing with Alzheimer's ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board announces special meeting

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. today at the District Education Center, 201 ...

December 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Christmas past

Live music, refreshments and a glimpse into rural life and holiday traditions from days gone by can be enjoyed this Sunday, Dec. 11 during the ...

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


You snooze, you lose

Drowsiness and driving is a dangerous combination, comparable to drinking and driving. With the holidays upon us, people are aware of the hazards of being ...

December 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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