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The Great Bend Police department recently acquired a special weapons and tactics vehicle that will help the department be ready for any situation the officers may face.

February 04, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

Students turn into teachers for experiment

It was a concert with a twist. Band members became teachers and audience members became students. The sixth-grade bands at Park and Lincoln elementary schools each recently held an open house to showcase what they have been learning in band this year, said Don Regehr, band teacher.

February 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Emerging ceramic artist hosts free workshop at BCC

Studio potter and Wichita State University professor Brenda Lichman is presenting a free ceramics workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 in T-151 at Barton Community College. Lichman has been a visiting artist at the Shafer Gallery, brought in by art instructor Bill Forst who specializes in ceramics. Forst applied for a mini-grant from the Barton Foundation in August to bring Lichman in for the workshop.

February 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Eagles offer early Valentine's Day dinner

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1024 Main, will serve their annual Valentine's Day dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11. The will serve prime rib, green beans, twice baked potato and a salad from 6-8 p.m. The dinner will be $20 per plate or $36 per couple. A DJ will play music from about 8 p.m. until they close.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Route set for 43rd annual Bike Across Kansas

Registration is now open for the 2017 Biking Across Kansas bicycle tour across the state. The 43rd year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas history - a 513-mile ride across the state - begins on Saturday, June 10.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chase, shots fired, leads to arrest

Three people were arrested around 3 a.m. Friday after fleeing from Barton County Sheriff's deputies, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. The vehicular pursuit began near the 200 block of NE 20 Ave. in Great Bend and ended just east of U.S. 281 near NE 80 Road south of Hoisington. At one point during the chase, one of the occupants fired several rounds from the car.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

There is no 'delete' for digital content

National speaker Katie Koestner, director of the Take Back the Night Foundation, had some straight talk about digital citizenship, bystander intervention and her own inspiring story, Thursday at Barton Community College.

February 04, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee meeting in Stafford

The Kansas Water Office's (KWO) Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting to discuss current water issues affecting the basin as well as the state.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

CPHS Winter Royalty Court

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

January Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage License

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission, council to meet Monday

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

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS plans parent/teacher conferences

The staff of Great Bend Middle School will hold Parent/teacher conferences from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Call the office at 620-793-1510 to schedule a conference time.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

2017 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest winners listed

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center announced the winners of the 2017 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest. Nearly 400 second graders completed a coloring sheet featuring Red-Eared Sliders, one of several turtle species commonly found at Cheyenne Bottoms.

February 03, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

High court upholds Gleason death sentence

TOPEKA - A divided Kansas Supreme Court Friday upheld by a vote of 4-3 the death sentence of Sidney J. Gleason in a capital murder case involving a 2004 double homicide in Barton County.

February 03, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Former coach Kaiser formally charged

A criminal complaint charging former Great Bend High School track coach Todd Eric Kaiser with one count of sexual exploitation of a child was filed Thursday, Feb. 2, in Barton County District Court. The defendant was arrested June 6, 2016, and posted a $50,000 surety bond, which remains in effect.

February 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Court of Appeals upholds prison ruling

The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled against a woman who admitted to violating her probation on a drug charge but who disagreed with Barton ...

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Preliminary hearing held for former CVB Director Cris Collier

Crystal Jo Collier, the former director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau, was bound over for trial on two felony charges filed ...

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day, which took place Wednesday, called awareness to this syndrome. The Northwest Kansas Down Syndrome Support Group ordered dozens of Down Syndrome ...

March 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Farmers, turkeys and chickens in 1978

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 21, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News

City’s guest tax numbers looking good

Folks are staying in Great Bend's hotels, lots of folks.

March 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Waterline work concerning business owners

The Main Street stretch of the massive waterline replacement project started in February with the anticipation it would take several months. Now, one month in ...

March 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Pipelines cross beneath us

One might be surprised at the number of pipelines that criss-cross Barton County and the rest of the state, said Greg Alexander of Northern Natural ...

March 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS track to be closed for a week

The track at Great Bend High School's Memorial Stadium is closed this week for repairs, school officials announced Tuesday. It will reopen Monday, March ...

March 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Missing girl found dead

HOISINGTON – Two-year-old Iviona Lewis, the Hoisington girl reported missing Tuesday afternoon, was been found dead in rural Barton County, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported ...

March 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ellinwood Chamber requests permission to hold 2018 After Harvest Festival

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce's outgoing director Jacque Isern, newly appointed director Michele Martin, and members of the board of directors were on ...

March 21, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOISINGTON -- An alert from the Hoisington Police Department went out on the NIXLE network requesting help from the community locating a missing two year old ...

March 20, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Vopats support Barton Community College Foundation Academic Enrichment Fund campaign through March

Every gift matters; that's the message Jim and Kathy Vopat hope to share on behalf of the Barton Community College Foundation as the 2018 ...

March 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

City to hire IT professional

Members of the City of Great Bend's information technology committee weighed carefully the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a full-time information technology manager for ...

March 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

A lot of cookies

The Hoisington Girl Scouts Troop 11126 parlayed their Girl Scout Cookie profits into a lasting tribute for Barton County veterans.

March 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission shares frustration with county attorney

A unified Barton County Commission appreciated the plight of Denise Rankin, the former Great Bend woman accusing the County Attorney's Office of botching the ...

March 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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