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Great Bend library makes end of fines official

As of March 1, the Great Bend Public Library no longer charges fines or late fees for overdue materials. The GBPL Board approved the practice earlier this year, but approved it again Monday after Library Director Harry Willems provided a written policy.

March 21, 2016 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


City accepts two major gifts for zoo

Bison are returning to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, and the bears are getting a larger home with its own swimming pool.

March 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Council approves HorsePower on the Plains

Here are highlights of other items from Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting:

March 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County getting healthier

Barton County rose to the 73rd spot in the 2016 county health rankings released last week by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. This is a jump from 2015 when it fell in at 86th.

March 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New rankings shed light on where kansas counties could improve health

Johnson County ranks healthiest in Kansas and Wyandotte County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

March 21, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


The Wetland Explorer: Spring Cleaning for your Nest Box

It is quite evident by now that Spring is upon us. Insects are beginning to emerge, trees are beginning to bloom, days are getting longer, and the birds... Have you noticed how active the birds in your yard are recently? Singing, chasing each other, and maybe even gathering nesting materials have become the birds' daily routine.

March 20, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Legislators talk about '800 lb gorilla'

At the Hoisington legislative coffee Saturday morning, Rep. John Edmonds, Rep. Troy Waymaster, and Sen. Mitch Holmes talked on issues and actions of note in their respective houses before opening up the floor to questions.

March 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Barton County under winter weather advisory

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita placed Barton, Russell, Ellsworth and Lincoln counties under a winter weather advisory Friday until 1 p.m.

March 18, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Walk Kansas starts April 3

Teams are forming and registration is open for the 2016 Walk Kansas program, which this year runs April 3 through May 28. It is open to all Kansans across the state.

March 18, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Huelskamp staff to host tax concerns office hours in Great Bend March 22

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that a staff representative specializing in IRS casework from his Hutchinson office will be available in Great Bend from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 22, at Front Door Community Center. 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.

March 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Service Van coming to Great Bend

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Service Van will be in Great Bend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday March 22, 2016 at the Kansas Workforce Center, 1025 Main Street, Great Bend.

March 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Legislators coming to Hoisington

The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Coffee Saturday, March 19 at the Hoisington Activity Center meeting room at 10 a.m.

March 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HISTORY LESSON

FORT LARNED - There's no doubt that blacksmith Pete Bethke was the star of the show.

March 17, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Museum celebrates women, black history

The Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum was originally conceived as a tribute to "man on the plains," but the current exhibit pays tribute to women. There also an exhibit dedicated to African Americans with ties to Barton County.

March 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Flood plain mapping project progressing

County Engineer Barry McManaman attended the Cow Creek Working Group meeting on March 8, the on-going Kansas Division of Water Resources project involving the Cow Creek Watershed.

March 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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KHP troopers apprehend murder suspect near Wilson

WILSON – At approximately 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers attempted to stop an eastbound black Cadillac on I-70, around milepost 191, by ...

March 01, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Marshall, Moran respond to Trump’s address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Republicans have responded favorably to President Donald Trump's first address before joint houses of Congress Tuesday night.

March 01, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


'Safety first' is BOE's priority

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about a school board meeting held Monday at Great Bend USD 428's District Education ...

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College hires swim coach

A contract for Jonathan Reeder to become the new head swim coach at Barton Community College was approved Tuesday by the BCC Board of Trustees.

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'Cat in the Hat' comes to Great Bend

Ashley Hernandez from the Great Bend Public Library's Circulation Department reads "The Cat in the Hat" to children, Tuesday morning. March 1 is the ...

February 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Search for superintendent moves forward

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is proceeding with plans to search for a new superintendent.

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Forklift purchased over objection

After considerable discussion Monday morning, the Barton County Commission on a split vote approved the purchase of a new 6,000-pound Yale forklift from Berry ...

February 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Riley School may expand pre-K; 6th grade could move to middle school

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about ideas discussed Monday at a Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education work session ...

February 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SPECIAL FRIENDS

Great Bend boys basketball coach Tim Brooks got the idea to interact with Barton County's Special Olympians from his daughter, Colbi.

February 27, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Kansas Oil and Gas Museum hosts Warren Martin

Oil and gas producers give back to their communities and keep the state moving forward as a whole, the director of Kansas Strong told a ...

February 27, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


GBFD busy with weekend fires

The Great Bend Fire Department was busy this weekend with five separate fire calls ranging from a campfire that got a little out of control ...

February 27, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Four mumps cases reported in Barton County

There have now been four reported Mumps cases in Barton County, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

February 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by 2B Organized at the Great Bend Chamber, Spray Holt Family Board Room, 1125 Williams ...

February 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission ratifies fridge purchase

It was a desperate situation for the Barton County Health Department, Health Director Shelly Schneider told the County Commission Monday morning. One of the two ...

February 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A ROWDY ROMP: BCC Theatre

The Barton Community College Theatre Department is taking an unconventional approach with its upcoming play, "The Servant of Two Masters," which is set for 7 ...

February 27, 2017 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News


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