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The thrill of flight: Bombers, Bikes, Butterflies

This coming Friday will kick off three major events in Barton County. Some are calling it the Bikes, Butterflies & Bombers Weekend.

September 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | 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 of the 2016 budget, the capital improvement and equipment replacement plans and an agreement with Southwest Developmental Services to be the Community Developmental Disability Organization for the County.

September 12, 2015 | | Local News


Rec approves furnishings and landscape contractor for new playground

The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board approved furnishings for the future pocket designation playground at 2715 18th St.

September 11, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Frieb receives generous donation for Eagle Scout project

On Aug. 14, Eric Frieb, a senior at Otis Bison High School, received an answer to a prayer. The soon-to-be Eagle Scout needed extra funding to complete the first phase of a garden pavilion project at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend. He proposed the build for his Eagle Scout community leadership project after learning of the need the Dominican Sisters of Peace had for such a building while volunteering at the farm. While it was a particularly ambitious project, Frieb convinced the Boy Scout council and the board at Heartland Farm that he was up to the challenge.

September 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Democrats meet Thursday

The Barton County Democratic Party will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Front Door Community Center, 1615 10th St. Registered Democrats, independents, and like-minded individuals are welcome.

September 11, 2015 | | Local News


​Real estate, phone bids on USD 428 agenda

The purchase of real estate is on the agenda for Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting. An executive session for discussion of the proposed purchase is also on the agenda. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road.

September 11, 2015 | | Local News


BOCK benefit ride

Bikers of Central Kansas will sponsor a benefit ride on Saturday for Caroline Harbaugh, daughter of Eric and Lisa Harbaugh of Russell, who was diagnosed with Langerhan's Cell Histiocyctosis.

September 11, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas wheat crop shows average quality

Wheat yields in Kansas might have increased during the 2015 harvest, but test weights and protein content were down statewide. According to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, data was collected from 7,233 carlot samples from 47 counties which showed an average test weight of 59.9 pounds per bushel. In comparison, the 2013 and 2014 harvest averages were 60.7 and 60.5 pounds per bushel, respectively.

September 10, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


YP5K and Half Marathon volunteer shares transformation story, encourages others

Ten years ago, Golden Belt Bicycles Mechanic Neil Frizell was overweight.

September 10, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for September 10, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

September 10, 2015 | | Local News


​Man jailed after wrecking stolen truck

The Barton County Sheriff's Office suspects alcohol was involved in an accident Sunday involving a stolen pickup in Barton County.

September 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Controlled burn restarts, spreads

SUSANK - A fire Wednesday in Susank was caused by a controlled burn that restarted, according to the Barton County Sheriff's Office.

September 10, 2015 | | Local News


​Minor injuries reported after accident

The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to an injury accident at 4:58 a.m. Thursday at the U.S. 56/K-156 junction east of Great Bend. A 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Linny K. Ott, 35, of Russell was southbound on K-156 approaching the "T" intersection and failed to make the turn. The vehicle continued south through the intersection, through the ditch and over the railroad tracks, coming to rest in a field.

September 10, 2015 | | 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.

September 10, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Presentation explores sports mascots of Kansas

The Rice County Historical Society/Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons will host "The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas," a presentation and discussion by Jordan Poland at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14, at the Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 West Lyon in Lyons. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Coronado Quivira Museum at (620) 257-3941 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

September 10, 2015 | | Local News


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Primary voting sites listed

With voters heading to the polls Tuesday for the primary election, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has some last–minute reminders.

July 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fort Larned carpenter recalls restoration

LARNED - When visitors step onto the grounds of the Fort Larned National Historic State today, they see it as it appeared in the 1860s during ...

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Company selling city map ads not affiliated with Tribune

There is a company from Illinois calling local businesses about purchasing space on the city map on behalf of the Great Bend Tribune. However, "this ...

July 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 gets new liaison Officer

School is just around the corner for the youths of Great bend and Barton County and this brings with it many changes and one new ...

July 28, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Great Bend Evening Lions host guide dog program

On Monday, the Great Bend Evening Lions' Club will host a special program with Randy Teske and his guide dog Marco. The presentation will begin ...

July 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Guided hunting banned on public land

One June 23 the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission voted to ban commercial guiding on property and water managed by the department.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC pool updates reviewed

Barton Community College Trustees learned Tuesday that additional improvements totaling about $5,000 were approved for the college's swimming pool in the past year.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | 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 ...

July 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Local business lending a helping hand

Summer is here and August is just around the corner and this means back to school and with back to school comes shopping for school ...

July 27, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Great Bend High School Booster Club membership drive

The Great Bend High School Panther Booster Club announces their 2016-2017 Booster Club Membership Drive and Activities Program Sponsorship Campaign. Members include alumni, parents, teachers ...

July 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


RSVP honors volunteers at banquet

RSVP, formerly the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, will honor its volunteers with a recognition banquet Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Barton Community College student union ...

July 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Zoo loses a fan favorite ‘Boss,’ the African lion

The skies over the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are gray today after the zoo had to say goodbye to one of their oldest and ...

July 27, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Wetlands Center to hold Perseid Meteor Shower party

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will host a viewing party for the Perseid Meteor Shower. Activities will start at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug ...

July 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees approve raises

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved next year's operational budget and a 2016-2017 budget for publication Tuesday. The operational budget includes a ...

July 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington approves purchase of new ‘Jaws of Life’

HOISINGTON - Hoisington City Council members approved the purchase of a new 'jaws of life' extraction unit by the Hoisington Fire Department at the meeting Monday ...

July 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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