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Larned man convicted of involuntary manslaughter

LARNED – On Tuesday afternoon in the Pawnee County District Court, James Allen Roe, 58, of Larned, waived his preliminary hearing and entered a "no contest" plea to involuntary manslaughter, a severity level 5 person felony. He was originally charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance causing death, alleged to have occurred in Pawnee County on or about July 27, 2015.

May 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Members of the Great Bend High School Jazz Band warm up before a performance. They were the featured entertainment at Wednesday's Great Bend Noon Kiwanis meeting, held at Walnut Bowl.

May 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Research shows hit-and-runs on the rise

More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Here in Great Bend, two of these crashes over the past year have resulted in fatalities.

May 03, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News

Movie poster

Pictured is the movie poster for "The Haddock Effect," a 4-minute film by Great Bend High School student Geoffrey Pafford. The movie was a winner of the national Ten Day Film Challenge. The top 10 movies, including Pafford's, can be seen online at

May 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

'The Haddock Effect'

Great Bend Junior Geoffrey Pafford's short movie, "The Haddock Effect," earned Top Five honors in a national student contest, "The 10 Day Film Challenge." He created his 4-minute original movie during first-hour Video Production class at GBHS.

May 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Electronic recycling drop-off to be held May 12

St. Mark Lutheran, 2101 Jackson, Great Bend, will sponsor its annual electronics recycling drop-off from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 12.

May 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBRC to host Walk Kansas Celebration

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a free "Walk Kansas Celebration/Wise Bucks Luncheon" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at the Great Bend Rec Activity Center, located at 2715 18th St.

May 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Wheat tour

Ninety-five participants from all types of professions, including millers, bakers, producers, traders, government, education and media, took a three-day tour of Kansas wheat fields this past week. The tour is a training course for some and for others it's a way to gauge how the wheat is doing.

May 03, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News

Winning Forensics

HOISINGTON - In the seven years since Marion Oborny began teaching and coaching Cardinals Forensics at Hoisington High School, the program has grown steadily. The class roster this year has grown to 26 students in two classes, a few of whom participated outside of class. And this year, more students have qualified and are planning to compete in 17 events at the 3A State Forensics at Wichita-East on Saturday, May 5. One key to the success of the program is Oborny's insistence on attending tournaments, and its made for a banner year for Hoisington.

May 02, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Pioneer Day slide show

Photos were taken May 2, 2018, at Barton County Historical Society Village & Museum during Pioneer Day for USD 428 third graders.

May 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo news: Zoo prepares to unveil exhibit

This month city employees are finishing the expansion to the Grizzly Bear exhibit at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. A grand opening of this new exhibit will be held on Saturday, June 2.

May 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Pioneer Day 2018

The olden days are closer than ever. When Great Bend third graders visited the Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village on Wednesday, landline phones were as historic to them as scrubbing clothes on a washboard or attending a one-room school.

May 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

April Ends with highest gas price average since 2014

Kansas motorists are staring at the highest gasoline prices in four years as they head into the summer travel season, analysts are saying. But, with a state average of $2.54 per gallon Sunday, pump prices may be nearing their peak.

May 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Absconded sex offender sought

Rickie A. Bell is a registered sex offender, and was convicted of Second Degree Sexual Assault out of Wisconsin. On Monday, April 30, Bell was the subject of a Crime Stoppers report from the Barton County Sheriff's Office, seeking the public's assistance in locating a wanted person. Additional information has been obtained.

May 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Cheyenne Bottoms spotlighted with shorebird symposium

BARTON COUNTY - Shorebirds, according to Monica Iglecia, assistant director of shorebird habitat management with Manomet, a nonprofit scientific consulting firm, appear to be simply tiny little birds from a distance. But, through long-distance migration, populations of these birds are important indicators of the health of some of the planet's most important ecosystems.

May 01, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by The Center for Counseling and Consultation at The Center's Community Based Services Facility ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Howe at McCracken Public Library

The McCracken Public Library will host Priscilla Howe, professional storyteller and puppeteer, at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 1, in the community building.

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

One injured in motorcycle crash

The driver of a motorcycle was seriously injured in a collision with a pickup Saturday afternoon at the intersection of 10th and Frey in Great ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

A new and improved Kids’ Fishing Day scheduled for Quivira June 2

Enjoy the outdoors with the whole family with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids' Fishing Day on Saturday, June ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Speed limits slowed at N. Washington, 30 Rd

The Barton County Commission slowed things down Monday morning as it established a speed Limit of 45 miles per hour on portions of North Washington ...

May 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

County Memorial Day closings announced

Barton County business offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

The Great Minigrant Reveal

The Great Bend USD 428 Education Foundation recently awarded $15,633.49 in minigrants to educators in local schools. The Foundation awarded 27 minigrants ranging ...

May 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barton GED Orientation Classes begin May 21

Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon begin its nine-week GED Preparation Class. Students must attend all orientation classes May 21-24, and ...

May 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

School sidewalks on summer project list

Sidewalks outside every school in Great Bend USD 428 will be replaced this summer, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

May 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Larned High School graduation photos

Fort Larned USD 495 celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19.

May 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Hats off to Class of 2018

One-hundred seventy-five seniors graduated Sunday in the Great Bend High School Class of 2018.

May 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Claflin City Council to discuss funding for new building for fire department

CLAFLIN - Mayor Mike Urban and members of the city council will meet on Wednesday, May 23, to further discuss the topic of an additional structure ...

May 20, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

May 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

One more stone down

Enough lines have been purchased and the long-anticipated third stone for the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is a go, said Diana Watson, assistant to the ...

May 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Confiscated phone leads to arrest

A Great Bend man whose phone was confiscated by police after an incident in February has been charged with using a hidden device to view ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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