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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

Severe weather strikes area

May debuted with the first round of severe weather in central Kansas. Tornado warnings were issued for Barton, Rush and Edwards counties Tuesday night. The tornadic storm that moved across northern Barton County delivered punishing hail.

May 01, 2018 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Detached garage destroyed by fire

ELLINWOOD - At 3:15 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, Ellinwood Police Officer Gerrod Carr saw and smelled smoke coming from the detached garage belonging to David Roach, 512 S. Main, Ellinwood. Ellinwood Fire Department responded. The garage and it's contents, valued at approximately $30,000, were destroyed according to Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek. A pickup truck inside was heavily damaged. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours. It was determined the fire was electrical in nature. A short was evident at the bottom of the breaker box, Komarek said.

May 01, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

5 de Mayo is Saturday

Great Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5. There will be a parade down Main Street at 11 a.m., followed by music, vendors, food, dancing and entertainment in the Barton County Courthouse Square until 4 p.m.

May 01, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Tornado watch issued for central Kansas until 10 p.m.

NORMAN, OKLA. - A wide swath of central Kansas including Barton County has been placed into a tornado watch by the NWS Storm Prediction Center at 2:45 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The area stretches from southwest Iowa, central Kansas and southeast Nebraska.

May 01, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Annual car show roars into to town

Rev those engines, the 30th-annual Mid-America Mopars Car Show is set for Sunday at Brit Spaugh Park, come rain or shine.

May 01, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Civic Solutions

HOISINGTON - Ashley Schultz teaches Government and History at Hoisington High School. Seniors in her Government class hosted the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce for coffee on Thursday morning, April 26, in the school's cafeteria.

April 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Larned woman killed in collision

LARNED -- A Larned motorist was killed from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Pawnee County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

May 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Hoisington Summer Lunch program starts Tuesday

HOISINGTON - Summer lunch will be served in the Hoisington Middle School commons area, 360 W. 11th St., Monday through Friday, from May 29 through July ...

May 26, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GB Summer Lunch Program starts June 4

Great Bend USD 428 will once again participate in the Summer Food Service Program, weekdays from June 4-29. All children ages 1-18 years old are ...

May 26, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Meet the Master Gardeners

The public is invited to meet the Barton County Master Gardeners during the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market, from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 ...

May 26, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Wetlands Water Park opens

Great Bend's Wetlands Water Park, located at 2303 Main Street, opened for the season Saturday. With the temperature in the 90s, there were plenty ...

May 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Pawnee County election filings

LARNED - Pawnee County Clerk and Election Officer Ruth Searight noted Friday that the deadline for filing for the Democrat and Republican Primary is fast approaching.

May 26, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Remembering the fallen

Memorial Day is a time to remember the fallen who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, this remembrance will happen here in Great ...

May 25, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News

Dogs rescued from hot motorhome

A Great Bend man was arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday after several dogs were rescued from a motorhome at All Seasons Mobile Home Park ...

May 25, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HOISINGTON - For the past four years, Hoisington EMS Director Scott Fleming and the Hoisington EMS staff have pulled out the stops to provide the community ...

May 24, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

St. John musician celebrates small towns

ST. JOHN - "Small Towns," a CD 20 years in the making, will become available officially when Jim Ratts returns to St. John this weekend with ...

May 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Historical Village closed Monday

Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum will not be open Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. The museum will be open the ...

May 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

School ends on high note

For the last day of school on Thursday, Park Elementary instructor Signe Cook wore a T-shirt that read:

May 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBRC to Host LEGO workshop

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a one-day STEM Fundamentals With LEGO Workshop that will give children a chance to explore engineering principles using ...

May 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission to hold Tuesday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a ...

May 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Another perfect day

The great bicycle giveaway continued Wednesday, when Eisenhower Elementary celebrated its six students with perfect attendance for the year and 46 more with "near perfect ...

May 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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