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Henneke resigns from City Council

Great Bend Second Ward City Councilman Wayne Henneke resigned his position on the council Wednesday morning.

August 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ohnmacht found guilty of spitting on pizza

LARNED – Following a bench trial Wednesday morning, Pawnee County District Judge Bruce Gatterman found Jacob Ohnmacht, 27, of Larned, guilty of criminal threat involving the spitting on a pizza, a severity level 9 person felony.

August 17, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

For City of Great Bend, public safety is upmost concern

The City of Great Bend has a focused and united goal and that is public safety, a news release issued by city officials said. It has been brought to Mayor Allison's attention that due to the retirement of the city administrator Howard Partington some citizens are concerned about the safety of our community.

August 17, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Partington resigns as city administrator

Longtime Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington announced Wednesday afternoon his retirement, effective immediately. His action follows months of controversy engulfing him, the city and suspended Police Chief Cliff Couch.

August 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Total eclipse of the sun

MANHATTAN - From coast to coast and across the heartland, the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will be an awe-inspiring and rare event, says a Kansas State University physicist.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Travelers encourage to plan ahead and travel safely

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, darkening the sky. With increased traffic anticipated across the state as people travel to view the eclipse, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Turnpike Authority, and Kansas Highway Patrol advise travelers to plan ahead and enjoy the eclipse safely.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC will host eclipse events

A total solar eclipse will occur over the United States on Aug. 21, visible on a path from Oregon to South Carolina, crossing over northeast Kansas. Barton County is expected to experience 94 percent of a full eclipse at about 1 p.m.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend City Council meeting being moved

It will be a little awkward when the Great Bend City Council meets Monday night as the meeting will be split between two locations.

August 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo loses longtime resident ‘Sunny’ the tiger

It is with great sadness that the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo announced Wednesday the passing of its beloved Bengal Tiger, Sunny. Sunny Delight was humanely euthanized Wednesday after animal care and veterinary staff decided that his quality of life had deteriorated to a point that we could no longer keep him comfortable.

August 16, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


WICHITA - A teenager battling cancer with Great Bend connections enjoyed a "Sweet 16," birthday, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

August 15, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Weekend accident claims Stafford Co. official

STAFFORD - A current Stafford County Commissioner, Shane Stimatze, was found dead at his home in rural Stafford County on Monday from an apparent accident that occurred sometime over the weekend.

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Vehicle registration snafu uncovered

Claflin Police Chief Gary Vaughan was approached last week by a Claflin man who lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol officer and ticketed for illegal registration on his 2002 Toyota Sequoia.

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Cuts in federal funding a trend

It's a mouth full and its an annual ritual for the Unified School District 428 School board. But the approval of Local Consolidated Plan Allocation is important to the school system, Superintendent Khris Thexton said Monday night.

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

District enrollment holding close to constant

With the first day of school a week away, the early enrollment numbers for Unified School District 428 are in and looking good, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the School Board Monday night.

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ricochet leaves one wounded

BARTON COUNTY – An Ellinwood man was wounded Monday evening when he was struck by what is believed to have been a ricocheted bullet, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

August 15, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

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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

Top Chef Jr.: L.I.F.E. lessons at USD 428

They may not realize it, but eight Park Elementary School students could be training for "Top Chef Jr." And even though there were no actual ...

March 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

BCC to host Career Closet Drive

Barton Community College's Community Service Organization will host a Career Closet Drive as part of the 11th annual Great Bend Job Fest. The drive ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Parnassus auditions held at BCC

On Saturday, March 10, 34 music students participated in the annual Parnassus Auditions in piano and voice at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building.

March 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

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