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St. John man injured in rollover

A St. John man was flown to Wichita via air ambulance on Monday after the semi-trailer he was driving crashed in Stafford County.

July 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Honoring dedication, attitude


July 24, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG | Local News

Council votes to suspend Chief Couch

The Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to suspend Police Chief Cliff Couch with pay effective immediately "with potential for termination." The decision split the council and was approved on a five-three vote following a 45-minute executive session.

July 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

BCC trustees prepare to publish budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is expected to approve a proposed budget for publication when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building on campus. This action will also set the public budget hearing for 4 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the same location.

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Garage lost in fire

A controlled burn that got out of control Saturday afternoon destroyed a garage in rural Claflin. The fire at 921 NE 140 Ave. was reported at 1:33 p.m.

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Burglaries reported in neighborhood

Several Great Bend residents in a one-block area awoke last Friday to find someone had entered their property overnight.

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Two arrested on aggravated battery charges

Two people were arrested on aggravated battery charges after Great Bend Police Department officers were dispatched to 2919 Gano St. at 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

July 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Library law change has CKLS turning to commissioners

Thanks to the recent passage of HB 2102, which went into effect July 1, the governor will no longer be called on to appoint members to the state's seven library systems boards. That job will now fall to county commissioners around the state.

July 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

HOT SHOTS: 4-H at shooting nationals

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Three Barton County teenagers were among the 712 4-H members, representing 34 states, at the 2017 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships held June 25-30 in Grand Island, Nebraska. All three placed and helped take the Kansas squad to a second-place finish.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Historical weaver teaches tradition

During a weaving demonstration Friday at the Great Bend Public Library, Terry Asper described some of the looms used throughout history.

July 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

BCSO to offer concealed carry class

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, Aug. 5. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Even though a permit is not required to carry concealed within the state, citizens are strongly encouraged to take the class, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Legion Auxiliary plans Hawaiian Luau

The American Legion Auxiliary in Great Bend will hold its seventh annual Hawaiian Luau fundraiser on Saturday, July 29, at Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., for members of the Legion and Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and guests. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the menu will feature Aaron Delgado's barbecued ribs and chicken. Ham, scalloped potatoes and other sides and desserts will be furnished by Unit 180 American Legion Auxiliary members.

July 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

New attraction at Sunflower Diversified's pancake dinner

A new addition to the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake feed will result in prizes for several lucky raffle winners, said Connie Oetken, the non-profit agency's director of development.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

City Council to hold special meeting Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda calls for an executive session to discuss "employment issues common to two individual employees pursuant to non-elected personnel matter exception." To be present with the council are Ed Keeley of Wichita, special counsel for the city, and City Attorney Robert Suelter.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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 a Comanche Township board resignation and appointment, recognition of 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Department employees Ryan Lichter and the 2017 asphalt overlay project.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Stephens charged with first-degree murder

Chaz Stephens of Hoisington will face charges of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death Tuesday of a 2-year-old Hoisington girl. He made his ...

March 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Hoisington grass fire contained

HOISINGTON - "It's amazing just how dry it still is out there, even after the rain," Hoisington Fire Chief Jerry Stricker said Friday morning.

March 23, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Quivira wildfire reported Thursday

A wildfire occurred Thursday evening in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

March 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Supply drive benefits local charities

Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club are hosting their sixth annual Charity Supply Drive benefiting the Barton County Food Bank and ...

March 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Court of Appeals upholds prison ruling

The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled against a woman who admitted to violating her probation on a drug charge but who disagreed with Barton ...

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Preliminary hearing held for former CVB Director Cris Collier

Crystal Jo Collier, the former director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau, was bound over for trial on two felony charges filed ...

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day, which took place Wednesday, called awareness to this syndrome. The Northwest Kansas Down Syndrome Support Group ordered dozens of Down Syndrome ...

March 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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

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