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Mr. Perfect Panther show Friday

Great Bend High School's annual Mr. Perfect Panther Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the GBHS Auditorium. This year's theme is "Thunderstruck."

April 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Zoo news: Earth Day Fun planned

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is planning activities from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, in honor of Earth Day. There will be booths set up with crafts, interactive stations and a scavenger hunt. This free event is geared for kids but is open to all ages.

April 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit showing at museum

With spring comes the annual crop of student artwork and the annual Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit.

April 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Entertainment, food, family fun and information play an important part of any expo, and this is no different for the 2016 Farm and Ranch Expo that opened on Wednesday at the Expo Grounds in Great Bend.

April 06, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Larned election

Larned City

April 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Bill jeopardizes vital road projects and jobs

A bill pending in the Kansas Legislature would cripple the state's highway maintenance program, cause a loss of jobs and severely impact Great Bend and surrounding area, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.

April 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Vital volunteers recognized

To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and country officials participated in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on Tuesday. Barton County's involvement included a proclamation from the county commission on Monday to recognize the special day, and a tour of the Food Bank of Barton County on Tuesday.

April 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barton County general elections

A provisional ballot cast in Great Bend's Third Ward could change the outcome of one city council race. Unofficial results Tuesday showed Cory Zimmerman winning the seat with 16 votes, while Doug Keiswetter had 15 and needed one to tie. Thomas Boor was a close third with 12 votes. All three were write-in candidates.

April 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Damon Family Foundation donates to vets memorial

A grateful Barton County commission Monday morning accepted a donation of $500 from the Damon Family Foundation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial. The funds are to be used to assist veterans who do not have the financial resources to pay for engravings on the Memorial, located in Golden Belt Memorial Park.

April 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Collect them, trade them

Collecting trading cards has been a past time for children of all ages for a long time, but the Great Bend Police Department has put a new spin on collecting trading cards for children of the community.

April 05, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Commission to canvass votes

The County Commission will meet as the Board of County Canvassers 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, at in the Office of the County Clerk. At that time, they will canvass ballots from Tuesday's city general election for Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington and the Ellinwood District Hospital Board of Trustees.

April 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Nicolas participates in KMEA All State Concert Choir

Brody Nicholas, a senior at Hoisington High school, was selected to participate in the KMEA All State Concert Choir on March 27, at Century II Convention Center Concert Hall in Wichita. Eph Ehly was the guest conductor/clinician.

April 05, 2016 | Mike Marzolf | Local News

Chamber Coffee

There will be no Chamber Coffee this week due to Farm and Ranch Expo. Opening ceremonies are 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Expo III. Show times are Wednesday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

April 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Council agrees to help sponsor Cinco de Mayo

It was a meeting that almost didn't happen.

April 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission recognizes volunteers for their efforts

Noting the importance of volunteerism, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a proclamation recognizing Tuesday as Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service.

April 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Matt Bristow, candidate for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, a fresh face in politics

Editor's note: With Republican Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas Senate Dist. 33 opened and ...

October 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Gas prices continue to decline

As of this past weekend, Topeka was ranked 15th for the least expensive gas price average in the metro areas around the nation at $2 ...

October 26, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Larned meeting to provide Medicare help

LARNED – Medicare and Medicare Part D will be the topics of a meeting set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Welcome Inn ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Citizenship classes start Tuesday

A new series of free citizenship classes starts Tuesday, Nov. 1, in room 208 of the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main, Great Bend.

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC Music Dept. to host free instrumental concert

Barton Community College's Prairie Winds Concert Band will present a fall concert featuring music from around the world at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

KBI: Check for offenders before Halloween

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation advises parents to check online for registered offenders in their neighborhoods and areas their children plan to trick-or-treat, prior to ...

October 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Langford named warden of Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility

LARNED – Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood announced Wednesday that Don Langford has been named warden of the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A steady stream of voters flowed through the Barton County clerk's second-floor courthouse office Wednesday afternoon. They stood at the black machines casting their ...

October 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS debate places first

Three Great Bend High School debate teams competed at the TMP debate tournament in Hays on Saturday. In the novice division, Darian Harbaugh placed first ...

October 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Student reports on her 'Barton Experience'

Barton Community College trustees heard one student's "Barton Experience" when Keanna Craig addressed the board Tuesday evening.

October 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hoisington council rejects election ordinance

HOISINGTON - What two weeks ago appeared to be a done deal, the decision to have half the council be elected at-large and half by district ...

October 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Health department gives thousands of flu shots

The Barton County Health Department has given over 2,000 flu shots since September, plus another 2,000 so far this month, Health Director Shelly ...

October 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS football ticket sales

Great Bend will host Topeka West at 7 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Reserved seating is no longer available as all remaining games ...

October 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Window breaking happening throughout the city

Great Bend has seen its share of criminal damage, but as of lately there has been a rash of window breaking in the city starting ...

October 25, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Nature educator explains animal sounds

Jean Aycock from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will explain the meanings of some animal sounds during a free Stop N' Learn program hosted by ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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