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Petition filed to recall school board

A petition was filed with the Barton County Attorney's Office Thursday afternoon seeking the recall of all seven Unified School District 428 Board members. It asserts there was misconduct on the Board's part in its response to the alleged sexual assault that occurred on a district bus as it returned from a boys swim meet in Manhattan Feb. 6.

March 31, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Stafford superintendent to oppose Rep. Holmes


March 31, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News

County preparing for spring

Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips joked with county commissioners Monday morning about the mild winter. He had predicted 100 inches of snow, a prediction that was fortunately off target.

March 31, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Congressman Huelskamp accepting applications for DC and Kansas internships

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced today that his offices in Washington D.C. and Kansas are accepting applications for internships in the summer and fall semesters. Kansas offices with internship positions include Dodge City, Hutchinson and Salina.

March 31, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

​USD 428 responds after sheriff’s investigation

Great Bend USD 428 administrators released a statement Wednesday afternoon, commenting on Sheriff Brian Bellendir's news conference. It reads:

March 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Burglary victim didn’t tell cops he shot Aron Villegas

Sterling Mills said he shot Aron Villegas in self defense the night Villegas and others broke into his Great Bend home at 1801 Eighth St. and beat him up. But when Mills called police about the burglary he didn't mention shooting anyone.

March 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Out of the Morgue

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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

March 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Barton County sheriff recommends charges in sex assault case

The Barton County Sheriff's Office found evidence for criminal charges against a suspect in the alleged sexual assault that happened Feb. 3 on a Great Bend USD 428 school bus that was heading back to Great Bend from a swim meet in Salina.

March 30, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Annual tax sale in the works

The first steps have been taken towards the 2016 Barton County tax sale, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the county commissioners Monday morning.

March 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Traffic stop turns into police chase

According to the Great Bend Police Department at 2 p.m. on On March 25, Officer Michael Bradley conducted a traffic stop in the 1900 block of Odell Street.

March 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Two people injured in early morning accident

At 8:43 a.m. Great Bend Fire/EMS responded to the north side of the high school for the report of an injury accident.

March 30, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Man arrested for selling stolen firearm

According to the Hoisington Police Department, on March 23 they the recovered a stolen firearm from the rash of auto burglaries that occurred in January 2016.

March 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Quilts of Valor

Local veterans received Quilts of Valor, presented by the Golden Plains Quilts of Valor on March 25 at the Great Bend American Legion.

March 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Maker space: Children learn skills in library craft area

Each week, Great Bend Public Library offers children in grades 1-6 a chance to create something during Maker Space Monday. The hour-long program starts at 1 p.m. in the children's area known at the maker space.

March 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

News conference planned on alleged sex assault case

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the County Commission chamber on the first floor of the Barton County Courthouse, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. The topic will be the alleged incident involving the Great Bend High School boys' swim team that occurred on a USD 428 school bus on Feb. 3.

March 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Workshop at KWEC open to farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold an informational workshop for farmers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Kansas Wetlands Education ...

October 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

A fishy release

Veterans Memorial Lake had 180 new, slimy, squirmy residents as of Thursday morning as a truck load of large-mouth bass were released into the popular ...

October 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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

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