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Zoo News: New porcupine coming soon

The crested porcupine at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be going on a diet, Zoo Supervisor/Curator Sara Hamlin said Wednesday. "He is kind of a chunky monkey."

December 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Larned attorney shares Civil War research

Larned attorney Ron Smith is proud to tell people his law office "physically sits in the ruts of the old Santa Fe Trail." However, his passions are Territorial Kansas history and the era right after the Civil War.

December 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspects in shooting death make first appearance

Two Great Bend men had their first appearance in Barton County District Court Wednesday in connection with the Nov. 15 break-in that resulted in the shooting death of 23-year-old Aron Villegas.

December 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College Planetarium to host holiday inspired full-dome movie “Season of Light”

In conjunction with the Shafer Gallery's "Holiday Open House," the Barton Planetarium will show a holiday and winter-inspired full-dome movie every hour from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Stories of Christmas Past

Editor's note: This holiday season, we invite you to share your holiday stories from Christmases past, starting off the series with a story of our own. We hope it shakes loose your own indelible holiday memories.

December 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Tree of Life benefits hospice patients at Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice

While the Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed away.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Ellinwood Rotary Community Splash Pad project receives $500 From Midwest Energy Community Fund

The Ellinwood Rotary/Community Splash pad project received a $500 donation from the Midwest Energy Community Fund spring disbursement. These funds will be used to help pay for the building of a splash pad in the city of Ellinwood near the municipal pool. A splash pad will provide hours of safe water fun to many young children and families within Ellinwood and surrounding communities. It will be the first splash pad built in Barton County.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Corps Volunteers recognized for their service

Delores Burgardt of Great Bend and Judi Welch of Larned were honored for their community service at the In-service meeting and holiday Luncheon held in November. Welch has served five years a Foster Grandparent volunteer and Burgardt was honored for four years as a Senior Companion.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Melinda Kurth. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Giving Tuesday photos

Taken Dec. 1 in Great Bend during Giving Tuesday.

December 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Gifts pour in on Giving Tuesday

Anyone who was tired of leftover turkey, excess shopping and icy sidewalks had plenty to be thankful for on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Golden Belt Community Foundation received hundreds of donations for 66 local organizational endowment funds.

December 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Christmas parade won’t be rescheduled

The Great Bend Home for the Holidays Parade, canceled this past Saturday due to the ice storm, will not be rescheduled for this winter, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said Tuesday afternoon.

December 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


MADV 5th Annual Benefit Meal

MADV, Ministries Against Domestic Violence is an organization formed to provide awareness about issues surrounding domestic violence and services, such as providing a meal a month to the victim support group, raising money for the victim or raising funds from donations. This year the meal will be from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Jan. 30, at St Rose Auditorium. They will have Chicken and Sausage Gumbo or a Walking Taco. Plus a cinnamon roll and a veggie pack along with a drink. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets are limited. Contact The ...

December 01, 2015 | | Local News


​Ice from passing vehicle smashes windshield; injures teen

The Barton County Sheriff's Office had a busy holiday weekend due to bad weather and poor road conditions in central Kansas, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Monday. Deputies responded an injury accident and several non- injury accidents. There were also 15 to 20 reports of vehicles that simply slid off the roadway.

November 30, 2015 | | Local News


Zoo expected to reopen Tuesday

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo has been closed since ice coated the sidewalks last Thursday. According to Scott Keeler, director of public lands, employees have been working to clear ice from the sidewalks so they will be safe for visitors. The zoo is expected to reopen Tuesday. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Judge sends women to drug treatment

Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty announced he isn't giving up on Stacey Henderson, the 23-year old woman who asked to be sent to ...

June 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Out of the Morgue: Post-war Independence Day in 1946

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 ...

June 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


County upgrades sand dredge

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a plan to update of cable anchor system on the county's sand dredge.

June 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BCC trustees pleased with Heilman

Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman received a favorable evaluation from his Board of Trustees, with words of praise from board chairman Mike Johnson.

June 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Save at the pump this holiday weekend

According to GasBuddy, at a time of year when motorists expect gas prices to rise, prices have actually been falling, just in time for the ...

June 28, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Road Milling and Overlay on K-19 Highway in Pawnee and Stafford Counties

Starting the week of July 4, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a 10 mile road milling and overlay project on K-19 Highway ...

June 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grant to expand FHSU Sternberg Museum of Natural History’s paleontology collection

A $116,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will expand the reach of paleontology studies at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of ...

June 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


KDADS Appoints Superintendent of Larned State Hospital TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Aging and Dis

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Interim Secretary Tim Keck today appointed Bill Rein to be Superintendent of Larned State Hospital (LSH).

June 28, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Road Milling and Overlay on K-19 Highway in Pawnee and Stafford Counties

Starting the week of July 4th, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a 10 mile road milling and overlay project on K-19 Highway ...

June 28, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Sunflower earns county’s recycling grant

Jim Johnson wants to close the Barton County Landfill. Well, at least the Sunflower Diversified Services executive director wants to bolster the agency's recycling ...

June 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


4-H dog show marks start of fair

One often looked forward to event that marks the beginning of the Barton County Fair is the dog show. There is a reason it's ...

June 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Five taken to Stafford County Hospital after collision Saturday

STAFFORD COUNTY - Several people were taken to the hospital on Saturday, after a pickup pulled in front of a van at U.S. 50 and ...

June 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Wire fraud attempt averted by First Kansas Bank

First Kansas Bank in Great Bend may have stopped a fraudulent money transfer last Friday. The Great Bend Police Department reports the bank received a ...

June 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A Bitter-sweet moment

After nearly two decades of service, 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Director Laurie White will retire as of Thursday. The Barton County Commission Monday morning ...

June 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County’s disaster declaration may help other parts of Kansas

Although Barton County didn't experience any damage from the tornadoes, thunderstorms, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding in May, the Barton County Commission Monday ...

June 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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