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Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Bank, 3600 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Mike Fortkamp and Brian Ewing. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

June 02, 2015 | | Local News


City backs bike, pedestrian master plan

Agreeing that it is important for Great Bend residents to be more active, the City Council Monday night threw its support behind a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian master plan being developed by Be Well Barton County.

June 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New service offers life in the fast lane

Nex-Tech's Maggie Basgall asked Barton County commissioners Monday morning to look at the Internet as a pipe. The bigger that pipe, the more that can flow through it and the faster it will travel.

June 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


​Drug suspects nabbed after shots fired

A narcotics investigation began Friday evening as a Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy, a Great Bend Police officer and a Kansas Highway Patrol officer responded to 200 Truman St. in Great Bend, west of the Great Bend Sports Complex.

June 01, 2015 | | Local News


Kidnapping reported Saturday

Three people were booked into the Barton County Jail on kidnapping charges Saturday evening, while a fourth suspect remained at large. The alleged victim, Robin Pierce, contacted police from Great Bend Regional Hospital.

June 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City of Great Bend closing 8th and Morton intersection starting today

The intersection of Eighth and Morton in Great Bend will be closed to all traffic for about three weeks starting today, Great Bend Stree Superintendent Mike Crawford said. City crews will be removing the old asphalt and street base and replacing it with concrete.

June 01, 2015 | | Local News


Voting begins on Cardinal Legacy bond issue

HOISINGTON, KAN. – Watch the mailbox for the opportunity to help grow the USD #431 school district and the entire Hoisington community. Ballots for the Cardinal Legacy Bond will arrive in the mail on or around June 1. These ballots must be post-marked by June 16 for eligible voters to participate in this important election.

May 31, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


The Time is NOW!!!

All fishermen (and women) love to brag and show their catch before it gets to the dinner table. A limit of five walleye is no small accomplishment. It looms larger when fishing on the lakes that have a 18 inch limit as opposed to the 15 inch limit on other lakes. I'm not sure why the regulations aren't standard across the state. There are several things about the regulations that I feel could make fishing better for all of us. The major rule in my estimation that is harmful is the 50 fish limit for crappie. A decent ...

May 31, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Heirloom stitches

The Barton County Historical Society museum will host a quilt show over June Jaunt weekend and through the month of June.

May 31, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Fun on 2 wheels

Once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget. But everyone can use an occasional refresher on safety and rules of the road. The annual Youth Bike Safety Rodeo held Friday at Brit Spaugh Park provided tips for both beginners and seasoned riders.

May 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local officers to carry torch for Special Olympics

It is expected that 965 officers from over 97 agencies will carry the "Flame of Hope" throughout 35 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual Special Olympics Summer Games held in Wichita.

May 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Parolee arrested with suspected meth

A traffic stop at 1:21 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, resulted in a drug arrest, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Mosquitoes digging soggy conditions in Great Bend area

Sure, all the recent rains have been good for crops and yards, but they may be another pesky side effect.

May 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Annual Great Bend garden tour blooms next Sunday

Spring has arrived and the local Soroptimist International club wants to drive that point home, despite all the rain. The 2015 Gardens Galore garden tour runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, as part of the June Jaunt weekend.

May 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wild horse open house and adoption, Hutchinson Correctional Facility, June 5-6

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in Hutchinson, will host a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on June 5-6. The public is invited to observe training demos all weekend by inmates in a rehabilitation program at the facility. Free screenings of the documentary film "Unbranded" – the dramatic story of four riders and 16 mustangs making a 3,000-mile trek across country – will be shown throughout the weekend.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News


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Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday July 9, at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. For more information, contact the City Office at 620-793-4111.

July 04, 2015 | | 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 Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant for the Family Crisis Center's Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, the local recycling grant award and High Risk Rural Road sign replacement.

July 04, 2015 | | Local News


Crisis Center loses grant due to county audit

In 2013, the Barton County Commission approved partnering with the Family Crisis Center on an application for the Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant. It was successful and provided much needed funding for the agency charged with helping families in times of dire distress.

July 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Water used for hydraulic fracturing varies widely across United States

The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Ellinwood Garden Club quilt drawing

The Ellinwood Garden Club is offering tickets for a drawing to win a quilt following the After Harvest Parade on July 18. The quilt is pieced of "Jinnny Beyer Rose Garden" fabric, machine quilted, and measuring 84" x 100". It will be on display in the window at 113 N. Main St., Ellinwood. The suggested donation for the tickets is $1. Contact June Stephens 620-564-2852, P.O. Box 155, Ellinwood, KS 67526, or Helen Urban 620-564-2540, or JoAnn Roth 620-564-2920.

July 03, 2015 | | Local News


Continuing the Vision

Clara Barton Hospital Foundation's supporters came together at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall like they have done every year for the past 22 years, to raise money for the non-profit Hospital. "This annual benefit brings the community together every year," states Michelle Moshier, Executive Director of the Foundation. "Clara Barton Hospital is important for so many people, and they show it in grand gestures at the auction. It's truly wonderful to see this type of support."

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fiscal Year 2015 ends, taking Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund with it

TOPEKA - As the 2015 fiscal year officially draws to a close, so does Kansas' most reliable source of funding for programs to benefit Kansas kids: the Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund (KEY Fund).

July 03, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


OSHA opens investigation into death of an oil field worker near Great Bend

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Wichita office has opened an investigation into the report of an oil field worker's death. Travis Underwood, 30 of Great Bend, was an employee of Klima Well Service Inc., an oil field pumping unit service, who was performing oil field re-work at an existing oil well site north of Great Bend.

July 03, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Faces of Harvest: Matt Splitter continues on long-established farmstead

LORRAINE – Work hard, others notice. Find advisors who will teach you, not just help you. Dispensing this advice demonstrates that Matt Splitter is not just a young farmer, but already a wise one.

July 03, 2015 | BY JULIA DEBES Kansas Wheat Commission | Local News


Freak accident shuts down Hwy 56 Thursday

At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a three vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 96 between Great Bend and Ellinwood. Barton County Sheriff and the Kansas Highway Patrol were both on the scene. An eastbound truck towing a horse trailer lost two tires which collided with an eastbound van and a westbound SUV. The windshield of the van and the grill of the SUV were smashed. It is unknown at this time if there were any injuries. The roadway was closed down for about 10 minutes. More details to come.

July 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Although not seen in Barton County, rabies cases rise in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health is reporting an increased number of rabies cases in Kansas this year, but the disease has yet to show up in Barton County, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor said.

July 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Vietnam vet receives service medal after 50 years

Gerald Kenyon joined the United States Air Force out of highschool, and in 1964, he completed training as a weapons mechanic at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. A short while later, he was sent to Vietnam where he served a tour of duty, stationed at DaNang Air Base where he loaded guns on a Republic F-105 Thunderchief.

July 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Drug suspect arrested

Eugene Black, Great Bend, was arrested Wednesday morning at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th St., on drug charges.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HITTING THE HIGHWAYS

The Independence Day holiday travel period is officially underway, with more than 35.5 million travelers expected on the road through Sunday, July 5. That's an increase of 0.7 percent, but represents a record volume of auto travel for the Independence Day holiday, breaking last year's record of 35.3 million auto travelers.

July 02, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


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