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Thomas to retire from US Navy

Engineman Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon L. Thomas will retire from the U.S. Navy on June 23 at San Diego, Calif. Thomas is a 1996 graduate of Hoisington High School. His parents are Margaret A. Thomas and the late Larry Keith Thomas.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Free origami workshop

A free workshop on origami will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Marine life by James Mages at Shafer Gallery

The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit "Mages' Marine Marvels" by James Mages at 6 p.m. May 25. The show will run through July 19. The exhibit consists of dramatically stylized fish crafted in cast bronze, stainless steel, aluminum and wood surrounded by boldly patterned brilliantly colored posters.

May 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


USD 428 memorandum reinforces teamwork with law enforcement

While it's something that's been done locally for as long as anyone can remember, a document and a few signatures now makes it official.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a long table, destroying the magnetic platter inside a hard drive. Meanwhile, his sons Ben and Nathan were talking to Renee Demel from the IT department of Barton Community College, who was showing them different parts inside a dismantled PC.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bringing back memories

The sun was barely up and there was a stiff chill in the air as Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall made his way along the muddy dirt roads of western Barton County early Saturday morning. It was a private pilgrimage to see the damage from last Tuesday's tornado.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Visit Fort Larned for Memorial Day Weekend

Larned - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site will bring a frontier military post back to life for Memorial Day Weekend.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kids Fishing Day scheduled at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - Enjoy the outdoors with the whole family with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 3.

May 20, 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 tornado update, approval of the Juvenile Justice Authority budget and the painting of the fences at the county's memorial parks.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

May 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford, Rush, Rice, and Pawnee counties.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders. A tornado impacted the western corner of the city, toppling trees and damaging roofs, sending flying debris through house and car windows. A gas line was ruptured, requiring residents in that part of the city to be evacuated immediately. Throughout the city, fallen branches littered yards and the roadway.

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton County at $658,000.

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend. This story was updated on Thursday, May 18 with additional photos.

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


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Teachers combine learning with games

Editor's Note: This is one in an ongoing series of stories about how USD 428 teachers spend their summer break.

June 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


The Roesler House

BY VERONICA COONS | vcoons@gbtribune.com

June 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


High school teacher takes break from teens

Editor's Note: This is one in an ongoing series of stories about how USD 428 teachers spend their summer break.

June 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Retiring Dale Phillips to be recognized

There will be a retirement reception for Road and Bridge/Memorial Parks Director Dale Phillips on Wednesday. The vendor-sponsored event will be held at the ...

June 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ellinwood historians tapped for 2017 After Harvest Festival Parade Grand Marshalls

ELLINWOOD - Every year, the Ellinwood Rotary Club solicits nominations of a citizen or citizens who have demonstrated a keen sense of community spirit to be ...

June 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


W8T 2 TXT

BY RUSSELL EDEM

June 24, 2017 | Russ Edem | 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 ...

June 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball announces new hire

OVERLAND PARK – The certified public accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered announced the addition of Zach Schamaun, CPA, to its professional team. Schamaun ...

June 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Teacher has 2nd career as ambulance driver

Editor's Note: This is one in an ongoing series of stories about how USD 428 teachers spend their summer break.

June 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


City of Great Bend water quality report is available

The City of Great Bend water consumer confidence report covering calendar year 2016 is now available, said Director of Public Works Charlie Suchy. However, the ...

June 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fleeing motorist crashes in Russell County

A motorist fleeing law enforcement was seriously injured in a crash Thursday morning, Ellsworth County Sheriff Murray A. Marston reports.

June 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Truck overturns in Russell County

A Dodge City man was injured when the truck he was driving crashed Wednesday in Russell County.

June 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Caring hearts

Campers from Camp Hope spent the day in Great Bend on Thursday at the zoo and at the Great Bend Swimming pool, of course none ...

June 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Plans discussed for 10th, Grant improvements

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington traveled to the Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., recently to discuss the 10th and Grant geometric improvement project, along ...

June 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County gets federal funds for ice storm damage

Mother Nature was a hot topic for Barton County Road and Bridge Director as his department received $46,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ...

June 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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