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Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought he could reach China by sailing west, but ended up in a New World.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School Sunday. Erin Ferguson, the adult services supervisor, provided a departmental report. She first handed out the Summer Reading calendar of events to board members. She then reported that a patron audit had resulted in the library purging approximately 5,000 patrons who have not been active users since 2014. This, she said, was overdue maintenance, and recommended by the State Library Board to ensure an accurate reflection of how often patrons are using the library ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle crash sends cyclist to hospital

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a vehicle crash at approximately 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday at 820 Main St.

May 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Commission signs letter backing volunteer programs

The Barton County Commission, citing the importance of volunteerism and the county's support of civic involvement, approved Monday morning signing a letter of support for continued funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice offers grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.

May 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Mosquito spraying begins Thursday

The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will begin mosquitoes spraying this week, said Street Superintendent Mike Crawford. The spraying will start at 8 p.m. until midnight, weather permitting, staring this Thursday. Other dates include May 25, and June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fort Larned park ranger will speak at Barton County Historical Museum

Park Ranger Clayton Hanson, who recently joined the staff at Fort Larned National Historic Site, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Barton County Historical Society's monthly meeting. The program is open to the public and will be held at the Barton County Historical Museum, 85 South U.S. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River bridge.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Class of Heroes

BY VERONICA COONS

May 15, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


Improvements coming to 10th and Grant

The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the improvements to the intersection of 10th Street and Grant Street with city being responsible for 10 percent of the $888,888 project cost. The scope of the project is to increase turning radii to better accommodate large trucks.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A new look

In order to unify and simplify how City of Great Bend departments are identified, the City Council approved a new city logo when it met Monday night.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


No new meningitis cases found

It was late Friday afternoon that the confirmation came that a Barton County adult had indeed died of Neisseria meningitidis, which can cause meningococcal meningitis. This sparked a joint investigation by the Barton Count Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


VFW auxiliary donates to county veterans memorial

It was taking entirely too long for the county to come up with enough names to fill the third stone at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial, so the son of a local veteran decided to take matters into his own hands.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Free program about Alzheimer’s May 17

There will be a free program about Alzheimer's disease at noon Wednesday, May 17 at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The incidence of Alzheimer's is growing at an alarming rate; it is affecting more and more aging adults. Learn the 10 signs of Alzheimer's and receive a free handout with up-to-date information about this disease. Jamie Rathbun, Midway Extension District family & consumer science agent, will be the presenter. Questions related to this program may be directed to Donna Krug, Barton County family & consumer science agent, at 620-793-1910.

May 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Music students earn honors

Allen To, Great Bend High School sophomore, was selected for the Kansas Music Educators Honor Band for 5-6A schools. He is a percussionist and was ...

February 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Teen Spot: Ramen Noodle Iron Chef

A dozen students with 24 packages of cooked ramen noodles and a variety of other ingredients took part in their own version of the "Iron ...

February 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Threat of ‘shool shooting’ found at GBHS

Parents of Great Bend High School students were notified Thursday morning that someone wrote "March 7 Shool Shooting" on a bathroom wall the day before ...

February 22, 2018 | 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 ...

February 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


FARM SAFETY

It took less than 2 seconds to fry a hotdog that came in contact with 20,000 volts of electricity, Karson Higgins said after watching ...

February 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Appraisers aren’t the bad guys

Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld testified last Wednesday before the Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee. She hopes the lawmakers received her message.

February 21, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Cellphone confiscated by police at tanning salon

A woman was inside a booth at a local tanning salon on Friday when she reportedly saw a hand holding a cellphone above the partition ...

February 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


MacArthur Lake to become Rotary Lake

It was cold Tuesday afternoon and a dusting of snow lined the shores of MacArthur Lake in southwest Great Bend. The only creatures using the ...

February 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Two arrested after vehicle chase

Deputies with the Barton County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a vehicle at 12:35 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of NE ...

February 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Spots open for Kids Day Out

The Great Bend Recreation Commission has openings for its Incredible Wearables Kids Day Out for children 7-12 years old. It will be held Monday, Feb ...

February 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


KWEC’s Turtle Tot Club starts in March

Turtle Tot Club, a series of nature-based programs developed for preschool-age children 3 to 5 years old, is scheduled for two Fridays in March at ...

February 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Dream Center. It will be held in the Dream Center's Chapel ...

February 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Swapping a dog for a car

Currently, the Barton County Sheriff's Office has a K-9 handler but no canine, and the Great Bend Police Department has a canine but no ...

February 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBPD investigating threats made against middle school

At about 8:50 p.m. Monday, officers from the Great Bend Police Department were notified of possible threats made through social media towards the ...

February 20, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Social media conduct questioned over Rankin report

The situation involving the cancellation of a jury trail for Jeffrey Allen Rankin following a plea bargain that reduced the counts against him from 31 ...

February 19, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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