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Great Bend library adds new titles

The following books were added at the Great Bend Public Library in February:

March 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GED orientation classes start March 21

Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its nine-week GED Preparation Class.

March 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Reed: USD 428 did not violate open meetings act

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed issued the following statement late Wednesday afternoon:

March 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

County projects move forward

The building of a bridge utilizing a new method of construction took a step closer to becoming a reality Monday morning.

March 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Zoo news: Reptile House reboot

The staff at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo have planned a grand reopening for the Reptile House, which is being remodeled, on March 19.

March 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Fire hazard

With spring just around the corner and with dry and windy conditions persisting make a recipe for fires.

March 02, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Repurposing Grain Elevators presentation

"Repurposing Grain Elevators" will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday by Clark Elliott at the Coronado Quivira Museum. Mr. Elliott has been involved with cleaning and waterproofing elevators for approximately eight years.

March 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

College celebrates growth

Barton Community College has continued to defy shrinking enrollment trends experienced by other Kansas community colleges, and by no small margin. Barton grew by more than 20 percent since 2010.

March 01, 2016 | ​BY BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News

Suspect jailed after court-ordered GPS fails

The Barton County Attorney's office recently sought to have the bond revoked on a Great Bend man facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and domestic battery. Dalton Contrerez, 28, has been wearing an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his bond but reportedly allowed the device's battery to go dead on three or more occasions in February.

March 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by ElderCare, Inc. at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters Melinda Kurth and Amy Habiger. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBCF listening tour – Barton County identifying needs and discussing solutions

Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation soon will host meetings in Barton County for a listening tour and series of community meetings across Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. The Barton County meetings are scheduled for Monday, March 7th and Thursday, March, 10th and will be held at the following locations and times:

March 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Swinging through

It's always a gamble when it comes to Kansas weather and planning a hunting a trip in advance. This year, the organizers of the Pheasants Forever's Rooster Booster Chapter 504 Wounded Warrior hunt gambled and won with unseasonably mild weather. It meant nearly every soldier participant signed up for the outing was able to make it, arriving at Crosby's Wildgame Adventures "Hidden Hollow Lodge" near Albert around 5 p.m. Friday night. They were greeted by members and served a welcoming dinner followed by a meet and greet to get to know one another.

February 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Baker prepares for jury trial

A pretrial conference was held last week for William Howard Baker, 60, who is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident in 2014.

February 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

City hoping for bowling convention/tourney in 2017

City of Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes announced that with efforts made by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the Great Bend Knights of Columbus, Great Bend is currently in a close race to being voted as the location for the 2017 Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament.

February 29, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

April 5 election candidates announced

The list of candidates who filed for the city council and other positions in the April 5 general election has been announced by Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. The filing deadline was in January.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Mary Jo Taylor, Republican candidate for Dist. 33, bringing experience to the table

Editor's note: With Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas District 33 opened and two newcomers ...

October 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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

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