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Name of shooting victim released

The man shot and killed early Sunday has been identified as Aron Villegas, 23, of Great Bend, Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

November 18, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Barton to offer no-cost Hazardous Waste Worker training for transitioning soldiers

Barton Community College in conjunction with the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) will begin offering a 10-day Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program at military installations across the country. The course is geared toward transitioning soldiers, retirees and family members at no cost.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


BCSO vehicle involved in crash

According to the Great Bend Police Department, at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, a Barton County Sheriff's Office patrol car driven by Michael Pata was heading southbound on Main Street, responding to a fight in progress call outside the city limits.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Barrett to serve as parade grand marshal

Start a conversation with Leslie Halbower Barrett about the soldiers who fight in war zones across the globe and it won't take long before she tears up. Or rubs away the goose-bumps on her arms.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Scammers target Great Bend electric customers

Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc. would like the public to be aware of a scam that is targeting its members.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


USD 431 retirement

A retirement reception for Bruce Loomis, who is retiring after 23 years from USD 351, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Macksville Grade School multi-purpose room.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC trustees look at campus security

In the coming months, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will look at ways to improve campus security.

November 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Oh deer

Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a Great Bend outfitter, climbed into a Rush county tree stand and quietly waited in hopes of a successful Kansas bow hunt. His patience was rewarded when a large buck made his way into his field of vision. His shot was spot on, and the buck fell to the ground.

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GLOWING GREEN

When people see the color green, they may think of the spring grass, leafs blowing in the wind, or even Christmas time.

November 17, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


MAKING GREAT STRIDES

Great Bend Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler was obviously proud as he introduced Sara Hamlin to the City Council Monday night. Hamlin was just named as the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo's new Zoo new supervisor/curator. "She has worked hard as a zoo keeper for us and has shown great understanding of the zoo world and an ability to lead others," Keeler said. Keeler credits her leadership and ability to work with other division of the department and other city departments to help obtain the first United States Department of Agriculture inspection that has no deficiencies in ...

November 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Blizzard warning issued for northwest Kansas

GOODLAND -- At mid-afternoon, Goodland has snow with north winds blowing from 38 to 51 mph. Interstate 70 was closed at the Colorado border to mile marker 17. K-36 heading into Kansas was also closed at the Colorado border. More than a foot of snow was forecast in the Goodland area.

November 17, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


County sells two older dump trucks

Earlier this fall, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department took possession of four new dump trucks, rendering the four older trucks obsolete.

November 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 to host ‘American Education Week Coffee’

The USD #428 will be hosting a "American Education Week Coffee" on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 9–11 a.m, at the Senior Center located at 2005 Kansas Avenue. Join the USD #428 for an enjoyable morning of coffee, rolls, and entertainment by the grade school thru high schools' music departments.

November 17, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Farmers Mutual Insurance Company/Jensen & Associates Insurance Agency, 16 N Main Street, in Ellinwood, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Mike Fortkamp with greeters Cindy Parr and Sarah Adams. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

November 17, 2015 | | Local News


THE OLD AND THE NEW

A pair of long-running building issues were on the Great Bend City Council agenda Monday night.

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Huelskamp thanks Great Bend intern Phillip Kuhn

Congressman Tim Huelskamp met with Phillip Kuhn of Great Bend today to personally thank him for his efforts this summer in Huelskamp's Hutchinson District ...

July 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS Marching Panthers strike up the band this week

It's hard to believe it's that time, but Great Bend High School freshmen band members, drum majors and section leaders will meet Monday ...

July 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sponsor a Preservation Engraving Program

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one of an on-going series featuring the Sponsor a Preservation Engraving Program, sponsored by Barton County and the Great Bend ...

July 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Primary voting sites listed

With voters heading to the polls Tuesday for the primary election, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has some last–minute reminders.

July 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fort Larned carpenter recalls restoration

LARNED - When visitors step onto the grounds of the Fort Larned National Historic State today, they see it as it appeared in the 1860s during ...

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Company selling city map ads not affiliated with Tribune

There is a company from Illinois calling local businesses about purchasing space on the city map on behalf of the Great Bend Tribune. However, "this ...

July 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 gets new liaison Officer

School is just around the corner for the youths of Great bend and Barton County and this brings with it many changes and one new ...

July 28, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Great Bend Evening Lions host guide dog program

On Monday, the Great Bend Evening Lions' Club will host a special program with Randy Teske and his guide dog Marco. The presentation will begin ...

July 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Guided hunting banned on public land

One June 23 the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission voted to ban commercial guiding on property and water managed by the department.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC pool updates reviewed

Barton Community College Trustees learned Tuesday that additional improvements totaling about $5,000 were approved for the college's swimming pool in the past year.

July 27, 2016 | 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 ...

July 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Local business lending a helping hand

Summer is here and August is just around the corner and this means back to school and with back to school comes shopping for school ...

July 27, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Great Bend High School Booster Club membership drive

The Great Bend High School Panther Booster Club announces their 2016-2017 Booster Club Membership Drive and Activities Program Sponsorship Campaign. Members include alumni, parents, teachers ...

July 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


RSVP honors volunteers at banquet

RSVP, formerly the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, will honor its volunteers with a recognition banquet Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Barton Community College student union ...

July 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Zoo loses a fan favorite ‘Boss,’ the African lion

The skies over the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are gray today after the zoo had to say goodbye to one of their oldest and ...

July 27, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


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