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Wetland Explorer: Searching for Fun

Oh, the scavenger hunt – many of us have fond memories of days at summer camps, racing around with your team, trying to find everything on your list. It's almost a traditional part of American childhood. We do our fair share of scavenger hunts here at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, and it never fails to amaze us how excited kids are by the simple act of checking off items from a list. From the KWEC exhibit hall to our nature trail, we're always ready to kick off a scavenger hunt.

January 31, 2016 | Jean Aycock, Education Director | Local News

Boys Scouts ready for annual dinner

The Boy Scouts Troop and Pack 184 have made plenty of noodles for the 45th annual Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner. The meal featuring homemade soup and desserts will be served by Scouts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Elks Lodge, located at 12th and Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. Use the 12th St. entrance.

January 30, 2016 | | Local News

​Elks Lodge taking reservations for Valentine’s Dinner

The Elks Lodge in Great Bend is taking reservations for its Valentine's Dinner. It will be served from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Elks, 1120 Kansas Ave. Members and guests are welcome. Cost is $15 per person for rib-eye steak, baked potato, salad, dinner roll, beverage and dessert.

January 30, 2016 | | Local News

Scholarship Day auditions to be hosted by BCC

The Barton Community College Performing Arts Department will host "Scholarship Day" auditions on Thursday, Feb. 11. Current or prospective students may contact the Music Department to set up a time to audition for music or theater scholarships or performance awards. Awards are available for performing arts majors and non-performing arts majors alike.

January 30, 2016 | | Local News

Kansas Day at Riley Elementary - photos

Photos taken Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at Riley Elementary School in Great Bend. For Kansas Day, the school was visited by Amelia Earhart and Calamity Jane.

January 30, 2016 | | Local News

County Spelling Bee set for Saturday

Barton County's annual spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

County Attorney says office needs more space, attorneys

Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said his office prosecuted close to 2,300 newly filed cases in 2015, for charges ranging "from murder to seat belt violations."

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Ike exhibit at Eisenhower School

Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school, was born in Missouri but spent some time in Kansas.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Ride Into History

There were two special visitors – or were there four? – Friday at Riley Elementary School.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Tax credits approved for housing development

Another step in improving the housing stock in Great Bend received a boost this week with the approval of state tax credits for the Fairways at StoneRidge development.

January 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Bike, pedestrian master plan meeting canceled

The public presentation of the Barton County bike/pedestrian master plan, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Kansas Wetlands Education Center, has been canceled to due forecasted inclement weather. The plan will soon be available on the Golden Belt Community Foundation website at

January 29, 2016 | | Local News

Commission, council to hold Monday meetings

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 recognition of Sheriff's Office Detective Sgt. Dave Paden, a discussion of the proposed Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning for portions of Cow Creek and a cereal-malt beverage licence for Mo's Place in Beaver.

January 29, 2016 | | Local News

Barton showcases new welding lab

Barton Community College showed off its new Welding Lab by hosting a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Eisenhower celebration photos

Eisenhower Elementary School, Great Bend, Kansas, Jan. 28, 2016.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


One Great Bend elementary school celebrated its origins Thursday, following the suggestion of the Eisenhower Foundation on the 125th anniversary year of the birth of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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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

GBHS football ticket sales

Great Bend will host Topeka West at 7 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Reserved seating is no longer available as all remaining games ...

October 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Window breaking happening throughout the city

Great Bend has seen its share of criminal damage, but as of lately there has been a rash of window breaking in the city starting ...

October 25, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Nature educator explains animal sounds

Jean Aycock from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will explain the meanings of some animal sounds during a free Stop N' Learn program hosted by ...

October 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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