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Rainfall totals

Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 maintains 10 weather stations throughout the district, which includes portions of Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties. Rainfall totals from the weather stations are shown below.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Remodel bid sparks council debate

HOISINGTON - City Council members were uncertain how to proceed Monday night after they were presented with three bids for the construction and installation of new cabinets and counter tops for the city offices. In February, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said money had been set aside for a few years for the remodeling of the offices. Still, when he shared that office staff recommended the high bid, which was nearly 50 percent higher than the other two bids, eyebrows were raised.

March 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Student offers testimonial of transfer experience

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees gathered Tuesday evening for its regular meeting and discussed one of its nine over-arching goals, known as ENDs. This month's focus was on "Academic Advancement," which deals primarily with ensuring students are able to transfer successfully if that is their intent.

March 28, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

BCC lowers tuition for out-of-state students

Tuition for out-of-state students at Barton Community College will be the same as tuition for in-state students - a reduction of $31 per credit hour - starting in the fall of 2017. All students will see a $4 increase in fees at that time.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Kansas Startup to start up

Kansas Startup will be held April 7-9 in Great Bend. Participants will spend 48 hours building businesses with the support of expert facilitators and distinguished judges.

March 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Family Crisis Center gets van

As excited as JoAnn Wondra was about the Family Crisis Center receiving a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, she can't show the public the van that was purchased with the gift.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GB River Rats remove trash on Ark River

A group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts who enjoy riding four-wheelers along the Arkansas River spent a recent weekend picking up tons of trash.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBRC to host ’Notable Naturalists’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Notable Naturalists" from noon–1 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Olmitz man injured in vehicle accident

An Olmitz man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Friday evening near Olmitz, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Fatal accident in Wabaunsee County

WABAUNSEE COUNTY – The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a fatal vehicle accident in Wabaunsee County at 7:35 p.m. Sunday two miles east of Paxico.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chamber to hold coffee Thursday

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Jimlo Glass, 1205 Kansas, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Dave Storjohann and Sarah Adams. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Purchase of excavator sparks debate

For the second time in two weeks, the purchase of a new piece of equipment ignited a discussion as he Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the purchase of a new excavator for the Road and Bridge Department.

March 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Venture to provide asphalt for county

Paving the way for the start of 2017 summer county road resurfacing projects, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the bid from Venture Corporation of Great Bend for $7.43 per ton for cold mix asphalt.

March 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

ILS invests in new composting equipment

Norbert Schneider, vice president of administration at Innovative Livestock Services, is excited about the new industrial compost turner at the ILS feed yard. It breaks down waste from cattle and turns it into a valuable compost product that increases the nutrients and water-holding capacity of soils. Not only is it increasing the efficiency in recycling natural resources, it is providing a new way the company can give back to communities where it operates.

March 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Friends of Cheyenne Bottom announce annual meeting

The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a meal of hamburgers and hot dogs. Van tours through the Refuge Area of Cheyenne Bottoms, which is normally closed to the public, will also be available during that time.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Shafer Gallery presents Exegesis: Portraits of the Spirit

The Shafer Gallery will hold an opening reception on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. for its latest exhibit, Exegesis: Portraits of the Spirit ...

March 05, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


HOISINGTON - Soon, when cross-country flyers stop at the Salina Regional Airport to refuel, they will be able to take in a unique and educational art ...

March 03, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

March 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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