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Learning to listen to animals, a program at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Chirps, whistles, croaks, and clicks all combine in an animal opera of high drama for eavesdropping scientists. The public can discover what animals are saying during the free program, "Listening to Animals," at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at the Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge, northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

March 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kansans United for Youth Justice marks Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility closing with art compet

To commemorate the closing of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and Youth Art Month, Kansans United for Youth Justice today launched an art competition to raise awareness of juvenile justice reform.

March 06, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

County transfers over $1M in unexpended funds

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution transferring and carrying over 2016 unexpended funds to the capital improvement totalling $496,000 and equipment replacement funds totalling $752,000.

March 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission OKs weather week proclamation

March came in like a lion and those winds whipped the Barton County Courthouse Monday morning.

March 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

‘The time is at hand’

For several years, the county has worked with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to make improvements to the K-4 Cheyenne Bottoms overlook near Hoisington. The project is finally moving forward.

March 06, 2017 | Work on scenic overlook underway | Local News

Motorist taken to hospital after pickup hits guardrail

A Holyrood man was taken to Clara Barton Hospital on Sunday evening after the pickup he was driving struck a bridge guardrail in Barton County.

March 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Dannebohm arrested following pursuit

A Great Bend man who allegedly led the Barton County Sheriff's Office on a pursuit early Saturday spent the night in Cheyenne Bottoms before being arrested later that morning.

March 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Quilts of Valor February 2017

Handmade quilts were presented to 10 area veterans on Friday, Feb. 24, at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend. They were made by the Golden Plains Quilts of Valor volunteers. The next presentations will be made at 6:45 p.m. on March 31 at the post, 1011 Kansas Ave.

March 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Hoisington youth celebrates birthday by giving

HOISINGTON - Jaci Morris celebrated her seventh birthday by giving instead of receiving. Her wish for her birthday was that no one bring gifts to her party. Instead, guests were asked to simply bring a donation for Kans for Kids.

March 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Closing of Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility both emotional and hopeful

LARNED - The atmosphere was like both a reunion and a wake. There were hugs, tears, and emotional greetings between old friends. Men and women stood side by side, some holding back tears, but all with a sense of hopefulness Friday afternoon as staff of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility gathered for the closing ceremony of the facility. The facility which was dedicated in 2003 and could hold 128 youth is now permanently closed.

March 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Anyone can do CPR...and for many it's one of those nagging, "I-ought-to-learn" things we try to find time for. The Great Bend Fire Department helped several in the community cross that off their to-do lists Saturday morning.

March 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Advanced grant writing workshop coming to Great Bend

Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day advanced grant writing workshop March 22, at the Holiday Inn Express, 3821 10th Street in Great Bend. This workshop is available to area non-profit organizations who wish to learn more advanced grant writing skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants.

March 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Reading readiness focus as Roosevelt Elementary students celebrate Seuss’ birthday

HOISINGTON - USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry and City Councilwoman Karen Van Brimmer, board members of United Way of Central Kansas, shared their love of reading with Hoisington preschoolers Thursday morning. Each donned a familiar red and white striped hat in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, and read versions of two popular young reader books, "The Little Engine that Could" and "The Wheels on the Bus."

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Hoisington council says ‘status quo’ will go

HOISINGTON - City Manager Jonathan Mitchell recapped the recent informational meeting concerning the proposed new fire district. While as of yet there hasn't been any strong affirmation from the outlying townships and the City of Susank about moving forward, Hoisington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Stricker will be following up with individuals over the next week, he said.

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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KDOT announces approved February bids

The Kansas Department of Transportation approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Feb. 21 in Topeka. Some ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Last Session, the Government, Technology, and Security Committee was created to evaluate Cybersecurity making sure a system is in place to protect citizens and state ...

March 11, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


ALBERT - In 1986, the Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt was established as an economic development tool for El Dorado. Partnering with the National ...

March 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Salina crooner coming to Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will feature vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina, as well as the Prairie Winds Show Band and the GBHS ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Bunny Hunt

The Kansas Bowhunters Association's annual Bunny Hunt got underway Saturday at Cheyenne Bottoms. Between searches for cottontail, members enjoyed archery target shooting and the ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Legislative Coffee

The second of two Legislative Coffees was held Saturday at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, with about 20 people coming to hear Sen. Mary ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Larned group takes message to Topeka

LARNED - At Larned's February city council meeting, Larned City Councilman Kim Barnes noted it had been a long time since Larned had made contact ...

March 09, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Clara Barton Hospital assessment finds greater access to mental health services tops list

HOISINGTON - Clara Barton Hospital hosted a town hall meeting on March 1 at the Hoisington Activity Center, where hospital health-care officials were joined by representatives ...

March 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBMS hosting Cottonwood District Regional 4-H Day

Regional 4-H Day activities start this evening at 5:30 p.m. at Great Bend Middle School, said Cottonwood District 4-H and Youth Development Extension ...

March 09, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

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