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Thunderstorms possibly headed our way

The skies in central Kansas turned gray Thursday afternoon as the National Weather Service predicted showers and thunderstorms, although the hazardous weather outlook ranked "2" or "small" on the hazard scale.

April 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Smith leaving United Way of Central Kansas

With seven campaigns under her belt and having raised more than $1.7 million for agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties, Julie Bugner-Smith has resigned as executive director for United Way of Central Kansas effective May 12.

April 13, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Chemicals burn at Rice County plant

RICE COUNTY - Thursday morning, workers at the Jacam chemical plant located between Lyons and Sterling were sent home when chemicals in one of the buildings caught fire. The blaze and smoke could be seen for miles.

April 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

April 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Registration open for freezer meals class

A few spaces remain in the Educational program "Freezer Meals from the Meat Case." According to Donna Krug, Barton County Family & Consumer Science agent, participants will leave this fun program with four main-course meals that will serve 4-6 people. The $40 registration fee is due Monday, April 17.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


‘Stay Strong Stay Healthy’ set to begin

The Stay Strong Stay Healthy class is designed to increase an aging adult's access to a safe, structured and effective strength training program. Over eight weeks, participants learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and gradually build the strength beneficial to health.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend students win awards at BCC Vortex Juried Exhibition

Student work of Great Bend High School art teachers Sergio Ramirez and Brian Hutchinson showed very well at the BCC Vortex Juried Exhibition 2017.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Estes wins easily in Pawnee, Stafford counties

Republican Ron Estes won a Kansas House seat in Tuesday's special election, the first congressional election since President Donald Trump's victory.

April 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees nominate Johnson for regional award

Members of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees have nominated their chairman, Mike Johnson, for the Regional Trustee Leadership Award of the Association of Community College Trustees.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCSO seeks information about wanted man

The Barton County Sheriff Office is seeking the public's assistance on the whereabouts of Chet Whetham.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 15. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley Street.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library announces closings

Great Bend Public Library will close at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, and will be closed all day Friday for schedule replacement of a drain line. The library will be open on Saturday, but will be closed Sunday for the Easter holiday.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Host will be Shannon Stafford with greeters Chelsea Kaundart and Lexie Schneider. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Drugs seized in Hoisington residence

HOISINGTON - Two males were arrested Tuesday by the Hoisington Police Department after a search warrant yielded suspected methamphetamine and marijuana in a residence.

April 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Search organized for missing priest

PROTECTION - Father Marvin Reif, 53, walked away from the Protection Valley Manor in Protection, KS on Apr. 3. A priest in the Dodge City Diocese, Fr. Marvin has suffered from mental illness for a number of years. He has served in churches throughout central and southwest Kansas.

April 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Rep. Roger Marshall comments on ag sec. approval

Monday, the United States Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.

April 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


New waste water meters purchased

When contained, the caustic waste water that seeps through the trash at the Barton County Landfill is a good thing, However, controlling that leachate is ...

April 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KanCare Expansion forum shares potential Barton County impact

Monday night, a forum organized by The Alliance for Healthy Kansas at the Prince of Peace parish hall sought to inform and provide answers about ...

April 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A chance to step up

The Barton County Commission County Monday morning cemented its commitment to the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway when it approved a resolution naming the ...

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


HVAC bid on school board agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 5630 Broadway Ave. Items on ...

April 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thompson takes on noxious weeds

Helping to pave the way to a smooth transition upon the retirement of Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips, the Barton County Commission Monday morning ...

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wondra leaving BCSO after 27 years

It was a rare occasion for the Barton County Sheriff's Office Monday morning as the Barton County Commission recognized long-time BCSO detective Sharon Wondra.

April 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Exit Laughing

Great Bend Community Theatre brings the comedy "Exit Laughing" to the Crest Theater this week.

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Weapons policy on BCC Trustees’ agenda

A proposed draft of a new weapons policy is on the agenda for the next Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, at 4 p ...

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Illegal drugs highlight Pawnee Co. court cases

LARNED - Drugs was the common theme of the April 20 Pawnee County District County Felony Motion Docket, Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett said. Of the ...

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Original plays to premiere at BCC

Four original plays selected from the Barton Community College theater department's Original Playwright Contest will take the stage in a one-night performance at 7 ...

April 22, 2017 | By MICAH OELZE Barton Community College | Local News


Sisters of Hope group reaches out to recent widows

"Sisters of Hope," a group for recently widowed women of all ages and denominations, is an outreach ministry of First Assembly of God Church, 601 ...

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News




Emma Jean Bradley lives by the Golden Rule

LARNED - Emma Jean Bradley, the matriarch, the mother and the grandmother of the singing Bradleys ... but there is oh, so much more to this story.

April 22, 2017 | By Judi Tabler Special to the Tribune | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

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 ...

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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