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​Hirsh trial moved to December

The jury trial for a former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper charged with aggravated assault and other counts of domestic violence is scheduled to take place Dec. 15-18 in Barton County District Court. It was previously scheduled for Sept. 22-25.

September 07, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC responds to WalletHub survey

A nationwide survey ranking 670 community colleges placed Barton Community College 591st overall, behind most other Kansas Community Colleges. Barton officials said the numbers don't paint an accurate portrait of the college.

September 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Baker hearing set for Sept. 30

A new preliminary hearing date, Sept. 30, has been set for William Howard Baker. The Great Bend man faces charges in the deaths of a Reno County couple who were riding motorcycles through Great Bend in August 2014. Baker, who was 59 years old at the time, was driving a pickup that was pulling a trailer carrying a mower, and the trailer came loose on 10th St., hitting the approaching motorcycles. Shawn Schellenger, 27, and his wife Danielle Schellenger, 33, died as a result of the accident.

September 07, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


August Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

September 06, 2015 | | Local News


Poets to rendezvous in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - The historic Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood, Kansas, of all places, will welcome the 28th Annual Poetry Rendezvous, Sept. 11-13. Located in a small town with a big heart, the dining room of the Wolf Hotel will hear poets from as far as California and Florida read their works.

September 06, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Kansas organizations seek AmeriCorps members

In an effort to meet community need, the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) encourages Kansans 18 years of age or older to dedicate one year of service to a Kansas organization by serving as an AmeriCorps member.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News


What About Cecil?

I have been queried several times regarding my thoughts on Cecil, the lion that was supposedly cherished by local people and killed by a American bow-hunter in Africa. I suppose that my trips to Africa with my bow bestow some level of understanding or experience that makes my opinion and observations interesting. I understand the interest in this on-going event. I will be as honest and transparent as possible.

September 06, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Soar over to KWEC’s Butterfly festival

All things "butterfly" will be the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Butterfly Festival from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 19.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News


Remembrance ceremony is September 12

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Central Kansas Partnership is holding a Remembrance Ceremony in conjunction with the "Golden Belt Glow for Life" Walk and competitive 5 K Run at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Vet's Park in Great Bend. The public is invited to attend the Remembrance Ceremony that will be held at the west shelter next to the lake. Community members who would like to recognize the memory of someone are encouraged to attend the Remembrance Ceremony and participate in the Recognition.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News


Touch-a-truck connects kids to a community of vehicles

"We've taken our helicopter to events like this before, where its usually medical or law enforcement vehicles," said Randy Blaumenhorst, flight nurse with Lifeteam Critical Transport. "This is really something though, to have vehicles from every part of life for the kids to explore."

September 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kansas ranks as one of the most strict states for high-risk drivers

With Labor Day being a high-traffic day on the road as well as a top holiday for car sales in the U.S., the personal finance website WalletHub this week released its analysis of the Strictest and Most Lenient States on High-Risk Drivers in conjunction with the third-quarter installment of its 2015 Auto Financing Report.

September 05, 2015 | | Local News


Most regional travel expected for Labor Day since 2008

During the Labor Day holiday, which begins today, 35.5 million Americans are planning to travel at least 50 miles from home during the five-day holiday period that runs through Monday. AAA projects more than 2.7 million people from the West North Central Region, of which Kansas is a part, will journey at least 50 miles or more from home for Labor Day Weekend, the highest travel volume for the region since 2008 and the third highest in a decade.

September 05, 2015 | | Local News


​Zoo Society offers ‘meet and greet’ with fox kits

Great Bend Zoological Society members will have an opportunity to meet the arctic fox kits, from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Raptor Center at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo. Memberships start at $25 for an individual or family and are available at the zoo. For more information email socialmedia@gbzoosociety.org.

September 04, 2015 | | Local News


Jordan found guilty

A Barton County jury has found Steven Terry "Dewey" Jordan, 46, guilty of rape, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. District Judge Ron Svaty set sentencing for 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 and revoked his bond.

September 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Council meets Tuesday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, due to the Labor Day holiday, at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes an update on the old opera house wall at Williams and Forest, the Airfest Veterans Honor Parade, the Renaissance Faire, painting the train in Brit Spaugh Park and public hearings for unsafe structures.

September 04, 2015 | | Local News


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Key Leader scholarships available for teens

JUNCTION CITY - The Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club will be taking high school students to Key Leader Camp, June 2-4 at Rock Springs 4-H Camp ...

May 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hit the road Jack

TOPEKA – Fueled by lower gas prices, the West North Central Region, of which Kansas is a part, will see 2.8 million or 13.5 ...

May 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Turn nature into art at workshop

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer a free craft workshop at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

May 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC on summer hours; closed Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

May 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Clark to lead BCC women's basketball

Alan Clark has been named head women's basketball coach for Barton Community College.

May 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Remember vets with an American Legion poppy

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion family in Great Bend invite the public to honor our fallen warriors and contribute to ...

May 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Storms move into Barton County

Trees and power lines were down in parts of Great Bend as the Tribune was preparing to go to press Tuesday evening.

May 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College trustees approve contracts

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved contracts for administrators, management staff and head coaches Tuesday. Changes in staff included offering math instructor Brian ...

May 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


RSVP selling recycled floral decorations for Memorial Day

Looking for floral arrangements to decorate the graves of loved ones for Memorial Day? The Retired Senior Volunteer Program has an option for you.

May 24, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Cops bust car thief early Monday morning

A Great Bend man was caught red-handed Monday for auto theft after there were reports of someone looking into cars near a local apartment complex ...

May 23, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Authorities have ‘strong’ suspect in shooting

The Great Bend Police Department is continuing its investigation into the Saturday night shooting that left a Great Bend man wounded. As of Monday, no ...

May 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Quality Inn, 3500 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be ...

May 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County out nearly 50k in email scam

First, the good news. Barton County's digital firewall and security was not breached when County Treasurer's Office fell for an email scam asking ...

May 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County Dispatcher Liz Nolan passionate about her career

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one story in a monthly series about Barton County law enforcement.

May 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Saturday night shooting leaves GB man wounded

Great Bend Police Department have identified a suspect in a Saturday night shooting that left a Great Bend man wounded. As of Sunday, authorities continued ...

May 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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