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Record Powerball jackpot climbs to $800 million for Saturday

TOPEKA – Fueled by exceptionally strong sales nationwide, the new Powerball jackpot estimate has left the previous record in the dust! The Powerball jackpot for Saturday has been increased to an incredible $800 million annuity, with a cash option of $496 million. That's the highest Powerball jackpot in history and also the highest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.

January 08, 2016 | | 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 the election of the chairman and chairman pro-tem of the commission, designation of the official county, newspaper and a report on 2015 accomplishments and 2016 goals.

January 08, 2016 | | Local News

Kansas PRIDE Communities of Excellence named

The Kansas PRIDE program has honored 11 communities across the state with its Community of Excellence award for their ongoing accomplishments in community development.

January 08, 2016 | | Local News

Cowan receives Horizon Award

TOPEKA - The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced Jan. 5-6 the recipients of the 2016 Kansas Horizon Award, which recognizes exemplary first-year educators.

January 07, 2016 | | Local News

Ellsworth Police Department announces Safe Exchange Zone

Ellsworth Police Chief Maverick Campbell Sr. likes to take a proactive approach to policing. He and his staff make a point of keeping an eye on crime trends not only in the local area, but around the nation. One area where crime and fraud has seen an uptick recently is in the growing e-commerce marketplace. Around the nation, reports of buyers and sellers falling victim to scams, robberies or worse after initiating exchanges on sites like Craigslist, Buy-Sell-Trade, eBay, and other facebook groups and web sites led to a simple idea. Thursday, the Ellsworth Police Department's facebook page announced ...

January 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Students request time for community service

Great Bend High School students will ask the school board Monday for a day off to do community service projects.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Fourth straight yearly decline at the pump forecasted


January 07, 2016 | | Local News

Great Bend Fire Department not seeking donations via telephone

The Great Bend Fire Department has been receiving reports about people getting phone calls from someone claiming to be a Great Bend firefighter and asking for a donation. "This is a scam," said Fire Chief Mike Napolitano.

January 07, 2016 | | Local News

CPHS Winter Royalty Court

January 07, 2016 | | Local News

A new year at Brit Spaugh Zoo

Wednesday was a quiet day at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, except for the occasional screeching of the newest resident, a colorful parrot cousin known as a sun conure.

January 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Pageants to return to Great Bend

The Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt pageant is gearing up for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Great Bend High School, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.

January 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend waiting for KDOT on transload facility

The City of Great Bend's has submitted its packet detailing its vision for a new train-truck shipping hub. Now, city officials just have to wait for word from the Kansas Department of Transportation on funding.

January 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Thrivent Financial at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Regan Reif and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 06, 2016 | | Local News


In December, Hoisington USD 431 gave the nod to purchasing Chromebooks for each middle and high school student in the district. Director of Technology Kerry Mooney said he could have the laptops ready to use by the end of winter break, and he was true to his word. Students returning Tuesday started off the new year by receiving their assigned Chromebooks and reviewing proper laptop etiquette.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

USD 431 considers new capital outlay resolution

Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night to discuss the expansion of the list of items that can be spent from the district's capital outlay fund. First mentioned at the December meeting, it was noted a new resolution would need to be passed before the next budget cycle, which begins at the end of June.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Great Bend native to toss coin at Chiefs game

Great Bend native Ashley Gorney will celebrate the end of radiation treatment for cancer by making the coin toss Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Soldier pays surprise visit to mom

Riley School PE Teacher Bryan Scott strategically placed boxes of tissues around the school gymnasium Wednesday afternoon. Very few people understood the significance until minutes ...

October 19, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

County road construction work starting next week

Two road construction projects are scheduled to begin next week in Barton County, County Engineer Barry McManaman said.

October 19, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


The days when little red and black ladybugs evoked exclamations of "sweet" and "adorable" are quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least around ...

October 18, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

1930 Model A to be sold at Kans for Kids event

CAMP ALDRICH - The sixth annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation Auction/Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Law enforcement agencies to collect unused medications this Saturday in Larned

Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Central Kansas Piano Teachers League recital

The Central Kansas Piano Teachers League will present the "Boys in Blue Jeans" piano recital at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, in Shafer ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Three arrested in connection with burglaries

Three people from Great Bend were arrested on Saturday, Oct. 15, during a search warrant executed by the Barton County Sheriff's Office in connection ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend's Marshall to debate challenger

KWCH-channel 12 and local affiliates will air Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. debate between U.S. Congressional candidates Roger Marshall of Great Bend and ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

‘Micro’ utility trucks to be legal on city streets

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved an ordinances that will allow the so-called micro utility trucks on city streets.

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Cow Creek floodplain remapping progressing

Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub recently attended a Cow Creek Working Group meeting, the on-going Kansas Division of Water Resources project involving the Cow Creek ...

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Shades of something new

The Great Bend Events Center is getting a new look and now the color of that look has been set.

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Sunday liquor sales in GB now legal

It is now legal to sell and purchase liquor and cereal malt beverages seven days a week within the City of Great Bend following action ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ed Foundation fundraiser to feature local talent

Using a "Destination Education" theme, the USD 428 Education Foundation has planned a full itinerary of fun for its annual dinner and auction.

October 17, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Supreme Court Justices experience Rosewood Services

Two Kansas Supreme Court Justices scheduled time last week to inform themselves of the many programs and businesses built by Rosewood Services to serve and ...

October 17, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

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