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KWEC’s Turtle Tot Club starts in March

Turtle Tot Club, a series of nature-based programs developed for preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, is scheduled for March at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The one-hour programs, offered at no charge, introduce young children to the natural world around them with sensory experiences, while reinforcing colors, shapes, math and fine motor skills. When possible, sessions include outdoor time. Programs run from 10-11 a.m. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 12 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required. To register for classes or for more information, call ...

February 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Gas prices see little movement

The Kansas gas price average has seen little movement recently, holding steady at $2.17, the American Automobile Association reported this week. Locally, the Great Bend Price has held a tick above that average at $2.19 for several weeks as well.

February 25, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Rush Center to again celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

RUSH CENTER – Rush Center will host its annual St. Patrick Celebration on Saturday, March 11. The event will feature a breakfast of biscuits and gravy at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Valley Senior Center and lunch featuring Irish stew from 11 a.m. through the afternoon at Township Hall. The parade will start at 2:30 followed by BINGO at the Senior Center. Downtown will feature a car show and various booths, children's games and a cake walk.

February 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Federal disaster declaration OKed following ice storm

President Donald Trump granted Gov. Sam Brownback's request for a federal disaster declaration for 18 Kansas counties, including Barton, affected by a severe winter ice storm that struck the state Jan. 13-16, the Kansas Adjutant General's Office announced Friday afternoon.

February 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Judge urges students to show compassion

The first time Tommy Webb tasted a banana, he tried to eat the peel, too. It was the worst food he'd ever tasted, but an undernourished Amerasian street kid from South Korea doesn't willingly give up food.

February 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motorcyclist injured near Wilson Lake dam

RUSSELL COUNTY - A Hays man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Wednesday after the motorcycle he was driving went off K-232 and hit a KDOT fence near the Wilson Lake Dam.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Alden man charged after chase, standoff

LYONS – The Alden man who Wednesday afternoon led law enforcement on a high-speed chase from Ellinwood through Barton and Rice counties before engaging in a standoff with officers at his home faces multiple charges in connection with the incidents.

February 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Bond reduced on Joey Steinbacher

Bond for a Great Bend woman arrested Monday on drug charges has been reduced from $300,000 to $100,000 after further investigation, Lt. Scott Bieberle at the Great Bend Police Department said Thursday.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City lobbying to keep highway funding

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington attended an Economic Lifelines Meeting in Topeka recently. Economic Lifelines is the group that works toward enhancing the state's transportation system.

February 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas Division of Vehicles announces two new features to improve and simplify customer service

Kansas drivers can now track their driver's license production status online and receive automatic updates when changes are made to their driving record.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

As we wrap up February, we do so with a nod to Black History Month. One hundred years ago, a man with Great Bend connections, Oscar Micheaux, published his second novel, "The Homesteader," which was soon after made into his first film. Micheaux went on to influence other major filmmakers and continues to add to the richness of our local history. Here, in a special edition of Out of the Morgue, is a recap of his and his family's story.

February 23, 2017 | BY KAREN NEUFORTH | Local News


Kiwanis club gears up for Pancake Day

Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis Club are selling tickets for the 60th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, which will be Thursday, March 2. Pancakes and sausage will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. at Expo I west of Great Bend. Tickets will also be available at the door.

February 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


High-speed chase ends in Alden standoff

ALDEN – A traffic stop in Ellinwood Wednesday afternoon devolved into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies before ending in a standoff in Alden, Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans said.

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New bridge design moves forward

The Barton County Commission Tuesday morning approved a service agreement with the Ellsworth engineering firm Kirkham Michael for the redesigning of a long-embattled bridge about a mile east of Great Bend on East Barton County Road.

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Seeing in the dark

Kansas Wetlands Education Center Educator Jean Aycock gave a presentation on nocturnal animals on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center.

February 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


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On the Record Feb. 16-19, 2018

Great Bend Fire/EMS

February 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The art of service

The theme Saturday was "The Art of Community" at the 96th Annual Meeting & Banquet for the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development. That theme ...

February 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicle crashes south of Hoisington

Two people from Rooks County were taken to the hospital on Sunday after a vehicle blew a tire and crashed on U.S. 281, three-fourths ...

February 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


DEATHTRAP

Great Bend Community Theatre's next production, the murder-suspense drama "Deathtrap," opens Thursday at the Crest Theater.

February 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC students honored in Topeka for academics

Five students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team during ...

February 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Pink Out raises $2,500 for Camp Hope

Barton Community College raised $2,500 for Camp Hope at its Pink Out Night on Feb. 14. People wore pink T-shirts at the BCC basketball ...

February 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Local churches to host Lenten Luncheons

The Barton County Association of Churches announces the 2018 Lenten Luncheons. The purpose of these weekly ecumenical gatherings is to provide an opportunity to join ...

February 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Legacy Award goes to Kids Ag Day in 25th year

It is so much more than horseshoe demonstrations and hay rack rides. The annual Kids Ag Day event has been educating young minds about the ...

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Jason Mayers named NextGen Leader

For boldly investing in the Great Bend community, Jason Mayers was awarded the 2017 NextGen Leader of the Year award from the Great Bend Chamber ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Mark Mingenback named 2017 Citizen of the Year

For his selfless dedication to promoting and bettering the Great Bend community, Mark Mingenback earned the 2017 Citizen of the Year award from the Great ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Great Bend Children's Clinic earns 2017 Business of the Year Award

For their support and impact on the local business community by providing quality care for children, the Great Bend Children's Clinic was named the ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


County Commission meets Tuesday, City Council meets Monday

The Barton County Commission the Great Bend City Council will both meet this week.

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Valentine delivery

Fifth-grader Adrianna Estes delivers valentines to Virginia Zumalt and other residents of Cherry Village Benevolence. Both fifth-grade classes at Riley Elementary School made the valentines ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Marmie Auto Group acquires Dove dealership

Late last year, the owners of Marmie Ford and Marmie Motors in Great Bend had the opportunity to expand their enterprise by purchasing the Doonan ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Courthouse structural study nearly done

With the Barton County Courthouse turning 100 years old this year, the first steps in determining how to restore the aging building are underway.

February 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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