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Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at "Reality U." On Monday, it was the teachers' turn to experience the world of at-risk students during the "Poverty Simulation" presented by Southwest Plains Regional Education Center.

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Marshall finds satisfaction, concerns among Kansans

There are a lot of voices to be heard in the massive First Congressional District and first-term Republican Roger Marshall said lots of them are concerned about national security, the economy and immigration.

April 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Diva Day on the way

The Great Bend Tribune Relay for Life of Barton County team will hold its annual Spring Diva Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at the Best Western Courtyard 2920 10th, Great Bend.

April 17, 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.

April 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC report highlights administrative projects

Software purchases at Barton Community College used to represent major expenses requiring the approval of the Board of Trustees. Nowadays, the cost of software has come down, but implementation can be time-consuming and expensive, said Charles Perkins, dean of institutional effectiveness.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Two arrested on drug charges

Barton County Sheriff Office Deputy David Melcher arrested two people on drug charges at 2 a.m. on Friday in the parking lot of Brit Spaugh Park.

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


High school students participate in Vortex

Area high school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend, Solomon, Stafford, Larned and Hoisington came to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from art professionals and participate in a juried art exhibit Thursday, April 6.

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit features selected drawings, paintings, clay sculptures and ceramics created under the guidance of art instructors Melissa Watson, Shannon Wedel and Alyssa Bliven.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sixth-grade band will present concert Tuesday

Months of hard work will culminate Tuesday night, April 18, at 7 p.m. as approximately 95 students of the Great Bend Sixth Grade Band join forces for their annual concert at the Great Bend High School gym. Schools represented are Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park, Riley, Holy Family and Central KS Christian Academy.

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Shafer Gallery to host annual Barton Student Art Exhibit

Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the Barton Student Art Exhibit juried art show from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 21. The show will run through May 12.

April 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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


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War and murder in 1898

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 ...

April 18, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Possible suicide attempt leads to vehicle chase

A possible suicide attempt in rural Barton County Wednesday afternoon led law enforcement officials, along with emergency medical service crews, on a vehicle chase through ...

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rail crossing to close

The rail crossing on 17th Street Terrace, just west of McKinley Street, will be closed from May 1 to approximately May 5 for repairs.

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Hipp running for District Judge

Carey Hipp has announced her intention to run for District Judge in the 20th Judicial District. The district includes Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford ...

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Making History

HOISINGTON - When Hoisington Historical Society President Lon Palmer and recently retired Hoisington Public Library Director Chris Rippel proposed an oral history project to teachers at ...

April 17, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Water, sewer billing explained

Many Great Bend residents don't understand how the city bills for water and sewer usage, an issue officials hope to address with a new ...

April 17, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


House damaged by fire had to be demolished

A house ravaged by fire at 2506 Gano last Thursday night was damaged so badly it was declared an unsafe structure and razed by city ...

April 17, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fatal crash in Barton County

Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal motor-vehicle crash at 12:09 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of N. Washington Ave ...

April 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Standoff leads to arrest

A standoff between Great Bend Police officers and a Great Bend man ended peacefully last Friday evening.

April 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Congressman Marshall shares feedback on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the nation recognizes the worst day of the year: 'Tax Day.' Luckily, this is the last time Americans will file their ...

April 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Second time not a charm

Monday night, the Great Bend City Council again voted on a charter ordinance setting term limits for council members and for the mayor. Again, it ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New crossing coming to country intersection

Fuzzy Brewer Corner will get a new railroad crossing after action by the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hathcock’s title changes to county administrator

Following the resignation of long-time County Administrator Richard Boeckman, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock was named county operations director in May 2017 to help ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sheriff breaks silence on charges against him

In an emotional impromptu statement to Barton County commissioners Monday morning, Sheriff Brian Bellendir broke his silence on charges leveled against him, calling them politically ...

April 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Judge revokes Hirsh’s parole

Since he did not complete a batterer's intervention program as required under his post-release agreement, former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Darrin Hirsh's parole ...

April 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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