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Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin her duties June 1.

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought he could reach China by sailing west, but ended up in a New World.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School Sunday. Erin Ferguson, the adult services supervisor, provided a departmental report. She first handed out the Summer Reading calendar of events to board members. She then reported that a patron audit had resulted in the library purging approximately 5,000 patrons who have not been active users since 2014. This, she said, was overdue maintenance, and recommended by the State Library Board to ensure an accurate reflection of how often patrons are using the library ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle crash sends cyclist to hospital

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a vehicle crash at approximately 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday at 820 Main St.

May 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Commission signs letter backing volunteer programs

The Barton County Commission, citing the importance of volunteerism and the county's support of civic involvement, approved Monday morning signing a letter of support for continued funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice offers grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.

May 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Mosquito spraying begins Thursday

The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will begin mosquitoes spraying this week, said Street Superintendent Mike Crawford. The spraying will start at 8 p.m. until midnight, weather permitting, staring this Thursday. Other dates include May 25, and June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fort Larned park ranger will speak at Barton County Historical Museum

Park Ranger Clayton Hanson, who recently joined the staff at Fort Larned National Historic Site, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Barton County Historical Society's monthly meeting. The program is open to the public and will be held at the Barton County Historical Museum, 85 South U.S. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River bridge.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Class of Heroes

BY VERONICA COONS

May 15, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


Improvements coming to 10th and Grant

The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the improvements to the intersection of 10th Street and Grant Street with city being responsible for 10 percent of the $888,888 project cost. The scope of the project is to increase turning radii to better accommodate large trucks.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A new look

In order to unify and simplify how City of Great Bend departments are identified, the City Council approved a new city logo when it met Monday night.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


No new meningitis cases found

It was late Friday afternoon that the confirmation came that a Barton County adult had indeed died of Neisseria meningitidis, which can cause meningococcal meningitis. This sparked a joint investigation by the Barton Count Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


VFW auxiliary donates to county veterans memorial

It was taking entirely too long for the county to come up with enough names to fill the third stone at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial, so the son of a local veteran decided to take matters into his own hands.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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County Memorial Day closings announced

Barton County business offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The Great Minigrant Reveal

The Great Bend USD 428 Education Foundation recently awarded $15,633.49 in minigrants to educators in local schools. The Foundation awarded 27 minigrants ranging ...

May 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton GED Orientation Classes begin May 21

Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon begin its nine-week GED Preparation Class. Students must attend all orientation classes May 21-24, and ...

May 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School sidewalks on summer project list

Sidewalks outside every school in Great Bend USD 428 will be replaced this summer, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

May 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Larned High School graduation photos

Fort Larned USD 495 celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19.

May 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Hats off to Class of 2018

updated on May 22, 2018

May 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Claflin City Council to discuss funding for new building for fire department

CLAFLIN - Mayor Mike Urban and members of the city council will meet on Wednesday, May 23, to further discuss the topic of an additional structure ...

May 20, 2018 | Veronica Coons | 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.

May 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


One more stone down

Enough lines have been purchased and the long-anticipated third stone for the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is a go, said Diana Watson, assistant to the ...

May 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Confiscated phone leads to arrest

A Great Bend man whose phone was confiscated by police after an incident in February has been charged with using a hidden device to view ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Two reappointed to Judges Assistance Committee

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed District Judge Ben Burgess and Municipal Judge Amie Bauer to four-year terms on the Judges Assistance Committee.

May 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior Corps volunteers recognized for service

Four Barton County volunteers were honored for their service with the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent programs at the monthly in-service meeting held on May ...

May 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fundraiser Saturday for Humane Society

See you at the Paw-ty!

May 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Click it Or ticket campaign set across state

Kansas ranks toward the bottom one-third in seat belt usage among all 50 states. State and local law enforcement are working to improve this ranking ...

May 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Vendors, talent sought for Juneteenth celebration

Members of the community are invited to join Myers Chapel in the celebration of Juneteenth, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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