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Property tax deadline looming

The deadline for property owners to pay their taxes for the first half of the year is normally Dec. 20. However, this year that falls on Sunday so taxpayers have until the end of the day Monday, Dec. 21, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

December 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

'Light up the Square' scheduled for tonight

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.

December 17, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Group to remember loved ones


December 17, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Steve Swigart and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

December 17, 2015 | | Local News

​Hirsh’s ex says: He put the gun next to my head

Darrin Hirsh's ex-wife Candice testified Wednesday that her husband held his Kansas Highway Patrol service pistol to her head and a pillow over her face the night of March 12, 2013, after a heated argument.

December 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Volunteer coordinators asking Kansans to get involved

While volunteering in Kansas remains strong, the Kansas Volunteer Commission reported last week that Kansas dropped from fourth in overall volunteerism rates to fifth in the nation.

December 16, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Budget amendments OKed by commission

It was a little bit of good news for the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

December 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS Debate

December 16, 2015 | | Local News

Sunflower thanks Barrett

Connie Oetken, right, presents a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce gift certificate to Leslie Halbower Barrett, founder of Military Moms, for being chosen grand marshal of this year's Home for the Holidays Parade. The event had to be canceled this year because of the recent ice storm. Oetken is director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services, which sponsors the annual parade in conjunction with the city of Great Bend.

December 15, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS to offer new courses in 2016

Freshmen won't be enrolling in biology next fall at Great Bend High School. Instead, they'll be taking a one-semester introductory course in physics and chemistry, plus a semester of space and earth science. They'll still need to take biology to graduate, but the overall requirement of three science credits for graduation will not change, school administrators said.

December 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Trooper’s domestic violence trial underway

It took most of the day Tuesday to choose a jury for Darrin Hirsh, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper charged with aggravated assault and other counts of domestic violence in Barton County District Court. The jury is scheduled to hear opening statements at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when the trial resumes.

December 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

St. John concession sales will benefit Secret Santa

ST. JOHN - The concession stand at the Central Plains and st. John basketball games Tuesday will be selling Wheatland Café bierocks, pizza pockets, and pigs-in-a-blanket as usual. A chili and cinnamon roll meal deal is also featured. A bowl of chili and a Wheatland Café cinnamon roll will cost $5.

December 15, 2015 | | Local News

Veteran’s Memorial Lake stocked with trout

With the subsiding of the toxic blue-green algae problem, Veteran's Memorial Lake in Great Bend will again receive regular stockings of rainbow trout as part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's winter trout program. The first fish were delivered Tuesday morning.

December 15, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

GBRC Board member receives award

Out-going board Chairman Dr. Marc Huslig received an award for his eight years of service during the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board's monthly meeting Monday evening.

December 15, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Marines recognized for personal acts of heroism

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Five Marines were awarded for their personal acts of heroism during the 9th annual American Hero Awards, Oct. 28, at Sywanyk's Scarlet and Gold Traditions in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

December 14, 2015 | | 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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