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Marshall announces March Listening Tour

Congressman Roger Marshall will begin his March Listening Tour on Saturday, March 11 and it will continue through Saturday March 18. Constituents are encouraged to attend those stops. He will also be visiting areas near Hutchinson and Bucklin impacted by the ongoing wildfires.

March 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Health officials urge precautions to prevent spread of mumps

As of Thursday, there have been six reported mumps cases in Barton County, County Health Director Shelly Schneider said. However, only one of those cases have tested positive,

March 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Cresci charged with shooting at property

LARNED - Michele Cresci, 48 of Pawnee Rock, appeared in custody Wednesday afternoon before Pawnee County Magistrate Judge Julie Cowell. Judge Cowell advised the defendant that she faces five charges of criminal damage to property, Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett reported.

March 08, 2017 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Ouchtown: GBHS Dodgeball Tournament a hit

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball," Coach Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) tells members of the Average Joe's Gym team in the 2014 motion picture, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."

March 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hoisington Middle School to add cross country

HOISINGTON- The USD 431 school board on March 6 approved unanimously the addition of middle school cross country, to start in the 2017 fall season.

March 08, 2017 | By Ray Strunk | Local News

No delays in mailing valuation statements

Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld had good news for the County Commission Monday morning.

March 08, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is working with United Way, Red Cross and other local agencies to provide assistance for individuals and families who have lost homes, property and livestock in the wildfires that continue to sweep through southwest Kansas.

March 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Council: More discussion needed on tax rebate program

A public hearing on the proposed adoption of a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for Great Bend that started during the City Council meeting Monday night will be reconvened when the council next meets March 20.

March 07, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Learning to listen to animals, a program at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Chirps, whistles, croaks, and clicks all combine in an animal opera of high drama for eavesdropping scientists. The public can discover what animals are saying during the free program, "Listening to Animals," at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at the Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge, northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

March 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Road closure due to geology work

East Barton County road will be closed between U.S. 56 and NE 40 Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today while geology work is being done for a future bridge replacement.

March 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Taking the oath

March 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

‘He’ll be missed’

The Great Bend City Council had intended Monday night to honor former mayor and longtime community supporter Bob Parrish in person. However, Parrish died last Thursday, one day shy of his 90th birthday.

March 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Barton County Democrats to meet

Barton County Democrats will meet from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at St. John Episcopal Church, 2701 17th St., Great Bend. The agenda includes committee assignments, event planning, District 4 Congressional Campaign and Washington Days report.

March 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The Great Bend Fire Department battled small grass fires over the weekend, but the threat of a large wildfire was always there. Both Great Bend and Ellinwood sent fire trucks to Reno County on Saturday.

March 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Former coach Kaiser has 1st court appearance

Todd Eric Kaiser appeared in Barton County District Court on Monday for his first appearance on the charge of sexual exploitation of a child.

March 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Commission shares frustration with county attorney

A unified Barton County Commission appreciated the plight of Denise Rankin, the former Great Bend woman accusing the County Attorney's Office of botching the ...

March 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Top Chef Jr.: L.I.F.E. lessons at USD 428

They may not realize it, but eight Park Elementary School students could be training for "Top Chef Jr." And even though there were no actual ...

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

BCC to host Career Closet Drive

Barton Community College's Community Service Organization will host a Career Closet Drive as part of the 11th annual Great Bend Job Fest. The drive ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Parnassus auditions held at BCC

On Saturday, March 10, 34 music students participated in the annual Parnassus Auditions in piano and voice at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building.

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

Women for Kansas to start Barton Co. Chapter

An organizational meeting of the Women for Kansas Barton County Chapter will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Kansas Wetlands ...

March 17, 2018 | 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.

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BBB warns: Puppy scams litter the Internet

National Puppy Day, March 23, may not be a red-letter holiday on any of our calendars but millions of Americans seem to be in love ...

March 16, 2018 | | Local News

Easter Basket workshop set for Saturday at the library

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club will host a "Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17 ...

March 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Dust Bowl program offered Sunday

Cottonwood District Extension Agent Alicia Boor will present a program on the Dust Bowl at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society ...

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Crews continue to fight Rice County fires

LYONS – A complex of three Rice County wildfires continued to rage as of Thursday afternoon while fire crews from around central Kansas were worked to ...

March 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Hoisington awards TGT dollars to GPS Kids Club

HOISINGTON - Kids and parents involved with Hoisington's GPS Kids Club showed up in force Monday night to lend support to a request from Debbie ...

March 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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 ...

March 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Huge wild fires in Rice and Mcpherson counties

LYONS - Firefighting crews from around central Kansas including a brush truck from Great Bend were fighting three wildfires in Rice and McPherson counties Wednesday evening ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kanopolis Lake sees lower spring lake elevations

MARQUETTE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Lake advises visitors that early spring lake elevations will be lower than in normal years ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Advertising alert for local businesses

The City of Great Bend issued information Wednesday about companies that are using the city's name and logo for their financial benefit through unendorsed ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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