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New automated system to help Barton Co. crime victims

By the end of the year, victims of crime in central Kansas will be able to track the status of offenders in the Barton County Jail. They can receive an automatic notification if the offender is released or moved to another facility.

September 01, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Family Crisis Center signs MOU

The National Children's Alliance, Children's Advocacy Centers of Kansas and the FBI were at the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend on Thursday, Aug. 25, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dell Hayden Memorial CAC. This contract improves communication and services between the CAC and the FBI by working together to provide forensic interviews and advocacy services to local areas on a federal level.

September 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Firefighters holding MDA Boot Block

Great Bend Fire Department firefighters will conduct their annual MDA Boot Block on Friday, Sept. 2, outside Walmart and both Dillons stores. They will be accepting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

September 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Cherry Village hosts back-to-school fashion show for residents

Not only did the youngsters get to sport their new back-to-school clothes, they had the opportunity to participate in a fashion show for a welcoming audience.

September 01, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | 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.

September 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Zoo news: Make reservations for Wine in the Wild

Reservations are being taken for Wine in the Wild, hosted by the Great Bend Zoological Society and presented by Nex-Tech and the City of Great Bend. This fundraiser will take place from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo.

August 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Health Department flu shots begin

Barton County Health Department will begin administering vaccines to prevent influenza for area residents on Monday, Sept. 19, during regular business hours on a walk-in basis. Flu vaccine available at the health department this year protects against four strains of influenza including:

August 31, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rozel semi driver injured in Rice County

The driver of a semitrailer was injured Wednesday morning in Rice County, 3 miles west of Bushton on K-4.

August 31, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Labor Day Weekend program planned at Fort Larned

FORT LARNED - Along with the regular lineup of living history programs and demonstrations, Fort Larned National Historic Site will offer a special program about George Bent by John Steinle this weekend.

August 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County OKs new radio towers

Midwest Energy was given the go-ahead Monday morning to proceed with a plan to bolster its communications after the Barton County Commission approved conditional use permits allowing the construction of three radio towers.

August 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Planning commission stays busy

According to Barton County Environmental Manager Judy Goreham, there have been six public hearings for various zoning-related issues over the summer months, with another one coming up in September.

August 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


More rain likely this week

Around Great Bend, residents reported rainfall amounts of anywhere from 2.5 to 6 inches on Monday. Several people reported getting about 3 inches of rain between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

August 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Veterans awarded Quilts of Valor

The Golden Plains Quilts of Valor awarded quilts to 14 veterans on Aug. 26, 2016, at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend.

August 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ft. Larned 'Picnic' photos

Here are more photos taken Saturday at the 'Picinic in the Park' at the Fort Larned National Historic Site.

August 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend and Barton County under flood warning Monday evening

The drive home for many in Great Bend Monday evening was a wet one. At 4:38 p.m., Barton County Dispatch reported the National Weather Service in Wichita had issued a flood warning for Barton County until 8:30 p.m. Heavy rain had resulted in one inch in the 30 minutes prior to the report. Flooding occured from 10th and Washington to 8th and Washington. Stranded vehicles were reported at various locations throughout the city. Drivers calling into dispatch were advised they would be helped as help was available.

August 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Ohnmacht found guilty of spitting on pizza

LARNED – Following a bench trial Wednesday morning, Pawnee County District Judge Bruce Gatterman found Jacob Ohnmacht, 27, of Larned, guilty of criminal threat involving the ...

August 17, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


For City of Great Bend, public safety is upmost concern

The City of Great Bend has a focused and united goal and that is public safety, a news release issued by city officials said. It ...

August 17, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Partington resigns as city administrator

Longtime Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington announced Wednesday afternoon his retirement, effective immediately. His action follows months of controversy engulfing him, the city and ...

August 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Total eclipse of the sun

MANHATTAN - From coast to coast and across the heartland, the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will be an awe-inspiring and rare event, says a Kansas ...

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Travelers encourage to plan ahead and travel safely

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, darkening the sky. With increased traffic ...

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC will host eclipse events

A total solar eclipse will occur over the United States on Aug. 21, visible on a path from Oregon to South Carolina, crossing over northeast ...

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend City Council meeting being moved

It will be a little awkward when the Great Bend City Council meets Monday night as the meeting will be split between two locations.

August 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo loses longtime resident ‘Sunny’ the tiger

It is with great sadness that the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo announced Wednesday the passing of its beloved Bengal Tiger, Sunny. Sunny Delight was humanely ...

August 16, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


IT’S HER PARTY

WICHITA - A teenager battling cancer with Great Bend connections enjoyed a "Sweet 16," birthday, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

August 15, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Weekend accident claims Stafford Co. official

STAFFORD - A current Stafford County Commissioner, Shane Stimatze, was found dead at his home in rural Stafford County on Monday from an apparent accident that ...

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle registration snafu uncovered

Claflin Police Chief Gary Vaughan was approached last week by a Claflin man who lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend was stopped by ...

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Cuts in federal funding a trend

It's a mouth full and its an annual ritual for the Unified School District 428 School board. But the approval of Local Consolidated Plan ...

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


District enrollment holding close to constant

With the first day of school a week away, the early enrollment numbers for Unified School District 428 are in and looking good, Superintendent Khris ...

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ricochet leaves one wounded

BARTON COUNTY – An Ellinwood man was wounded Monday evening when he was struck by what is believed to have been a ricocheted bullet, Barton County ...

August 15, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Teachers tell district why they stay

Historically, Unified School District 428 has surveyed teachers leaving the district. But, for the first time, teachers staying were asked why they wanted to remain ...

August 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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