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Kansas Today is Jan. 29 and that, as most Kansas school children will know, is Kansas Day which celebrates our wonderful Sunflower State's birthday. Today the 156th year since we were admitted into the union in 1861.

January 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Turkey hunt scheduled for youth and disabled hunters at Kanopolis Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Lake will host its 2nd annual youth and disabled turkey hunt Saturday, April 1. This event allows hunters self-guided access to public lands managed by the Corps of Engineers including refuge and park areas usually closed to hunting.

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the recognition of employees for years of service, bulk mailing of valuation notices and project options for the bridge on East Barton County Road

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Sheriff’s Office seeks help finding two wanted individuals

Crime Stoppers of Great Bend is seeking the public's assistance in locating two wanted individuals, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

January 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBMS orchestra plays for preschool

Students of Alyssa Lane's orchestra and Tami Schepmann's Enriched Learning classes entertained preschool students on Thursday.

January 27, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Chili Challenge raises money for Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice patients

The location is changing but the goal remains the same – to raise money for Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) patients.

January 27, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Garden Club remembers Mae Weaver with roses

Using as inspiration a beautifully illustrated book on roses belonging to past Garden Club member Mae Weaver, 14 members and one guest of the Great Bend Garden Club listened as Alice Young took them on a journey through the history and evolution of roses at the January meeting.

January 27, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Once thought to be a passenger, driver in fatal wreck sentenced

Dakota James, Hutchinson, was sentenced Friday to 36 months of confinement following his convictions for involuntary manslaughter. Before announcing the sentence, Barton County District Judge Mike Keeley denied James's motion for a probation sentence.

January 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

School board works on long-range plans

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road. This will be a work session where the topic will be long-range planning for the district.

January 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Widespread flu activity occurring in Kansas

TOPEKA – Kansas is experiencing widespread flu outbreaks in most regions of the state, and local and state health officials are urging residents to get their flu shots.

January 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Whoa! It’s Magic

Editor's note: At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, we met all five Ellinwood High School exchange students when Sen. Jerry Moran visited the school. That first visit, we saw Nazar Kayumov perform a simple card trick in the hallway as he assisted other students tacking up posters for an upcoming event. Clearly, his talent was already known by his peers. Later, Nazar was a guest of the Ellinwood Rotary Club, and there he performed several magic tricks, which left that group of Ellinwood professionals both flummoxed and delighted. It also left us wanting to know more about ...

January 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

BOE honors Patty Vratil

Thursday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting ended with a surprise for long-time employee Patty Vratil, who serves as clerk of the school board. She was given an "Award of Excellence" in honor of her 36 years of employment with the district.

January 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Concert pianist brings unique, innovative style to Great Bend

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present professional concert pianist and chamber musician Alina Kiryayeva in its next concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.

January 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Red Cross in need of volunteers

When disaster strikes, who ya gonna' call?

January 26, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the sixth season for Cheyenne Bottoms' FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor area frogs ...

March 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend toddler wins Mini Miss Kansas

Saylor Heredia, 3 years old, the daughter of Great Bend residents Tonya Schaffer and Josh Heredia, was crowned Mini Miss Kansas this past weekend at ...

March 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission OKs county burn ban

Last Tuesday as 50 mile-per-hour winds whipped the region, Barton County Register of Deeds Pam Wornkey watched nervously as tongues of flame crackled and smoke ...

March 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Architect reviews needs at USD 428

with mug of Terry Wiggers

March 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Vehicle abandoned following GBPD pursuit

A motorist led a Sgt. Ryan DeYoung from the Great Bend Police Department on a pursuit at 3:22 a.m. Sunday. The sergeant reportedly ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Disturbance leads to arrest on aggravated battery charge

A Great Bend man was arrested Saturday evening following a disturbance at 2721 Forest Ave. At 5:40 p.m. a caller reported Nicholas Hixson ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chemical spill reported Sunday night

The Great Bend Fire Department responded to a report of a chemical leak at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Patton ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Marshall meets with ethanol producers

LYONS – On Saturday, Congressman Marshall, M.D. met with ethanol producers and agriculture industry leaders at the Kansas Ethanol LLC facility to discuss the preservation ...

March 12, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Senior Food Box Sign-up Monday

Barton County residents who are interested in participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors are encouraged to attend a Walk-In sign up event ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

USD 431 receives $20,000 EPA grant

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington school district is one of 20 Kansas school districts to be awarded $640,000 from the Environmental to replace older diesel school ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Editor's note: Veronica Coons participated in the Cottonwood Extension District's Master Gardener training class, the subject of this report.

March 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

KDOT announces approved February bids

The Kansas Department of Transportation approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Feb. 21 in Topeka. Some ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Last Session, the Government, Technology, and Security Committee was created to evaluate Cybersecurity making sure a system is in place to protect citizens and state ...

March 11, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


ALBERT - In 1986, the Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt was established as an economic development tool for El Dorado. Partnering with the National ...

March 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Salina crooner coming to Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will feature vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina, as well as the Prairie Winds Show Band and the GBHS ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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