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Silver Haired Legislature taking applications

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is seeking older Kansans with an interest in politics and public policy. Anyone who is at least 60 years old has until Feb. 10 to file for the next two-year term.

January 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Hiss Sherman Wealth Management and Behrends Tax and Accounting Solutions, LLC

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Wanted: Volunteers for county boards, commissions

Barton County needs a few good volunteers, Barton County Commission Assistant Diana Watson told commissioners Monday morning.

January 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Pesky mice disable 911 radio tower

The Barton County Commission Monday morning ratified the purchase of replacement generator for the Susank TAC 17 communications tower. Mice destroyed the existing generator that was installed in 2011 by chewing through wires.

January 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County experienced serious damage from the recent ice storm and resulting ice accumulations. Countless limbs crashed to the ground, thousands of residents left without electricity and travel became hazardous.

January 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

School board to review E-rate budget

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will conduct a noon luncheon meeting Thursday, Jan. 26, at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield St. Items on the agenda include approval of a $293 check to the local FFA from the national organization for future scholarships, and approval to request E-rate funding for 2017-18. Eisenhower Principal Laurie Harwood and other staff will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC trustees to consider dorm makeovers

The renovation of two housing units into classroom space is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

KWEC offers winter kids programs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for the winter blues – nature programs! Kids will make a shadow puppet, investigate backyard birds and become a sleuth, while constructing a plaster of Paris track kit, during KWEC's February Saturday morning programs.

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Governor Sam Brownback announces appointments to Boards and Commissions

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today new appointments to boards and commissions.

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting to be held Tuesday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2017, election of 2017 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, and reports from members.

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Ice storm state of emergency on commission 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 a state of emergency declaration for Barton County due to the ice storm and damage, a matching-fund request for SouthW est Kansas Area Agency on Aging and a listing of open position on the Center for Counseling and Consultation Governing Board, Community Development Advisory Board, Health Advisory Board, Memorial Parks Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission.

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Fire injures one, guts apartment

LARNED – One Larned resident was slightly injured and their second floor apartment in a downtown Larned business a total loss following a Friday afternoon fire, Larned Fire Department Lt. Antonio Hearn said.

January 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Larned man dies in Friday afternoon crash

PAWNEE COUNTY – A Larned man died in a one-vehicle crash at around 3:30 p.m. Friday northwest of Larned in Pawnee County, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

January 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

King UMC prepares for annual ham & bean supper

King United Methodist Church will hold its annual ham & bean benefit supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the church, located at 10th and Odell in Great Bend. The menu includes ham & beans, corn bread, relishes, cake and drink. Freewill donations accepted; carry-out available.

January 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barton County seeks '100 Who Care'

Local residents hope to raise $10,000 for charity in one hour through a new group called "100 Who Care Barton County." The plan is to find at least 100 people willing to donate $100 to a worthy cause, and to repeat the process every quarter in 2017.

January 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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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

Girl Scouts brighten day for preschooler with heart disease

Great Bend Girl Scouts are wrapping up cookie sales but they took time recently to befriend a 4-year-old girl with a rare disease. Troop 11142 ...

March 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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

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