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Pickup wrecked in pursuit Saturday

A pickup fleeing Russell County law enforcement went off U.S. 281 at 12:10 a.m. Saturday in Barton County.

September 21, 2015 | | Local News

Foster Parents Needed in Barton County - Saint Francis Community Services to provide free training i

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, at 6 p.m. starting September 28, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.

September 20, 2015 | | Local News

AirFest photos

Photos taken Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at the Great Bend AirFest

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Butterflys move cross our nation

A "net brigade" of volunteer butterfly hunters captured, tagged and released 52 monarch butterflies Saturday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Fifty-two monarchs were captured and tagged earlier, for a total of 102, said Pam Martin, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism educator at the KWEC.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Motocross numbers growing

Motocross racers from as far away as California and Florida competed in the third annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout, held Friday and Saturday at the GBMX Park in the Great Bend Expo Complex.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Riding shotgun in the sky

Riding in a B-25 Mitchell bomber is something Jack Merten can now cross off his bucket list.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


After years of battling toxic blue-green algae in Veterans Memorial Lake, City of Great Bend officials finally got some good news from state officials this week. They were informed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that the beleaguered lake was no longer on its warning or watch lists.

September 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Street repairs to begin Monday

Earlier this month, the Great Bend City Council paved the way for $1.21 million in improvements to about 90 blocks of city streets. That work begins this coming week, City Administrator Howard Partington said.

September 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Final household hazardous waste collection dates announced

The Barton County Landfill, located at 350 NE 30 Road northwest of Great Bend, has listed its final household hazardous waste collection dates for the year. The service runs on the third Saturdays of the month from April through October and is for residential customers only from Barton, Pawnee and Ellsworth counties.

September 18, 2015 | | Local News

Sunflower nurse reports Health Outreach remains a success

After Brandi Demel recently read a news release from a Kansas non-profit organization, she wondered what all the fuss was about.

September 18, 2015 | | Local News

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Paradise in Russell County

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the public water supply for the City of Paradise located in Russell County. The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure due to a water main break. Inadequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

September 18, 2015 | | Local News

GBPD begins phasing out 'black and whites'

The first of three 2016 Ford Explorers at the Great Bend Police Department is sporting the department's new decals.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Accident leads to death of a child

On Sept. 10, 2015, first responders in Great Bend were summoned to the area of the Finer Mobile Home Park in reference to an injured 9-year-old male.

September 17, 2015 | | Local News

Fifi photos

Fifi flew into town this afternoon.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fifi, the only B-29 Superfortress still flying, arrived at the Great Bend Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon. The crew from the Commemorative Air Force will be selling rides in this World War II warbird during the Great Bend AirFest, going on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Yahoo like a hamster!

Nature educator Pam Martin, right, leads children in a prairie dog greeting, a friendly yelp and wave known as "the yahoo," during Nocturnal Night.

October 05, 2015 | | Local News

‘Humphrey’ fans attend Nocturnal Nights

Sunset was still a couple of hours away Monday as the Great Bend Public Library started its first of three Nocturnal Night programs. A crowd ...

October 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Sunday crash

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Weekend of fun and food

This weekend was full of food, fun and even a king and queen.

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


In November, the Barton County Historical Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of "The Rifleman," the original bronze statue by noted American ...

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Fire Prevention Week coming to area schools

It's time again to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and to make a common meeting area plan for your home.

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Marsh Musings

At 5 a.m. this morning I am standing in a ranch road holding the gate while Dusty drives through with the lights off. We ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Jazz Concert set for Oct. 6

Music fans are invited to join the Great Bend High School Panther Jazz Band at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6, for their annual Fall ...

October 04, 2015 | | Local News

September Marriage/Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

October 04, 2015 | | Local News

​Duck hunters invited to breakfast at KWEC

Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 10 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. As many as 500 hunters from across the United States flock to ...

October 04, 2015 | | Local News

Carry the Fallen sheds light on heavy subject

Challenges are faced every day by America's returning veterans. There's the challenge of reintegration into the civilian world, for one. For some, there ...

October 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Learn not to burn

Soon, Great Bend firefighters will be making their annual rounds to local grade schools. They will show the kids firefighters are not to be feared ...

October 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

​TBC changes meetings for fall

The Touched by Cancer Support Group (TBC) is changing its schedule from two meetings a month to one, spokesman Dana Foss said. The next meeting ...

October 02, 2015 | | Local News

Experience the fall migration with free guided bird tours

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer two guided bird tours this month. These free tours will let both experienced and novice birders explore the ...

October 02, 2015 | | Local News

​Donate blood to support cancer patients and others

Great Bend residents will have two opportunities to donate blood this month.

October 02, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

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