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Alice Wondra memorializes parents with endowment fund at GBCF

When Alice Wondra was considering how she could memorialize her parents, she kept the phrase "people in need" in the forefront of her mind.

May 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


El Sol to dance for school board

The Great Bend High School El Sol Folk Dance Club will perform a dance in recognition of Cinco de Mayo at the next school board meeting. The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road.

May 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Health care bill approved by narrow margin

WASHINGTON - Rep. Roger Marshall is pleased with Thursday's passage of the Republican health care bill by the House. He visited with Kansas media during a press conference in the afternoon, expressing confidence the bill will go on to pass in the Senate.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Students assist with orchard’s improvement

At the start of its third season, the apple orchard at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is beginning to fill out, but efforts to keep it weed-free haven't exactly succeeded. Landscape fabric and mulch, it turns out, weren't enough to keep bindweed and the creeping lawn at bay. That's why Cottonwood Extension ag agent Alicia Boor requested help from Great Bend High School students during their Community Service Day to help remove the old and try something new.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Schools prepare for 'The Lemonade War'

For the third year, community members are invited to join elementary students this fall in a shared reading experience. "The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davies is the selection for Great Bend's 2017-2018 "One District One Book" literacy program.

May 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Glow for Life aims to prevent suicide

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Barton County will sponsor its fifth annual Golden Belt Glow for Life event on June 2.

May 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | 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 a National Bike Month proclamation, early childhood intervention funding and a structural analysis of the Susank radio tower.

May 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Zoo News: 'Birds Befriended' comes to a close

For the past decade, the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo and Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility offered the Birds Befriended Program. It allowed inmates with good behavior to care for exotic birds such as parrots and cockatoos that were former pets needing new homes.

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crime Stoppers rewards tipsters

"We don't want your name, just your information."

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Walk Kansas celebrates success

Walk Kansas participants headed into the final days of the 2017 fitness challenge this week with a rally at the Great Bend Activity Center.

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Searches continue for McHenry, Foglesong

It's been one year since Great Bend resident Charles Everett McHenry III, 27, disappeared.

May 03, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Woman indicted on heroin charge in Ellsworth County

TOPEKA– A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted an Arizona woman for allegedly trying to distribute heroin in Ellsworth County, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

May 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GB man arrested for kidnapping

A Great Bend man is in custody following an alleged kidnapping that came to light Tuesday afternoon when the alleged female victim jumped through a window of a home on McKinley and called for help, Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch said.

May 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City to study taking lots back from local investor

The Great Bend City Council Monday night directed city personnel to look into a request by local resident Dennis Call to have the city take back two lots on Prairie Rose Drive. The tracts sit in the Amber Meadows rural housing incentive district.

May 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Bringing back memories

The sun was barely up and there was a stiff chill in the air as Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall made his way along the muddy ...

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Visit Fort Larned for Memorial Day Weekend

Larned - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site will bring a frontier military post back to life for Memorial Day Weekend.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kids Fishing Day scheduled at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - Enjoy the outdoors with the whole family with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids Fishing Day on ...

May 20, 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 a ...

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

May 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford ...

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton ...

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend ...

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin ...

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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