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Top local stories of 2017

The top story of 2017 for Great Bend began when Police Chief Cliff Couch's dispute with City Administrator Howard Partington became public, followed by the City Council's suspension of the chief, and everything that was set in motion as a result. The "Stand With Chief Couch" movement included a Facebook page, blue support signs posted in front of homes throughout the city and hundreds of people attending city council meetings as the story unfolded.

December 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Weather-related church changes

First Congregational UCC will not hold church services on Sunday, Dec. 31st, due to the predicted bitter cold. Members encourage everyone to be careful and stay warm.

December 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Relay for Life 2018 kickoff

The Relay for Life of Barton County kickoff will be from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Columbus Club, 723 Main, Great Bend.

December 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Adopt-A-Pet fundraiser on Jan. 6

Golden Belt Humane Society/Adopt a Pet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at Orscheln's, 5320 10th St., Great Bend, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be serving chili with crackers, Wheatland Café cinnamon rolls and a bottle of water for a $6 donation. Animals available for adoption will be inside.

December 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Haines donates handicapped-accessible van to Sunflower Diversified

After Diane Haines' husband, Steven, passed away last July, she knew she wanted to donate his handicapped-accessible van to someone who could use it.

December 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Stay Strong, Stay Healthy workshop begins soon

As we get older, staying active remains important, and an upcoming workshop targets this need, said Donna Krug, family and consumer science agent and district director for the Cottonwood Extension District – Great Bend Office.

December 30, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New Year’s traditions

With New Year's just around the corner, many people will be just getting over Christmas, but this holiday brings with it a whole new set of traditions that friends and family can enjoy with each other to end the holiday season and hope for a better New Year.

December 29, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Bomb threat forces evacuation, lock down of courthouse, court services

Anyone trying to get into the Barton County Courthouse in Great Bend Friday morning was turned away at the doors by Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies. The courthouse was closed, evacuated and locked down due to a bomb threat, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

December 29, 2017 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Kansas employment sets record

TOPEKA – There are more Kansans working now than ever before, according to the Kansas Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Preliminary estimates show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent in November, down from 3.6 percent in October and down from 4.3 percent in November 2016.

December 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Two families without home

December 27, 2017 | Russ Edem | 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.

December 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Looking sharp

Local officials will soon have a new, sharper birds-eye view of Barton County.

December 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Looking backward and forward

With this year comes to an end, United Way of Central Kansas wanted folks to take a moment to look back at 2017 and reflect on how the communities came together to create real impacts on the lives of fellow residents.

December 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Action on county counselor tabled

Feeling it better to have an entire commission vote on a contract for a county counselor, a short-handed Barton County Commission tabled the important action until its next meeting a week from Tuesday.

December 26, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Protecting the past

Recognizing how important the Barton County Historical Society is to preserving the county's heritage, the County Commission Monday morning approved helping the society with the cost of a leaky roof that threatened valuable artifacts.

December 26, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Barton Community College’s Junior Day to feature scholarship giveaway

Barton Community College will help area high school juniors plan for their futures at Junior Day, starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 14, with a ...

January 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Circles invites community to first graduation

A community effort to end poverty in Barton County will celebrate a milestone later this month. Circles of Central Kansas invited the public to the ...

January 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Celebrating Dr. King and the Dream

Reading students of Tanner Dahlke at Riley Elementary School pose with a project that helps sum up what they read about Dr. Martin Luther King ...

January 15, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Larned man injured in K-19 rollover

A Larned man was transported to Pawnee Valley Community Hospital early Monday after the car he was driving went off K-19, 8 miles south of ...

January 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Concert Association plans annual meeting Jan. 21

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will hold its annual meeting for purposes of the election of officers and directors at 1:30 p.m ...

January 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


St. Rose noticing significant increase in influenza A cases

A few weeks ago, St. Rose Health Center providers were caring for one or two influenza patients a week.

January 15, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


County Commission won’t meet this week; City Council meets Monday

The Barton County Commission not meet this week and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

January 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Birthright baby gifts

Birthright-GB delivered gifts for newborn babies, Wednesday at Great Bend Regional Hospital's Obstetrics (OB) Department. Pictured from left: Birthright volunteer Barbara Millard, Melanie Lewis ...

January 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Winner of Threadbenders quilt

After a year of raising money for the Central Kansas Threadbenders Quilt Guild's quilt, the winning ticket was drawn at the December meeting. The ...

January 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Autism Awareness Workshop planned

The Pilot Club of Great Bend is sponsoring an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Workshop set for Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 ...

January 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County spellers prepare for ‘The Bee’

Barton County students have been consulting their dictionaries and studying lists of words in anticipation of the annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Great Bend ...

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC to host free play-writing workshop

Barton Community College is presenting an opportunity for community members see their plays come to life on stage.

January 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Woodmansee talks trafficking at Hoisington High

HOISINGTON - In observance of Human Trafficking Awareness month, students at Hoisington High School missed their regular seventh period class Thursday afternoon for an assembly presented ...

January 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Energy use at BCC discussed

Energy usage on the Barton Community College is down from 2000, even though there have been additions to the campus since then, BCC Vice President ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBRC to host ‘Diabetes Overview’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free program, "Diabetes Overview," at noon Friday, Jan. 12, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

January 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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