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Severe weather strikes area

May debuted with the first round of severe weather in central Kansas. Tornado warnings were issued for Barton, Rush and Edwards counties Tuesday night. The tornadic storm that moved across northern Barton County delivered punishing hail.

May 01, 2018 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Detached garage destroyed by fire

ELLINWOOD - At 3:15 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, Ellinwood Police Officer Gerrod Carr saw and smelled smoke coming from the detached garage belonging to David Roach, 512 S. Main, Ellinwood. Ellinwood Fire Department responded. The garage and it's contents, valued at approximately $30,000, were destroyed according to Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek. A pickup truck inside was heavily damaged. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours. It was determined the fire was electrical in nature. A short was evident at the bottom of the breaker box, Komarek said.

May 01, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

5 de Mayo is Saturday

Great Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5. There will be a parade down Main Street at 11 a.m., followed by music, vendors, food, dancing and entertainment in the Barton County Courthouse Square until 4 p.m.

May 01, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Tornado watch issued for central Kansas until 10 p.m.

NORMAN, OKLA. - A wide swath of central Kansas including Barton County has been placed into a tornado watch by the NWS Storm Prediction Center at 2:45 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The area stretches from southwest Iowa, central Kansas and southeast Nebraska.

May 01, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Annual car show roars into to town

Rev those engines, the 30th-annual Mid-America Mopars Car Show is set for Sunday at Brit Spaugh Park, come rain or shine.

May 01, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Civic Solutions

HOISINGTON - Ashley Schultz teaches Government and History at Hoisington High School. Seniors in her Government class hosted the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce for coffee on Thursday morning, April 26, in the school's cafeteria.

April 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Annual Endowment Concert is Thursday

The Barton Community College Music Department awards 12 scholarships every year at about $3,000 each and 20 performance awards for non-music major students, which enables them to participate in ensembles. This could not be done without the community's support of the annual Music Endowment Concert set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The suggested minimum donation is $5 at the door per person. The event is free for Barton students.

April 30, 2018 | By Micha Oelze Barton Community College | Local News

LCMHF inmates earn GEDs, industry certifications

LARNED - Xavier Pennington landed in jail in 2016 for dealing drugs. It was rock bottom, but from there he had nowhere to go but up. Now the once high-school-dropout has earned his diploma via the state GED exam through Barton Community College, and has mastered skills to earn an honest wage when he is released in November of 2019.

April 30, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News

BCC art students awarded at juried exhibit

Barton art students received recognition at this year's Student Exhibition at the Shafer Gallery on April 20. The exhibit will run through Saturday, May 5. Those interested in experiencing the art can visit the Shafer Gallery which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

April 30, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

June Jaunt promises entertainment for all ages,interests

Mark your calendars for June 1-3 to take part in the seventh-annual K-96 June Jaunt. This 166-mile-long event, held the first weekend of June, stretches from Great Bend to Tribune, featuring arts, antiques, crafts, cuisine, music and so much more.

April 30, 2018 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

Fatal crash in Russell County

The Kansas Highway patrol responded to a fatal crash at 10:45 p.m. Saturday in Russell County, one mile east of the East U.S. 281 and K-18 Junction.

April 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Crime Stoppers seeks help locating absconder

Crime Stoppers of Barton County and local law enforcement are seeking the public's assistance in locating Ricky A. Bell, an absconded registered sex offender. He is a white male, 53 years of age, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes.

April 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Achieve greater things at Salvation Army summer camp

KANSAS CITY – Parents looking for a fun, inexpensive way for their children, ages 8-12, to make new friends, learn new skills, and experience an authentic summer camp need to call The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri Extension Department to register for summer camp soon.

April 30, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

China-based company eying Barton for wind project

Barton County Zoning Administrator Judy Goreham met with U.S. representatives from Chinese power company State Power Investment Corporation Thursday afternoon at the Barton County Courthouse who expressed interest in developing wind energy in northern Barton County. The message they received was Barton County is supportive of wind energy development, as long as it doesn't interfere with the migratory activity at Cheyenne Bottoms and along the Central Flyway.

April 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Giving back

The Great Bend Tree Board celebrated National Arbor Day on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park by recognizing the achievements of the community and with the rededication of the newly renovated park in honor of the men who fought in World War I and in the Battle of Meuse-Argonne in Germany.

April 28, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News

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Click it Or ticket campaign set across state

Kansas ranks toward the bottom one-third in seat belt usage among all 50 states. State and local law enforcement are working to improve this ranking ...

May 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Vendors, talent sought for Juneteenth celebration

Members of the community are invited to join Myers Chapel in the celebration of Juneteenth, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | 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 ...

May 16, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Election filing Deadline

The filing deadline for the 2018 election is noon Friday, June 1, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman announced Tuesday. Voters will cast ballots in ...

May 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Teachers can expect busy summer

Next Thursday will be the final day of classes at Great Bend schools, but teachers will stay busy for much of the summer.

May 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

City Band concerts start May 31

The Great Bend City Band announces its Summer 2018 schedule. All concerts this year will be held at the Courthouse Square Band Shell at 8 ...

May 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pawnee County Sheriff warns public of unethical septic company

PAWNEE COUNTY - The Pawnee County Sheriff's Office has received several complaints regarding a septic tank pumping and servicing business. This organization is called "Septic ...

May 16, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Commission OKs new rabies rules

What a difference one word makes. That is what it boiled down to in the new rabies vaccination resolution approved by the Barton County Commission ...

May 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Hoisington City Council hears two TGT fund requests

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council approved two requests for transient guest tax (TGT) grants Monday night totaling $11,200. Both requests put marketing and promotion ...

May 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Community group studies schools

The community group that has been meeting with architects and looking at needs for Great Bend USD 428 is still months away from making a ...

May 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Perfect attendance

With students counting the days remaining in the school year, Riley Elementary took care of some final business on Tuesday. Other schools will follow suit ...

May 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

MPIRE Realty to host Chamber Coffee Thursday

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by MPIRE Realty Group, LLC, 3520 Lakin Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host ...

May 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Selzer says he’ll help Kansas grow

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, one of four Republican gubernatorial candidates, said his vision for the state is a simple one.

May 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Young Eagles take first flights

Area young people 8-17 years old had a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, May 12, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1134 ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Teacher contracts ratified

Teachers at Great Bend USD 428 will receive a minimum pay raise of $1,700 for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said after ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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