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Church offers active shooter training

With holiday wreaths and garlands in the background, Steve Billinger stood at the front of Community Christian Church in rural Great Bend last Saturday and showed members how to disarm a gun-wielding assailant. More than two dozen members attended the Barton County Sheriff's Office lieutenant's active shooter training.

December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

The Santa Express

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village is ready for Christmas, with festive displays throughout the museum.

December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Robbery suspect in custody

The Barton County Sheriff's Office arrested Eric Duerksen, 23, of Great Bend on Wednesday after a manhunt. Duerksen was wanted for questioning in the armed robbery that reportedly took place at Stone Lake earlier that day. He was also wanted on parole violation warrants, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

December 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Ness County Sheriff arrested

NESS COUNTY – Following an investigation into official misconduct, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) arrested Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple on Thursday.

December 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Two B-29s coming to GB Airfest

When talking about the 2018 Great Bend Municipal Airport Airfest coming next September, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes gets pretty excited. The fest is scheduled for Sept. 28-30 at the airport west of town.

December 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Gail Santy to be the new face of GBPL and CKLS

After 10 years as a consultant for the Central Kansas Library System, Gail Santy will become director of it and the Great Bend Public Library in January. One morning last week, we met with Santy in the office she will soon occupy. Most of the books and photos that had filled the shelves during Willems directorship had been removed, and Santy's were yet to be unpacked. They shared the space together easily.

December 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Musical traditions: GBHS Madrigals

The Great Bend High School Madrigal Singers are wrapping up their 2017 performances and presenting their musical packages of song and dance as gifts to the community.

December 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Man reports being robbed at gunpoint

The Great Bend Police Department was dispatched to a residence at 6:52 a.m. on Wednesday to contact a man who reported being robbed at gunpoint at Stone Lake 22 minutes earlier, Lt. Scott Bieberle of the GBPD said.

December 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Claflin woman injured is crash

Barton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a vehicle injury crash at 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday at Redwing. Upon their arrival, the deputies found a semitrailer had collided with a sport utility vehicle, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

December 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

A matter of alignment

The original version of the Eighth Street expansion envisioned a straight shot between connecting Grant and McKinley streets, Walmart on the east end and Dillon's on the west.

December 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Celebrating the coming of Jesus

The birth of Jesus was just the beginning of the program presented last Saturday by the students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School. With music, hand motions and recitations, the five elementary students in grades K-6 treated a church audience to "Jesus - His First to His Second Coming."

December 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Volunteers at Barton Community College recently opened a Cougar Pantry to provide food to students. While it is available to any student taking classes at the college, it is especially important for who are on campus over the holidays when the cafeteria is closed, sponsors said.

December 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Marshall: Tax bill would make Reagan proud

Voting along sharply partisan lines, the Republican dominated U.S. House Tuesday afternoon approved the sweeping $1.5 trillion tax legislation by a vote of 227-203. It marks the first major tax overhaul in over 30 years.

December 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ellsworth police seek robbery suspect

ELLSWORTH - The Ellsworth Police Department responded to an armed robbery at 4:49 p.m. on Monday at Seitz Drug Store, 206 North Douglas in Ellsworth, Police Chief Emil Halfhill said.

December 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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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