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Health advisory, safety tips issued during Flint Hills burning season

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reminds Kansans that March and April are a time when large areas of the state's Flint Hills rangeland are burned. These burns help preserve the tallgrass prairie, control invasive species such as Eastern Red Cedar and Sumac and provide better forage for cattle. Prescribed burning minimizes risk of wildfires and is effective in managing rangeland resources. Smoke from the burns can influence the air quality of downwind areas. The use of smoke management techniques is vital to reduce impacts.

February 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


KWEC’s Turtle Tot Club starts in March

Turtle Tot Club, a series of nature-based programs developed for preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, is scheduled for March at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The one-hour programs, offered at no charge, introduce young children to the natural world around them with sensory experiences, while reinforcing colors, shapes, math and fine motor skills. When possible, sessions include outdoor time. Programs run from 10-11 a.m. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 12 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required. To register for classes or for more information, call ...

February 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Gas prices see little movement

The Kansas gas price average has seen little movement recently, holding steady at $2.17, the American Automobile Association reported this week. Locally, the Great Bend Price has held a tick above that average at $2.19 for several weeks as well.

February 25, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Rush Center to again celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

RUSH CENTER – Rush Center will host its annual St. Patrick Celebration on Saturday, March 11. The event will feature a breakfast of biscuits and gravy at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Valley Senior Center and lunch featuring Irish stew from 11 a.m. through the afternoon at Township Hall. The parade will start at 2:30 followed by BINGO at the Senior Center. Downtown will feature a car show and various booths, children's games and a cake walk.

February 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Federal disaster declaration OKed following ice storm

President Donald Trump granted Gov. Sam Brownback's request for a federal disaster declaration for 18 Kansas counties, including Barton, affected by a severe winter ice storm that struck the state Jan. 13-16, the Kansas Adjutant General's Office announced Friday afternoon.

February 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Judge urges students to show compassion

The first time Tommy Webb tasted a banana, he tried to eat the peel, too. It was the worst food he'd ever tasted, but an undernourished Amerasian street kid from South Korea doesn't willingly give up food.

February 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motorcyclist injured near Wilson Lake dam

RUSSELL COUNTY - A Hays man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Wednesday after the motorcycle he was driving went off K-232 and hit a KDOT fence near the Wilson Lake Dam.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Alden man charged after chase, standoff

LYONS – The Alden man who Wednesday afternoon led law enforcement on a high-speed chase from Ellinwood through Barton and Rice counties before engaging in a standoff with officers at his home faces multiple charges in connection with the incidents.

February 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Bond reduced on Joey Steinbacher

Bond for a Great Bend woman arrested Monday on drug charges has been reduced from $300,000 to $100,000 after further investigation, Lt. Scott Bieberle at the Great Bend Police Department said Thursday.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City lobbying to keep highway funding

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington attended an Economic Lifelines Meeting in Topeka recently. Economic Lifelines is the group that works toward enhancing the state's transportation system.

February 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas Division of Vehicles announces two new features to improve and simplify customer service

Kansas drivers can now track their driver's license production status online and receive automatic updates when changes are made to their driving record.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

As we wrap up February, we do so with a nod to Black History Month. One hundred years ago, a man with Great Bend connections, Oscar Micheaux, published his second novel, "The Homesteader," which was soon after made into his first film. Micheaux went on to influence other major filmmakers and continues to add to the richness of our local history. Here, in a special edition of Out of the Morgue, is a recap of his and his family's story.

February 23, 2017 | BY KAREN NEUFORTH | Local News


Kiwanis club gears up for Pancake Day

Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis Club are selling tickets for the 60th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, which will be Thursday, March 2. Pancakes and sausage will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. at Expo I west of Great Bend. Tickets will also be available at the door.

February 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


High-speed chase ends in Alden standoff

ALDEN – A traffic stop in Ellinwood Wednesday afternoon devolved into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies before ending in a standoff in Alden, Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans said.

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New bridge design moves forward

The Barton County Commission Tuesday morning approved a service agreement with the Ellsworth engineering firm Kirkham Michael for the redesigning of a long-embattled bridge about a mile east of Great Bend on East Barton County Road.

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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New DARE truck rolls at GBPD

The children and teens of Great Bend will see a new DARE vehicle cruising the streets.

March 18, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


City asked to sponsor Cinco de Mayo

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams St. The agenda includes a Neighborhood ...

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Get on board

HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents are encouraging children to pick up books at an early age - even before they are able to read. The Dolly Parton Imagination ...

March 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


JCPenney closing after 90+ years in Great Bend

Great Bend will soon lose its JCPenney department store at 1500 Kansas Ave.

March 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tabler Furniture in Larned seized for taxes

LARNED - Sometime Thursday, March 16, Kansas Department of Revenue civil tax enforcement and Pawnee County Sheriff's officers seized the business assets of Tabler Furniture ...

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Infant death reported in Ellsworth County

An infant's death in Ellsworth County is under investigation but no foul play is suspected at this time, Ellsworth County Sheriff Murray A. Marston ...

March 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend's J.C. Penney store to close

The J.C. Penney store at 1500 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend is on the list of 138 stores that J.C. Penney Company Inc ...

March 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kans for Kids fundraiser: Get Your Green On!

There will be a Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation fundraiser Saturday evening at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, located at 1011 Kansas ...

March 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Wind, hazardous waste, topics at landfill

The Barton County Landfill staff has been busy with routine operations, including recycling activities and litter control. These two items caused Solid Waste Manager Phil ...

March 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Costly Cleanup

Sadly, it's an all too common sight – the illegal dumping of trash along county and township roads, said Barton County Road and Bridge Director ...

March 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hudson playground equipment purchase assisted by CBCF grant

HUDSON - Tabra Ward acknowledged that she and her fellow Hudson citizens were "overwhelmed" when they realized a new playground would cost more than $20,000 ...

March 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Changes to Scenic Byway could benefit Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - Richard Kimple represents the City of Ellinwood on the board for the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. In addition to being one of ...

March 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Helping Hands Preschool has fall openings for peer mentors

Helping Hands Preschool in Great Bend has openings for children in the Peer Mentor program for the 2017 school year.

March 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Crime Stoppers is still anonymous

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

March 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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