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Library law change has CKLS turning to commissioners

Thanks to the recent passage of HB 2102, which went into effect July 1, the governor will no longer be called on to appoint members to the state's seven library systems boards. That job will now fall to county commissioners around the state.

July 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOT SHOTS: 4-H at shooting nationals

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Three Barton County teenagers were among the 712 4-H members, representing 34 states, at the 2017 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships held June 25-30 in Grand Island, Nebraska. All three placed and helped take the Kansas squad to a second-place finish.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Historical weaver teaches tradition

During a weaving demonstration Friday at the Great Bend Public Library, Terry Asper described some of the looms used throughout history.

July 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


BCSO to offer concealed carry class

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, Aug. 5. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Even though a permit is not required to carry concealed within the state, citizens are strongly encouraged to take the class, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Legion Auxiliary plans Hawaiian Luau

The American Legion Auxiliary in Great Bend will hold its seventh annual Hawaiian Luau fundraiser on Saturday, July 29, at Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., for members of the Legion and Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and guests. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the menu will feature Aaron Delgado's barbecued ribs and chicken. Ham, scalloped potatoes and other sides and desserts will be furnished by Unit 180 American Legion Auxiliary members.

July 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


New attraction at Sunflower Diversified's pancake dinner

A new addition to the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake feed will result in prizes for several lucky raffle winners, said Connie Oetken, the non-profit agency's director of development.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City Council to hold special meeting Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda calls for an executive session to discuss "employment issues common to two individual employees pursuant to non-elected personnel matter exception." To be present with the council are Ed Keeley of Wichita, special counsel for the city, and City Attorney Robert Suelter.

July 22, 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 Comanche Township board resignation and appointment, recognition of 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Department employees Ryan Lichter and the 2017 asphalt overlay project.

July 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Frey to speak on Climate Reality Project

ST. JOHN - A representative from the Climate Reality Project will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, in the annex building of the Stafford County Courthouse in St. John.

July 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barnett proud of state’s ag tradition

Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett seemed comfortable in jeans and cowboy boots, and at home touring Great Bend Feeding

July 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | 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.

July 19, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Show Time

A crowd of people of all ages was entertained Wednesday as juggler Richard Holmgren of the Flying Debris Show performed tricks and told jokes at the Great Bend Public Library.

July 19, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


BCSO executes two search warrants

Stolen property, firearms and suspected drugs were seized last Thursday when the Barton County Sheriff's Office executed two search warrants at 7 a.m. at 161 SW 10 Ave., Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

July 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Movie in the Park and Special Summer Farmers Market Thursday night

Everyone is invited to attend a Special Farmers Market Thursday evening, at the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market at Jack Kilby Square. Then, when the sun goes down, visitors are invited to attend "The Little Mermaid" Movie in the Park, which is part of Great Bend's Summer Street Stroll Thursday night lineup. Visitors and vendors alike are encouraged to dress in tropical wear, and tropical music will help set the mood.

July 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBPL Board to help fund Dolly Parton Imagination Library

When the Great Bend Public Library learned it was one of six community organizations to receive annual support from the Don and Phyllis Whelan Endowment Fund, the Board of Trustees began exploring ideas to carry out the wishes of the Whelans. Monday night, they made plans to begin spending the first installment of $6,769, presented to them in March by the Golden Belt Community Foundation.

July 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Fun in the Sun

The My Backyard Playground outside the GBRC Activity Center was a busy place Thursday after children were dismissed from school early and temperatures reached the ...

February 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior judge assigned to Bellendir case

Senior Judge Edward Bouker from Hays has been assigned to preside over the misdemeanor case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, which is pending in ...

February 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fort Larned has a new brochure

Fort Larned National Historic Site recently received a shipment of new brochures to hand out at the visitor center.

February 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton nursing program sees renewed success

The 2015-2016 academic year was a turning point for the nursing program at Barton Community College. Gary Burke recalls being a fairly new college trustee ...

February 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rep. Marshall’s low-dose radiation bill unanimously passes house

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman Roger Marshall's bill, H.R. 4675, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act of ...

February 13, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Waterline replacement project will begin on Main Street

The City of Great Bend Administration and Engineering departments announced Tuesday afternoon the next phase for the on-going waterline replacement project. At the end of ...

February 13, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


BSCO, GBPD respond to injury crashes

Local law enforcement responded to injury crashes Monday and Tuesday, including a vehicle/pedestrian collision in Great Bend.

February 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


17 days: Dispute over speedy trial countdown results in nixed jury trial

It may be awhile, if ever, before Barton County jurors are permitted to decide the guilt or innocence of Alejandro "Vato" Azteca in a 2016 ...

February 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


School board approves summer wrestling tournament

Great Bend High School Head Wrestling Coach Nathan Broeckelman has plans for a summer wrestling tournament at Memorial Stadium, with some night matches "under the ...

February 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Funds exchange gives county more flexibility

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a supplement to the county's federal-aid fund exchange master agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation. The ...

February 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County announces Presidents Day closings

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the ...

February 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sex offender sentenced in district court

In a press release issued Monday, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said the past week was a busy one for her office:

February 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC to look at tuition

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will review tuition and fees when it meets for a study session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb ...

February 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County Attorney’s Office accused of misconduct

An emotional Denise Rankin pleaded with Barton County Commissioners Monday morning to take action against County Attorney Amy Mellor and her assistant Douglas Matthews, alleging ...

February 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Dark Web

Like the tip of an iceberg, the portion of the interest that you and Google can see is a small portion of a larger structure ...

February 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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