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Health care bill approved by narrow margin

WASHINGTON - Rep. Roger Marshall is pleased with Thursday's passage of the Republican health care bill by the House. He visited with Kansas media during a press conference in the afternoon, expressing confidence the bill will go on to pass in the Senate.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Students assist with orchard’s improvement

At the start of its third season, the apple orchard at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is beginning to fill out, but efforts to keep it weed-free haven't exactly succeeded. Landscape fabric and mulch, it turns out, weren't enough to keep bindweed and the creeping lawn at bay. That's why Cottonwood Extension ag agent Alicia Boor requested help from Great Bend High School students during their Community Service Day to help remove the old and try something new.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Schools prepare for 'The Lemonade War'

For the third year, community members are invited to join elementary students this fall in a shared reading experience. "The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davies is the selection for Great Bend's 2017-2018 "One District One Book" literacy program.

May 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Glow for Life aims to prevent suicide

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Barton County will sponsor its fifth annual Golden Belt Glow for Life event on June 2.

May 04, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | 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 National Bike Month proclamation, early childhood intervention funding and a structural analysis of the Susank radio tower.

May 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Zoo News: 'Birds Befriended' comes to a close

For the past decade, the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo and Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility offered the Birds Befriended Program. It allowed inmates with good behavior to care for exotic birds such as parrots and cockatoos that were former pets needing new homes.

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crime Stoppers rewards tipsters

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

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Walk Kansas celebrates success

Walk Kansas participants headed into the final days of the 2017 fitness challenge this week with a rally at the Great Bend Activity Center.

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Searches continue for McHenry, Foglesong

It's been one year since Great Bend resident Charles Everett McHenry III, 27, disappeared.

May 03, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Woman indicted on heroin charge in Ellsworth County

TOPEKA– A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted an Arizona woman for allegedly trying to distribute heroin in Ellsworth County, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

May 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GB man arrested for kidnapping

A Great Bend man is in custody following an alleged kidnapping that came to light Tuesday afternoon when the alleged female victim jumped through a window of a home on McKinley and called for help, Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch said.

May 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City to study taking lots back from local investor

The Great Bend City Council Monday night directed city personnel to look into a request by local resident Dennis Call to have the city take back two lots on Prairie Rose Drive. The tracts sit in the Amber Meadows rural housing incentive district.

May 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council deems trailer houses unsafe

Noting the two dilapidated trailer houses went beyond being eyesores, the Great Bend City Council Monday night declared the structures at 417 and 422 Walnut Street as "unsafe and dangerous."

May 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A stage name

As a part of the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell improvement project, the stage was considerably expanded. The Thelma Faye Harms Charitable Trust put in the majority of the money for the improvements.

May 01, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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One size doesn’t fit all

It was a chance for Barton County officials to see what they have in common with counties from around the state, as well as what ...

November 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Zoo loses Bonnie the Black Bear

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo made the difficult decision Friday to humanely euthanize Bonnie, the North American Black Bear. Bonnie had called Great Bend ...

November 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Beginning to look like Christmas

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes looked at her calendar Monday morning and it hit her. Thanksgiving in this week, meaning the annual Home for ...

November 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | 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.

November 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A sign of the times

When the Great Bend Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1127 was born over a century ago, it boasted 400 members, a number that jumped ...

November 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Marsh Musings

There is so much happening this time of year it almost boggles the mind. Pheasant and quail seasons are open. Ducks and geese are everywhere ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Wetland Explorer

From wind-surfing hawks to mobs of butterflies, it was a banner fall migration in South Central Kansas. The bird and butterfly list serves were full ...

November 18, 2017 | BY PAM MARTIN KDWPT Education Specialist | Local News


Families celebrate LIFE at Great Bend schools

Making silly hats to wear at a Mad Hatter Party was one of the favorite activities of at least one Eisenhower Elementary School family. While ...

November 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KWEC to hold Holiday Open House

Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 9 a.m. to noon ...

November 17, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Ellinwood City Council hears good and not so good news

ELLINWOOD - City Manager Chris Komarek had some good news to report about the bond issue the city passed recently that will fund needed street and ...

November 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 video talks about MTSS

Parents of Great Bend USD 428 students can learn more about the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) by watching a seven and a half minute ...

November 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Yarmer to talk about Wolf Brewery

Barton County Historical Society in Great Bend will host a talk by Robert Yarmer on the M.K. Wolf Brewery at 7:30 p.m ...

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thanksgiving dinner planned

HOISINGTON - Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 1101 N. Vine St. in Hoisington will have a Thanksgiving Day Dinner including turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. Dinner ...

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


House passes tax bill

The House passed Thursday afternoon a sweeping Republican tax bill that will cut taxes for corporations and many Americans, said First District Congressman Roger Marshall ...

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Light up a Child's Christmas

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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