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Zoo Society hears state of Brit Spaugh Zoo

Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler said the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be stepping back from its goal to earn national accreditation, but it won't reduce its standards for animal care and safety.

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County sheriff's vehicle involved in accident

According to the Great Bend Police Department, at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Monday, a Barton County sheriff's office patrol car driven by Michael Pata was heading southbound on Main Street, responding to a fight in progress call outside the city limits.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Name of shooting victim released

The man shot and killed early Sunday has been identified as Aron Villegas, 23, of Great Bend, Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

November 18, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Barton to offer no-cost Hazardous Waste Worker training for transitioning soldiers

Barton Community College in conjunction with the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) will begin offering a 10-day Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program at military installations across the country. The course is geared toward transitioning soldiers, retirees and family members at no cost.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


BCSO vehicle involved in crash

According to the Great Bend Police Department, at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, a Barton County Sheriff's Office patrol car driven by Michael Pata was heading southbound on Main Street, responding to a fight in progress call outside the city limits.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Barrett to serve as parade grand marshal

Start a conversation with Leslie Halbower Barrett about the soldiers who fight in war zones across the globe and it won't take long before she tears up. Or rubs away the goose-bumps on her arms.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Scammers target Great Bend electric customers

Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc. would like the public to be aware of a scam that is targeting its members.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


USD 431 retirement

A retirement reception for Bruce Loomis, who is retiring after 23 years from USD 351, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Macksville Grade School multi-purpose room.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC trustees look at campus security

In the coming months, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will look at ways to improve campus security.

November 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Oh deer

Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a Great Bend outfitter, climbed into a Rush county tree stand and quietly waited in hopes of a successful Kansas bow hunt. His patience was rewarded when a large buck made his way into his field of vision. His shot was spot on, and the buck fell to the ground.

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GLOWING GREEN

When people see the color green, they may think of the spring grass, leafs blowing in the wind, or even Christmas time.

November 17, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


MAKING GREAT STRIDES

Great Bend Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler was obviously proud as he introduced Sara Hamlin to the City Council Monday night. Hamlin was just named as the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo's new Zoo new supervisor/curator. "She has worked hard as a zoo keeper for us and has shown great understanding of the zoo world and an ability to lead others," Keeler said. Keeler credits her leadership and ability to work with other division of the department and other city departments to help obtain the first United States Department of Agriculture inspection that has no deficiencies in ...

November 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Blizzard warning issued for northwest Kansas

GOODLAND -- At mid-afternoon, Goodland has snow with north winds blowing from 38 to 51 mph. Interstate 70 was closed at the Colorado border to mile marker 17. K-36 heading into Kansas was also closed at the Colorado border. More than a foot of snow was forecast in the Goodland area.

November 17, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


County sells two older dump trucks

Earlier this fall, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department took possession of four new dump trucks, rendering the four older trucks obsolete.

November 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


USD 428 to host ‘American Education Week Coffee’

The USD #428 will be hosting a "American Education Week Coffee" on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 9–11 a.m, at the Senior Center located at 2005 Kansas Avenue. Join the USD #428 for an enjoyable morning of coffee, rolls, and entertainment by the grade school thru high schools' music departments.

November 17, 2015 | | Local News


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Make and Take

Nearly 20 years ago, Great Bend USD 428's Steve Wolf visited Wichita and saw a resource center where teachers could find everything they needed ...

April 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend Tree Boards marks Arbor Day with tree giveaway

Michael Fletcher, arborist with the Great Bend Tree Board, marked a decades long Arbor Day tradition with fifth graders at Great Bend elementary schools and ...

April 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Meals on Wheels seeking summer volunteers

Spring has sprung and summer will be here before you know it.

April 28, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Riley School reports reading success

At the start of this school year, 45 percent of the students at Riley Elementary School were reading at their grade level. The staff hoped ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Variety Show tickets on sale

Tickets for the Great Bend Variety Show go on sale at 7 a.m. Friday. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday ...

April 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Biblial art on display in Hays

April 28, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


County Commission will not meet this week

The Barton County Commission will not meet on Monday due to the annual Kansas County Commissioners Association annual meeting in Manhattan. The next meeting will ...

April 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Thirty years ago this week, the world began to get an inkling of just how destructive nuclear power can be when the Soviet Union's ...

April 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Community colleges weigh in on mergers

The state's 19 community colleges aren't opposed to mergers involving universities and technical schools, but they are concerned about how mergers will affect ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


TEAM PANTHER

Instead of backpacks full of books, some students at Great Bend High School were seen carrying work boots into the school Wednesday morning. The entire ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local law enforcement seeks public assistance

Crime Stoppers of Great Bend and the Barton County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a burglar.

April 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS Community Service Day photos

Great Bend High School students started their fourth Community Service Day with an all-school assembly recognizing volunteer service. They received commemorative T-shirts as they boarded ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 to reimburse mileage

Great Bend USD 428 will pay mileage reimbursement to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside of the city limits and 2.5 ...

April 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC to host annual sidewalk art contest

Barton Community College will host its ninth annual Sidewalk Art Contest May 2-4 on the sidewalk outside the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Juvenile Justice gets half its budget for now

Admittedly, it makes planning difficult, but the 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services will only have the first half of its 2017 budget to work with ...

April 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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