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County projects move forward

The building of a bridge utilizing a new method of construction took a step closer to becoming a reality Monday morning.

March 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Zoo news: Reptile House reboot

The staff at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo have planned a grand reopening for the Reptile House, which is being remodeled, on March 19.

March 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fire hazard

With spring just around the corner and with dry and windy conditions persisting make a recipe for fires.

March 02, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Repurposing Grain Elevators presentation

"Repurposing Grain Elevators" will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday by Clark Elliott at the Coronado Quivira Museum. Mr. Elliott has been involved with cleaning and waterproofing elevators for approximately eight years.

March 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


College celebrates growth

Barton Community College has continued to defy shrinking enrollment trends experienced by other Kansas community colleges, and by no small margin. Barton grew by more than 20 percent since 2010.

March 01, 2016 | ​BY BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News


Suspect jailed after court-ordered GPS fails

The Barton County Attorney's office recently sought to have the bond revoked on a Great Bend man facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and domestic battery. Dalton Contrerez, 28, has been wearing an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his bond but reportedly allowed the device's battery to go dead on three or more occasions in February.

March 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by ElderCare, Inc. at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters Melinda Kurth and Amy Habiger. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBCF listening tour – Barton County identifying needs and discussing solutions

Board members and staff of the Golden Belt Community Foundation soon will host meetings in Barton County for a listening tour and series of community meetings across Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. The Barton County meetings are scheduled for Monday, March 7th and Thursday, March, 10th and will be held at the following locations and times:

March 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Swinging through

It's always a gamble when it comes to Kansas weather and planning a hunting a trip in advance. This year, the organizers of the Pheasants Forever's Rooster Booster Chapter 504 Wounded Warrior hunt gambled and won with unseasonably mild weather. It meant nearly every soldier participant signed up for the outing was able to make it, arriving at Crosby's Wildgame Adventures "Hidden Hollow Lodge" near Albert around 5 p.m. Friday night. They were greeted by members and served a welcoming dinner followed by a meet and greet to get to know one another.

February 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Baker prepares for jury trial

A pretrial conference was held last week for William Howard Baker, 60, who is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident in 2014.

February 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City hoping for bowling convention/tourney in 2017

City of Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes announced that with efforts made by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the Great Bend Knights of Columbus, Great Bend is currently in a close race to being voted as the location for the 2017 Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament.

February 29, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


April 5 election candidates announced

The list of candidates who filed for the city council and other positions in the April 5 general election has been announced by Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. The filing deadline was in January.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission OKs permit allowing for cemetery expansion

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved special use permit allowing Holy Family Catholic Church in Odin to expand its cemetery.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBRC to host ‘Connect Program’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Connect Program" on Wednesday, March 2, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th. The CONNECT Program provides local opportunities to screen young children 0 – 6 years to promote emotionally healthy individuals.

February 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


​National American Legion Auxiliary president coming to Great Bend

American Legion Unit 180 of Great Bend will host the National President, Sharon Conatser of Champaign, Ill., at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the local post home at 1011 Kansas Ave. Lunch will be served at a cost of $8.

February 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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‘Wild Places’ close to home

George Frazier says his new book, "The Last Wild Places of Kansas," isn't a guide, but it may lead readers to explore some places ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Party in the Park worth the effort

Sure, it takes a lot of work to throw an event like the City of Great Bend's Party in the Park. But, Community Coordinator ...

August 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | 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 ...

August 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Baton named CDL test site

Industry demand has driven continued expansion of the Barton Community College Commercial Driver's License program. Barton is now an official test site and a ...

August 18, 2016 | BY BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News


The movies are over, but the fresh veggies remain for now

The free summer outdoor movie series is over, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington said. This year the city put more movies on Friday nights ...

August 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Angel hired to lead Family Crisis Center

On August 16th The Family Crisis Center Board unanimously voted to hire Rachel Angel as the new Executive Director.

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Meet the Panthers on Sunday

The Panther Booster Club will host its first community-wide Meet the Panthers event at 5 p.m. Sunday at the band shell in Jack Kilby ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Salvation Army distributes 200 backpacks

The Salvation Army helped more than 200 children return to school this week with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

August 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Filling them up

It wasn't kids getting on the school buses parked outside Great Bend businesses this week.

August 17, 2016 | 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 ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


KDADS awards $580,000 in Mental Health Substance Use Prevention Grants

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Acting Secretary Tim Keck announced Wednesday the award of 17 grants totaling $580,000 for the Kansas ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee County Sheriff makes two meth busts over weekend

LARNED - On Aug. 12, 2016 a Pawnee County Sheriff's Office Deputy made contact with a subject traveling from Nebraska to Oklahoma. During the investigation ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


4-H family welcomes Japanese exchange student

For the past three weeks, Liberty Marsh, 12, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers, has played hostess to Kotono Sugito, 12, a member ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Drug arrests made during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in the early hours of Wednesday produced guns, cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia and two arrests were made.

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Some reappraisal efforts done, some still ongoing

Barton County Appraisers Office personnel are done with part of their reappraisal efforts for 2016, but more remains to be done, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld ...

August 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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