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Hahn Brothers confirmed for Supercross Shootout in Great Bend

The motocross community will convene in central Kansas on Sept. 20-21 for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.

July 16, 2014 | | Local News


Hogans to help the Barton Foundation ‘Hunt for Bucks’ at 36th Annual Big Benefit Auction

"BARTON DYNASTY: Hunting for Bucks" is the theme for the 36th Annual Barton Foundation Big Benefit Auction, which this year's honorary co-chairs, Toby and Kristy Hogan, find rather fitting as the owners of the hunting service, "Central Kansas Whitetails." Only the "bucks" being hunted in this case are green, have presidents' faces on them and they help local students pay tuition at Barton Community College.

July 16, 2014 | | Local News


Study shows BCC good for business

Editor's note: This is the second of two articles on results of a study commissioned by Barton Community College to define the value of the college in various areas. Today's story contains highlights of the benefits from the perspective of businesses, and explores and the college's overall investment to society. Content was provided by BCC.

July 05, 2014 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Library offers decorative glassware craft class

This week adults will have an opportunity to make decorative glassware, watch a major motion picture and try out a temporary henna "tattoo," all at the Great Bend Public Library.

July 05, 2014 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Tourism road show slated for Great Bend

The Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks, and Tourism is hitting the road to conduct a series of workshops across the state during the week of July 8. The state's six tourism professional staff will begin their week with a workshop in Scott City on July 8, Great Bend on July 9, Emporia on July 10, and Overland Park on July 11.

July 04, 2014 | | Local News


BCC offers 'Enrollment Days' to help students prepare for school year

Barton Community College is hosting three "Enrollment Days" sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year at 1 p.m. on Wednesday July 9, 16 and 30. Students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission.

July 04, 2014 | | Local News


Experience the marsh during Aquatic Camp

Come celebrate the rain and all of the water now at KWEC at our annual Aquatic Camp on July 11. The last two years have been challenging to say the least but now we have plenty of water filled with all kinds of fantastic creatures.

July 04, 2014 | | Local News


First Cases of Travel-Associated Chikungunya Virus Reported in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has identified the state's first two cases of travel-associated chikungunya virus. The patients, both of whom are adults from Sedgwick County, reported recent, but separate, travel to the Caribbean.

July 04, 2014 | | Local News


Study reveals BCC of significant value to region

Editor's note: This is the first of two articles on results of a study commissioned by Barton Community College to define the value of the college in various areas. Today's story will explain the study and the benefits provided from taxpayers' and students' perspective. The second article will continue with highlights from the perspective of businesses, and with the college's overall investment to society. Content was provided by BCC.

July 03, 2014 | | Local News


Teen Food Fight part of summer library program

The "Spark a Reaction" teen summer program at the Great Bend Public Library continues this month. The following "teen" events are intended for students in grades 7-12.

July 03, 2014 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Sterling native Galyon shares music limelight

By Jim Misunas

July 03, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Operation Dry Water Nets Two Arrests KDWPT game wardens enforce boating under the influence laws

Over the weekend, game wardens with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) participated in Operation Dry Water, a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI). The three-day enforcement effort was conducted from 12 a.m. June 27, to 11:59 p.m. June 29. In addition to enforcing wildlife laws and regulations, game wardens are responsible for patrolling the waters of Kansas, conducting boat accident investigations, boat safety inspections, BUI checks, safety programs, education classes and other boating related activities. Many factors contribute to the way alcohol ...

July 03, 2014 | | Local News


Charges filed after undercover beer sales

Three clerks from Great Bend convenience stores that allegedly sold beer to underage consumers on May 16 face misdemeanor charges in Barton County District Court.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Jack Hanna tickets sold out

Tickets for the Barton County appearance of Jack Hanna sold out during the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest in June. Tickets for the October show were offered to the general public for the first time during the event, said Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Jacam Chemical Company at the Chamber Boardroom, 1125 Williams at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Marty Steinert and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

July 02, 2014 | | Local News


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Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Great Bend Tribune, 2012 Forest Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shawn Panzer with greeters Sarah Adams and Amanda Hockerott. As the local news and multi-media leader, the Great Bend Tribune informs the community about matters of importance and interest. Featuring a blend of print, social media and digital products, the Tribune will be introducing its latest community project. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

July 01, 2015 | | Local News


Local gymnasts compete at nationals

July 01, 2015 | | Local News


BUILDING BLOCKS

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is hosting Play Well TEKnologies, a Lego inspired engineering camp. The camp is designed to help children think creatively and to explore the world of engineering through the use of Legos.

June 30, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Governor updates drought status of Kansas counties

TOPEKA – Recent rains for Kansas have eased drought conditions for many areas, leading Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with an Executive Order.

June 30, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal in Barton County murders

TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.

June 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


​Riley, Park schools get Chromebooks

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.

June 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KDHE immunization program

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful 'Immunize and Win a Prize,' program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.

June 30, 2015 | | Local News


With Meeting in Ellsworth County, Huelskamp Approaches 300 Town Halls

Holyrood, Kan. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) continues the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District. At the American Legion in Holyrood, Kansans turned out to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the negative impacts of the Supreme Court's decisions on Obamacare and marriage, the importance of religious liberty, the Congressman's successful efforts at reforming the VA, and how trade benefits Kansas agriculture.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Drug Enforcement Operation conducted in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.

June 29, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Farmer’s input helps Rep. Huelskamp

By JIM MISUNAS

June 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Great Bend City Council nixes two days of fireworks

In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County announces holiday closings for Friday

Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Bird flu scare prompts county fair changes

For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend July 4 fireworks show planned

The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).

June 28, 2015 | | Local News


Get Outdoors!

One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.

June 28, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


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