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Teachers count on NUMBERS training

Thirty-seven educators times two days times six hours equals a whole lot of numbers – 444 to be exact. That's how many hours Great Bend USD 428 teachers, math coaches and administrators logged this week during the NUMBERS Training at the District Education Center.

August 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Three arrested during search warrant

Barton County Sheriff's detectives executed a search warrant at 2:30 p.m. Monday at 306 Garfield St. in Olmitz. Three arrests were made in conjunction with the warrant, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

August 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

County Attorney files charge against Bruce

HOISINGTON - On Saturday, July 29, Robert Bruce turned himself in to the Barton County Sheriff's Office after he learned the Barton County Attorney had filed a warrant for his arrest on Monday, July 24. He was booked on a charge of criminal threat, and was released after bail was posted. He contacted The Great Bend Tribune by phone on Sunday.

July 31, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Quilts of Valor July 2017

Golden Plains Quilts of Valor Group Leader Amy Schartz Mellor and members of the group awarded Quilts of Valor to nine local veterans on July 28 at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend.

July 31, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Jacobs sentenced to 14 years for robbery, meth

Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced today that Lee Brett Jacobs appeared in Barton County District Court on Friday for sentencing on two felony cases. In May, Jacobs was convicted on a charge of robbery in one case, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in a second case.

July 31, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Academy, 5220 W 10th St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shelly Peacock with greeters Megan Hammeke and Chelsea Kaundart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

July 31, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

County Commission adopts 2018 budget

The overriding challenge in any governmental budget year is providing quality services that are affordable to the taxpayers, Barton County Operations Director Phil Hathcock said as he presented the 2018 operating budget to the County Commission Monday morning.

July 31, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Cyclists raise money for CFF

Cyclists from all over the Midwest gathered at the Great Bend Expo Complex on Saturday morning to take to the trails and roadways of Barton County to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis during the 2nd Annual Bike Brew and Q.

July 30, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

Tough girls fighting strong

Friends, family and members of the community came out to Headquarters Salon on Saturday to show their support and help raise funds for 15-year-old Holley Zecha during the Roger Hickey Memorial Fundraiser. Pictured here with Zecha are all the cosmetologists that donated their time to help out with this great cause.

July 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Adopt-A-Pet serving lunch Saturday

Golden Belt Humane Society/Adopt a Pet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Orscheln's, 5320 10th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Lunch is available for a $6 donation for choice of meat, chips, cookies and a bottle of water. Dogs that are available for adoption will be inside. For more info, orders and deliveries, contact Jean at 786-5955.

July 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Man on motorcycle leads Hoisington office on 45-min. chase

A Barton County man on a motorcycle led officers on a 45-minute pursuit in Barton and Rush counties Friday evening before running out of gas, according to Captain Josh Nickerson at the Hoisington Police Department.

July 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Cherry Village hosts registration for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Anyone who wants to register a team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is welcome to stop by Cherry Village, 1401 Cherry Lane, between 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

July 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission to hold budget hearing Monday morning

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 hearing on the 2018 budget and the approval of the budget, the Southwest Developmental Services Inc. service agreement and cooperative effort to repair roads in Claflin.

July 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Sheriff suggests moving council meeting

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir has expressed concerns about the potential of a large, possibly hostile, crowd at the next Great Bend City Council meeting and strongly advised the meeting be moved to a venue larger than City Hall. His recommendation came in a letter to city officials and council members delivered Friday.

July 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Chief Couch appeals suspension

In a brief statement, Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch Friday afternoon appealed his suspension by the City Council this past Monday night. The council's action was based on "false or reckless" accusations made by Couch about unethical and dishonest conduct by City Administrator Howard Partington and other employee handbook violations.

July 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Vopats support Barton Community College Foundation Academic Enrichment Fund campaign through March

Every gift matters; that's the message Jim and Kathy Vopat hope to share on behalf of the Barton Community College Foundation as the 2018 ...

March 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

City to hire IT professional

Members of the City of Great Bend's information technology committee weighed carefully the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a full-time information technology manager for ...

March 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

A lot of cookies

The Hoisington Girl Scouts Troop 11126 parlayed their Girl Scout Cookie profits into a lasting tribute for Barton County veterans.

March 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission shares frustration with county attorney

A unified Barton County Commission appreciated the plight of Denise Rankin, the former Great Bend woman accusing the County Attorney's Office of botching the ...

March 20, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Top Chef Jr.: L.I.F.E. lessons at USD 428

They may not realize it, but eight Park Elementary School students could be training for "Top Chef Jr." And even though there were no actual ...

March 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

BCC to host Career Closet Drive

Barton Community College's Community Service Organization will host a Career Closet Drive as part of the 11th annual Great Bend Job Fest. The drive ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Parnassus auditions held at BCC

On Saturday, March 10, 34 music students participated in the annual Parnassus Auditions in piano and voice at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building.

March 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Women for Kansas to start Barton Co. Chapter

An organizational meeting of the Women for Kansas Barton County Chapter will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Kansas Wetlands ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | 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.

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BBB warns: Puppy scams litter the Internet

National Puppy Day, March 23, may not be a red-letter holiday on any of our calendars but millions of Americans seem to be in love ...

March 16, 2018 | | Local News

Easter Basket workshop set for Saturday at the library

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club will host a "Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17 ...

March 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Dust Bowl program offered Sunday

Cottonwood District Extension Agent Alicia Boor will present a program on the Dust Bowl at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society ...

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Crews continue to fight Rice County fires

LYONS – A complex of three Rice County wildfires continued to rage as of Thursday afternoon while fire crews from around central Kansas were worked to ...

March 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Hoisington awards TGT dollars to GPS Kids Club

HOISINGTON - Kids and parents involved with Hoisington's GPS Kids Club showed up in force Monday night to lend support to a request from Debbie ...

March 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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 ...

March 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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