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Early morning arson in Great Bend

Crime Stoppers and local law enforcement are seeking your assistance in an arson case.

April 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission to canvas votes

The County Commission will meet as the Board of County Canvassers 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, at in the Office of the County Clerk. At that time, they will canvass ballots from Tuesday's city general election for Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington and the Ellinwood District Hospital Board of Trustees.

April 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Moran to host free barbecue at expo Friday

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will host a free farm and ranch team barbecue from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday outside Expo I at the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo west of Great Bend. Moran will give remarks and make a special announcement at noon. Moran for Kansas staff is also hosting a booth at the expo inside Expo 1.

April 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

April 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Golden Belt Community Foundation announces spring grant recipients

Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the March competitive grant cycle and awarded a total of $21,163. The foundation supports programs or projects that are innovative, collaborative, proactive, measurable and sustainable.

April 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Out of the Morgue

Since its founding in 1872, Great Bend has held spring elections for local officials, and this year saw the last. In 1886, there was a particularly tight race for mayor, so in the spirit of honoring the past and saying goodbye to a long-standing election tradition, this week Out of the Morgue looks back at that election and the results.

April 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Mr. Perfect Panther show Friday

Great Bend High School's annual Mr. Perfect Panther Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the GBHS Auditorium. This year's theme is "Thunderstruck."

April 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Zoo news: Earth Day Fun planned

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is planning activities from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, in honor of Earth Day. There will be booths set up with crafts, interactive stations and a scavenger hunt. This free event is geared for kids but is open to all ages.

April 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit showing at museum

With spring comes the annual crop of student artwork and the annual Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit.

April 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Entertainment, food, family fun and information play an important part of any expo, and this is no different for the 2016 Farm and Ranch Expo that opened on Wednesday at the Expo Grounds in Great Bend.

April 06, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Larned election

Larned City

April 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Bill jeopardizes vital road projects and jobs

A bill pending in the Kansas Legislature would cripple the state's highway maintenance program, cause a loss of jobs and severely impact Great Bend and surrounding area, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.

April 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Vital volunteers recognized

To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and country officials participated in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on Tuesday. Barton County's involvement included a proclamation from the county commission on Monday to recognize the special day, and a tour of the Food Bank of Barton County on Tuesday.

April 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barton County general elections

A provisional ballot cast in Great Bend's Third Ward could change the outcome of one city council race. Unofficial results Tuesday showed Cory Zimmerman winning the seat with 16 votes, while Doug Keiswetter had 15 and needed one to tie. Thomas Boor was a close third with 12 votes. All three were write-in candidates.

April 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Damon Family Foundation donates to vets memorial

A grateful Barton County commission Monday morning accepted a donation of $500 from the Damon Family Foundation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial. The funds are to be used to assist veterans who do not have the financial resources to pay for engravings on the Memorial, located in Golden Belt Memorial Park.

April 05, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Adams to present life of Mother Bickerdyke

Ellsworth native Lu Adams will portray the life of Mary "Mother" Bickerdyke for the program at Monday's Barton County Historical Society meeting, set for ...

October 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

November busy in Great Bend

November will be Explore Great Bend month again and participating retailers will be ready to host a different event each Saturday, City Administrator Howard Partington ...

October 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Halloween costume giveaway is Saturday

Kids will be able to get a new or recycled Halloween costume at no cost from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend native to toss coin at Chiefs game

Great Bend native Ashley Gorney will celebrate the end of radiation treatment for cancer by making the coin toss Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Soldier pays surprise visit to mom

Riley School PE Teacher Bryan Scott strategically placed boxes of tissues around the school gymnasium Wednesday afternoon. Very few people understood the significance until minutes ...

October 19, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

County road construction work starting next week

Two road construction projects are scheduled to begin next week in Barton County, County Engineer Barry McManaman said.

October 19, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


The days when little red and black ladybugs evoked exclamations of "sweet" and "adorable" are quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least around ...

October 18, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

1930 Model A to be sold at Kans for Kids event

CAMP ALDRICH - The sixth annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation Auction/Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Law enforcement agencies to collect unused medications this Saturday in Larned

Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Central Kansas Piano Teachers League recital

The Central Kansas Piano Teachers League will present the "Boys in Blue Jeans" piano recital at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, in Shafer ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Three arrested in connection with burglaries

Three people from Great Bend were arrested on Saturday, Oct. 15, during a search warrant executed by the Barton County Sheriff's Office in connection ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend's Marshall to debate challenger

KWCH-channel 12 and local affiliates will air Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. debate between U.S. Congressional candidates Roger Marshall of Great Bend and ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

‘Micro’ utility trucks to be legal on city streets

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved an ordinances that will allow the so-called micro utility trucks on city streets.

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Cow Creek floodplain remapping progressing

Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub recently attended a Cow Creek Working Group meeting, the on-going Kansas Division of Water Resources project involving the Cow Creek ...

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Shades of something new

The Great Bend Events Center is getting a new look and now the color of that look has been set.

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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