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Children ready to meet 'Ivan'

Great Bend elementary students received copies of the children's novel "The One and Only Ivan" on Friday. These books are theirs to take home and keep, and to read with a family member as part of this year's One District One Book community literacy program.

September 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Drop in government jobs fuels jobless rate increase


September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Executive session on commission agenda 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 the acceptance of an insurance dividend check, an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel and the buy back of a loader for the Road and Bridge Department.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC freshman lands lead role in stage classic

An advantage of attending a community college versus a four-year university is the opportunity to participate and get one's hands dirty on campus right from the start.

September 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

New feature goes up at Bark Park

First, it is announced that a new fitness trail for humans is going up at Veterans Memorial Park. This week, the popular park went to the dogs.

September 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

'Triplet Day'

This is Spirit Week at Jefferson Elementary School, and Thursday was Twin/Triplet Day. Teachers Maddy Demel, left, Brenda Unrein and Jennifer Leiker dressed as the Koo Koo Kangaroo group. The screen behind them shows the original Koo Koo group members on the GoNoodle website. "We use (GoNoodle) for brain breaks during our day," Unrein said.

September 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Sedgwick Co. Zoo ambassadors visit

Thursday's kickoff for One District One Book included a visit to Great Bend USD 428 elementary schools from two Sedgwick County Zoo zookeepers. They came with live animals.

September 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

A gorilla's voice

When ambassadors from the Sedgwick County Zoo visited Great Bend's elementary schools on Thursday, students got to do two things they really seem to love: learn about animals and raise their hands whenever an adult asks a question.

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

On the web

Keeping up with today's technology and social media plays an important role for many city organizations and businesses and this is exactly what the Great Bend Police department has done. The department has moved from the city's website to its own.

September 22, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Claflin city council continues police chief search

CLAFLIN - When the Claflin City Council met Monday, Sept. 12, no hiring decision was made concerning the open police chief position previously filled by Rory Tillett, Tillett was hired April 12, filling a vacancy left by former Claflin Chief of Police Robert Gunder. At the Aug. 8 meeting, the city voted to accept resumes for the vacant position until noon, Sept. 12. Not finding a suitable replacement, the council agreed to continue to advertise the position and accept applications.

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Pawnee Rock to hold Firefighter Appreciation dinner

PAWNEE ROCK - Pawnee Rock's city council met Sept. 6, and continued to tighten up efforts to increase observance of ordinances in the community. This time, non-resident land owners were the focus. Pawnee Rock Maintenance Supervisor requested the council consider raising fees for cutting weeds and tall grass from $60 per hour to $100 per hour, but only for non-residents, per City Code 8-404. Council member Chris Mead moved to contact City Attorney Ron Smith to draw up an amendment to the code, raising the fee, with a minimum charge for two hours, and including an administrative fee of $50 ...

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Culex mosquitoes do not transmit Zika virus, Kansas State University study finds

A Biosecurity Research Institute study has found important results in the fight against Zika virus: Culex mosquitoes do not appear to transmit Zika virus.

September 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Huck Boyd Institute presents Lifetime Achievement Award to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole

Kansas State University's Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole for service to rural Kansas on Sept. 16.

September 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pawnee County/Larned Police reports

Pawnee County Sheriff's report - Sept. 21

September 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Fuller Industries re-introduces itself to central Kansans

The management team at Fuller Industries LLC, which is seeing "exciting things happening every day," recently took the opportunity to re-introduce the company to the community, said Debra F. Powers, chief financial officer.

September 22, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | 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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