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Gas prices see little movement

The Kansas gas price average has seen little movement recently, holding steady at $2.17, the American Automobile Association reported this week. Locally, the Great Bend Price has held a tick above that average at $2.19 for several weeks as well.

February 25, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Rush Center to again celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

RUSH CENTER – Rush Center will host its annual St. Patrick Celebration on Saturday, March 11. The event will feature a breakfast of biscuits and gravy at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Valley Senior Center and lunch featuring Irish stew from 11 a.m. through the afternoon at Township Hall. The parade will start at 2:30 followed by BINGO at the Senior Center. Downtown will feature a car show and various booths, children's games and a cake walk.

February 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Federal disaster declaration OKed following ice storm

President Donald Trump granted Gov. Sam Brownback's request for a federal disaster declaration for 18 Kansas counties, including Barton, affected by a severe winter ice storm that struck the state Jan. 13-16, the Kansas Adjutant General's Office announced Friday afternoon.

February 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Judge urges students to show compassion

The first time Tommy Webb tasted a banana, he tried to eat the peel, too. It was the worst food he'd ever tasted, but an undernourished Amerasian street kid from South Korea doesn't willingly give up food.

February 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motorcyclist injured near Wilson Lake dam

RUSSELL COUNTY - A Hays man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Wednesday after the motorcycle he was driving went off K-232 and hit a KDOT fence near the Wilson Lake Dam.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Alden man charged after chase, standoff

LYONS – The Alden man who Wednesday afternoon led law enforcement on a high-speed chase from Ellinwood through Barton and Rice counties before engaging in a standoff with officers at his home faces multiple charges in connection with the incidents.

February 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Bond reduced on Joey Steinbacher

Bond for a Great Bend woman arrested Monday on drug charges has been reduced from $300,000 to $100,000 after further investigation, Lt. Scott Bieberle at the Great Bend Police Department said Thursday.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City lobbying to keep highway funding

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington attended an Economic Lifelines Meeting in Topeka recently. Economic Lifelines is the group that works toward enhancing the state's transportation system.

February 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas Division of Vehicles announces two new features to improve and simplify customer service

Kansas drivers can now track their driver's license production status online and receive automatic updates when changes are made to their driving record.

February 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Out of the Morgue

As we wrap up February, we do so with a nod to Black History Month. One hundred years ago, a man with Great Bend connections, Oscar Micheaux, published his second novel, "The Homesteader," which was soon after made into his first film. Micheaux went on to influence other major filmmakers and continues to add to the richness of our local history. Here, in a special edition of Out of the Morgue, is a recap of his and his family's story.

February 23, 2017 | BY KAREN NEUFORTH | Local News


Kiwanis club gears up for Pancake Day

Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis Club are selling tickets for the 60th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, which will be Thursday, March 2. Pancakes and sausage will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. at Expo I west of Great Bend. Tickets will also be available at the door.

February 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


High-speed chase ends in Alden standoff

ALDEN – A traffic stop in Ellinwood Wednesday afternoon devolved into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies before ending in a standoff in Alden, Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans said.

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New bridge design moves forward

The Barton County Commission Tuesday morning approved a service agreement with the Ellsworth engineering firm Kirkham Michael for the redesigning of a long-embattled bridge about a mile east of Great Bend on East Barton County Road.

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Seeing in the dark

Kansas Wetlands Education Center Educator Jean Aycock gave a presentation on nocturnal animals on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center.

February 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Possible burglary turns up drugs

Police found more than a pound of marijuana and suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms while investigating a possible burglary Monday in Great Bend.

February 22, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


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Stargazing at Cheyenne Bottoms

Join the FHSU Astronomy Club at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Friday, Oct. 27 for an evening of exploring the night sky. Take advantage ...

October 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Planetarium presents 'Journey to a Billion Stars'

The Barton Planetarium will host "Journey to a Billion Suns" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Barton Community College Planetarium located in ...

October 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County ready to battle flu

Editor's note: The Barton County Health Department is holding a special flu shot clinic Saturday, Oct. 28. This is the second story in a ...

October 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Whooping crane fall migration has begun

STAFFORD COUNTY – Annually each fall, central Kansas is one of the few places where it is possible to see whooping cranes. From late October through ...

October 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Severe weather forecast for Saturday

WICHITA -- The National Weather Service in Wichita is forecasting the poossibility of severe weather Saturday across Kansas. Severe storms are expected to develop along a ...

October 20, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Housing and recruitment hot topics for candidates

Editor's note: This is our final installment of reports concerning Tuesday night's Candidates Forum presented by the Tribune and the Great Bend chapter ...

October 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend City Council candidate bios

Candidates for Great Bend Mayor, Great Bend City Council, and USD 428 were invited to participate in a candidates forum Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the ...

October 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pumpkin Piety

First Christian Church at 5230 Broadway Ave. has opened its pumpkin patch.

October 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Candidates for USD 428 BOE spotlighted at forum

Following the closing comments by mayoral candidates who opened the Candidate Forum Tuesday night, League of Women Voters representative Rose Kelly requested candidates for USD ...

October 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 ...

October 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Bentley eligible for parole hearing

Twenty-five years after going to prison for aggravated battery committed in Ellsworth County, Curtis Lee Bentley, 57, is scheduled for a parole hearing in November ...

October 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Reality U

Great Bend Middle School's eighth graders had some tough choices to make Wednesday.

October 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sheriff’s Office plans selective enforcement

On Friday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a selective enforcement in the area of North East 30 Road from U.S. 281 ...

October 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCSO teaches people about crime prevention

Lt. Stephen Billinger of the Barton County Sheriff's Office talked about crime prevention and how people can protect themselves on Wednesday during a Stop ...

October 18, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


FHSU, rural Kansas meeting challenges

The concerns plaguing Fort Hays State University are the same as those plaguing rural Kansas as a whole, FHSU Interim Provost Jeff Briggs said. And ...

October 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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