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Imagination Playground open Wednesday

The Imagination Playground will be set up on Wednesday, January 7th, inside the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. This free drop in activity is recommended for children ages 2 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the Recreation Commission office, 793-3755 ext. 2, or email

January 05, 2015 | | Local News

SDA School taking orders for fruits and nuts

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is taking orders for the last Florida citrus for this season. Navel oranges, tangelos and pink grapefruit are available, as well as pecans.

January 05, 2015 | | Local News

Barton’s Silver Cougar Club to offer class on cloud storage

Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a course on Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.

January 05, 2015 | | Local News

Check It Out!

2014 has been a busy year at the library! Starting with the beginning of the year in January, the Kansas Photography Exhibit was held. In February, ESCL was honored as one of four runner-up finalists for the 2013 AWE, Inc. Literacy Success Awards. March was a busy month with a visit from author, Cynthia Kadohata, Chamber Coffee, and the popular Quilt Show. In April, the library hosted a Student Art Show and a special event featuring Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas. Closing out the school year in May, students showcased their talents at Forensics Night, and a Repurposed Book ...

January 04, 2015 | | 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. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. 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.

January 04, 2015 | | Local News

Our Hope for the Future

It will be next year when you read this on Sunday, but I am writing it on New Years Eve to make the paper deadline. I have some "house cleaning", and musings to share with you.

January 04, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Two-step classes offered

Two-step dance lessons will be offered from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-27, at the Great Bend Activity Center. All participants must have a partner for this class. Lessons are open to anyone 18 and older. The entry fee is $11 per person.

January 03, 2015 | | Local News

Winter weather advisory posted through Sunday

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter weather advisory in effect for Barton County and south central Kansas from midnight Friday to 1 a.m. Sunday.

January 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a report from Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters, a letter of support for a SeaPort Airlines ticketing and baggage agreement and an a consultant agreement for FAA airport grants regarding a building a fire truck at Great Bend Municipal Airport.

January 02, 2015 | | Local News

Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes 2015 insurance rates, the Health Department's Gold Level Breastfeeding Employees Support Award from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and a renewal of membership for the Kansas Association of Counties.

January 02, 2015 | | Local News

Survey to begin on U.S. 281 in Barton County

Starting around Monday, Jan. 5, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 4,000 feet east and west of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary of Blood Creek, located 2.9 miles northwest of the east US-281 junction with K-4 highway. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.

December 31, 2014 | | Local News

Great Bend Regional Hospital leads patient safety program

Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend has been recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) for its participation in a three-year national Partnership for Patients initiative known as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).

December 31, 2014 | | Local News

Items sought for museum sports exhibit

Coronado Quivira Museum is seeking items for its next exhibit, Hometown Teams in Rice County, which is scheduled to open Feb. 8th. Balls, uniforms, trophies, banners, mascots, stories of rival teams, royalty dresses or suits, and sponsorship advertisements of games are needed. The sports which will be featured include football, baseball, basketball, swimming, volleyball and any other sport which generates enthusiasm among local residents. Since sports royalty will be included, photographs of past and current queens, princesses, and kings are especially needed. All loans will be returned at the close of the exhibit.

December 31, 2014 | | Local News

Great Bend Public Library announces January events

Great Bend Public Library's Marketing/Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King announced the following events for January.

December 29, 2014 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Wind chill to drop near 20 below zero


December 29, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Local News

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Audit part of ‘cost of doing business’

It was a costly pill for the Barton County commissioners to swallow Monday morning when they approved paying Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball $53,695 ...

October 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBRC will host Stop 'N Learn session titled 'Fire Prevention'

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Fire Prevention" on Wednesday, October 7th, from 12:00 – 1 ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Tax distribution delays causing headaches

Much to the chagrin of numerous taxing entities in Barton County, the sales tax distribution that was due out by Sept. 20 has yet to ...

October 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Controlled burn in Stafford county cause of smoke in Great Bend

Brief: Controlled burn in Stafford county cause of smoke in Great Bend

October 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Homecoming tradition returns in style

At the Great Bend Panthers homecoming parade Friday, observers saw a return to a tradition that has taken a hiatus since 2006. While concern over ...

October 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

One-vehicle crash

On Oct. 5, around 2:47 p.m., Barton County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 700 block of Northeast 20 Ave., to a reported ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS debate squad places 3rd

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Buildings declared ‘unsafe and dangerous’

The Great Bend City Council Monday night adopted a resolution setting 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 as the dates for a pubic hearings for ...

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

The last B-29 hangar to be razed

The last of the World War II B-29 hangers at the Great Bend Municipal Airport has been near collapse for several years, and the recent ...

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Yahoo like a hamster!

Nature educator Pam Martin, right, leads children in a prairie dog greeting, a friendly yelp and wave known as "the yahoo," during Nocturnal Night.

October 05, 2015 | | Local News

‘Humphrey’ fans attend Nocturnal Nights

Sunset was still a couple of hours away Monday as the Great Bend Public Library started its first of three Nocturnal Night programs. A crowd ...

October 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Sunday crash

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Weekend of fun and food

This weekend was full of food, fun and even a king and queen.

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


In November, the Barton County Historical Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of "The Rifleman," the original bronze statue by noted American ...

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Fire Prevention Week coming to area schools

It's time again to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and to make a common meeting area plan for your home.

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

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