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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


No one injured in gas plant blast

RICE COUNTY – The massive explosion that rocked the Oneok natural gas plant near Bushton Tuesday night remains under investigation and no cause has been determined, Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans said Wednesday morning.

February 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Ceremony marks closure of LJCF

LARNED – A ceremony and reception will be held to mark the official closing of Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 3, at the facility, 1301 KS K-264, Larned.

February 21, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


County reups with commissioners’s association

Noting the importance of interactions with county commissioners from across the state, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved renewing the county's membership in the Kansas County Commissioners Association at a cost of $700.

February 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


School, county come together on mumps case

The report of a possible mumps case at Great Bend High School Friday led to a few hectic days for local school and health officials. However, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said the story ended well.

February 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council commends improvements to old homes

City of Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker flipped through slides showing before and after images of a row of old homes on 16th Street that had been on the verge of being condemned.

February 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council OKs special events policy

Two weeks after it sparked much discussion, a special events permit process ordinance was adopted by the Great Bend City Council Monday night.

February 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Boys named to council

The Great Bend City Council Monday night named former council member Mike Boys to the First Ward council seat left vacant by the resignation in January of Mike Zinn.

February 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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GBHS band honors recognized

Great Bend High School bands and honor band students were recognized at Monday's school board meeting. GBHS band instructor Mark DeWald and assistant Don ...

November 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Software solves educators' headaches

It wasn't hard to convince school board members to subscribe to two new software purchases on Monday, once they heard what the technology will ...

November 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


ElderCare offers meal program throughout its territory

A program new to most of ElderCare's service area allows participants to provide nutritious meals for the elderly, while helping the non-profit agency offset ...

November 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Claflin speeding concern discussed

CLAFLIN - City council members met briefly Monday night with a short agenda that included a discussion about participation in an imaging project with the Barton ...

November 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Quilt of Valor presentation

United States Navy Vietnam veteran David Brabander was awarded a Quilt of Valor on Nov. 11, 2017, at the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial ...

November 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC marks 30 years with Midwest Energy

Midwest Energy Inc. made its first donation to the Barton Community College Foundation in support of the Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign 30 years ago. The ...

November 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC adds Scales Technician program

Barton Community College's newest program, Scales Technician classes, will launch on Jan. 8, 2018. The program is completed in one semester of vigorous training ...

November 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Barton Music Department to host free instrumental concert

Barton Community College's Prairie Winds Concert and Jazz Bands will present a winter-themed concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the ...

November 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sterling College stages ‘All My Sons’

STERLING – Students at Sterling College will take the stage in their production of "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller. It will be performed Friday through ...

November 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


School board hopes to expand JAG program

Great Bend High School student Cierra Wood is glad she didn't listen to friends who thought the new JAG class would be "boring" and ...

November 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees to discuss programs

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at noon Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Room A-113 of the Administration Building. This is the board ...

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fire alarm saves local resident

A house at 2111 21st Street in Great Bend was a total loss following a fire Monday morning, Fire Chief Luke McCormick said. But, thanks ...

November 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Keeley reappointed chief judge of 20th Judicial District

TOPEKA - Kansas Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced Monday the Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley to a two-year term as chief judge of ...

November 13, 2017 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Voter turnout a mixed bag

There were few surprises after the Barton County Commission met as the Board of Canvassers Monday morning to review the ballots from last Tuesday's ...

November 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Give the winners a chance

The election is over. The voters have spoken. There are new faces in local halls of power.

November 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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