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Fort Larned park ranger will speak at Barton County Historical Museum

Park Ranger Clayton Hanson, who recently joined the staff at Fort Larned National Historic Site, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Barton County Historical Society's monthly meeting. The program is open to the public and will be held at the Barton County Historical Museum, 85 South U.S. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River bridge.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Class of Heroes


May 15, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News

Improvements coming to 10th and Grant

The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the improvements to the intersection of 10th Street and Grant Street with city being responsible for 10 percent of the $888,888 project cost. The scope of the project is to increase turning radii to better accommodate large trucks.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

A new look

In order to unify and simplify how City of Great Bend departments are identified, the City Council approved a new city logo when it met Monday night.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

No new meningitis cases found

It was late Friday afternoon that the confirmation came that a Barton County adult had indeed died of Neisseria meningitidis, which can cause meningococcal meningitis. This sparked a joint investigation by the Barton Count Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

VFW auxiliary donates to county veterans memorial

It was taking entirely too long for the county to come up with enough names to fill the third stone at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial, so the son of a local veteran decided to take matters into his own hands.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Free program about Alzheimer’s May 17

There will be a free program about Alzheimer's disease at noon Wednesday, May 17 at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The incidence of Alzheimer's is growing at an alarming rate; it is affecting more and more aging adults. Learn the 10 signs of Alzheimer's and receive a free handout with up-to-date information about this disease. Jamie Rathbun, Midway Extension District family & consumer science agent, will be the presenter. Questions related to this program may be directed to Donna Krug, Barton County family & consumer science agent, at 620-793-1910.

May 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, 4217 10th St., at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters Shelly Peacock and Sonya Rein. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

May 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Injury crash in Ellsworth County

ELLSWORTH COUNTY - The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a one-vehicle injury crash at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, nine miles east of Wilson.

May 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Student Ambassadors of the Year recognized

Barton Community College has announced its 2016-17 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year awards. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors each year. The winners this year were Kendra Jellison of Topeka and Megan Jirak of Marion.

May 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Distinguished Instructor Awards

Five Barton instructors earned the Distinguished Instructor Award for the 2016-2017 school year for their efforts in the classroom.

May 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

GBHS seeks Attendance Counselor

Attendance problems are on the rise at Great Bend High School, which is why the school board last week approved a new position for an attendance counselor.

May 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton Foundation honors Gary and Anna Burke

The Barton Community College Foundation honored Gary Burke with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award during Barton's 47th commencement Friday.

May 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Outstanding graduates speak

Corrigan Bartlett of Maize and Ezekiel Charles of Brooklyn, New York, were named Barton Community College's 2017 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 47th commencement ceremony Friday.

May 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC Commencement

The Barton Community College Gymnasium floor is filled with the blue caps and gowns of more than 140 graduates who chose to walk at the college's 47th annual commencement ceremony Friday evening. Graduates from all walks of life and multiple countries heard from their educators, peers and guest speaker Col. John Lawrence, Garrison Commander of Fort Riley, before receiving their degrees. At the podium is Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy.

May 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the sixth season for Cheyenne Bottoms' FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor area frogs ...

March 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend toddler wins Mini Miss Kansas

Saylor Heredia, 3 years old, the daughter of Great Bend residents Tonya Schaffer and Josh Heredia, was crowned Mini Miss Kansas this past weekend at ...

March 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission OKs county burn ban

Last Tuesday as 50 mile-per-hour winds whipped the region, Barton County Register of Deeds Pam Wornkey watched nervously as tongues of flame crackled and smoke ...

March 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Architect reviews needs at USD 428

with mug of Terry Wiggers

March 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Vehicle abandoned following GBPD pursuit

A motorist led a Sgt. Ryan DeYoung from the Great Bend Police Department on a pursuit at 3:22 a.m. Sunday. The sergeant reportedly ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Disturbance leads to arrest on aggravated battery charge

A Great Bend man was arrested Saturday evening following a disturbance at 2721 Forest Ave. At 5:40 p.m. a caller reported Nicholas Hixson ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chemical spill reported Sunday night

The Great Bend Fire Department responded to a report of a chemical leak at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Patton ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Marshall meets with ethanol producers

LYONS – On Saturday, Congressman Marshall, M.D. met with ethanol producers and agriculture industry leaders at the Kansas Ethanol LLC facility to discuss the preservation ...

March 12, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Senior Food Box Sign-up Monday

Barton County residents who are interested in participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors are encouraged to attend a Walk-In sign up event ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

USD 431 receives $20,000 EPA grant

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington school district is one of 20 Kansas school districts to be awarded $640,000 from the Environmental to replace older diesel school ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Editor's note: Veronica Coons participated in the Cottonwood Extension District's Master Gardener training class, the subject of this report.

March 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

KDOT announces approved February bids

The Kansas Department of Transportation approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Feb. 21 in Topeka. Some ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Last Session, the Government, Technology, and Security Committee was created to evaluate Cybersecurity making sure a system is in place to protect citizens and state ...

March 11, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


ALBERT - In 1986, the Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt was established as an economic development tool for El Dorado. Partnering with the National ...

March 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Salina crooner coming to Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will feature vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina, as well as the Prairie Winds Show Band and the GBHS ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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