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Labor Day Weekend program planned at Fort Larned

FORT LARNED - Along with the regular lineup of living history programs and demonstrations, Fort Larned National Historic Site will offer a special program about George Bent by John Steinle this weekend.

August 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County OKs new radio towers

Midwest Energy was given the go-ahead Monday morning to proceed with a plan to bolster its communications after the Barton County Commission approved conditional use permits allowing the construction of three radio towers.

August 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Planning commission stays busy

According to Barton County Environmental Manager Judy Goreham, there have been six public hearings for various zoning-related issues over the summer months, with another one coming up in September.

August 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


More rain likely this week

Around Great Bend, residents reported rainfall amounts of anywhere from 2.5 to 6 inches on Monday. Several people reported getting about 3 inches of rain between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

August 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Veterans awarded Quilts of Valor

The Golden Plains Quilts of Valor awarded quilts to 14 veterans on Aug. 26, 2016, at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend.

August 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ft. Larned 'Picnic' photos

Here are more photos taken Saturday at the 'Picinic in the Park' at the Fort Larned National Historic Site.

August 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend and Barton County under flood warning Monday evening

The drive home for many in Great Bend Monday evening was a wet one. At 4:38 p.m., Barton County Dispatch reported the National Weather Service in Wichita had issued a flood warning for Barton County until 8:30 p.m. Heavy rain had resulted in one inch in the 30 minutes prior to the report. Flooding occured from 10th and Washington to 8th and Washington. Stranded vehicles were reported at various locations throughout the city. Drivers calling into dispatch were advised they would be helped as help was available.

August 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


KS Supreme Court Judges to visit Great Bend

Two members of the Kansas Supreme Court will stop by the Barton County Courthouse next week, District Judge Mike Keeley said.

August 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A BIG DANCE

The 2016 campaign to sand and chip seal blacktop roads in Barton County is underway, Road and Bridge Department Director Dale Phillips told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ellinwood Hospital Foundation at Grove Park Golf Club in Ellinwood, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Mike Fortkamp with greeters Melinda Kurth and Jake Deutsch. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

August 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Shafer Gallery 'Friends & Acquaintances'

The Shafer Art Gallery has chosen to highlight local talent in its next exhibit, the Barton County Arts Council Friends and Acquaintances Art Festival, in conjunction with the Barton County Arts Council.

August 29, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Keith Bear to visit Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Native American storyteller and musician Keith Bear plans to visit Hoisington's elementary schools for five days at the end of September.

August 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County offices to close, commission to meet Tuesday due to Labor Day

County business offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Landfill will also be closed. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

August 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Taking the next step

Taking the next step in emergency communications, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a memorandum of agreement with Kansas 911 Coordinating Council for Next Generation 911. The agreement outlines the program use and cost.

August 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


PRAIRIE PICNIC

PAWNEE COUNTY - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site celebrated the National Park Service's 100th birthday on Saturday by recalling life at the fort in the late 1800s.

August 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

May 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford ...

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton ...

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend ...

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin ...

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle crash sends cyclist to hospital

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a vehicle crash at approximately 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday at 820 Main St.

May 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Commission signs letter backing volunteer programs

The Barton County Commission, citing the importance of volunteerism and the county's support of civic involvement, approved Monday morning signing a letter of support ...

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice offers grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout ...

May 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


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