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Highway Patrol works rollover accident

LYONS - A 2002 Ford Explorer carrying six men from Great Bend overturned Tuesday on U.S. 56, half a mile east of Lyons, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports. The accident occurred at 2:55 p.m. as the westbound vehicle driven by Merced Olivas-Portillo, 59, dropped off the edge of the roadway onto the shoulder. The driver over-corrected and the Explorer slid sideways onto a paved driveway, overturned one time and came to rest on its top facing south.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rolling Sculpture car show announced

Barton County Historical Society will host a car show on Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car show is free and everyone is invited to attend.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pool open to dogs Saturday

The Wetlands Waterpark in Great Bend is closed for the summer, but it will be open Saturday morning for the Pooch Plunge. This annual event is a time for dogs and their humans to enjoy in the pool, located at 2303 Main. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon and the cost is $5 per dog.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Supt. lists USD 428 accomplishments

Great Bend USD 428 will implement a mock election with all district students this fall to coincide with the national presidential election.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


ROAD WORK AHEAD

Just as asphalt overlay work is being completed in the Galatia area, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department has plans to keep up its campaign to tackle over 100 miles of county blacktops this year, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips said.

August 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Culligan Water, 1706 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Aaron Andrews and Brandon Steinert. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Public Information Night

The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Public Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug, 23, at the Kansas Wetland Education Center northeast of Great Bend on Kansas Highway 156, in the southeastern portion of the wildlife area. Information presented includes current and expected conditions at Cheyenne Bottoms for the waterfowl season, waterfowl season dates, expectations for the fall waterfowl migration and expected upland game bird populations for the central part of Kansas.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Officials urge safety for back to school

Back to school is a busy time for children and families. Between school supplies, new clothes, and sports tryouts, parents may not think about safety issues.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sheriff’s Office not part of investigation

Misunderstood information from the Barton County Commission meeting on Monday morning gave the wrong impression that there was an investigation at the Barton County Sheriff's Office which in fact there was not, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

August 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


More Back to School Bash photos

Teachers and staff reported for duty and a Back to School Bash Monday morning in Great Bend.

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City moves towards water system improvements

The Great Bend City Council Monday night took the next step towards issuing bonds to fund about $6 million in water line and water well improvements.

August 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


District holds tax rate level; fills vacancies

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday approved a budget that holds the mill levy to virtually the same rate as the past two years, Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton said. The estimated tax rate for the general fund, supplemental fund, capital outlay and debt service will be 45.834 mills, compared to 45.866 mills in 2015-2016 and 45.280 mills in 2014-2015.

August 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City’s mill levy inches down

Following a quiet public budget hearing Monday night, the Great Bend City Council approved the city's 2017 budget as it was published.

August 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


SCHOOL PRIDE

School board president Joyce Carter said Great Bend USD 428 has always been a good school district, and her goal is for it to become known statewide as a great school district.

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 budget hearing is Monday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold its budget hearing when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. The budget for 2016-2017 will be approved following the public hearing.

August 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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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 a ...

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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


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