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First confirmed flu cases of season identified in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has now confirmed the first influenza cases of the 2015-2016 season, the KDHE announced Thursday. Although the season is well underway, health officials say its not too late to get vaccinated.

February 05, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Family Crisis Center holds a Meet and Greet

Being able to reach and help more people in a community is very important and getting the word out to let people know where they can find this help is equally important. And that is what the Family Crisis Center did on Thursday.

February 04, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Tax season brings out the criminals

This time of the year means extra money in people's pockets, but this also brings out the criminals that will try and steal that money from you.

February 04, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Former soldier becomes Barton paramedic student

After graduating high school in 1998, Hoisington-area resident Erik Berger joined the US Army and became an engineer and combat lifesaver. In 2003 he suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq. Emergency responders saved his life that day.

February 04, 2016 | By Joe Vinduska Barton Community College | Local News

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces changes in recreation day use fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District announced today a change to recreation day use fees charged for boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE. There is also a change to the USACE annual pass fee for these facilities.

February 04, 2016 | | Local News

Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

February 04, 2016 | | Local News

Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is still looking for one more zookeeper. Meanwhile, she is excited about the experience and qualifications of new employees Liz Clark and Kate Beyersdorf.

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Ellinwood Columbus Club to sponsor fish fry Feb. 12

Ellinwood Knights of Columbus are having a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd. The suggested donation is $10, or $5 for children 10 years old and young. Proceeds go to area charities.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News

​Adopt A Pet serving soup, cinnamon rolls Saturday

Great Bend Humane Society Adopt A Pet will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Orscheln's Farm Store, 5320 10th St. Animals available for adoption will be at the store.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News

​Deines Center offers ceramic workshop

RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center in Russell is offering a ceramic workshop with hands-on instruction by Barbara Stevens, an artist and former head of Cloud County Community College's Art Department.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News

Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A presentation recognized the college's long-standing partnership with St. Rose Health Center, which donated about $140,000 in equipment at the beginning of 2015. Items from the former Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose, went to the nursing, pharmacy tech and adult health-care programs.

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton County experiencing email problems

If you tried to send an email to Barton County officials and got no response, you are not alone.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News

Huelskamp’s representative to visit Great Bend Feb. 11

A staff representative of Congressman Tim Huelskamp who specializes in Veterans' casework will visit Great Bend from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Front Door Community Center, 1615 Tenth Street.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News

Cost of winter storms adding up

Winter weather during the past couple of weeks has required emergency call-out and emergency cleanup by Barton County Road and Bridge Department, department Director Dale Phillips said.

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Heartland Cancer Center to sponsor health events

Great Bend's Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., will sponsor trio of health-related events in February.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News

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Training offered for volunteers needed to help with hurricane relief

The American Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Matthew in five southeastern states and more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers have supported the ...

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission to hold executive session Monday morning

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 ...

October 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Boeckman resigns as county administrator

Following two executive sessions totaling 90 minutes Friday morning, the Barton County Commission emerged to announce County Administrator had resigned effective Friday at the request ...

October 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Exhibits move from trails to rails

Somewhere in Barton County, north of Cheyenne Bottoms on privately owned land, Native Americans once cut crude drawings into an outcropping of sandstone.

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

County Commission to hold special meeting Friday morning

The Barton County Commission will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. It ...

October 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

General election advance voting now available

Registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Nov. 8 general election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Thursday.

October 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Moran crashes GB Chamber coffee

Paying a visit to the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), told those gathered at Tele-Communications Inc ...

October 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOISINGTON - Wednesday afternoon, Lincoln Elementary School first through fourth grade students made their mark on the history of their town. The students, outfitted in toy ...

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Kansas Senate Dist. 33 candidates Taylor and Bristow take part in Pratt Town Hall

PRATT - Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, and Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, both candidates for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, were invited to debate at the Pratt Town Hall ...

October 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Adams to present life of Mother Bickerdyke

Ellsworth native Lu Adams will portray the life of Mary "Mother" Bickerdyke for the program at Monday's Barton County Historical Society meeting, set for ...

October 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

November busy in Great Bend

November will be Explore Great Bend month again and participating retailers will be ready to host a different event each Saturday, City Administrator Howard Partington ...

October 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Halloween costume giveaway is Saturday

Kids will be able to get a new or recycled Halloween costume at no cost from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend native to toss coin at Chiefs game

Great Bend native Ashley Gorney will celebrate the end of radiation treatment for cancer by making the coin toss Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Soldier pays surprise visit to mom

Riley School PE Teacher Bryan Scott strategically placed boxes of tissues around the school gymnasium Wednesday afternoon. Very few people understood the significance until minutes ...

October 19, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

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