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Traffic increases at Wetlands Center

A lot has happened at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, center Site Manager Curtis Wolf told the Great Bend City Council Monday night during his annual report.

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Council declares trailer house unsafe, sets hearing

The Great Bend City Council Monday night agreed with the findings of Building Inspector Lee Schneider and Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker that a dilapidated trailer house at 26 Hickory St. is unsafe and dangerous and set a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. March 21, prior to the City Council meeting at City Hall to discuss the matter.

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

City hires new CVB Director Emily Goad

City of Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes announced during the City Council meeting Monday that a new Convention and Visitors Bureau Director has been hired. Emily Goad, a Great Bend native, takes the reins when the new CVB office opens this month in the Great Bend Events Center.

February 01, 2016 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Ellinwood Chamber welcomes three new board members

Three new board member nominees of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce were announced Master of Ceremonies Rob Dove Saturday night at the 2016 Ellinwood Chamber Banquet and annual board meeting. Dove also announced that Chamber member Lloyd Kurtz, retired, is the organization's nominee for the Ellinwood Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year award to be presented at the annual banquet Feb. 11.

February 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


It was Under Sheriff Bruce Green who nominated Barton County Sheriff's Office Detective Sgt. Dave Paden to the county's last employee of the quarter for 2015.

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Winter weather advisory issued for Barton County

WICHITA - A winter storm warning for Barton County was changed to a winter weather advisory Monday morning by the National Weather Service in Wichita. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible. The winter weather advisory for hazardous winter weather is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

February 01, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Wetland Explorer: Searching for Fun

Oh, the scavenger hunt – many of us have fond memories of days at summer camps, racing around with your team, trying to find everything on your list. It's almost a traditional part of American childhood. We do our fair share of scavenger hunts here at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, and it never fails to amaze us how excited kids are by the simple act of checking off items from a list. From the KWEC exhibit hall to our nature trail, we're always ready to kick off a scavenger hunt.

January 31, 2016 | Jean Aycock, Education Director | Local News

Boys Scouts ready for annual dinner

The Boy Scouts Troop and Pack 184 have made plenty of noodles for the 45th annual Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner. The meal featuring homemade soup and desserts will be served by Scouts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Elks Lodge, located at 12th and Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. Use the 12th St. entrance.

January 30, 2016 | | Local News

​Elks Lodge taking reservations for Valentine’s Dinner

The Elks Lodge in Great Bend is taking reservations for its Valentine's Dinner. It will be served from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Elks, 1120 Kansas Ave. Members and guests are welcome. Cost is $15 per person for rib-eye steak, baked potato, salad, dinner roll, beverage and dessert.

January 30, 2016 | | Local News

Scholarship Day auditions to be hosted by BCC

The Barton Community College Performing Arts Department will host "Scholarship Day" auditions on Thursday, Feb. 11. Current or prospective students may contact the Music Department to set up a time to audition for music or theater scholarships or performance awards. Awards are available for performing arts majors and non-performing arts majors alike.

January 30, 2016 | | Local News

Kansas Day at Riley Elementary - photos

Photos taken Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at Riley Elementary School in Great Bend. For Kansas Day, the school was visited by Amelia Earhart and Calamity Jane.

January 30, 2016 | | Local News

County Spelling Bee set for Saturday

Barton County's annual spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

County Attorney says office needs more space, attorneys

Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said his office prosecuted close to 2,300 newly filed cases in 2015, for charges ranging "from murder to seat belt violations."

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Ike exhibit at Eisenhower School

Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school, was born in Missouri but spent some time in Kansas.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Ride Into History

There were two special visitors – or were there four? – Friday at Riley Elementary School.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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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

County road construction work starting next week

Two road construction projects are scheduled to begin next week in Barton County, County Engineer Barry McManaman said.

October 19, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


The days when little red and black ladybugs evoked exclamations of "sweet" and "adorable" are quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least around ...

October 18, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

1930 Model A to be sold at Kans for Kids event

CAMP ALDRICH - The sixth annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation Auction/Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Law enforcement agencies to collect unused medications this Saturday in Larned

Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Central Kansas Piano Teachers League recital

The Central Kansas Piano Teachers League will present the "Boys in Blue Jeans" piano recital at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, in Shafer ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Three arrested in connection with burglaries

Three people from Great Bend were arrested on Saturday, Oct. 15, during a search warrant executed by the Barton County Sheriff's Office in connection ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend's Marshall to debate challenger

KWCH-channel 12 and local affiliates will air Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. debate between U.S. Congressional candidates Roger Marshall of Great Bend and ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

‘Micro’ utility trucks to be legal on city streets

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved an ordinances that will allow the so-called micro utility trucks on city streets.

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Cow Creek floodplain remapping progressing

Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub recently attended a Cow Creek Working Group meeting, the on-going Kansas Division of Water Resources project involving the Cow Creek ...

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Shades of something new

The Great Bend Events Center is getting a new look and now the color of that look has been set.

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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