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Zebra Mussels found in Cedar Bluff Reservoir

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. The lake is owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). In July, the BOR conducted its annual plankton sampling survey which revealed zebra mussel veligers (larvae). The results were reported to KDWPT aquatic nuisance species staff on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Department fisheries staff began a search on Aug. 25 and found a population of adult zebra mussels near the Muley Boat Ramp on the south side of the reservoir. Cedar Bluff Reservoir is ...

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Keep the motor running

American and Kansas highways alike are a lot busier, transportation officials say.

August 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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 conditional use permit for Midwest Energy to build a communications tower near Ellinwood, a memorandum of understanding for Next Generation 911 and the replacement of a road grader for the Road and Bridge Department.

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Airplane forced to make emergency landing

At 12;35 p.m. on Thursday one mile south of Bushton, a 1968 piper fixed wing aircraft flown by Brad Fitchett, 51 of Ellsworth, was in the process of spraying pesticide on a crop field and had to make an emergency landing when the engine stalled.

August 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Main Street Dillons invites first responders to free dinner

First responders in Barton County are invited to a free chicken barbecue dinner, from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Dillons No. 3, 1811 Main St. in Great Bend. It will be open to all law enforcement officers and firefighters, said Bob Allen, one of the cooks.

August 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pump prices headed upwards

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 9.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15 Thursday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.20.

August 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KDOT requesting comments on STIP amendment

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on the amendment to the FFY 2016-2019 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

August 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grant renewed for BCC’s Educational Opportunity Center

About 1,000 people per year benefit from the Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center, which exists to promote educational awareness by helping community members find a pathway in which to identify and meet their educational, personal and career goals.

August 25, 2016 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News


Sanchez new translator at two Sunflower Diversified facilities

Victoria Sanchez is bringing an extra dose of the personal touch to the children and families at the Early Education Center (EEC) and Incredible Years Preschool.

August 25, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Voicing support for Larned State Hospital

LARNED - Tim Keck, secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, discussed the future of Larned State Hospital during a public meeting Wednesday at the Pawnee County Courthouse.

August 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Second suspect arrested in May 21 shooting incident

The Great Bend Police Department and other agencies responded to a shooting incident in the 3900 block of Forest Ave on May 21. Although the suspects were gone when officers arrived, they were able to quickly ascertain the identities of the suspects, build a case, and obtain warrants for the arrest of the two suspects involved in the shooting.

August 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County Senior Companion honored

August 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A life turned 'round, Part II

Editor's note: Robert Bruce is Hoisington's newest city council representative. His journey to becoming the kind of man who chooses to take part in civic life took a tragic turn early on, one that led to a conviction of involuntary manslaughter after a drunken driving incident, time served in prison, and the choice to give up alcohol. Today, he is working to make his community a better place. Here is the second in a two-part series.

August 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Move request: DMV seeks higher ground

Staff at the Kansas Driver's License office on the second floor of the courthouse would like to move to another room in the building.

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mull estate supports Shafer Gallery

Staff at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will visit area schools, thanks to a gift from the Glenn and Elaine Mull Family Advised Fund, Gallery Director Dave Barnes told the college's board of trustees Tuesday.

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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2016 city audit approved

The Great Bend City Council Monday night learned the city received an "unmodified" opinion for its 2016, and voted to accept the findings report as ...

June 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Campers rejoice

Wednesday was another fun-filled day for campers and volunteers alike at Camp Hope. They got the opportunity to visit in Great Bend and enjoy the ...

June 21, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


City auction set for Friday

The City of Great Bend will have its annual public auction starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday next to the Police Department, 1217 Williams ...

June 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BLACKHAWKS UP

Community leaders from several central Kansas communities got a bird's-eye view of Barton County during an orientation flight Wednesday sponsored by the Kansas National ...

June 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City hires law firm

The city of Great Bend has entered into an agreement with Edward L. Keeley, an attorney with the Wichita law firm McDonald Tinker to provide ...

June 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fulfilling dreams

Campers from several states came out to Camp Aldrich this past Sunday to take part in the 2017 Camp Hope which runs through Saturday. This ...

June 20, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton Community College Foundation at the Best Western Courtyard, 2920 10th Street, at 9 ...

June 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Thunderstorm watch issued for Barton County

WICHITA - Barton County is included in a 40-county area in central and western Kansas placed under a thunderstorm watch by the National Weather Service in ...

June 20, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News


No action taken after closed sessions

The Great Bend City Council Monday night emerged from the second of two 15-minute executive sessions only to take no action and adjourn the meeting.

June 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council declares two trailers as ‘unsafe and dangerous’

BY DALE HOGG

June 19, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG | Local News


$2.3M disbursement shortfall irks commission

The Barton County Treasurer's Office was forced to issue a third June property tax disbursement totally $1.1 million after a tray of mail ...

June 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Boeckman will not face criminal charges

Former Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman will not face criminal sexual battery charges, at least for now, Barton Count Attorney Amy Mellor said.

June 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sew-sew summer: Youths learn quilting

So far, it's been a so-so summer for Gloria Bogan and her 12 students. Make that sew-sew.

June 15, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Kansas Highway Patrol urges safety during harvest

Harvest season is underway in parts of the state, and the Kansas Highway Patrol reminds motorists to use more caution and patience when traveling around ...

June 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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