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HOISINGTON - Tom Morey is the floodplain manager for the State of Kansas, under the Kansas Department of Agriculture. He partners with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a cooperating technical partner in an effort to update floodplain maps in the state. Wednesday afternoon, he and several consultants visited with Barton County residents affected by the new Cow Creek Floodplain draft map.

April 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

BCC Orchestra to perform ‘Strictly Strings’ concert

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the Shafer Art Gallery. "Strictly Strings," as the title implies, will only feature the stringed instruments.

April 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Clinician works with bands

Great Bend band students had the opportunity recently to work with clinician Darryl Batchelor, retired jazz band director at Hutchinson Community College.

April 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Zoo News: How to see Zito this week

Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society will be able to view Zito, the newest resident at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, this Saturday, April 8, from 2-3 p.m.

April 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Expo opens to public

The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo officially opened Wednesday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Expo III. Sponsors, city officials and promoter Darren Dale and his family were at the event.

April 05, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

Payless Shoesource to close in Great Bend

Another retailer will be leaving Great Bend, shoppers learned Wednesday. The Payless Shoesource at 3511 10th St. is on the list of nearly 400 Payless shoe stores that will close as part of a company-wide reorganization.

April 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


LARNED - Larned High School's Drama department will sponsor its last production of the year, its spring play, "Inn-Cognito," by Craig Sodaro.

April 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Scenic Byway group asked to ‘step up’

ELLINWOOD - Area volunteers are stepping up to compete for a share of state and federal grants to enhance the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. The byway committee met Tuesday at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood and discussed KDOT's Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program.

April 04, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

One arrested in drug bust

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department executed a search warrant at 10:42 a.m. on Monday at a residence in the 400 block of West Broadway. Krystle Bartonek, 22, was arrested on drug charges.

April 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

USDA approves CRP grazing for wildfire victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced it has authorized temporary emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands located in Kansas (including Ellsworth County), Oklahoma and Texas to help ranchers impacted by the wildfires.

April 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Alzheimer’s Association announces free program on caregiver education

The Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Kansas will present education for caregivers from 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 10, at Great Bend's Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave.

April 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Council strolls towards summer

Summer is around the corner and that means so is the sixth-annual Great Bend Summer Street Stroll. The City Council Monday night approved measures setting the stage for the annual weekly event.

April 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Despite support, Penney’s still closing

Even though the tremendous number of calls in support of the Great Bend JC Penney's didn't sway J.C. Penney company to keep it open, they did impress company offiDAAddllfdv cials, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters told the Great Bend City Council Monday night.

April 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Recognizing service

April 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Music to their ears

The Great Bend City Council struck a chord with the Great Bend Recreation Commission Monday night as the council approved partnering with GBRC on the installation of outdoor musical equipment at Veterans Memorial Park.

April 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Girl Scouts brighten day for preschooler with heart disease

Great Bend Girl Scouts are wrapping up cookie sales but they took time recently to befriend a 4-year-old girl with a rare disease. Troop 11142 ...

March 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the sixth season for Cheyenne Bottoms' FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor area frogs ...

March 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend toddler wins Mini Miss Kansas

Saylor Heredia, 3 years old, the daughter of Great Bend residents Tonya Schaffer and Josh Heredia, was crowned Mini Miss Kansas this past weekend at ...

March 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission OKs county burn ban

Last Tuesday as 50 mile-per-hour winds whipped the region, Barton County Register of Deeds Pam Wornkey watched nervously as tongues of flame crackled and smoke ...

March 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Architect reviews needs at USD 428

with mug of Terry Wiggers

March 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Vehicle abandoned following GBPD pursuit

A motorist led a Sgt. Ryan DeYoung from the Great Bend Police Department on a pursuit at 3:22 a.m. Sunday. The sergeant reportedly ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Disturbance leads to arrest on aggravated battery charge

A Great Bend man was arrested Saturday evening following a disturbance at 2721 Forest Ave. At 5:40 p.m. a caller reported Nicholas Hixson ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chemical spill reported Sunday night

The Great Bend Fire Department responded to a report of a chemical leak at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Patton ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Marshall meets with ethanol producers

LYONS – On Saturday, Congressman Marshall, M.D. met with ethanol producers and agriculture industry leaders at the Kansas Ethanol LLC facility to discuss the preservation ...

March 12, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Senior Food Box Sign-up Monday

Barton County residents who are interested in participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors are encouraged to attend a Walk-In sign up event ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

USD 431 receives $20,000 EPA grant

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington school district is one of 20 Kansas school districts to be awarded $640,000 from the Environmental to replace older diesel school ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Editor's note: Veronica Coons participated in the Cottonwood Extension District's Master Gardener training class, the subject of this report.

March 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

KDOT announces approved February bids

The Kansas Department of Transportation approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Feb. 21 in Topeka. Some ...

March 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Last Session, the Government, Technology, and Security Committee was created to evaluate Cybersecurity making sure a system is in place to protect citizens and state ...

March 11, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


ALBERT - In 1986, the Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt was established as an economic development tool for El Dorado. Partnering with the National ...

March 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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