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Dialing for Dollars reaps nearly $37,000 for Sunflower’s Invest in Kids

It is amazing what the results of a one-day, intense fundraising effort will mean to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays, said Jim Johnson, executive director of Sunflower Diversified Services.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Zoo Society hears state of Brit Spaugh Zoo

Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler said the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be stepping back from its goal to earn national accreditation, but it won't reduce its standards for animal care and safety.

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County sheriff's vehicle involved in accident

According to the Great Bend Police Department, at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Monday, a Barton County sheriff's office patrol car driven by Michael Pata was heading southbound on Main Street, responding to a fight in progress call outside the city limits.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Name of shooting victim released

The man shot and killed early Sunday has been identified as Aron Villegas, 23, of Great Bend, Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

November 18, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Barton to offer no-cost Hazardous Waste Worker training for transitioning soldiers

Barton Community College in conjunction with the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) will begin offering a 10-day Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program at military installations across the country. The course is geared toward transitioning soldiers, retirees and family members at no cost.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


BCSO vehicle involved in crash

According to the Great Bend Police Department, at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, a Barton County Sheriff's Office patrol car driven by Michael Pata was heading southbound on Main Street, responding to a fight in progress call outside the city limits.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Barrett to serve as parade grand marshal

Start a conversation with Leslie Halbower Barrett about the soldiers who fight in war zones across the globe and it won't take long before she tears up. Or rubs away the goose-bumps on her arms.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Scammers target Great Bend electric customers

Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc. would like the public to be aware of a scam that is targeting its members.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


USD 431 retirement

A retirement reception for Bruce Loomis, who is retiring after 23 years from USD 351, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Macksville Grade School multi-purpose room.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC trustees look at campus security

In the coming months, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will look at ways to improve campus security.

November 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Oh deer

Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a Great Bend outfitter, climbed into a Rush county tree stand and quietly waited in hopes of a successful Kansas bow hunt. His patience was rewarded when a large buck made his way into his field of vision. His shot was spot on, and the buck fell to the ground.

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GLOWING GREEN

When people see the color green, they may think of the spring grass, leafs blowing in the wind, or even Christmas time.

November 17, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


MAKING GREAT STRIDES

Great Bend Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler was obviously proud as he introduced Sara Hamlin to the City Council Monday night. Hamlin was just named as the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo's new Zoo new supervisor/curator. "She has worked hard as a zoo keeper for us and has shown great understanding of the zoo world and an ability to lead others," Keeler said. Keeler credits her leadership and ability to work with other division of the department and other city departments to help obtain the first United States Department of Agriculture inspection that has no deficiencies in ...

November 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Blizzard warning issued for northwest Kansas

GOODLAND -- At mid-afternoon, Goodland has snow with north winds blowing from 38 to 51 mph. Interstate 70 was closed at the Colorado border to mile marker 17. K-36 heading into Kansas was also closed at the Colorado border. More than a foot of snow was forecast in the Goodland area.

November 17, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


County sells two older dump trucks

Earlier this fall, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department took possession of four new dump trucks, rendering the four older trucks obsolete.

November 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Local paramedic receives prestigious award

Being recognized for your hard work, leadership skills and a job well done can be seen through many different eyes, but it only takes one ...

August 19, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


‘Wild Places’ close to home

George Frazier says his new book, "The Last Wild Places of Kansas," isn't a guide, but it may lead readers to explore some places ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Party in the Park worth the effort

Sure, it takes a lot of work to throw an event like the City of Great Bend's Party in the Park. But, Community Coordinator ...

August 18, 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 ...

August 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Baton named CDL test site

Industry demand has driven continued expansion of the Barton Community College Commercial Driver's License program. Barton is now an official test site and a ...

August 18, 2016 | BY BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News


The movies are over, but the fresh veggies remain for now

The free summer outdoor movie series is over, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington said. This year the city put more movies on Friday nights ...

August 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Angel hired to lead Family Crisis Center

On August 16th The Family Crisis Center Board unanimously voted to hire Rachel Angel as the new Executive Director.

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Meet the Panthers on Sunday

The Panther Booster Club will host its first community-wide Meet the Panthers event at 5 p.m. Sunday at the band shell in Jack Kilby ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Salvation Army distributes 200 backpacks

The Salvation Army helped more than 200 children return to school this week with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

August 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Filling them up

It wasn't kids getting on the school buses parked outside Great Bend businesses this week.

August 17, 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 ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


KDADS awards $580,000 in Mental Health Substance Use Prevention Grants

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Acting Secretary Tim Keck announced Wednesday the award of 17 grants totaling $580,000 for the Kansas ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee County Sheriff makes two meth busts over weekend

LARNED - On Aug. 12, 2016 a Pawnee County Sheriff's Office Deputy made contact with a subject traveling from Nebraska to Oklahoma. During the investigation ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


4-H family welcomes Japanese exchange student

For the past three weeks, Liberty Marsh, 12, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers, has played hostess to Kotono Sugito, 12, a member ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Drug arrests made during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in the early hours of Wednesday produced guns, cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia and two arrests were made.

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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