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Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton County at $658,000.

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend. This story was updated on Thursday, May 18 with additional photos.

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin her duties June 1.

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought he could reach China by sailing west, but ended up in a New World.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School Sunday. Erin Ferguson, the adult services supervisor, provided a departmental report. She first handed out the Summer Reading calendar of events to board members. She then reported that a patron audit had resulted in the library purging approximately 5,000 patrons who have not been active users since 2014. This, she said, was overdue maintenance, and recommended by the State Library Board to ensure an accurate reflection of how often patrons are using the library ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle crash sends cyclist to hospital

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a vehicle crash at approximately 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday at 820 Main St.

May 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Commission signs letter backing volunteer programs

The Barton County Commission, citing the importance of volunteerism and the county's support of civic involvement, approved Monday morning signing a letter of support for continued funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton Community College on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice offers grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.

May 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Mosquito spraying begins Thursday

The City of Great Bend Public Works Department will begin mosquitoes spraying this week, said Street Superintendent Mike Crawford. The spraying will start at 8 p.m. until midnight, weather permitting, staring this Thursday. Other dates include May 25, and June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fort Larned park ranger will speak at Barton County Historical Museum

Park Ranger Clayton Hanson, who recently joined the staff at Fort Larned National Historic Site, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Barton County Historical Society's monthly meeting. The program is open to the public and will be held at the Barton County Historical Museum, 85 South U.S. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River bridge.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Class of Heroes

BY VERONICA COONS

May 15, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


Improvements coming to 10th and Grant

The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the improvements to the intersection of 10th Street and Grant Street with city being responsible for 10 percent of the $888,888 project cost. The scope of the project is to increase turning radii to better accommodate large trucks.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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BCC on summer schedule; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

May 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Electric cars win state

Great Bend High School students pulled ahead of the competition and in the process captured two state titles last weekend. Members of the Vocational Technology ...

May 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Barton recognizes Student Ambassadors of the Year

Barton Community College has announced its 2017-18 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year awards. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award ...

May 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Disc golf, baseball tournaments on Rec agenda

The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors will hear information about the disc golf course and about KCAC and KSHSAA 2A-1A tournaments when it ...

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Community College honors Outstanding Graduates at commencement

Carolina Temponi Goncalves of Brasilia, Brazil and Enrique Martinez Flores of San Salvador, El Salvador were named Barton Community College's 2018 Outstanding Graduates. Dean ...

May 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Barton Foundation honors Larry and Kathy Schugart

The Barton Community College Foundation honored Larry and Kathy Schugart with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award during Barton's 48th commencement Friday.

May 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Exceptional Barton faculty recognized

Five Barton instructors earned the Distinguished Instructor Award for the 2017-2018 school year for their efforts in the classroom.

May 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Planting redbuds

It's a spring tradition: Members of the Great Bend Noon Lions Club spent Saturday morning planting redbud trees in the islands on Broadway Ave.

May 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Beauty and Beetle

An exhibit of larger-than-life sculptures of beetles made out of scrap metal and micro-photography of beetles on large prints opens Friday, May 18, at the ...

May 12, 2018 | By Micha Oelze Barton Community College | Local News


Barton Co. Academy graduation scheduled

The Barton County Academy's 2018 graduates will be recognized in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 24th ...

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School board to recognize achievement

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will recognize academic achievements during its next meeting, set for 5 p.m. Monday, May 14, at ...

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fire district on commission agenda

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 ...

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBHS bands to perform Monday night

The Great Bend High School bands will have their Spring Concert at 7 p.m. on Monday in the GBHS gym. The jazz band, junior ...

May 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pedaling with a purpose

A cloud-shrouded sun just peeked over horizon Friday morning as Larry Heyn sat tall in the saddle pedaling his way eastward out of Great Bend.

May 11, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Prairie Treasures

LARNED - Each spring, on select days in April and May, the Larned State Hospital offers the surrounding community the chance to fill their planter boxes ...

May 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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