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‘It’s been a long time’

Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips summed up his 40 years of serving as the county's noxious weeds director very succinctly.

March 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBHS Student Showcase on Sunday for MS

The public is invited to attend a GBHS Student Showcase on Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 at Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley. There will be a freewill offering benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The concert will feature local high school students performing piano, vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles. A variety of selections will be featured including "For Good" from Wicked, "The Mission," "Awesome God" and more.

March 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Law enforcement professionals realize the nature of their work can put them in dangerous situations where hand-to-hand defensive tactics are required. The criminal justice program at Barton Community College has acquired two padded training suits, known as RedMan suits, to allow students to experience such situations first-hand, safely.

March 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Eighth annual Sporting Clay Shoot to be held at Camp Aldrich

The Barton Community College Foundation will host its Eighth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Camp Aldrich, 884 NE 110 Ave.

March 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

CREP promoted to help save aquifer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Kansas are partners in implementing a voluntary program to encourage Golden Belt farmers along the Arkansas River to decrease irrigation and take other steps to conserve water and help wildlife.

March 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

New DARE truck rolls at GBPD

The children and teens of Great Bend will see a new DARE vehicle cruising the streets.

March 18, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

City asked to sponsor Cinco de Mayo

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams St. The agenda includes a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, request for funding Cinco de Mayo and a cereal malt beverage permit. This city has been asked to support the Cinco de Mayo festival with $1,000 sponsorship. The class of 1967 has requested a cereal malt beverage permit for a reunion on Sept. 9 in Jack Kilby Square.

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Get on board

HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents are encouraging children to pick up books at an early age - even before they are able to read. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is coming to town as a United Way of Central Kansas program, and USD 431 will hold a read-a-thon to raise money for the initiative, Superintendent Bill Lowry said.

March 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

JCPenney closing after 90+ years in Great Bend

Great Bend will soon lose its JCPenney department store at 1500 Kansas Ave.

March 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Tabler Furniture in Larned seized for taxes

LARNED - Sometime Thursday, March 16, Kansas Department of Revenue civil tax enforcement and Pawnee County Sheriff's officers seized the business assets of Tabler Furniture Inc., which owed $49,409.21 in state sales and withholding taxes.

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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.

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Infant death reported in Ellsworth County

An infant's death in Ellsworth County is under investigation but no foul play is suspected at this time, Ellsworth County Sheriff Murray A. Marston said Friday.

March 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend's J.C. Penney store to close

The J.C. Penney store at 1500 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend is on the list of 138 stores that J.C. Penney Company Inc. will close in the coming months.

March 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kans for Kids fundraiser: Get Your Green On!

There will be a Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation fundraiser Saturday evening at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, located at 1011 Kansas Ave.

March 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

Wind, hazardous waste, topics at landfill

The Barton County Landfill staff has been busy with routine operations, including recycling activities and litter control. These two items caused Solid Waste Manager Phil Hathcock to offer some words of advise to landfill users.

March 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Huge wild fires in Rice and Mcpherson counties

LYONS - Firefighting crews from around central Kansas including a brush truck from Great Bend were fighting three wildfires in Rice and McPherson counties Wednesday evening ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Kanopolis Lake sees lower spring lake elevations

MARQUETTE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Lake advises visitors that early spring lake elevations will be lower than in normal years ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Advertising alert for local businesses

The City of Great Bend issued information Wednesday about companies that are using the city's name and logo for their financial benefit through unendorsed ...

March 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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

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