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Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor were presented to veterans Dec. 18, 2015, at the Argonne American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend. They were presented by the Golden Plains Quilts of Valor unless otherwise noted. The tops were done by various individuals and, unless otherwise noted, they were quilted by Amy Schartz Mellor. Photos were taken by Gerald Postlewaite.

December 28, 2015 | | Local News

Library closed due to weather

The Great Bend Public was closed Sunday and remains closed Monday, Dec. 28, because of inclement weather. It will reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m.

December 28, 2015 | | Local News

Bike & Build contributes to Stafford County

STAFFORD - Stafford County Economic Development has been awarded a $3,900 grant towards constructing and renovating rental housing to address a severe shortage of modern and affordable workforce housing in a county where the average age of a house is 86 years old, and 80 percent of the housing stock is in less than "good" condition according to the county appraiser.

December 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Groundbreaking held for home in Stafford

STAFFORD - Stafford County Economic Development and the Economic Development Housing Committee held a recent groundbreaking for a single-family home at the corner of St. Paul and Prairie Ave. in Stafford. The home will feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a basement. Stafford County Eco-Devo also completed a home in Macksville in 2014.

December 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


It was anyone's guess Saturday afternoon whether Barton County would wake up to a blanket of snow or not. Predictions have ranged from 1-4 inches of snow this weekend in some camps, all the way up to over 12 inches in others. While some will be able to while away the hours inside, enjoying the show from a cozy vantage point, others will be hitting the roads for round two of the holiday period, either heading for home or out to visit friends and relatives to celebrate the upcoming new year.

December 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

New signs improve GBHS safety

Student safety is taken seriously at USD 428. That's why when you drive by Great Bend High School you will see recently added large yellow and black signs above all of the entrances.

December 25, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

​Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

This January, during National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.

December 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBMS students learn computer programing from Scratch

Great Bend Middle School computer students are getting exposure to computer programing with Scratch, a free website built at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

December 25, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Great Bend schools prepare for tech initiative

Thanks to a $327,405 grant from the Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation, Great Bend USD 428 is preparing to buy hundreds of Chromebooks and iPad tablets in 2016. The district's technology director, Ryan Axman, said the grant has advanced the timetable for the technology program by three to four years.

December 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | 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 a dog kennel, the Workforce Investment Board and the solid waste disposal fee schedule.

December 24, 2015 | | Local News

A gift of warmth

December 24, 2015 | | Local News

Great Bend Regional Hospital SANE Program featured by Kansas Coalition

Deb Higgins has been helping patients at Great Bend Regional Hospital for many years. But recently, her efforts were highlighted statewide by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Deb Higgins has been the hospital's sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) since the program launched in 2011, and has examined a growing number of victims each year.

December 23, 2015 | | Local News

GBHH&H chaplain earns certificate

Larry Schumacher had viewed his role during grief support sessions as the facilitator – someone to start the conversation and keep it going.

December 23, 2015 | | Local News

Holiday Cookie Contest raises more than $350 for County Food Bank

Icy weather hampered involvement in the 7th Annual Great Bend Holiday Cookie Contest, held Nov. 28. Still, the annual sweet-treat contest went on as scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Small Business Saturday in downtown Great Bend. Rosewood Furniture Gallery supplied participants with decorative boxes, a list of cookie contest businesses and a voting bracelet.

December 23, 2015 | | Local News

Safety record saves city money

The City of Great Bend will save some money on its workers compensation insurance, the City Council learned Monday night.

December 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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County road construction work starting next week

Two road construction projects are scheduled to begin next week in Barton County, County Engineer Barry McManaman said.

October 19, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


The days when little red and black ladybugs evoked exclamations of "sweet" and "adorable" are quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least around ...

October 18, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

1930 Model A to be sold at Kans for Kids event

CAMP ALDRICH - The sixth annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation Auction/Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Law enforcement agencies to collect unused medications this Saturday in Larned

Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Central Kansas Piano Teachers League recital

The Central Kansas Piano Teachers League will present the "Boys in Blue Jeans" piano recital at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, in Shafer ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Three arrested in connection with burglaries

Three people from Great Bend were arrested on Saturday, Oct. 15, during a search warrant executed by the Barton County Sheriff's Office in connection ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend's Marshall to debate challenger

KWCH-channel 12 and local affiliates will air Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. debate between U.S. Congressional candidates Roger Marshall of Great Bend and ...

October 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

‘Micro’ utility trucks to be legal on city streets

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved an ordinances that will allow the so-called micro utility trucks on city streets.

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Cow Creek floodplain remapping progressing

Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub recently attended a Cow Creek Working Group meeting, the on-going Kansas Division of Water Resources project involving the Cow Creek ...

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Shades of something new

The Great Bend Events Center is getting a new look and now the color of that look has been set.

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Sunday liquor sales in GB now legal

It is now legal to sell and purchase liquor and cereal malt beverages seven days a week within the City of Great Bend following action ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ed Foundation fundraiser to feature local talent

Using a "Destination Education" theme, the USD 428 Education Foundation has planned a full itinerary of fun for its annual dinner and auction.

October 17, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Supreme Court Justices experience Rosewood Services

Two Kansas Supreme Court Justices scheduled time last week to inform themselves of the many programs and businesses built by Rosewood Services to serve and ...

October 17, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Great Bend organization receives grant for victim advocacy

Family Crisis Center, Inc., of Great Bend, was awarded a grant to support its advocacy and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, Kansas ...

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS Varsity Debate places 1st

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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