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Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit features selected drawings, paintings, clay sculptures and ceramics created under the guidance of art instructors Melissa Watson, Shannon Wedel and Alyssa Bliven.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sixth-grade band will present concert Tuesday

Months of hard work will culminate Tuesday night, April 18, at 7 p.m. as approximately 95 students of the Great Bend Sixth Grade Band join forces for their annual concert at the Great Bend High School gym. Schools represented are Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park, Riley, Holy Family and Central KS Christian Academy.

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Shafer Gallery to host annual Barton Student Art Exhibit

Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the Barton Student Art Exhibit juried art show from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 21. The show will run through May 12.

April 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Thunderstorms possibly headed our way

The skies in central Kansas turned gray Thursday afternoon as the National Weather Service predicted showers and thunderstorms, although the hazardous weather outlook ranked "2" or "small" on the hazard scale.

April 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Smith leaving United Way of Central Kansas

With seven campaigns under her belt and having raised more than $1.7 million for agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties, Julie Bugner-Smith has resigned as executive director for United Way of Central Kansas effective May 12.

April 13, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Chemicals burn at Rice County plant

RICE COUNTY - Thursday morning, workers at the Jacam chemical plant located between Lyons and Sterling were sent home when chemicals in one of the buildings caught fire. The blaze and smoke could be seen for miles.

April 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | 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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

April 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Registration open for freezer meals class

A few spaces remain in the Educational program "Freezer Meals from the Meat Case." According to Donna Krug, Barton County Family & Consumer Science agent, participants will leave this fun program with four main-course meals that will serve 4-6 people. The $40 registration fee is due Monday, April 17.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


‘Stay Strong Stay Healthy’ set to begin

The Stay Strong Stay Healthy class is designed to increase an aging adult's access to a safe, structured and effective strength training program. Over eight weeks, participants learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and gradually build the strength beneficial to health.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend students win awards at BCC Vortex Juried Exhibition

Student work of Great Bend High School art teachers Sergio Ramirez and Brian Hutchinson showed very well at the BCC Vortex Juried Exhibition 2017.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Estes wins easily in Pawnee, Stafford counties

Republican Ron Estes won a Kansas House seat in Tuesday's special election, the first congressional election since President Donald Trump's victory.

April 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees nominate Johnson for regional award

Members of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees have nominated their chairman, Mike Johnson, for the Regional Trustee Leadership Award of the Association of Community College Trustees.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCSO seeks information about wanted man

The Barton County Sheriff Office is seeking the public's assistance on the whereabouts of Chet Whetham.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 15. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley Street.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library announces closings

Great Bend Public Library will close at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, and will be closed all day Friday for schedule replacement of a drain line. The library will be open on Saturday, but will be closed Sunday for the Easter holiday.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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BCYP provides funds and seeks to further community wellness efforts

The Flatlander Half Marathon, which started as a grassroots effort in 2015 to promote healthy and active lifestyles in the community, has quickly become a ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting to be held Tuesday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include ...

April 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group is forming and those who missed the April 19 orientation will have another chance to attend on Thursday ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Argonne Forest re-dedication set

The Great Bend Tree Board will celebrate National Arbor Day and the 100th anniversary of the World War I Argonne Forest Battle in France with ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JobFest connects workers, companies

The 11th-annual Central Kansas JobFest brought a crowd to the Great Bend Events Center on Thursday, as businesses announced job openings and prospective employees gathered ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SKILLS DRILLS

LARNED - Jacque Wasinger is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Larned High School. Four years ago, she began organizing mock interviews for students in ...

April 19, 2018 | PHOTOS BY JANET FLESKE | Local News


Great Bend Airfest highlights of Kansas Air Tour

The Great Bend Municipal Airport and Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday this year's partnership building this year's Kansas Air Tour around the ...

April 19, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Traffic stop turns up drugs, gun

Great Bend Police Officer Joel Hamlin initiated a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday in the 1000 block of Heizer St. With ...

April 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Vacation time opens doors for thieves

A relaxing vacation away from home is something many people look forward to – including thieves targeting homes for a crime of opportunity.

April 19, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Stafford USD 349 among 19 school districts selected for Gemini II Redesign Project

STAFFORD - Nineteen school districts from across the state, including Stafford USD 349, will take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the ...

April 18, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


War and murder in 1898

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 ...

April 18, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Possible suicide attempt leads to vehicle chase

A possible suicide attempt in rural Barton County Wednesday afternoon led law enforcement officials, along with emergency medical service crews, on a vehicle chase through ...

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rail crossing to close

The rail crossing on 17th Street Terrace, just west of McKinley Street, will be closed from May 1 to approximately May 5 for repairs.

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Hipp running for District Judge

Carey Hipp has announced her intention to run for District Judge in the 20th Judicial District. The district includes Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford ...

April 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Making History

HOISINGTON - When Hoisington Historical Society President Lon Palmer and recently retired Hoisington Public Library Director Chris Rippel proposed an oral history project to teachers at ...

April 17, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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