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The ‘Ark’ receives national trail designation

As part of a larger announcement, a 192-mile portion of the Arkansas River in Kansas was designated as a National Water Trail earlier this month, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reported. The trail begins in Great Bend and ends at the Kansas-Oklahoma border southeast of Arkansas City.

June 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City water quality report available

BY STAFF REPORTS

June 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas Oil and Gas Museum hosts summer camp

Summer is a time for children to have fun, relax and hang out with friends, but for some they had the opportunity to learn about the area around them and how Barton County has played a role in the oil and gas industry.

June 16, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Local officials urge safety during harvest season

It is that time again for farmers to be busy out in their fields for wheat harvest and this means slower moving farm implements along road ways throughout Barton County and drivers are ask to take extra precautions while on these roads.

June 16, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


SEASONED GROWERS

Dan and Joyce Wapelhorst live west of Great Bend. For the past 12 years, they've been regular vendors at Great Bend farmers markets. But they've been gardening at their rural home for the past 30 years, and it shows. The well manicured lawn leads to a colorful flower garden with gazebo and pond focal points. During the summer months, the couple spend much time together there, enjoying the outdoors. When we visited, their grandson and helper was enjoying the pleasant day with them, coloring near the pond.

June 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Foundry Church’s Mission

Donated items by Foundry Methodist Church members will be provided free to anyone at 5401 Broadway from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Great Bend. Toys, clothes, furniture, kitchen items and a variety of shoes and sandals are available.

June 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | 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.

June 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Soggy situation

HOISINGTON - Thanks to the quick thinking of Hoisington Public Works employees, some elbow grease and a little bit of luck, residents of Hoisington avoided what could have been a very hot day made hotter by an emergency order to conserve water.

June 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellsworth County under warning

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Ellsworth County in central Kansas until 6:15 p.m. Locations impacted include Ellsworth, Wilson, Kanopolis, Holyrood, Lorraine, Kanopolis Lake, Ellsworth Airport and Kanopolis State Park. This includes interstate 70 between mile markers 206 and 228.

June 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Huelskamp staff to host office hours in Barton County

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that a staff representative from his Kansas office will be available in Great Bend from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 20, at Front Door Community Center, 1615 Tenth Street. During these office hours, Huelskamp's staff representative will be available to meet individually with Kansans to learn about their concerns and to serve as a resource for constituents struggling to navigate bureaucratic red tape. Constituents seeking assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment by contacting Congressman Huelskamp's Dodge City district office at 620-225-0172.

June 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Father's Day Car Show

Locust Grove Valley and Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care are hosting a Father's Day Car Show from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on

June 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Report: Fewer students quitting GBHS

BY TRIBUNE STAFF

June 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


School districts wait for cues from state

Great Bend USD 428 and other school districts are waiting to see whether the Kansas Legislature can correct K-12 fund inequities ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Kansas Supreme Court. A special session starts June 23, and if the deadline is not met the justices noted possible closure of the education system.

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE considers allowing air rifle events

Great Bend USD 428 school board members have received drafts of proposed policy revisions and two new policies. These polices were included in board materials for a "first reading" at the June 13 meeting, and will be voted on at the July meeting.

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County seeks to replace crumbling limestone bridge

After the County became involved with the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, several Works Progress Administration native-stone bridges in the northern part of the County were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

June 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Kids Fishing Day scheduled at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - Enjoy the outdoors with the whole family with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids Fishing Day on ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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 ...

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

May 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford ...

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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