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GBHS students qualify to compete at KU Med Center’s ‘Night @ The Lab’

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Three Great Bend High School juniors won the regional competition and the right to compete at the "Night @ The Lab" state competition held on Nov. 18 and 19 at KU Medical Center.

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

​USDA Food Safety offers resources for Thanksgiving troubles

WASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece – the turkey – is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many are not experienced at roasting one. USDA wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise.

November 20, 2015 | | Local News


Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made their way to Ellinwood District Hospital and Clinic. In celebration of National Rural Health Day, the students were invited to attend a special Teddy Bear Clinic, organized by Lindsey Bogner, Ellinwood District Hospital Foundation and Community Education Director.

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Pancake dinner raises funds for Grubb family’s medical expenses

HOISINGTON - Little Cameron Grubb and his family have been through the heartache of battling a rare life-threatening disease, as well as the joy of knowing the community has their back.

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS provides food for thought

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Great Bend High School provided all of the food and table decorations for Thursday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

November 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton women have record-setting night against Sterling JV

It was a very special night for the Barton women's basketball team Wednesday night. And very little of that special had to do with the fact the Cougars set three records with their offensive output.

November 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend Fire Department raise money for MDA

Members of the Great Bend Fire Department raised $5,578 between the annual Fill the Boot campaign Sept. 4, and the Stache Dash run on Nov. 7, to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in Kansas.

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

'The Santaland Diaries' coming to BCC

The Barton Theatre Department will present "The Santaland Diaries," starring Barton Theatre and Kansas State University Theatre alumnus, Great Bend resident Grady Bolding at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Donations will be taken at the door and will go toward new equipment and materials for the theatre program. The play was adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello.

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

Barton Music Department to host Prairie Winds Concert

Barton Community College's Prairie Winds Concert Band and Jazz Band, featuring members of the community, will present their annual fall concert titled "It Is Christmas," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

Earthquake felt in area

Barton County residents were among those on the High Plains who felt an intense earthquake that shook the region early Wednesday morning.

November 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Authorities release name of shooting victim

The man shot and killed early Sunday has been identified as Aron Villegas, 23, of Great Bend, Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

November 18, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

BCC to offer horse science class

Barton Community College is offering a Horse Science course from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting Jan. 11 through May 12 in the Math and Science Building. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 6.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

Dialing for Dollars reaps nearly $37,000 for Sunflower’s Invest in Kids

It is amazing what the results of a one-day, intense fundraising effort will mean to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays, said Jim Johnson, executive director of Sunflower Diversified Services.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

Zoo Society hears state of Brit Spaugh Zoo

Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler said the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be stepping back from its goal to earn national accreditation, but it won't reduce its standards for animal care and safety.

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton County sheriff's vehicle involved in accident

According to the Great Bend Police Department, at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Monday, a Barton County sheriff's office patrol car driven by Michael Pata was heading southbound on Main Street, responding to a fight in progress call outside the city limits.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News

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Dogs kisses go for $1 a Pooch Smooch

The dog days of summer made a brief comeback of sorts this past Saturday; the temperature was an unseasonably warm 82 degrees, and the parking ...

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four-year-old Sophia Nelson grinned and hugged her favorite public television celebrity, Curious George, as a family member snapped a photo.

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Training offered for volunteers needed to help with hurricane relief

The American Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Matthew in five southeastern states and more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers have supported the ...

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission to hold executive session Monday morning

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 ...

October 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Boeckman resigns as county administrator

Following two executive sessions totaling 90 minutes Friday morning, the Barton County Commission emerged to announce County Administrator had resigned effective Friday at the request ...

October 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Exhibits move from trails to rails

Somewhere in Barton County, north of Cheyenne Bottoms on privately owned land, Native Americans once cut crude drawings into an outcropping of sandstone.

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

County Commission to hold special meeting Friday morning

The Barton County Commission will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. It ...

October 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

General election advance voting now available

Registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Nov. 8 general election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Thursday.

October 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Moran crashes GB Chamber coffee

Paying a visit to the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), told those gathered at Tele-Communications Inc ...

October 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | 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 ...

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOISINGTON - Wednesday afternoon, Lincoln Elementary School first through fourth grade students made their mark on the history of their town. The students, outfitted in toy ...

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Kansas Senate Dist. 33 candidates Taylor and Bristow take part in Pratt Town Hall

PRATT - Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, and Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, both candidates for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, were invited to debate at the Pratt Town Hall ...

October 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Adams to present life of Mother Bickerdyke

Ellsworth native Lu Adams will portray the life of Mary "Mother" Bickerdyke for the program at Monday's Barton County Historical Society meeting, set for ...

October 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

November busy in Great Bend

November will be Explore Great Bend month again and participating retailers will be ready to host a different event each Saturday, City Administrator Howard Partington ...

October 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Halloween costume giveaway is Saturday

Kids will be able to get a new or recycled Halloween costume at no cost from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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