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Barton County business owners have noticed a surge in burglaries in recent years, and frustration is running high. In 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's report on crimes known to law enforcement, Great Bend was number three in the state of Kansas for number of burglaries per 1,000 residents. Only Pittsburgh and Coffeyville were higher.

April 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


911 dispatchers, abuse and assault prevention efforts honored

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to recognized the unsung heroes of 911 and those on the front lines fighting child abuse and sexual assault.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County ready should Zika come this way

In early March, Kansas reported its first case of the much-talked about Zika virus. Although there has only been on instance thus far, local and state health officials are bracing for the mosquito-borne disease to spread to the Sunflower state.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KWEC event offers fun for everyone

Fly over to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Great Migration Rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 30, for entertainment, prizes and food.

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library fundraiser

Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey, is the featured speaker for the third annual joint fundraising event co-sponsored by Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library. Buchanan's topic for the evening is recent earthquakes in Kansas. Along with the guest speaker, the 6:30 p.m. event includes hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction and will be held on Earth Day Friday April 22, at the Lyons High School Cafeteria. Rex Buchanan grew up near Little River,in Rice County on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey, based ...

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees schedule meeting to discuss personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room F-30 on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold an executive session for discussion of personnel.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge Keeley seeks reelection

District Judge Mike Keeley has announced he will seek reelection for the position of District Judge, Division 3, of the 20th Judicial District. The 20th Judicial District includes Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties.

April 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library offers Book Store sale

Great Bend Public Library's Book Store will observe National Library Week, April 10-16, with a two-for-one sale. This week, patrons can purchase two hardbacks for $3 or two paperbacks for $1.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New books, more at GBPL

Great Bend Public Library added the following titles in March:

April 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:

April 09, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


School board set to approve handbooks

Handbooks for the next school year are on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting. It will start at 5 p.m. Monday at the District Education Center.

April 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Keeley, Gatterman reappointed as chief judges

TOPEKA - Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced Thursday the Kansas Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley as chief judge of the 20th judicial district and Judge Bruce Gatterman as chief judge of the 24th judicial district. Both have been appointed to another two-year term, effective to Dec. 31, 2017.

April 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New season of Community Concerts brings out ‘Magic of Music’

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has launched its membership campaign for 2016-17, revealing a season full of "The Magic of Music." The new season will offer the following concerts:

April 08, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


USD 428 hoping for swift, fair resolution of alleged assault case

In a brief statement released Friday afternoon, Unified School District 428 Superintendent Brad Reed said the district supports the legal system in regards to the alleged assault that occurred on a school bus carrying Great Bend High School boys swim team members home from a meet in Manhattan Feb. 6.

April 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Holy Family School earns 6th Governor’s Award

Students at Holy Family School cheered for academics Friday after Principal Karen Moeder announced that the Great Bend school has won the prestigious Governor's Achievement Award for the sixth time.

April 08, 2016 | By Tribune Staff | Local News


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Red Shoe event Tuesday to include awards, talks, music and more

Sexual and domestic violence continue to have a home here in Barton County, as they do everywhere else in the country. But the Family Crisis ...

April 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Beyond the Book

Mark's Custom Signs employees install a digital sign for Central Kansas Library System next to the northwest corner of the Great Bend Public Library ...

April 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC to present Thespian Showcase

The Barton Community College Theatre Department will hold its last performance of the school year, the Thespian Showcase, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 ...

April 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Earth Day at the Great Bend Zoo

Representatives from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change Friday, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking a major milestone on ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Annual car show revs into to park

Start your engines, the 28th-annual Mid-America Mopars Car Show is set for Sunday, May 1, at Brit Spaugh Park, come rain or shine.

April 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Migration Rally taking late registrations

The conditions are ideal for next weekend's "Great Migration Rally," said Pam Martin at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Organizers have extended the registration ...

April 23, 2016 | 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 ...

April 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Injury accident reported after trailer comes unhitched

A two-vehicle accident occurred at 12:45 p.m. Friday on K-96, just northwest of Great Bend.

April 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


9 airports to receive funding under Kansas Airport Improvement Program

TOPEKA - Nine airports have been selected for funding under the second phase of the 2017 Kansas Airport Improvement Program.

April 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ag land values decrease slightly

Agricultural land values in 66 Kansas counties, including all of the Golden Belt, may decrease slightly from property valuations recently sent out, depending on the ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Burdett to celebrate Pluto, mini putt Saturday

BURDETT - It's your chance to dress up in your favorite space costume and compete in the first-ever Interplanetary Golf Tournament.

April 21, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Thomas to stand trial for murder

Freddie Alec Thomas will stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder for the Sept. 11, 2015, shooting death of Jeremy Alan Saldana outside a ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend teens enter pleas in school bus battery case

ELLSWORTH – Two Great Bend teenaged boys appeared in Ellsworth County District Court in Ellsworth Wednesday, one pleading not guilty and one no contest to a ...

April 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Local officials fear delayed KDOT projects will be canceled

The Kansas Department of Transportation will delay several road projects scheduled for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, including the next leg in what has been ...

April 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Big First candidates file campaign finance reports

There are three Republican candidates vying for Kansas First Congressional seat, incumbent Tim Huelskamp of Fowler, and challengers Alan LaPolice of Clyde and Roger Marshall ...

April 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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