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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.

February 01, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCHS Museum welcomes spring with farming exhibit

A new exhibit at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, "Agricultural Options on the Central Kansas Plains," is on loan from the Coronado Quivira Museum of Lyons. Museum staff spent the first part of this week uncrating and installing the numerous panels in the exhibit hall and the library.

February 01, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Zoo news: Happy birthday lion cubs

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo invites the public to a first birthday party for its two lions, Amana and Sauda, on Saturday, Feb. 17.

January 31, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stone Street waterline replacement project to begin

The City of Great Bend Administration and Engineering departments would like the public to be aware of the next phase for the waterline project. This week the water main replacement has started on Stone Street between Broadway and 10th Street.

January 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas lawmakers respond to State of the Union Address

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation were among the throng packed into the United States House of Representatives chamber Tuesday night for President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address. They liked what they heard, although they advised the administration not to leave rural America behind.

January 31, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New look, new feel

The Dillons store on 10th Street in Great Bend celebrated its grand re-opening on Wednesday to showcase a new look and feel of the store along with the celebration of a new Starbucks Coffee Shop inside the store. The celebration included a ribbon cutting, presentation of $16,500 in donations and an ribbon cutting for the $3 million renovation.

January 31, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News


Happy Birthday, Kansas! winners receive prizes at Capitol building

TOPEKA - Winners of the Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest received prizes last Friday at the celebration of Kansas Day at the Kansas State Capitol. Governor Sam Brownback congratulated students as Marearl Denning, representing the legislative spouses, presented an iPad to first-place winners and a Kindle to second-place winners. The contest, now in its fourth year, is presented in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society.

January 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Shoe Sensation, 3407 10th St. Great Bend, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday.

January 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


100 People Who Care committee expected to raise more than $11K

One year ago, a new philanthropic initiative was kicking off in Barton County. The group called "100 People Who Care" launched in February 2017 modeled after other groups like it that exist around the country. The original goal for the group was to recruit at least 100 members who each contribute $100, raising over $10,000 at each quarterly giving meeting. "Fortunately, we have seen a huge response in the last year, and are now increasing our goals to make an even bigger impact in 2018," said Julie Mazouch, chairperson for the group's volunteer steering committee. "We are hoping ...

January 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


LOADS OF SUCCESS

Fields of massive white wind turbine parts and mounds of rock and cement are crowding the Great Bend transload facility west of town, a facility that continues to expand.

January 30, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Death of Gary Caplinger leaves Pawnee County reeling

LARNED – While mourning the Monday passing of 71-year-old Pawnee County Commissioner Gary Caplinger, county officials here must now also plan on how to fill his vacant seat in the commission chamber.

January 30, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Making rural blacktops safer

Several rural Barton County blacktops may become safer in the future after the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved applying for state funds to study signage on several of the roads.

January 30, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBHS speech places 4th

Four Great Bend High School speech students competed at the Kinsley's speech tournament on Saturday. They include Patrick Heath, Jalyn Lear, Geoffrey Pafford and Bailey Sandy. Heath placed fourth in Humorous Solo Acting and fifth in Informative Speaking; Lear placed third in Serious Solo Acting and sixth in Impromptu Speaking and Sandy placed second in Original Oration Speaking and first in Serious Solo Acting. Bailey Sandy said, "Qualifying for the State Championship Tournament so early in the season is a great feeling, now I can concentrate on making my pieces better without the stress of qualifying for state."

January 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Quilts of Valor January 2018

Golden Plains Quilts of Valor Group Leader Amy Schartz Mellor and members of the group awarded 13 Quilts of Valor to area veterans on Jan. 26 at the American Legion Post 180 in Great Bend.

January 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Conservation Awards presented

The Barton County Conservation District held its 71st annual meeting Saturday night, and two area residents were honored for their conservation work with Barton County Bankers Awards for Soil Conservation and Windbreaks. In addition, the importance of volunteering was also highlighted at the ceremony.

January 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Marmie Auto Group acquires Dove dealership

Late last year, the owners of Marmie Ford and Marmie Motors in Great Bend had the opportunity to expand their enterprise by purchasing the Doonan ...

February 17, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Courthouse structural study nearly done

With the Barton County Courthouse turning 100 years old this year, the first steps in determining how to restore the aging building are underway.

February 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


2017 a busy weather year in Barton County

Barton County and central Kansas were no strangers to nasty weather last year. Now, with the beginning of this year's severe weather season looming ...

February 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Jefferson Jets

Great Bend USD 428 photos from Jefferson Elementary School.

February 15, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Fun in the Sun

The My Backyard Playground outside the GBRC Activity Center was a busy place Thursday after children were dismissed from school early and temperatures reached the ...

February 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Senior judge assigned to Bellendir case

Senior Judge Edward Bouker from Hays has been assigned to preside over the misdemeanor case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, which is pending in ...

February 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fort Larned has a new brochure

Fort Larned National Historic Site recently received a shipment of new brochures to hand out at the visitor center.

February 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton nursing program sees renewed success

The 2015-2016 academic year was a turning point for the nursing program at Barton Community College. Gary Burke recalls being a fairly new college trustee ...

February 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rep. Marshall’s low-dose radiation bill unanimously passes house

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman Roger Marshall's bill, H.R. 4675, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act of ...

February 13, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Waterline replacement project will begin on Main Street

The City of Great Bend Administration and Engineering departments announced Tuesday afternoon the next phase for the on-going waterline replacement project. At the end of ...

February 13, 2018 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


BSCO, GBPD respond to injury crashes

Local law enforcement responded to injury crashes Monday and Tuesday, including a vehicle/pedestrian collision in Great Bend.

February 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


17 days: Dispute over speedy trial countdown results in nixed jury trial

It may be awhile, if ever, before Barton County jurors are permitted to decide the guilt or innocence of Alejandro "Vato" Azteca in a 2016 ...

February 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


School board approves summer wrestling tournament

Great Bend High School Head Wrestling Coach Nathan Broeckelman has plans for a summer wrestling tournament at Memorial Stadium, with some night matches "under the ...

February 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Funds exchange gives county more flexibility

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a supplement to the county's federal-aid fund exchange master agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation. The ...

February 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County announces Presidents Day closings

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the ...

February 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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