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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


Name of shooting victim released

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


Barton to offer no-cost Hazardous Waste Worker training for transitioning soldiers

Barton Community College in conjunction with the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) will begin offering a 10-day Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program at military installations across the country. The course is geared toward transitioning soldiers, retirees and family members at no cost.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


BCSO vehicle involved in crash

According to the Great Bend Police Department, at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, 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


Barrett to serve as parade grand marshal

Start a conversation with Leslie Halbower Barrett about the soldiers who fight in war zones across the globe and it won't take long before she tears up. Or rubs away the goose-bumps on her arms.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Scammers target Great Bend electric customers

Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc. would like the public to be aware of a scam that is targeting its members.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


USD 431 retirement

A retirement reception for Bruce Loomis, who is retiring after 23 years from USD 351, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Macksville Grade School multi-purpose room.

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC trustees look at campus security

In the coming months, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will look at ways to improve campus security.

November 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Oh deer

Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a Great Bend outfitter, climbed into a Rush county tree stand and quietly waited in hopes of a successful Kansas bow hunt. His patience was rewarded when a large buck made his way into his field of vision. His shot was spot on, and the buck fell to the ground.

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GLOWING GREEN

When people see the color green, they may think of the spring grass, leafs blowing in the wind, or even Christmas time.

November 17, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


MAKING GREAT STRIDES

Great Bend Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler was obviously proud as he introduced Sara Hamlin to the City Council Monday night. Hamlin was just named as the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo's new Zoo new supervisor/curator. "She has worked hard as a zoo keeper for us and has shown great understanding of the zoo world and an ability to lead others," Keeler said. Keeler credits her leadership and ability to work with other division of the department and other city departments to help obtain the first United States Department of Agriculture inspection that has no deficiencies in ...

November 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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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


USD 431 breaks ground on new Lincoln Elementary School

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April 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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