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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.

June 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Local officers, athletes, carry torch

Local law enforcement officers and members of The Storm Special Olympics team met in front of the Wetlands Waterpark on Wednesday to continue a tradition. They carried the "Flame of Hope," a torch that will light the fire Friday at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games at Wichita State University.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Arctic foxes born at zoo

Eight new animals arrived at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo on May 24, surprising even the zookeepers. Arctic fox couple Todd and Vixie have given birth to their first litter.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Keeper Chats

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, 2123 Main, is staying open longer this summer, and offering daily Keeper Chats, where the public can learn more about the animals. The zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but staying open until 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As always, admission is free.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Three injured in collision near Hoisington

Three people, including a 4-year-old boy, were injured when vehicles collided at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, south of Hoisington on U.S. 281, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports.

June 03, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Rush County June Jaunt events will showcase Relay for Life

Friday. June 5

June 03, 2015 | | Local News


Tornado siren in southeast Great Bend out of service

The tornado warning siren at 5th and Chestnut in the southeastern part of Great Bend will be out of service until further notice, the Great Bend Police Department reported Wednesday afternoon.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News


St. John dentist recovering in Wichita from fall

By JIM MISUNAS

June 03, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


​Charges in motorcycle fatalities allege improper safety equipment

The trailer that broke free from a pickup and hit a motorcycle on Great Bend's 10th Street last August, causing the deaths of a Hutchinson couple, did not have an adequate safety chain, according to the criminal complaint filed this week in Barton County District Court. The complaint also alleges the load was not securely fastened.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Lorraine man dies in Ellsworth Co. accident

A Lorraine man died Tuesday as the result of a one-vehicle accident in Ellsworth County.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News


These kids aren’t in trouble

If you see local youth being hauled around Friday and Friday, June 12, in police cars or in the back of ambulances it is not because they are in trouble with the law or injured in an accident, said Jefferson Davis, Great Bend Police Department School liaison officer.

June 03, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Great Bend newest cop to join force soon

In a matter of a few weeks, the newest officer will join the Great Bend Police Department. The officer's name is Lazer and she is a two-year-old black German shepherd.

June 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


41st annual Kansas bicycle tour

The 41st year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas historya 505-mile ride across the State begins on Saturday. BIKING ACROSS KANSAS is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route consisting of close to 900 bicyclists and support staff.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News


Fourth kidnapping suspect arrested

The fourth suspect in a kidnapping investigation was arrested Monday in Ellinwood, authorities confirmed.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Charges filed in fatal 2014 accident

A Great Bend man has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with an accident that claimed the lives of a husband and wife riding a motorcycle through Great Bend last August.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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County announces holiday closings for Friday

Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Bird flu scare prompts county fair changes

For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend July 4 fireworks show planned

The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).

June 28, 2015 | | Local News


Get Outdoors!

One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.

June 28, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


Camp Hope: Kids make memories

Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope | Local News


​Library announces summer events for adults

The following programs will be offered at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., for adults 18 years of age and older (unless otherwise noted).

June 27, 2015 | | Local News


Library to be closed Friday, Saturday

The Great Bend Public Library will be closed this Friday and Saturday, in observance of Independence Day.

June 27, 2015 | | Local News


Teen lockdown registrations due Monday

Summer programs for teens continue at the Great Bend Public Library. Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King announced the follow activities and events at the Teen Spot, open to students in grades 7-12.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas Wetlands Educational Center host Aquatic Camp

The weather was perfect for this years aquatic camp which is hosted by the Kansas Wetlands Educational Center and the Great Bend Recreation Center.

June 26, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Barton County Commission to discuss avian flu

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser's Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser's Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.

June 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


FHSU president asked to tell Congress about China programs

HAYS – President Mirta M. Martin of Fort Hays State University was in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to testify about the university's experience with its China programs to a subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

June 26, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


​Teen tries to exit car during pursuit

HUTCHINSON - A Hutchinson woman riding in a car with a Nickerson man was injured Thursday afternoon during a pursuit by law enforcement, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


Possible injuries send motorists to Russell Regional Hospital

Four people were taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Tuesday, after a car collided with a semitrailer, 2 miles south of Gorham on the overpass at Interstate 70 exit 175 in Russell County.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend Sophomore competes at National Speech & Debate Competition

Great Bend High School Sophomore Ashtin Heath competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held in Dallas, Texas from July 13 to July 19, in Dramatic Interpretation.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


​USD 428 board calls special meeting

A special meeting of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the District Education Center. Items on the agenda include a donation for the playground equipment initiative, insurance for 2015-16, personnel, and end-of-year budget expenditures and transfers.

June 25, 2015 | | Local News


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