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Throwing down a challenge

As of Monday morning, there were only 77 lines remaining to be sold to fill up the second stone at the Golden Belt Veterans' Memorial located in Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.

April 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Loss in oilfield jobs hits local unemployment numbers

TOPEKA – Statewide, the March seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, down from 4.0 percent in February and from 4.3 percent in March 2015.

April 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Wetland Explorer: Wildlife Rescue?

The staff at nature centers, zoos, state agencies, and anyone else who works with wildlife knows that there's another sign of spring besides chirping birds and blooming flowers. It's the phone calls from helpful and caring members of the public who've found an animal that they're concerned about. Spring is the time of year when young critters are being born, growing up, and of course, getting into trouble. But sometimes what looks like trouble to us humans is just another stage of life for a wild animal.

April 17, 2016 | Jean Aycock, KWEC Education Director | Local News

Judge Johnson seeks second term

District Judge Steve Johnson of Great Bend has announced that he is seeking a second term for the 20th Judicial District, Division 2. Judge Johnson was elected for his first term in the fall of 2012 and sworn into office in January 2013 by Chief Judge Mike Keeley, Division 3 of the District.

April 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Trainer praises Sunflower’s Early Education Center Autism Team efforts

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of two stories on the new Autism Team at the Sunflower Diversified Services Early Education Center.

April 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS musicians compete at Regional Music Festival

Superior and excellent describe the Great Bend High School musician's scores at Regional Music Contest held April 9, at Barton Community College. Eight band events, five vocal soloists and one orchestra solo received "I" ratings, while nine band events, nine orchestra solos, and one vocal solos received "II"s. "I"s went to the Brass Sextet, Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Allison Regehr, Aubrey Maneth, Matthew Phillips, Kayn Milholland; the Low Brass Ensemble, Aubrey Maneth, Matthew Phillips, Tristan McHenry, Andrew Curtright, Malachi Williams; soloists, Ben Diel, trumpet; Allison Regehr, French horn; Aubrey Maneth, trombone; Andrew Curtright, euphonium; Kayn Milholland, tuba ...

April 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Food and Farm Council presentation Monday

The Barton County Health Department invites the public to attend a special presentation on "Food and Farm Councils in Kansas."

April 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Family Crisis Center and former NFL QB kick off ‘Red Shoe” season

Since 2012, the Family Crisis Center Inc. has been working to raise awareness among the people in its service area to domestic and sexual violence through signature "Red Shoe" events leading up to the finale "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." Many who have seen their male co-workers hobbling about in red high-heels as they raise funds for the cause have been persuaded to help, which has allowed the programs offered through the FCC to touch the lives of many, both locally and regionally.

April 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Barton Planetarium to present full-dome movies

The Barton Planetarium will feature movies utilizing the full-dome projection system this spring. The Planetarium is located in the Science Building. Enter through the sliding doors on the north side. Admission is free.

April 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBMS soccer teams clean up

Saturday morning, team members from both of Great Bend Middle School's soccer teams, the boys and the girls, gathered at the north end of Stone Lake to spend some quality time performing community service together. The original plan was to travel west on the Arkansas River levy bike path cleaning up trash, but with cold wind and cloudy skies threatening rain, they altered their plan and chose a shorter route. Starting at the parking lot and working their way around the lake to the entrance of the bike path, they would travel east to Fry St. on the path.

April 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

St. Rose Health Center blood screenings set for April 23

St. Rose Health Center staff members and volunteers will be on hand from 6:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday, April 23 for the next blood screenings. The public is encouraged to attend the walk-in event.

April 16, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

BCC to host sexual assault awareness presentations

Barton Community Colleg's Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team (SMART) will host events as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month during April.

April 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Group to hear ‘Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul’

The Touched by Cancer support group will have a sharing meeting a 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland. The program "Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul" will be presented by Rosalyn Borchers.

April 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Find out what's happening at 'Squirrel Lake'

In a place called Squirrel Lake, you're bound to meet a nut or two. Great Bend Community Theatre's new production takes place at a family cabin on the shores of Squirrel Lake, Wisconsin, where a family gathers for the reading of their Mother's will. Not everyone is what they appear to be as we meet a nun and her insane brother, as well a psychic, supposedly sent by Mom from the great beyond.

April 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

It's official

Amy Mellor, left, turns in the final paperwork as she files to run for the office of Barton County Attorney, Friday at the courthouse. The office currently held by Douglas Matthews has not been contested since Matthews was first sworn in as the Barton County Attorney in January of 2005. Mellor, who at present serves as assistant county attorney, said she turned in signatures earlier in the week. Retired District Judge Hannelore Kitts is her campaign treasurer.

April 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Cherry Village team spreads the word about Alzheimer’s

The Cherry Village Benevolence team at the recent Walk to End Alzheimer's was rewarded with two first-place recognitions for its charitable efforts.

October 17, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Medicare basics topic of luncheon program

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Medicare Basics" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the ...

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission holds another executive session

After an hour-long executive session Monday morning, the Barton County Commission emerged only to announce no action would result from the closed-door meeting. It was ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

New certification will help county with flood issues

It was a grueling test, but Barton County Engineer Barry McManaman prevailed.

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

County tax sale successful

The annual Barton County Tax Sale was held on Oct. 11 at the courthouse. Of the 24 parcels on the auction block, 23 sold, County ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Preparations underway for Giving Tuesday

From communities, families and businesses, to non-profits and charitable foundations, people around the world are preparing for Giving Tuesday, on Nov. 29. Giving Tuesday was ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barktober an event for dogs and their people

Hands of Hope Rescue and Advanced America will hold a fundraising Barktober Dogs Days event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Quivira to present a Crane Tour and Open House October 29

Cranes will be the featured topic at a special event planned from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29, at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pawnee County Sheriff's report

Pawnee County Sheriff's report - Oct. 13

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


More than 100 runners participated in the Barton County YP5K and Half Marathon race Saturday morning. Most came from Great Bend and other Barton County ...

October 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Commission, council to meet Monday

Both the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday.

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Remembering a loved one

Many gathered to remember a friend, a companion and a loved one during a dedication Friday morning at the Memorial Rose Garden at the Great ...

October 14, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Medicare open enrollment period now open

The open enrollment period for Medicare Prescription Drug coverage in 2017 began October 15, 2016, and runs through Dec. 7.

October 14, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Sunflower announces chili cook-off

Sunflower Diversified Services will host the seventh annual Charity Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to ...

October 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Reality U

Students often hear their lives will be different once they enter "the real world," so on Thursday Great Bend Middle School eighth graders got a ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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