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Baker prepares for jury trial

A pretrial conference was held last week for William Howard Baker, 60, who is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident in 2014.

February 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City hoping for bowling convention/tourney in 2017

City of Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes announced that with efforts made by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the Great Bend Knights of Columbus, Great Bend is currently in a close race to being voted as the location for the 2017 Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament.

February 29, 2016 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


April 5 election candidates announced

The list of candidates who filed for the city council and other positions in the April 5 general election has been announced by Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. The filing deadline was in January.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission OKs permit allowing for cemetery expansion

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved special use permit allowing Holy Family Catholic Church in Odin to expand its cemetery.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBRC to host ‘Connect Program’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Connect Program" on Wednesday, March 2, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th. The CONNECT Program provides local opportunities to screen young children 0 – 6 years to promote emotionally healthy individuals.

February 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


​National American Legion Auxiliary president coming to Great Bend

American Legion Unit 180 of Great Bend will host the National President, Sharon Conatser of Champaign, Ill., at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the local post home at 1011 Kansas Ave. Lunch will be served at a cost of $8.

February 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County GOP chair says caucus matters

The Republican Caucus will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at various locations in Kansas. It is by secret ballot and any registered Republican can vote.

February 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A “Taste of Wild Kansas”

Come "taste" the outdoors with outdoors writer/photographer Michael Pearce who will present "Savoring the Kansas Outdoors, One Bite at a Time" at 2:30 p.m. on March 13, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

February 28, 2016 | | Local News


Grant writing workshop coming to Great Bend

Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day grant writing workshop from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on March 30, at the Front Door Community Center on 1610 10th Street in Great Bend. This workshop is available to area non-profit organizations who wish to learn more about the skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants.

February 28, 2016 | | Local News


Farm Safety Day

The Barton County Farm Bureau Association will be holding its 16th Farm Safety Awareness Day Wednesday, March 2, at Barton Community College in the Case IH Technical training building. The day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. followed by a welcome from Barton County Farm Bureau President, Brad Birzer.

February 28, 2016 | | Local News


Vietnam Scholarships

Vietnam Veterans of America Hays Chapter 939 announces that they will again be awarding four, $500 scholarships for college or trade school. Students who reside in one of the following counties are eligible: Barton, Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Finny, Graham, Gove, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Rush, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, and Wallace.

February 28, 2016 | | Local News


BCC campus safety enhanced by mobile app

As part of Barton Community College's ongoing commitment to campus safety, the college's Campus Safety Office has announced the launch of Rave Guardian, a free mobile app that turns any smartphone into a personal safety device. By downloading this free safety app, students and faculty can enhance their personal safety both on and off campus.

February 27, 2016 | | Local News


The Addams Family

Barton Community College's music department will present "The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

February 27, 2016 | By Joe Vinduska Barton Community College | Local News


Barton Foundation to raise money for scholarships and academic enrichment

The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign titled "Education Changes Everything" on March 1. Judy and Earl Fox will serve as honorary cochairs for the month-long fundraising drive.

February 27, 2016 | | Local News


​Tribune asks KS Supreme Court to change gag order

The Great Bend Tribune has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Kansas seeking to reverse a gag order issued by 20th Judicial District Judge Ron Svaty in a first-degree murder case.

February 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Local paramedic receives prestigious award

Being recognized for your hard work, leadership skills and a job well done can be seen through many different eyes, but it only takes one ...

August 19, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


‘Wild Places’ close to home

George Frazier says his new book, "The Last Wild Places of Kansas," isn't a guide, but it may lead readers to explore some places ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Party in the Park worth the effort

Sure, it takes a lot of work to throw an event like the City of Great Bend's Party in the Park. But, Community Coordinator ...

August 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | 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 ...

August 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Baton named CDL test site

Industry demand has driven continued expansion of the Barton Community College Commercial Driver's License program. Barton is now an official test site and a ...

August 18, 2016 | BY BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News


The movies are over, but the fresh veggies remain for now

The free summer outdoor movie series is over, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington said. This year the city put more movies on Friday nights ...

August 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Angel hired to lead Family Crisis Center

On August 16th The Family Crisis Center Board unanimously voted to hire Rachel Angel as the new Executive Director.

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Meet the Panthers on Sunday

The Panther Booster Club will host its first community-wide Meet the Panthers event at 5 p.m. Sunday at the band shell in Jack Kilby ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Salvation Army distributes 200 backpacks

The Salvation Army helped more than 200 children return to school this week with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

August 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Filling them up

It wasn't kids getting on the school buses parked outside Great Bend businesses this week.

August 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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 ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


KDADS awards $580,000 in Mental Health Substance Use Prevention Grants

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Acting Secretary Tim Keck announced Wednesday the award of 17 grants totaling $580,000 for the Kansas ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee County Sheriff makes two meth busts over weekend

LARNED - On Aug. 12, 2016 a Pawnee County Sheriff's Office Deputy made contact with a subject traveling from Nebraska to Oklahoma. During the investigation ...

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


4-H family welcomes Japanese exchange student

For the past three weeks, Liberty Marsh, 12, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers, has played hostess to Kotono Sugito, 12, a member ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Drug arrests made during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in the early hours of Wednesday produced guns, cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia and two arrests were made.

August 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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