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Fun on 2 wheels

Once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget. But everyone can use an occasional refresher on safety and rules of the road. The annual Youth Bike Safety Rodeo held Friday at Brit Spaugh Park provided tips for both beginners and seasoned riders.

May 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Local officers to carry torch for Special Olympics

It is expected that 965 officers from over 97 agencies will carry the "Flame of Hope" throughout 35 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual Special Olympics Summer Games held in Wichita.

May 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Parolee arrested with suspected meth

A traffic stop at 1:21 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, resulted in a drug arrest, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

Mosquitoes digging soggy conditions in Great Bend area

Sure, all the recent rains have been good for crops and yards, but they may be another pesky side effect.

May 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Annual Great Bend garden tour blooms next Sunday

Spring has arrived and the local Soroptimist International club wants to drive that point home, despite all the rain. The 2015 Gardens Galore garden tour runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, as part of the June Jaunt weekend.

May 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Wild horse open house and adoption, Hutchinson Correctional Facility, June 5-6

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in Hutchinson, will host a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on June 5-6. The public is invited to observe training demos all weekend by inmates in a rehabilitation program at the facility. Free screenings of the documentary film "Unbranded" – the dramatic story of four riders and 16 mustangs making a 3,000-mile trek across country – will be shown throughout the weekend.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News

Saint Francis Community Services offers free class for prospective foster parents

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News

It is road-work season

Summer asphalt work is now underway, Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told to the County Commission Monday morning. On Monday, May 4, work began at U.S. 56 going north on Dartmouth Road (NE 60 Avenue).

May 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

​BCC trustees approve contracts and plans

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved several contract renewals on Wednesday, along with a contingency planning policy and a new strategic plan for the college.

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend’s Make a MOVEment event set for Saturday

The third-annual Make a MOVEment day is set for 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The event supports the Family Crisis Center's Del Hayden Child Advocacy Center in Great Bend.

May 28, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

​Train hits semitrailer in Clark Co.; Alexander motorist uninjured

A Rush County man was driving a semitrailer that was hit by a Union Pacific railroad train, Wednesday evening in Clark County. The truck driver, 30-year-old Joshua L. Coleman from Alexander, was able to get out of the vehicle and was not injured.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News

BCC to offer citizenship classes

Barton Community College will offer citizenship classes from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Tuesday, June 9 at the Center for Adult Education 1025 Main St., Great Bend in room 208.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News


The circular towers that have been Great Bend landmarks since 1964 will start coming down Monday, June 1. During the month-long process, dust will be controlled and traffic will continue to flow.

May 28, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

Archeology Field School at High Plains prehistoric site near Hays

Between 500 and 1100 CE the treeless western Kansas plains were inhabited by people who made pottery and used spear throwers and the bow and arrow. They lived in small temporary houses with round packed-earth floors and ate deer, bison, pronghorn, fish, and small mammals. The Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association will hold the annual Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school June 5-20 at a High Plains prehistoric village site located west of Hays in Ellis County.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News

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KWEC to hold Holiday Open House

Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to noon ...

November 22, 2015 | | Local News

Hudson Cream: 'The flour without a fault'

HUDSON - Gleaming elevators tower above the wheat fields of the Kansas prairie at Stafford County Flour Mills. The silos are the same color as the ...

November 21, 2015 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Local News


Heather Schneider, Great Bend, has been working with poultry through Barton County Extension's 4-H since she joined 10 years ago. She remembers her dad ...

November 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

​Audit report on BCC agenda

The Board of Trustees of Barton Community College will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Room F-30, on the ...

November 21, 2015 | | 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 ...

November 21, 2015 | | Local News

Local businesses ready for Small Business Saturday

All 30 of the Explore Great Bend Stores are open and ready for business for Small Business Saturday, said Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes ...

November 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

​Barton Community College to close for Thanksgiving break

Barton Community College will be closed for Thanksgiving break Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27. The college will resume its regular schedule on Monday ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

​Citrus fruit sales begin soon

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is again selling Indian River citrus fruit as its annual fundraiser. The navel oranges, pink grapefruit and tangerines will ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS students qualify to compete at KU Med Center’s ‘Night @ The Lab’

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Three Great Bend High School juniors won the regional competition and the right to compete at the "Night @ The Lab" state competition ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

​USDA Food Safety offers resources for Thanksgiving troubles

WASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece – the turkey – is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News


Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made ...

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Pancake dinner raises funds for Grubb family’s medical expenses

HOISINGTON - Little Cameron Grubb and his family have been through the heartache of battling a rare life-threatening disease, as well as the joy of knowing ...

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS provides food for thought

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Great Bend High School provided all of the food and table decorations for Thursday's Great Bend ...

November 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton women have record-setting night against Sterling JV

It was a very special night for the Barton women's basketball team Wednesday night. And very little of that special had to do with ...

November 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend Fire Department raise money for MDA

Members of the Great Bend Fire Department raised $5,578 between the annual Fill the Boot campaign Sept. 4, and the Stache Dash run on ...

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

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