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​Volleyball, barbecue canceled

The sand volleyball tournament and United Way community barbecue scheduled for this coming Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park have been canceled, due to high waters from recent rains, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes announced.

June 02, 2015 | | Local News


Pawnee Rock hears fire department needs, seeks to electrify the Rock

Monday night, Pawnee Rock's City Council met and received a clear picture of the status of the fire department, along with many helpful suggestions from its new fire chief. A proposal, presented by new resident Basil Dannebohm, also provided a vision for how the city could put its greatest attraction to use. While it became clear the city has many needs, changes made over few years are beginning to build momentum.

June 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Woman who took Honor Flight money sentenced to prison

LaVeta D. Miller was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison, and ordered to pay more than $129,000 in restitution, for stealing money from Central Prairie RC&D. Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty granted a departure from sentencing guidelines that would have placed Miller on probation.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Not the same old grind

When Sunflower Diversified Services was awarded $12,000 by the Barton County Commission last year to bolster its recycling efforts, the agency had two goals, SDS Director Jim Johnson said.

June 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend releases new website & facility rules

The City of Great Bend announced Tuesday that the new Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend website is up and running. The website includes new information regarding the waterpark and can be viewed at www.greatbendwaterpark.com.

June 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Bank, 3600 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Mike Fortkamp and Brian Ewing. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

June 02, 2015 | | Local News


City backs bike, pedestrian master plan

Agreeing that it is important for Great Bend residents to be more active, the City Council Monday night threw its support behind a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian master plan being developed by Be Well Barton County.

June 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New service offers life in the fast lane

Nex-Tech's Maggie Basgall asked Barton County commissioners Monday morning to look at the Internet as a pipe. The bigger that pipe, the more that can flow through it and the faster it will travel.

June 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


​Drug suspects nabbed after shots fired

A narcotics investigation began Friday evening as a Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy, a Great Bend Police officer and a Kansas Highway Patrol officer responded to 200 Truman St. in Great Bend, west of the Great Bend Sports Complex.

June 01, 2015 | | Local News


Kidnapping reported Saturday

Three people were booked into the Barton County Jail on kidnapping charges Saturday evening, while a fourth suspect remained at large. The alleged victim, Robin Pierce, contacted police from Great Bend Regional Hospital.

June 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City of Great Bend closing 8th and Morton intersection starting today

The intersection of Eighth and Morton in Great Bend will be closed to all traffic for about three weeks starting today, Great Bend Stree Superintendent Mike Crawford said. City crews will be removing the old asphalt and street base and replacing it with concrete.

June 01, 2015 | | Local News


Voting begins on Cardinal Legacy bond issue

HOISINGTON, KAN. – Watch the mailbox for the opportunity to help grow the USD #431 school district and the entire Hoisington community. Ballots for the Cardinal Legacy Bond will arrive in the mail on or around June 1. These ballots must be post-marked by June 16 for eligible voters to participate in this important election.

May 31, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


The Time is NOW!!!

All fishermen (and women) love to brag and show their catch before it gets to the dinner table. A limit of five walleye is no small accomplishment. It looms larger when fishing on the lakes that have a 18 inch limit as opposed to the 15 inch limit on other lakes. I'm not sure why the regulations aren't standard across the state. There are several things about the regulations that I feel could make fishing better for all of us. The major rule in my estimation that is harmful is the 50 fish limit for crappie. A decent ...

May 31, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Heirloom stitches

The Barton County Historical Society museum will host a quilt show over June Jaunt weekend and through the month of June.

May 31, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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


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Drug Enforcement Operation conducted in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.

June 29, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Farmer’s input helps Rep. Huelskamp

By JIM MISUNAS

June 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Great Bend City Council nixes two days of fireworks

In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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


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