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Zebra Mussels found in Cedar Bluff Reservoir

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. The lake is owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). In July, the BOR conducted its annual plankton sampling survey which revealed zebra mussel veligers (larvae). The results were reported to KDWPT aquatic nuisance species staff on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Department fisheries staff began a search on Aug. 25 and found a population of adult zebra mussels near the Muley Boat Ramp on the south side of the reservoir. Cedar Bluff Reservoir is ...

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Keep the motor running

American and Kansas highways alike are a lot busier, transportation officials say.

August 27, 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 conditional use permit for Midwest Energy to build a communications tower near Ellinwood, a memorandum of understanding for Next Generation 911 and the replacement of a road grader for the Road and Bridge Department.

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Airplane forced to make emergency landing

At 12;35 p.m. on Thursday one mile south of Bushton, a 1968 piper fixed wing aircraft flown by Brad Fitchett, 51 of Ellsworth, was in the process of spraying pesticide on a crop field and had to make an emergency landing when the engine stalled.

August 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Main Street Dillons invites first responders to free dinner

First responders in Barton County are invited to a free chicken barbecue dinner, from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Dillons No. 3, 1811 Main St. in Great Bend. It will be open to all law enforcement officers and firefighters, said Bob Allen, one of the cooks.

August 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pump prices headed upwards

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 9.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15 Thursday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.20.

August 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KDOT requesting comments on STIP amendment

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on the amendment to the FFY 2016-2019 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

August 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Grant renewed for BCC’s Educational Opportunity Center

About 1,000 people per year benefit from the Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center, which exists to promote educational awareness by helping community members find a pathway in which to identify and meet their educational, personal and career goals.

August 25, 2016 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News


Sanchez new translator at two Sunflower Diversified facilities

Victoria Sanchez is bringing an extra dose of the personal touch to the children and families at the Early Education Center (EEC) and Incredible Years Preschool.

August 25, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Voicing support for Larned State Hospital

LARNED - Tim Keck, secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, discussed the future of Larned State Hospital during a public meeting Wednesday at the Pawnee County Courthouse.

August 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Second suspect arrested in May 21 shooting incident

The Great Bend Police Department and other agencies responded to a shooting incident in the 3900 block of Forest Ave on May 21. Although the suspects were gone when officers arrived, they were able to quickly ascertain the identities of the suspects, build a case, and obtain warrants for the arrest of the two suspects involved in the shooting.

August 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County Senior Companion honored

August 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A life turned 'round, Part II

Editor's note: Robert Bruce is Hoisington's newest city council representative. His journey to becoming the kind of man who chooses to take part in civic life took a tragic turn early on, one that led to a conviction of involuntary manslaughter after a drunken driving incident, time served in prison, and the choice to give up alcohol. Today, he is working to make his community a better place. Here is the second in a two-part series.

August 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Move request: DMV seeks higher ground

Staff at the Kansas Driver's License office on the second floor of the courthouse would like to move to another room in the building.

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mull estate supports Shafer Gallery

Staff at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will visit area schools, thanks to a gift from the Glenn and Elaine Mull Family Advised Fund, Gallery Director Dave Barnes told the college's board of trustees Tuesday.

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Child seats being recalled

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced two recalls involving child safety seats. They include:

September 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Come Nov. 8, Barton County ‘motor voters’ good to go

Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman wants all county voters who registered via the so-called Motor Voter Act at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices to ...

September 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBRH presents forensics training for law enforcement

Great Bend Regional Hospital recently sponsored a forensic training program for area law enforcement officers, explaining what medical forensic examination means for criminal investigations.

September 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


'State Fair' activities at Cherry Village

Mary Mater, Cherry Village resident, enjoys a little face painting by Reva Vasquez, chef in the Cherry Village kitchen. Residents at the long-term-care facility were ...

September 20, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Shafer offers free mask making workshop

Just in time for Halloween, the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College will host a free workshop, "Marvelous Mask Making," for anyone from 5 ...

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC online enrollment continues to see growth

Barton Community College's enrollment of students outside its traditional seven-county service area continues to increase, thanks to students taking courses online.

September 20, 2016 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Sky's the Limit

Now that Great Bend High School owns its own fleet of drones, students are learning how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles could fit into their future.

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pulling to a victory

For the second year in a row Rick Remmert of Great Bend took first place in the 4,000-pound antique tractor pull at the Kansas ...

September 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


OSHA investigating worker’s amputation injury at Ellsworth

A 28-year-old male employee of The Ellsworth Co-op had his left leg amputated Monday when he stepped into an open auger well inside a steel ...

September 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Screenings for kids birth through 2 offered

The Sunflower Early Education Center will offer free screenings for all children from birth through 2 years old. They will take place from 8 a ...

September 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee County/Larned Police reports

Pawnee County Sherriff - Sept. 19

September 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


State Fair opinion poll: Trump leads in Kansas

HUTCHINSON – The Secretary of State's Office closed its annual State Fair Opinion Poll Sunday afternoon and the results have been tallied. The poll consisted ...

September 20, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Pawnee County Health Department and Sheriff’s Department team up to make schools safer

LARNED - Thanks to a surplus in emergency preparedness funding provided to the Pawnee County Health Department through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, schools ...

September 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City proceeds with GBPD remodeling effort

The Great Bend City Council voted Monday night to proceed with plans on how to best way to remodel the Great Bend Police Department. The ...

September 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


ANOTHER CHANCE

Citing progress in the cleaning up and repairing of four run-down homes in the 2100 block of 16th Street, the Great Bend City Council voted ...

September 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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