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LEARNING TO BURN

RICE COUNTY - A cloud of smoke rose from a pasture in southeast Rice County last Saturday morning. But unlike with the recent wildfires that have ravaged Kansas, no alarms rang and there were no fire trucks on the scene.

March 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sunflower Diversified nets $47,100 from annual Charity Gala

The central Kansas community showed its support for people with developmental disabilities and delays by raising a net total of $47,100 at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala.

March 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


CAST AWAY

Alexa Straub, 15, is an expert in the art of arm knitting. She should be, after doing it for six years. Thursday morning, she patiently assisted other youths attending Fiber Arts Fun Day in the process of first looping bulky yarn around one arm, known as "casting on," and then holding onto the tail of the yarn and looping it through on one side and transferring the new loop onto the other arm to make a stitch. Instead of using knitting needles, the young people learned to use their arms as needles as they created loosely knit scarves.

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Concealed carry classes remain popular

The state of Kansas no longer requires residents to take the conceal carry class and get a licence to carry a weapon, but the classes are still in demand, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Classes scheduled for this Saturday and for April 29 are full, but another class will be offered in August.

March 23, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Barton County teen teaches 'arm knitting'

Alexa Straub, 15, is an expert in the art of arm knitting. She should be, after doing it for six years. Thursday morning, she patiently assisted other youths attending Fiber Arts Fun Day in the process of first looping bulky yarn around one arm, known as "casting on," and then holding onto the tail of the yarn and looping it through on one side and transferring the new loop onto the other arm to make a stitch. Instead of using knitting needles, the young people learned to use their arms as needles as they created loosely knit scarves.

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Career Closet Drive underway

Donated professional attire for job seekers to wear will be available at Job Fest, taking place next Thursday at the Great Bend Events Center. Professionals in the community can help by donating clothing.

March 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Mobile home fire

The Great Bend Fire Department responded to a fire call at 4:53 p.m. on Thursday at 168 South Washington for a mobile home on fire. Firefighters found the structure totally engulfed in flames. No occupants were injured.

March 23, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


Tabler Furniture settles up, reopens

LARNED - The lights were on and the open sign was lit at Tabler Furniture Thursday morning. This, a week after the business was shuttered and a seizure sign posted by the Kansas Department of Revenue declared it was closed temporarily for nonpayment of withholding and payroll taxes.

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CVB enhances Hospitality Program, supports local businesses

As a way to enhance its Hospitality Program, the City of Great Bend's Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently added a new service.

March 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Government commodities to be distributed

United States government commodities will be distributed from 4-5 p.m., Monday, March 27, at the Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in Great Bend. For more information, call 620-603-6283.

March 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tax rebate plan OKed by council

A revised version of Great Bend Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, a property tax rebate program targeting new buildings and improvements, was given the OK by the City Council Monday night. The action followed a public hearing on the matter that was reconvened from the March 6 council meeting.

March 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


June Jaunt plans in the works

Great Bend Community Coordinator/Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Christina Hayes attended a regional June Jaunt meeting last week in Scott City and had good news.

March 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City offers cash to Cinco de Mayo

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a $750 sponsorship for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration set for May 6 at Jack Kilby Square. However, event planners had requested $1,000.

March 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Farm show a boon to community

The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is big deal for the community, but it wouldn't be possible if it weren't for city officials and volunteers who make it happen, show promoter Daren Dale told the Great Bend City Council Monday night.

March 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


COUNCIL SHOWS THE ‘LOVE’

In recognition of his years of dedication to local tennis and local youth, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved naming the west tennis courts at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of longtime coach Shannon Schartz.

March 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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BCSO seeks information

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance is locating a man wanted for aggravated robbery and outstanding warrants.

April 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Members sought for city boards, commissions

The City of Great Bend has a number of advisory boards and commissions, and there are currently openings on many of them, Mayor Mike Allison ...

April 19, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission reappoints Esfeld as appraiser

Barb Esfeld will serve another four years as the Barton County appraiser following her reappointment by the County Commission Monday morning. She will serve another ...

April 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Improvements coming to Main

The Great Bend City Council Monday night accepted the low bid from Venture Corporation for work on Main Street.

April 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Committee advances plan for McKown statue

He may have been confined to a wheelchair most of his life, but that didn't keep Bill McKown from standing tall in his native ...

April 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Area painters and potters featured at Deines Center

RUSSELL - The next exhibition at the Deines Cultural Center opens Friday. Four Painters & Three Potters features paintings and ceramics from seven artists from the Great ...

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at ...

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Marshall finds satisfaction, concerns among Kansans

There are a lot of voices to be heard in the massive First Congressional District and first-term Republican Roger Marshall said lots of them are ...

April 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Diva Day on the way

The Great Bend Tribune Relay for Life of Barton County team will hold its annual Spring Diva Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p ...

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

April 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC report highlights administrative projects

Software purchases at Barton Community College used to represent major expenses requiring the approval of the Board of Trustees. Nowadays, the cost of software has ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Two arrested on drug charges

Barton County Sheriff Office Deputy David Melcher arrested two people on drug charges at 2 a.m. on Friday in the parking lot of Brit ...

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


High school students participate in Vortex

Area high school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend, Solomon, Stafford, Larned and Hoisington came to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from art professionals ...

April 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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