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​Alzheimer’s caregiver group changes meeting place

The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group has moved from Trinity Lutheran Church to Trinity Methodist Church. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Trinity Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. For more information contact Tandy Boese, 620-792-7017 or Missy Pflughoeft, 620-566-7378.

September 07, 2015 | | Local News

Excitement grows for 'Humphrey' debut

Interest in "The World According to Humphrey" and the One District, One Book program set to roll out on Sept. 25 continues to pick up speed and the committee working on it has grown to 38 members. The book was selected last spring and volunteers have worked all summer getting everything ready for the launch. Books in English and Spanish have arrived, correspondence with the author has been established, lessons by art and music teachers have been planned and posters, pins, book plates and magnets have designed and completed. Additionally, several community-wide events including nocturnal night at the Great Bend ...

September 07, 2015 | | Local News

​Hirsh trial moved to December

The jury trial for a former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper charged with aggravated assault and other counts of domestic violence is scheduled to take place Dec. 15-18 in Barton County District Court. It was previously scheduled for Sept. 22-25.

September 07, 2015 | | Local News

​BCC responds to WalletHub survey

A nationwide survey ranking 670 community colleges placed Barton Community College 591st overall, behind most other Kansas Community Colleges. Barton officials said the numbers don't paint an accurate portrait of the college.

September 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Baker hearing set for Sept. 30

A new preliminary hearing date, Sept. 30, has been set for William Howard Baker. The Great Bend man faces charges in the deaths of a Reno County couple who were riding motorcycles through Great Bend in August 2014. Baker, who was 59 years old at the time, was driving a pickup that was pulling a trailer carrying a mower, and the trailer came loose on 10th St., hitting the approaching motorcycles. Shawn Schellenger, 27, and his wife Danielle Schellenger, 33, died as a result of the accident.

September 07, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

August Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

September 06, 2015 | | Local News

Poets to rendezvous in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - The historic Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood, Kansas, of all places, will welcome the 28th Annual Poetry Rendezvous, Sept. 11-13. Located in a small town with a big heart, the dining room of the Wolf Hotel will hear poets from as far as California and Florida read their works.

September 06, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Kansas organizations seek AmeriCorps members

In an effort to meet community need, the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) encourages Kansans 18 years of age or older to dedicate one year of service to a Kansas organization by serving as an AmeriCorps member.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News

What About Cecil?

I have been queried several times regarding my thoughts on Cecil, the lion that was supposedly cherished by local people and killed by a American bow-hunter in Africa. I suppose that my trips to Africa with my bow bestow some level of understanding or experience that makes my opinion and observations interesting. I understand the interest in this on-going event. I will be as honest and transparent as possible.

September 06, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Soar over to KWEC’s Butterfly festival

All things "butterfly" will be the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Butterfly Festival from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 19.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News

Remembrance ceremony is September 12

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Central Kansas Partnership is holding a Remembrance Ceremony in conjunction with the "Golden Belt Glow for Life" Walk and competitive 5 K Run at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Vet's Park in Great Bend. The public is invited to attend the Remembrance Ceremony that will be held at the west shelter next to the lake. Community members who would like to recognize the memory of someone are encouraged to attend the Remembrance Ceremony and participate in the Recognition.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News

Touch-a-truck connects kids to a community of vehicles

"We've taken our helicopter to events like this before, where its usually medical or law enforcement vehicles," said Randy Blaumenhorst, flight nurse with Lifeteam Critical Transport. "This is really something though, to have vehicles from every part of life for the kids to explore."

September 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Kansas ranks as one of the most strict states for high-risk drivers

With Labor Day being a high-traffic day on the road as well as a top holiday for car sales in the U.S., the personal finance website WalletHub this week released its analysis of the Strictest and Most Lenient States on High-Risk Drivers in conjunction with the third-quarter installment of its 2015 Auto Financing Report.

September 05, 2015 | | Local News

Most regional travel expected for Labor Day since 2008

During the Labor Day holiday, which begins today, 35.5 million Americans are planning to travel at least 50 miles from home during the five-day holiday period that runs through Monday. AAA projects more than 2.7 million people from the West North Central Region, of which Kansas is a part, will journey at least 50 miles or more from home for Labor Day Weekend, the highest travel volume for the region since 2008 and the third highest in a decade.

September 05, 2015 | | Local News

​Zoo Society offers ‘meet and greet’ with fox kits

Great Bend Zoological Society members will have an opportunity to meet the arctic fox kits, from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Raptor Center at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo. Memberships start at $25 for an individual or family and are available at the zoo. For more information email

September 04, 2015 | | Local News

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Chefs needed for chili cook-off

The sixth annual Charity Chili Cook-off will take place Oct. 17 in downtown Great Bend.

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Chicken-fried chicken dinner set to raise funds for youth conference

The NCYC Youth of Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend are raising money to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

More photos from Holy Family School

Photos taken Oct. 1, 2015; Lone Star Action Sports team outside Holy Family School in Great Bend.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Skater, BMX bikers thrill students

A champion inline skater and two professional BMX bikers rolled into the Holy Family School parking lot Thursday morning. The Lone Star Action Sports team ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Murder Mystery coming to Great Bend

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a "Murder At The Juice Joint" event.

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Enrollment now open for fall programs through GBRC

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is now accepting enrollment for the fall programs.

October 01, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Occupational therapist joins team of specialists at early ed center

The new occupational therapist at Sunflower's Early Education Center (EEC) is rounding out the team of early intervention experts on staff.

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Family Crisis Center to observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On Oct. 22, the Great Bend-based Family Crisis Center Inc. hopes to turn the community purple. The campaign, in which residents are encouraged to wear ...

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS Debate

October 01, 2015 | | 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 ...

October 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Nex-Tech Wine in the Wild photos

Sept. 26, 2015

September 30, 2015 | | Local News

2 Spirit Week photos

Wednesday was the day to dress up like a cartoon character at Great Bend High School.

September 30, 2015 | | Local News

Zoo News: Wine in the Wild

The Nex-Tech Wine in the Wild event on Sept. 26 raised $7,248 for the Great Bend Zoological Society, according to sponsors.

September 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

New twists on Homecoming traditions

Great Bend High School's Homecoming Royalty will ride in style at Friday's parade.

September 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Veterans marching at Cheyenne Bottoms Saturday for PTSD awareness

Blake Wornkey, Ellinwood, is an Army veteran, diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who along with 15 to 18 fellow veterans will lead a Carry ...

September 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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