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Bringing back memories

The sun was barely up and there was a stiff chill in the air as Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall made his way along the muddy dirt roads of western Barton County early Saturday morning. It was a private pilgrimage to see the damage from last Tuesday's tornado.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Visit Fort Larned for Memorial Day Weekend

Larned - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site will bring a frontier military post back to life for Memorial Day Weekend.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kids Fishing Day scheduled at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - Enjoy the outdoors with the whole family with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 3.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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 tornado update, approval of the Juvenile Justice Authority budget and the painting of the fences at the county's memorial parks.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

May 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford, Rush, Rice, and Pawnee counties.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders. A tornado impacted the western corner of the city, toppling trees and damaging roofs, sending flying debris through house and car windows. A gas line was ruptured, requiring residents in that part of the city to be evacuated immediately. Throughout the city, fallen branches littered yards and the roadway.

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton County at $658,000.

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend. This story was updated on Thursday, May 18 with additional photos.

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin her duties June 1.

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought he could reach China by sailing west, but ended up in a New World.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School Sunday. Erin Ferguson, the adult services supervisor, provided a departmental report. She first handed out the Summer Reading calendar of events to board members. She then reported that a patron audit had resulted in the library purging approximately 5,000 patrons who have not been active users since 2014. This, she said, was overdue maintenance, and recommended by the State Library Board to ensure an accurate reflection of how often patrons are using the library ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Barton Community College’s Junior Day to feature scholarship giveaway

Barton Community College will help area high school juniors plan for their futures at Junior Day, starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 14, with a ...

January 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Circles invites community to first graduation

A community effort to end poverty in Barton County will celebrate a milestone later this month. Circles of Central Kansas invited the public to the ...

January 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Celebrating Dr. King and the Dream

Reading students of Tanner Dahlke at Riley Elementary School pose with a project that helps sum up what they read about Dr. Martin Luther King ...

January 15, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Larned man injured in K-19 rollover

A Larned man was transported to Pawnee Valley Community Hospital early Monday after the car he was driving went off K-19, 8 miles south of ...

January 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Concert Association plans annual meeting Jan. 21

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will hold its annual meeting for purposes of the election of officers and directors at 1:30 p.m ...

January 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


St. Rose noticing significant increase in influenza A cases

A few weeks ago, St. Rose Health Center providers were caring for one or two influenza patients a week.

January 15, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


County Commission won’t meet this week; City Council meets Monday

The Barton County Commission not meet this week and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

January 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Birthright baby gifts

Birthright-GB delivered gifts for newborn babies, Wednesday at Great Bend Regional Hospital's Obstetrics (OB) Department. Pictured from left: Birthright volunteer Barbara Millard, Melanie Lewis ...

January 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Winner of Threadbenders quilt

After a year of raising money for the Central Kansas Threadbenders Quilt Guild's quilt, the winning ticket was drawn at the December meeting. The ...

January 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Autism Awareness Workshop planned

The Pilot Club of Great Bend is sponsoring an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Workshop set for Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 ...

January 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County spellers prepare for ‘The Bee’

Barton County students have been consulting their dictionaries and studying lists of words in anticipation of the annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Great Bend ...

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC to host free play-writing workshop

Barton Community College is presenting an opportunity for community members see their plays come to life on stage.

January 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Woodmansee talks trafficking at Hoisington High

HOISINGTON - In observance of Human Trafficking Awareness month, students at Hoisington High School missed their regular seventh period class Thursday afternoon for an assembly presented ...

January 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Energy use at BCC discussed

Energy usage on the Barton Community College is down from 2000, even though there have been additions to the campus since then, BCC Vice President ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBRC to host ‘Diabetes Overview’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free program, "Diabetes Overview," at noon Friday, Jan. 12, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

January 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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