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​Trooper’s domestic violence trial underway

It took most of the day Tuesday to choose a jury for Darrin Hirsh, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper charged with aggravated assault and other counts of domestic violence in Barton County District Court. The jury is scheduled to hear opening statements at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when the trial resumes.

December 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


St. John concession sales will benefit Secret Santa

ST. JOHN - The concession stand at the Central Plains and st. John basketball games Tuesday will be selling Wheatland Café bierocks, pizza pockets, and pigs-in-a-blanket as usual. A chili and cinnamon roll meal deal is also featured. A bowl of chili and a Wheatland Café cinnamon roll will cost $5.

December 15, 2015 | | Local News


Veteran’s Memorial Lake stocked with trout

With the subsiding of the toxic blue-green algae problem, Veteran's Memorial Lake in Great Bend will again receive regular stockings of rainbow trout as part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's winter trout program. The first fish were delivered Tuesday morning.

December 15, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


GBRC Board member receives award

Out-going board Chairman Dr. Marc Huslig received an award for his eight years of service during the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board's monthly meeting Monday evening.

December 15, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Marines recognized for personal acts of heroism

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Five Marines were awarded for their personal acts of heroism during the 9th annual American Hero Awards, Oct. 28, at Sywanyk's Scarlet and Gold Traditions in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

December 14, 2015 | | Local News


​School board extends Reed’s contract

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education voted Monday to extend Superintendent Brad Reed's contract for 2016-18.

December 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fire in Great Bend

December 14, 2015 | | Local News


County to upgrade 911 system

It is happening sooner than Barton County officials were expecting or wanting, but the upgrade to the latest Next Generation 911 system will take place in the coming months. The County Commission approved the $104,000 conversion Monday morning.

December 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Weather causes fatality accident

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to two separate accidents on Sunday in Pawnee County. One of the accidents had a fatality.

December 14, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


GBRC will host a Stop ‘N Learn Session, “Holidays Made Healthier”

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Holidays Made Healthier" on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 12–1 p.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th.

December 14, 2015 | | Local News


Commission thanks Collier for dedication to county, byway

It was a beautiful friendship.

December 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


4-H achievement celebration

Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 81st annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. Heather Schneider, 4-H Council President and Kayleigh Bitter, Council Secretary served as the emcees. Betsy Snell, Council Treasurer led the members in the Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge. Mikey Hughes, Council Reporter introduced the special guests

December 13, 2015 | | Local News


Holiday Hustle

The United Way of Central Kansas walked among the lights of Veteran's Memorial Park this past Friday to encourage exercise, family, and giving during this Holiday Season. The Light to Unite Holiday Hustle had to be postponed due to weather, but the event went on and was a great night of fun. After registering to walk through the lights, participants had a chance to purchase glow wear for a small donation and picked up their elf shoes which were filled with water donated by Wheatland Electric, stocking caps and headbands made by Roth Embroidery, and brochures for all of ...

December 13, 2015 | | Local News


There she goes!!!!

On Dec. 15, Cris Collier will no longer work for the Convention Bureau in Great Bend. She has served this community for many years and will be missed.

December 13, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Historical Society holds volunteer appreciation

Anyone who has served as a volunteer at the Barton County Historical Society this year was invited Thursday to an appreciation reception and a sneak peek at the holiday exhibit. The public can view the exhibit free during the Ghosts of Christmas Past Open House from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum, south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.

December 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Camp Hope photos

The 34th annual Camp Hope was held this past week at Camp Aldrich. This free camp for children who have cancer or have had cancer ...

June 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Addict asks to be sent to prison

A 23-year-old woman told a Barton County District Judge she would rather go to prison and get treatment than receive probation and go back to ...

June 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County volunteers receive Girl Scout awards

Two Barton County residents have been recognized with special awards from Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland for their extraordinary service as volunteers.

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Honoring Fathers

Carl Henkle, Cherry Village resident, celebrates Father's Day with his son-in-law, Reen Berges, and daughter, Sandy Berges.

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Westfall retires from FCC Board

The Family Crisis Center staff and volunteers recognized FCC Board Member Jan Westfall this past week for four years of service. She was presented a ...

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County honored for immunization efforts

Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider attended the State Immunization Conference in Salina where the county received an award for "Outstanding Effort in Turning Around ...

June 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Aaron Miller competes at national speech tournament

Junior, Aaron Miller, from Great Bend competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. The national tournament was held this year June 11 through June ...

June 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Mexico native earns U.S. citizenship through BCC naturalization classes

Great Bend entrepreneur Miriam Garcia's days of renewing her work visa will soon be over, and she'll officially be a U.S. citizen.

June 23, 2016 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News


Background check leads to resignation

By JIM MISUNAS

June 23, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Fifth June Jaunt a ‘grand success’

The fifth-annual June Jaunt is in the books and it was another great year for the event, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the ...

June 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BCSO set for Carry Conceal class

Gun safety is an important part of owning guns and knowing how to use them. This weekend the Barton County Sheriff 's Office will be ...

June 23, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Camp Hope welcomes children with cancer

Children with cancer want to do all of the fun things that healthy children do. At Camp Hope, that's exactly what happens. This week ...

June 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City offers back-to-back concerts

Music lovers can get a double serving this week. Great Bend's City Band returns to the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Bandshell Thursday evening for ...

June 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCSO makes second ‘sexting’ arrest this month

For the second time this month, a Great Bend man has been arrested on suspicion of sexting.

June 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sunflower Diversified to observe 50 years

Sunflower Diversified Services will celebrate 50 years in service Saturday at its Westside Market. 5523 10th St. There will be free hot dogs, chips and ...

June 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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