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IT'S ON! Wheat harvest in Barton County

Wednesday evening, people could see the familiar dust cloud of a harvester cutting wheat near the Great Bend Municipal Airport on West Barton County Road. It was a welcome sight after a brief but windy rainstorm blew through Tuesday night, threatening hail. More chance of rain was in the forecast for Thursday night.

June 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Hathcock named County Operations Director

Barton County no longer has a County Administrator but it does have an Operations Director. Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock now holds two "director" titles.

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Driver flees after crash in Ellsworth County

ELLSWORTH COUNTY - A Salina man was injured Thursday when a vehicle went off an Ellsworth County Road, but it took a while to find the driver.

June 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC's presence at Larned prison grows

Changes coming to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility the summer will create opportunities for Barton Community College, the BCC Board of Trustees learned Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Quiz time

The First Assembly of God Church in Great Bend sent its Bible Warriors to the National Bible Quiz tournament this past weekend at Ceder Hills, Texas.

June 14, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

Residents speak up about fireworks

HOISINGTON - Patrons attending the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday asked council members for some answers. They wanted to know what if anything the council had in mind concerning applications for block parties for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. They also wanted to know how long the council was prepared to allow the noise to go on this year.

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Library director shares HVAC ups and downs

It takes a while to learn how to use new technology. This is something Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has learned the hard way. He shared his story with members of his Board of Directors at their monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Debbie Stevens Week proclaimed

HOISINGTON - The tour of the utility billing office on the agenda for Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting was canceled to make time for a last-minute agenda item. Mayor Clayton Williams had a proclamation to make, honoring Hoisington citizen Debbie Stevens, who two years ago created GPS Kids Club, and has a long history of caring for and about Hoisington's children.

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Marshall on shooting at Congressional Baseball practice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., issued the following statement after Wednesday morning's shooting at Congressional Baseball practice:

June 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BUSY BEES: Story Time entertains children

Great Bend Public Library's "Miss Amy" had children listening, singing and playing on Tuesday during Story Time. This week's subject was Bees.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Todd Leech sentenced to 14 years for child rape

A Great Bend couple arrested on rape and child abuse charges in 2016 have been sentenced in Barton County District Court.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Kansas Wheat Harvest report: Day 2

Day 2: With the hot summer rays of sunshine and the constant Kansas wind, harvest is progressing quickly throughout central Kansas.

June 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

GBRC looks at goals, budget

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors discussed its 2017-2018 strategic plan goals and budget on Monday.

June 12, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

County approves tax help after tornado

Barton County residents who lost their homes or saw major home damage from last month's tornado may get a break on their property taxes this year, thanks to a resolution passed Monday by the County Commission.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Road & Bridge director to retire soon

Barton County Road and Bridge/Memorial Parks Director Dale Phillips announced Monday he will retire at the end of this month, concluding a 44-year career with the county.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Bunny Hunt

The Kansas Bowhunters Association's annual Bunny Hunt got underway Saturday at Cheyenne Bottoms. Between searches for cottontail, members enjoyed archery target shooting and the ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Legislative Coffee

The second of two Legislative Coffees was held Saturday at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, with about 20 people coming to hear Sen. Mary ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Larned group takes message to Topeka

LARNED - At Larned's February city council meeting, Larned City Councilman Kim Barnes noted it had been a long time since Larned had made contact ...

March 09, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Clara Barton Hospital assessment finds greater access to mental health services tops list

HOISINGTON - Clara Barton Hospital hosted a town hall meeting on March 1 at the Hoisington Activity Center, where hospital health-care officials were joined by representatives ...

March 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBMS hosting Cottonwood District Regional 4-H Day

Regional 4-H Day activities start this evening at 5:30 p.m. at Great Bend Middle School, said Cottonwood District 4-H and Youth Development Extension ...

March 09, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Town Hall Topics: Health Care

The results of a recent online survey of community health services were reviewed Thursday during a town-hall meeting at the Holiday Inn Express. Mental health ...

March 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Student 'investors' learn Wall Street tactics

They may not be ready for Wall Street, but three Great Bend High School students are one step closer. And so are nearly two dozen ...

March 08, 2018 | By Jennifer Schartz Great Bend USD 428 | Local News


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 ...

March 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Burn restriction in place

The Great Bend fire Department has issued an open burning restriction. The restricted areas include the City of Great Bend and the four contracting townships ...

March 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Bowhunters to hold weekend Bunny Hunt

The Kansas Bowhunters Association will hold its annual Bunny Hunt at Cheyenne Bottoms this weekend. Fellow archers and bowhunters of all ages are welcome to ...

March 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Those who can, teach. Alden Adams, a preschool teacher at Helping Hands, left the business world to follow his true calling as an early-education teacher.

March 07, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Legislative Coffee is Saturday

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development will hold the second of two Legislative Coffees from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in the ...

March 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Farmers Market vendors meeting set

Area fruit and vegetable growers, honey producers, community artists and makers of crafts who are interested in participating in the Great Bend Summer Street Stroll ...

March 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS absences doubled on March 7

The number of students absent from Great Bend High School on Wednesday was about double the usual, Great Bend USD 428 Director of Public Information ...

March 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Marshall shares insights on NAFTA negotiations

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Roger Marshall left Friday for a 48-hour turnaround visit to Mexico City where the seventh round of the North American Free ...

March 06, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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