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Battling noxious weeds serious business

Noxious weeds are one of the greatest threats to the Kansas environment, but strong local efforts to control them are a tremendous help, Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told the County Commission Monday morning.

March 29, 2017 | BY DALE HOGG | Local News


Rain Dance

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Two convicted of juvenile sex crimes

Two men were convicted Friday of sex crimes involving juveniles, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said. The cases were unrelated. Camerino Rodriguez Olvera and Todd Lane Leech appeared in Barton County District Court and entered pleas.

March 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Much-needed moisture saves crops

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rainfall totals

Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 maintains 10 weather stations throughout the district, which includes portions of Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties. Rainfall totals from the weather stations are shown below.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remodel bid sparks council debate

HOISINGTON - City Council members were uncertain how to proceed Monday night after they were presented with three bids for the construction and installation of new cabinets and counter tops for the city offices. In February, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said money had been set aside for a few years for the remodeling of the offices. Still, when he shared that office staff recommended the high bid, which was nearly 50 percent higher than the other two bids, eyebrows were raised.

March 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Student offers testimonial of transfer experience

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees gathered Tuesday evening for its regular meeting and discussed one of its nine over-arching goals, known as ENDs. This month's focus was on "Academic Advancement," which deals primarily with ensuring students are able to transfer successfully if that is their intent.

March 28, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


BCC lowers tuition for out-of-state students

Tuition for out-of-state students at Barton Community College will be the same as tuition for in-state students - a reduction of $31 per credit hour - starting in the fall of 2017. All students will see a $4 increase in fees at that time.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas Startup to start up

Kansas Startup will be held April 7-9 in Great Bend. Participants will spend 48 hours building businesses with the support of expert facilitators and distinguished judges.

March 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Family Crisis Center gets van

As excited as JoAnn Wondra was about the Family Crisis Center receiving a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, she can't show the public the van that was purchased with the gift.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GB River Rats remove trash on Ark River

A group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts who enjoy riding four-wheelers along the Arkansas River spent a recent weekend picking up tons of trash.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBRC to host ’Notable Naturalists’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Notable Naturalists" from noon–1 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Olmitz man injured in vehicle accident

An Olmitz man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Friday evening near Olmitz, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Fatal accident in Wabaunsee County

WABAUNSEE COUNTY – The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a fatal vehicle accident in Wabaunsee County at 7:35 p.m. Sunday two miles east of Paxico.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber to hold coffee Thursday

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Jimlo Glass, 1205 Kansas, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Dave Storjohann and Sarah Adams. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Zoo news: Cool gator ready for winter

Alvin the alligator did not want to be caught recently when workers at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo attempted to move him to warmer ...

December 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Holiday giving

Farmers Bank and Trust of Great Bend held its annual Charity Coffee on Wednesday and donated $6,500 to local organizations to use to help ...

December 06, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


2018 appraisal process underway

The Barton County Appraiser's Office has started its final review process, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said. This is a process where appraisals for the ...

December 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Additional work to Radium Bridge OKed

In June, the Barton County Commission approved L&M Contractors of Great Bend performing long-needed repairs to a bridge over the Arkansas River southwest of ...

December 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Larned City Council nixes dog park at Prairie Vista

LARNED - When the Larned City Council met Monday night, hopes of residents at the city's Prairie Vista Duplexes were dashed when a split council ...

December 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Holiday hours extended at post office

Shipping holiday gifts just got more convenient. The Great Bend Post Office at 2100 16th St. will extend its retail window hours to 2 p ...

December 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Council OKs buying more auto defib units

When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, seconds count. That is why a divided Great Bend City Council Monday night approved buying the 10 automatic ...

December 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New city HR director introduced

The City of Great Bend has a new human resources director, Interim City Administrator George Kolb announced to the City Council Monday night. Hired was ...

December 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission moves on courthouse repairs

All five Barton County commissioners agreed Monday morning that something must be done to preserve the stately Barton County Courthouse turns which turns 100 years ...

December 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wanted motorist flees from police

A vehicular pursuit was reported at 2:22 a.m. Saturday in the 1900 block of Adams St. A Great Bend Police officer attempted to ...

December 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees meet Tuesday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts ...

December 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Adopt a Pet set for Dec. 9

Golden Belt Humane Society/Adopt a Pet hold a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Orscheln's ...

December 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Veterans Service rep will be at Kansas Works

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Step into in an old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Larned

The Fort Larned National Historic Site will hold its annual Christmas Past celebration from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Step ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Lucas sci-fi/fantasy author Don Wilcox featured in new book

A prolific if under-appreciated writer from the Golden Age of science fiction haled from Lucas, Kansas. Now Wildside Press has published "The Best of Don ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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