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​Stolen pickup wrecked

An injury accident was reported at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on West U.S. 56, about a mile east of Dundee. A motorist from Dodge City told the Barton County Sheriff's Office he came upon the Ford Ranger pickup, which was on its hood in a ditch. A subject in a white T-shirt got out and started to ask for a ride, but instead took off running into a field. The reporting party did not see blood but said the individual's head was bruised and his eye was swollen shut. Officers checked and no one else was ...

September 08, 2015 | | Local News

​Motorcyclist injured on K-140

ELLSWORTH COUNTY - Jacob W. Rider, 41, from Kanopolis was injured Monday night when he lost control of a motorcycle and hit a bridge guardrail, 4 miles west of Brookville on K-140 in Ellsworth County.

September 08, 2015 | | Local News

Commission OKs closing road for veterans’ parade

The Barton County Commission Tuesday morning approved a request from the City of Great Bend to close a portion of Airport Road, SW 40 Ave., to accommodate a veterans' parade Sept. 19. The event is part of the city's 2015 Airfest which is taking place at the Municipal Airport Sept. 18-20.

September 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Kansas Supreme Court launches eCourt project

State courts are one step closer in their transition to a centralized electronic court environment with the Supreme Court's launch of its Kansas eCourt project today.

September 08, 2015 | | Local News

​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

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Yahoo like a hamster!

Nature educator Pam Martin, right, leads children in a prairie dog greeting, a friendly yelp and wave known as "the yahoo," during Nocturnal Night.

October 05, 2015 | | Local News

‘Humphrey’ fans attend Nocturnal Nights

Sunset was still a couple of hours away Monday as the Great Bend Public Library started its first of three Nocturnal Night programs. A crowd ...

October 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Sunday crash

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Weekend of fun and food

This weekend was full of food, fun and even a king and queen.

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


In November, the Barton County Historical Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of "The Rifleman," the original bronze statue by noted American ...

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Fire Prevention Week coming to area schools

It's time again to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and to make a common meeting area plan for your home.

October 05, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Marsh Musings

At 5 a.m. this morning I am standing in a ranch road holding the gate while Dusty drives through with the lights off. We ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Jazz Concert set for Oct. 6

Music fans are invited to join the Great Bend High School Panther Jazz Band at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6, for their annual Fall ...

October 04, 2015 | | Local News

September Marriage/Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

October 04, 2015 | | Local News

​Duck hunters invited to breakfast at KWEC

Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 10 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. As many as 500 hunters from across the United States flock to ...

October 04, 2015 | | Local News

Carry the Fallen sheds light on heavy subject

Challenges are faced every day by America's returning veterans. There's the challenge of reintegration into the civilian world, for one. For some, there ...

October 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Learn not to burn

Soon, Great Bend firefighters will be making their annual rounds to local grade schools. They will show the kids firefighters are not to be feared ...

October 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

​TBC changes meetings for fall

The Touched by Cancer Support Group (TBC) is changing its schedule from two meetings a month to one, spokesman Dana Foss said. The next meeting ...

October 02, 2015 | | Local News

Experience the fall migration with free guided bird tours

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer two guided bird tours this month. These free tours will let both experienced and novice birders explore the ...

October 02, 2015 | | Local News

​Donate blood to support cancer patients and others

Great Bend residents will have two opportunities to donate blood this month.

October 02, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

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