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City gets new clerk/finance officer

The City of Great Bend has a new city clerk/finance director. The City Council Monday night confirmed Mayor Mike Allison's appointment of Shawna Schafer to that post.

January 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emergency shelter opens in southwest Kansas

DODGE CITY - The Red Cross jointly opened a shelter with the Salvation Army at Dodge County Community College in Dodge City on Monday in response to power outages in southeast Kansas. The Victory Electric Cooperative Association based in Dodge City reported more than 5,000 homes were without power and it could take several days to fully repair the damage.

January 16, 2017 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Fundraiser for injured hunter planned

There will be a benefit fundraiser for Brandi Jecha starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Great Bend Elks Club, 1120 Kansas Ave. Jecha fell from a tree stand while hunting and fractured her neck.

January 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Traveling exhibit, K is for Kansas, on display at Ellinwood library

ELLINWOOD - An exhibit that opened at the Ellinwood School and Public Library last week has been a draw for young and old alike. The "K is for Kansas" travelling exhibit opened earlier this month, courtesy of the Kauffman Museum, and will be on display until Feb. 11.

January 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


School fundraisers approved by BOE

Parents and others who support school fundraisers will have plenty of opportunities next year to buy everything from trash bags to cookie dough.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More cancellations announced as storm looms

When the National Weather Service office at Wichita issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for most of central Kansas last Thursday, Barton County residents prepared for the worst. The Barton County Sheriff's Office urged caution and reported that the Road and Bridge Department was prepared for a major storm with up to 1 inch accumulation of ice Friday through Sunday.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The dream still lingers

We have seen much racial strife in America of late. Shootings and rioting have shaped our current view of race relations.

January 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


LIEAP application period opens Tuesday, Jan. 17

During the cold winter months, heating a home can be a financial strain. In order to ensure Kansans keep warm this winter, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) will begin accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City Council to meet Monday night, County Commission to meet Tuesday morning

The Great Bend City Council will meet Monday night and the Barton County Commission will meet Tuesday morning.

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBMS performance choirs entertain

Audiences were entertained by the GBMS 8th Grade performance choir, consisting of students from the 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3 cores, Monday, Jan. 9, at the Great Bend High School auditorium.

January 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Semis collide in Stafford County

Two semitrailers collided at 9:18 p.m. Thursday in Stafford County on U.S. 50 at SW 30th Ave., about 4 miles west of U.S. 281.

January 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Police seize meth, marijuana ‘vape’ vials

Traffic stops led to more than one drug bust this past week in Great Bend, Police Chief Cliff Couch said. Two suspects were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, while another person had "vape" vials containing suspected marijuana oil.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More events canceled

Several area events have been canceled or postponed due to the expected ice storm.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local drivers license office to close for remodeling

The Barton County Driver License Office in Great Bend will be closed for renovations starting Friday, Jan. 27. The tentative re-open date is Friday, Feb. 10. Those needing service can go to another office, but local officials encourage that one call ahead before traveling there so they have all the documents they need.

January 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Marshall casts congressional votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the 115th Congress getting underway, here's a look at how area members of Congress, including Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan. and Republican senators Jerry Moran an Pat Roberts voted between last Friday and this Thursday.

January 13, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


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School calendar adopted for 2017-18

"You're going to be debt-free. I think the district is in great financial shape." - Vickie Dreiling, Certified Public Accountant with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball ...

February 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Robbery suspect sought

Last Wednesday, officers from the Great Bend Police Department were summoned to the Wal Mart parking lot in reference to a woman who had allegedly ...

February 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County to mark Presidents Day

Barton County office buildings will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department ...

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Perks Coffee Shoppe, 1216 Main St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

February 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A big thank you

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


Health Department to offer health screenings

Starting today, the Barton County Health Department will begin offering lower prices on a wide assortment of laboratory services, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

February 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Annual Jobfest continues to grow

Noting the importance of promoting job growth in Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning voted to support the annual JobFest with a $500 sponsorship.

February 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


SHATTERED PEACE

At the end of a stressful work week, many look forward to the restorative aspects of yoga practice. But Friday morning, that prospect of peace ...

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Full house at legislative coffee

It's not unusual for only a couple state legislators to fit a local legislative coffee into their schedules during the regular session. That's ...

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Full house at Great Bend legislative coffee

It's not unusual for only a couple state legislators to fit a local legislative coffee into their schedules during the regular session. That's ...

February 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Monday last day to buy GBHS Hall of fame tickets

With less than one week to go before the big day, tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon honoring 2016 inductees ...

February 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


FHSU Golden Belt Alumni Chapter After Hours

Fort Hays State University Golden Belt Alumni Chapter will host an After Hours event from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 23, at Playa Azul Mexican ...

February 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs visit

The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office (KCVAO) Mobile Operations will be located at the Great Bend Walmart parking lot on from 9 a.m ...

February 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Theatre Department to present Drama Therapy Workshop

Barton Community College's theatre department will host a Drama Workshop seminar with speaker LaVonne Canfield from 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 18, in the ...

February 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Shafer Art Gallery to host opening reception for CUNA Mutual RS Art & Science Encounter, “The Geomet

The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the CUNA Mutual RS Art & Science Encounter, "The Geometry of Beauty" by Bradford Hanson-Smith from ...

February 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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