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Sterling College hosts Robert Burns Night January 7th

Sterling College is welcoming back new and old acquaintances on Saturday, Jan. 25, for Robert Burns Night. Recognizing the achievements of Robert Burns, Scottish poet and songwriter, this event will be one of many similar events held around the world on Jan. 25 to celebrate Burns's birthday. Tickets for the event, which includes a traditional Scottish meal, are available to the public for $18.

January 12, 2014 | | Local News


Kansas to streamline driver’s education permits with an online portal

TOPEKA – Driver's education permits are speeding up starting April 1, when the Kansas Department of Revenue will shift to an online application portal.

January 10, 2014 | | Local News


GBHS Madrigal chili supper tickets for sale

The Great Bend High School Madrigals are selling chili supper tickets for homecoming night on Friday, Jan. 17. The supper will be at Park School. The $6 tickets are available from Madrigal members or by texting 620-792-5374.

January 10, 2014 | | Local News


Guest speaker to visit NAMI meeting

The local National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Great Bend Regional Hospital cafeteria. Larned State Hospital Program Consultant Sean Murray will speak on trauma-centered care. He works with both staff and patients at LSH. For more information on this meeting or NAMI, call 620-617-1690.

January 10, 2014 | | Local News


2014 New Year Baby

Great Bend Regional Hospital and Barton County welcomed the first baby of 2014 on Jan. 3. Raegan Denae Alefs was born at 3:44 p.m. She weighed 5 pounds 1 oz. Her parents, Ashley and Ryan Alefs, were surprised as she was about three weeks early. Ashley is a RN at GBRH and had actually worked the few days before the birth. If she continues in her mothers footsteps, she will be a fourth generation nurse in the family.

January 10, 2014 | | Local News


Hospital employees help save man’s life

HUTCHINSON - The hourglass was ticking on Jason Friesen's fleeting life when his two guardian angels arrived.

January 09, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Governor Brownback appoints Emler to Kansas Corporation Commission

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced the nomination of Senator Jay Emler to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

January 09, 2014 | | Local News


December Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

January 05, 2014 | | Local News


VA rep to be in Great Bend Thursday

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main St., to assist veterans and their families in applying for Veterans Administration benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a Great Bend High School Student Council service project, a resolution supporting housing tax credits, an amendment to the Blizzard Energy lease and an essential air service recommendation.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


Commission holds regular meeting Monday morning

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a new printer for the Register of Deeds Office, official depositories for county funds and renewal of memberships in statewide organizations.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


Great Bend office to offer driver licensing services five days a week

Starting Monday, the Great Bend driver licensing office will be open five days a week.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


Wind chill index expected to be below zero Sunday

Barton County and most of Kansas will encounter potentially dangerous wind chills between 10 below and 15 below late Sunday night and early Monday morning. A wind chill advisory may likely be required.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


GBRC offers exercise classes in January

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming its New Year sessions of exercise classes. The following classes start next week and will be held at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and will run through the end of January.

December 31, 2013 | | Local News


DD carve-in not approved for Jan. 1 launch

Kansas will not be able to move forward Jan. 1 as planned with its KanCare expansion intended to include long-term supports for the developmentally disabled.

December 29, 2013 | | Local News


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Drug Enforcement Operation conducted in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.

June 29, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Farmer’s input helps Rep. Huelskamp

By JIM MISUNAS

June 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Great Bend City Council nixes two days of fireworks

In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County announces holiday closings for Friday

Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Bird flu scare prompts county fair changes

For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend July 4 fireworks show planned

The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).

June 28, 2015 | | Local News


Get Outdoors!

One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.

June 28, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


Camp Hope: Kids make memories

Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope | Local News


​Library announces summer events for adults

The following programs will be offered at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., for adults 18 years of age and older (unless otherwise noted).

June 27, 2015 | | Local News


Library to be closed Friday, Saturday

The Great Bend Public Library will be closed this Friday and Saturday, in observance of Independence Day.

June 27, 2015 | | Local News


Teen lockdown registrations due Monday

Summer programs for teens continue at the Great Bend Public Library. Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King announced the follow activities and events at the Teen Spot, open to students in grades 7-12.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas Wetlands Educational Center host Aquatic Camp

The weather was perfect for this years aquatic camp which is hosted by the Kansas Wetlands Educational Center and the Great Bend Recreation Center.

June 26, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Barton County Commission to discuss avian flu

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser's Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser's Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.

June 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


FHSU president asked to tell Congress about China programs

HAYS – President Mirta M. Martin of Fort Hays State University was in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to testify about the university's experience with its China programs to a subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

June 26, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


​Teen tries to exit car during pursuit

HUTCHINSON - A Hutchinson woman riding in a car with a Nickerson man was injured Thursday afternoon during a pursuit by law enforcement, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

June 26, 2015 | | Local News


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