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Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

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 tornado update, approval of the Juvenile Justice Authority budget and the painting of the fences at the county's memorial parks.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

May 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford, Rush, Rice, and Pawnee counties.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders. A tornado impacted the western corner of the city, toppling trees and damaging roofs, sending flying debris through house and car windows. A gas line was ruptured, requiring residents in that part of the city to be evacuated immediately. Throughout the city, fallen branches littered yards and the roadway.

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton County at $658,000.

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend. This story was updated on Thursday, May 18 with additional photos.

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News

School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin her duties June 1.

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News

Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought he could reach China by sailing west, but ended up in a New World.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School Sunday. Erin Ferguson, the adult services supervisor, provided a departmental report. She first handed out the Summer Reading calendar of events to board members. She then reported that a patron audit had resulted in the library purging approximately 5,000 patrons who have not been active users since 2014. This, she said, was overdue maintenance, and recommended by the State Library Board to ensure an accurate reflection of how often patrons are using the library ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Vehicle crash sends cyclist to hospital

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a vehicle crash at approximately 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday at 820 Main St.

May 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

Commission signs letter backing volunteer programs

The Barton County Commission, citing the importance of volunteerism and the county's support of civic involvement, approved Monday morning signing a letter of support for continued funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Barton Community College on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

May 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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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