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​Community invited to social cyber safety program

Recently students at Great Bend Middle School have heard from Detective Heather Smith of the Great Bend Police Department about the dangers of cyber communication and its life-long impacts. Now USD 428 wants parents and community members to know how they can help protect their children and teens from the pressures that are associated with cell phone and Internet use.

February 11, 2016 | | Local News

GBHS swimmers allegedly battered on school bus trips

In the last week, there have been at least two instances of Great Bend High School boys' swim team members allegedly being sexually battered on bus trips home from swim meets, parents of team members are reporting.

February 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Future of farming topic of video

LYONS – At 7 p.m. tonight at the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons, Matt Stafford, Pride Ag Resources/Ace Hardware Lyons store manager, will present a video showing the future of farming in light of technology.

February 11, 2016 | | Local News

GBHS Speech students place at Sterling Tournament

At the Sterling Speech Tournament Great Bend High School first year speech students, Garrett Dykes, Geoffrey Pafford and Bailey Jones, all placed in their events. Garrett Dykes qualified for state again in Humorous Solo Acting.

February 11, 2016 | | Local News

Out of the Morgue

Each week, we look back at what the interesting stories of the day in years past were, and do our best to catch up to present day. Recently, we spotlighted the space shuttle Challenger disaster of Jan. 26, 1986. We included an interview of Harrison Middle School student Lance Werth, who had been a member of the "original 30" future-astronaut class held at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Discovery Center in Hutchinson.

February 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Great Bend featured on Street Rodding American Style

The City of Great Bend and the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association announced that the reality TV show, Street Rodding American Style will be aired at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Smoky Hill Public Television. It will feature the Great Bend Party in the Park Car Show segment that was taped on Aug. 8, 2015.

February 10, 2016 | | Local News

Gag order stands in shooting death case

On Jan. 8, 20th Judicial District Judge Ron Svaty issued a "protective order restricting extrajudicial comments," in layman's terms a gag order, barring all participants, law enforcement officers and court officials involved with the in the case surrounding murder suspect Alejo Villegas from discussing the matter.

February 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Local student wins Patriot’s Pen Award

Many young students learn through their parents and grandparents what freedom is and what it means, not only to them but for every American. Some local students got the opportunity to express this in their own words.

February 10, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Burn Awareness Week was Feb. 1-7

February 1-7 was recognized as National Burn Awareness Week, and Safe Kids Kansas and the Office of the State Fire Marshal focused that week on reminding parents and caregivers that fire is just one cause of burn injuries to children. Scalding hot water, hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, fireworks, electrical currents and chemicals can all be the cause of serious burns to children.

February 10, 2016 | | Local News

NARFE meeting

NARFE will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Stoneridge Club. Speaker will be Diann Henderson on the new playground equipment.

February 10, 2016 | | Local News

Don Davis announces filing for re-election

The future of Barton County is important to all of us. Looking ahead and planning takes a lot of cooperation between all the county entities, cities, townships, fire and EMS districts, department heads, County Administrator and County Commissioners. We don't always see eye to eye, but we always have the best interest of the citizens of Barton County at heart.

February 10, 2016 | | Local News

Camp Aldrich dining hall nearly completed

The new Dining and Events Center at Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich should be finished by the end of this month, Dean of Administration Mark Dean told college trustees Tuesday afternoon.

February 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBRC held monthly meeting on Monday

Great Bend Recreation Commission's Executive Director Diann Henderson received the prestigious Distinguished Fellow Award given by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association at the KRPA Awards of Excellence Luncheon at its annual State Conference held in Dodge City.

February 09, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Bartlett Grain to boost capacity

Bartlett Grain in Great Bend will increase storage capacity by two million bushels on a project expected to be completed by the 2016 wheat harvest.

February 09, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Morning has risen

Tuesday morning's sunrise creates a colorful picture.

February 09, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News

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Dogs kisses go for $1 a Pooch Smooch

The dog days of summer made a brief comeback of sorts this past Saturday; the temperature was an unseasonably warm 82 degrees, and the parking ...

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four-year-old Sophia Nelson grinned and hugged her favorite public television celebrity, Curious George, as a family member snapped a photo.

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Training offered for volunteers needed to help with hurricane relief

The American Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Matthew in five southeastern states and more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers have supported the ...

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission to hold executive session 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 ...

October 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Boeckman resigns as county administrator

Following two executive sessions totaling 90 minutes Friday morning, the Barton County Commission emerged to announce County Administrator had resigned effective Friday at the request ...

October 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Exhibits move from trails to rails

Somewhere in Barton County, north of Cheyenne Bottoms on privately owned land, Native Americans once cut crude drawings into an outcropping of sandstone.

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

County Commission to hold special meeting Friday morning

The Barton County Commission will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. It ...

October 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

General election advance voting now available

Registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Nov. 8 general election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Thursday.

October 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Moran crashes GB Chamber coffee

Paying a visit to the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), told those gathered at Tele-Communications Inc ...

October 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Out of the Morgue

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 ...

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOISINGTON - Wednesday afternoon, Lincoln Elementary School first through fourth grade students made their mark on the history of their town. The students, outfitted in toy ...

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Kansas Senate Dist. 33 candidates Taylor and Bristow take part in Pratt Town Hall

PRATT - Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, and Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, both candidates for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, were invited to debate at the Pratt Town Hall ...

October 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Adams to present life of Mother Bickerdyke

Ellsworth native Lu Adams will portray the life of Mary "Mother" Bickerdyke for the program at Monday's Barton County Historical Society meeting, set for ...

October 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

November busy in Great Bend

November will be Explore Great Bend month again and participating retailers will be ready to host a different event each Saturday, City Administrator Howard Partington ...

October 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Halloween costume giveaway is Saturday

Kids will be able to get a new or recycled Halloween costume at no cost from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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