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How much is enough?

Barton County business owners have noticed a surge in burglaries in recent years, and frustration is running high. In 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's report on crimes known to law enforcement, Great Bend was number three in the state of Kansas for number of burglaries per 1,000 residents. Only Pittsburgh and Coffeyville were higher.

April 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


911 dispatchers, abuse and assault prevention efforts honored

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to recognized the unsung heroes of 911 and those on the front lines fighting child abuse and sexual assault.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County ready should Zika come this way

In early March, Kansas reported its first case of the much-talked about Zika virus. Although there has only been on instance thus far, local and state health officials are bracing for the mosquito-borne disease to spread to the Sunflower state.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KWEC event offers fun for everyone

Fly over to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Great Migration Rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 30, for entertainment, prizes and food.

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library fundraiser

Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey, is the featured speaker for the third annual joint fundraising event co-sponsored by Rice County Historical Society and Lyons Public Library. Buchanan's topic for the evening is recent earthquakes in Kansas. Along with the guest speaker, the 6:30 p.m. event includes hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction and will be held on Earth Day Friday April 22, at the Lyons High School Cafeteria. Rex Buchanan grew up near Little River,in Rice County on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey, based ...

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC trustees schedule meeting to discuss personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room F-30 on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold an executive session for discussion of personnel.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge Keeley seeks reelection

District Judge Mike Keeley has announced he will seek reelection for the position of District Judge, Division 3, of the 20th Judicial District. The 20th Judicial District includes Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties.

April 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Library offers Book Store sale

Great Bend Public Library's Book Store will observe National Library Week, April 10-16, with a two-for-one sale. This week, patrons can purchase two hardbacks for $3 or two paperbacks for $1.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New books, more at GBPL

Great Bend Public Library added the following titles in March:

April 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:

April 09, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


School board set to approve handbooks

Handbooks for the next school year are on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting. It will start at 5 p.m. Monday at the District Education Center.

April 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Keeley, Gatterman reappointed as chief judges

TOPEKA - Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced Thursday the Kansas Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley as chief judge of the 20th judicial district and Judge Bruce Gatterman as chief judge of the 24th judicial district. Both have been appointed to another two-year term, effective to Dec. 31, 2017.

April 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New season of Community Concerts brings out ‘Magic of Music’

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has launched its membership campaign for 2016-17, revealing a season full of "The Magic of Music." The new season will offer the following concerts:

April 08, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


USD 428 hoping for swift, fair resolution of alleged assault case

In a brief statement released Friday afternoon, Unified School District 428 Superintendent Brad Reed said the district supports the legal system in regards to the alleged assault that occurred on a school bus carrying Great Bend High School boys swim team members home from a meet in Manhattan Feb. 6.

April 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Holy Family School earns 6th Governor’s Award

Students at Holy Family School cheered for academics Friday after Principal Karen Moeder announced that the Great Bend school has won the prestigious Governor's Achievement Award for the sixth time.

April 08, 2016 | By Tribune Staff | Local News


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Meth and stolen property found in vehicle

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports a traffic stop Thursday evening in Great Bend led to a drug arrest and the recovery of stolen property.

January 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Events postponed due to weather

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

January 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County to recoup cost of legal proceedings

For Barton County, crime may pay.

January 12, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


SPLISH SPLASH

With ice, snow and bitter cold on the way, it may be tough to think about splashing around in water or listening to an outdoor ...

January 12, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Caring coach receives ROSE award

Great Bend's school board presented a ROSE award this week to Great Bend Middle School Coach Norbert Muth, for his "kind, understanding acts."

January 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ice, winter storm is forecast

WICHITA - Multiple rounds of freezing rain will affect Central Kansas starting Friday into early Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

January 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sunflower Diversified seeks auction items, support for Charity Gala

Preparations for the 12thAnnual Charity Gala sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services are in high gear and organizers could use the community's help.

January 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Rosewood Aktion Club delivers coloring books, blankets

Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club was in the giving spirit during the Christmas season. Small groups of club members took turns delivering coloring books, crayons ...

January 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


USD 428 celebrates school board leaders

January is School Board Recognition Month and USD 428 joins other public schools across the state to say thank you to these public servants who ...

January 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Community College now a full CDL testing site

Last March Barton Community College was awarded a contract to serve as a Commercial Driver's License test site. Barton is now officially a CDL ...

January 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton Community College to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Barton Community College will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16. Barton's Center for Adult Education and the Shafer ...

January 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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 ...

January 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Gun laws clarified

Confusion over the article, "Sheriff shares about guns, drugs and human trafficking," arose Wednesday morning when some readers noted that the age noted in the ...

January 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sunflower Diversified, partners offer parent-training classes

Parent-training sessions have been on the agenda for the Central Kansas Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) over the years but now it is enhancing its efforts.

January 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


HAPPY TRAILS

The numbers are in for the 2016 Trail of Lights and City of Great Bend officials are pleased with the outcome.

January 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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