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Sheriff seeking help finding wanted man

The Barton County Sheriff's Office submitted this news release this morning:

August 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

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

August 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCSO investigating suspected arson

The Barton County Sheriff's Office posted this news release this morning:

August 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Masonic Band standouts

Masonic Band members from Great Bend High School were McKenna Esfeld, flute, and Allen To, quints. They practiced at Pittsburg State University July 24-28, with a halftime performance at the Shrine Bowl game on Sunday, July 29. Doug Whitten was the director of the 225-member marching band.

August 01, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Zoo news: Leave the kites alone

People have been bringing abandoned Mississippi kites to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo for raptor rehabilitation, but Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said most of these young birds should be left alone.

August 01, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Croslin in court on drug charges

When Deputy Sierra Thorne saw Michael "Spike" Croslin driving a car last November, she knew he didn't have a driver's license. That encounter led to his arrest on a drug possession charge. Between then and late March of this year, he would be arrested two more times on traffic stops that resulted in drug charges.

August 01, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


First human WNV case reported in Kansas

TOPEKA – The mosquitoes are at it again.

August 01, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


UWCK announces 2019 co-chairs

United Way of Central Kansas Wednesday morning announced its 2019 Campaign co-chairs. They include Patrick and Karisa Cowan, Kenny and Cindy Vink, and Barry and Monica Bowers.

August 01, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


KU Health System announces purchase of Great Bend Regional

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The University of Kansas Health System announced Wednesday it has completed the purchase of Great Bend Regional Hospital and its affiliated clinics, including Central Kansas Family Practice and Heartland Regional. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

August 01, 2018 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Golden Plains Quilts of Valor - July 2018

"Golden Plains Quilts of Valor Group Leader Amy Schartz Mellor and members awarded 11 Quilts of Valor to local veterans during the month of July, 2018. To date, the group was made and awarded 481 Quilts of Valor."

July 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Parole violations lead to jail

Last Friday was not a good day to be someone in violation of probation or in possession of drugs, according to Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor. Several individuals who violated their probation are now facing prison confinement as a result.

July 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend schools announce physicals, Panther cards

Free physicals for Great Bend USD 428 high school and middle athletes will be given on Saturday, Aug. 4 in the commons area at Great Bend High School. This is the only date these physicals will be offered.

July 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Barton County Academy enrollment opens Monday

It's never too late to complete a high school diploma or learn to speak English. Barton County Academy will soon be taking fall enrollments for people who are 19 years of age and older and want to earn a high school diploma. Site Director Becky Gillette said the office in Great Bend will begin enrollment on Monday, Aug. 6. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts on Aug. 22.

July 31, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE to hold special meeting

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road. Superintendent Khris Thexton will provide updated details of the district's proposed 2918-2019 budget and ask the board to approve publication of the budget in the Great Bend Tribune. The board will also consider whether to renew the contract for audit services with Adams Brown Beran & Ball Chartered for three more years.

July 30, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


‘You guys should be good’

It was a time for The City of Great Bend to say farewell to Interim City Administrator George Kolb Monday afternoon. The reception at the Events Center recognized the veteran city official who stepped into the breach last fall following a summer of controversy within the community.

July 30, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Larned City Council recognizes Officer hill

LARNED - When the Larned City Council met Monday night, their first order of business was the commendation of Larned Police Department's newest addition, Officer ...

August 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Bellendir trial set for Nov. 14

The senior judge overseeing the criminal case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said 100 jurors were called for a July 16 trial before it ...

August 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Made in Great Bend, America

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) toured Doonan Specialized Trailers on Wednesday and heard first-hand how tariffs on steel and aluminum are hurting the local manufacturing plant ...

August 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City abates former hotel property

Among the Great Bend properties abated by the City Council Monday night was former Highland Hotel (now known as the Great Bend Hotel and Convention ...

August 08, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Marshall will run for Big First

When polls closed Tuesday night, incumbent Congressman Roger Marshall was in the clear to move forward to the general election in November. Statewide, he received ...

August 07, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee County voters in line with state returns

Voters in Pawnee County headed to the polls Tuesday, and by the time the returns were in, it was apparent the county largely followed the ...

August 07, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Milsap, Moeder survive council primary

In the first-ever non-partisan primary in Barton County held for the Great Bend City Council Ward 1 Tuesday, Jessica Milsap and Alan Moeder stamped their ...

August 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Straub headed to a second term

Barton County Commissioner Alicia (Schartz) Straub has won the Republican primary and will go on to run for a second term in November. She represents ...

August 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Driscoll hearing delayed for negotiations

The preliminary hearing for Tracy Driscoll set for Aug. 2 was continued at the request of his defense attorney, Michael S. Holland II. The reason ...

August 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


New trial set in rape case

A man facing more than 50 years in prison for raping a Great Bend woman will get a new jury trial, now that the Kansas ...

August 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


With library issue resolved, city to publish budget

The City of Great Bend and the Great Bend Public Library have closed a troubled chapter in their relationship. As the council approved publishing its ...

August 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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