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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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Smoky Hill Trail talk at Historical Museum

Barton County Historical Society will host a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, featuring Dr. Elton Beougher, president of the Smoky Hill ...

April 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Mingenback leaves St. Rose

Mark Mingenback already knows he will miss his extended family at St. Rose Health Center but he plans to remain active in the community and ...

April 20, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


State Treasurer visits Ellinwood Rotary Club

State Treasurer Ron Estes presented the program at the Ellinwood Rotary Club Tuesday, April 19. He gave an informative talk about the state's efforts ...

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Charity Wine Tasting not just for wine lovers

April 29 will mark the 15th year for Great Bend's Charity Wine Tasting event, which raises money for Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas. There ...

April 20, 2016 | By Tribune Staff | Local News


THE SEASON FOR SEALING

Starting now, motorists in the north and west central parts of Barton County may need to adjust their driving habits. The 2016 blacktop asphalt overlay ...

April 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Student volunteers to help clean up city

Next Wednesday, the City will have 300-plus Great Bend High School students on city grounds doing community service work, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington ...

April 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Writers Club to meet

All writers, authors and poets are invited to attend the 6th District Writers Club meeting at 1:30 p.m. on April 23, at the ...

April 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City of Claflin hires new police chief

CLAFLIN - The Claflin City Council met Monday, April 11 at the city building, and City Clerk Patricia Schmidt sent minutes of that meeting to the ...

April 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington man arrested on drug and firearms charges

HOISINGTON – A Hoisington man is in custody after threatening his wife and law enforcement officers.

April 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ready to serve

Great Bend Middle School track coaches Stacey Magnett and Carley Wells hand out gloves to team members preparing to pick up trash at Veterans Memorial ...

April 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Leadership event can benefit employees

Matt Hiss of the Barton County Young Professionals told the Barton County Commission Monday morning about the upcoming Leadercast 2016, what he called a global ...

April 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Local 'Artists at Large' showing work at Deines Center

RUSSELL - The group Artists at Large is featured in the new exhibit at the Deines Cultural Center. The opening reception will be from 5-8 p ...

April 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


FALLING IN ON ITSELF

The dilapidated building at 623 Baker once served as a warehouse for the C.O. Mammels grocery store. Today, it is a dangerous eyesore, the ...

April 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBHS competes at District National Qualifying Speech Tournament

Last Friday and Saturday eight Great Bend High School Speech students competed at the District National Qualifying Tournament at McPherson High School. Sara Allen, a ...

April 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dayton Security in the Chamber Board Room, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host ...

April 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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