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Commission marks National Bike Month

The bicycle is an "economical, healthy, convenient, and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent tool for recreation and enjoyment of Barton County's scenic beauty," the Barton Count Commission noted Monday morning. To this end, it approved a proclamation marking May as National Bike Month.

May 08, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City looking to fill two key posts

The status of two key, yet vacant, positions was discussed as the Great Bend City Council met Monday night.

May 08, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fire destroys barn and contents

A large barn at the Gerald Wondra residence northeast of Great Bend was destroyed by fire early Tuesday, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Community Theatre wins over $10K from 100 Who Care

Great Bend Community Theater is the latest recipient of more than $10,000 in donations from the members of the 100+ People Who Care group in Barton County. Following a humorous presentation from theater members Dan Heath and Matt Mazouch, members of the group selected GBCT out of the three charitable organizations who presented for the quarter on May 1.

May 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Just the beginning

In a City Council chamber packed with Great Bend firefighters, many disgruntled and frustrated with what they see as years of pay inequities, Human Resources Director Randy Keasling reassured them the recently completed city compensation study is merely the start.

May 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Field Ops Day

Students from the Criminal Justice, Medical Assistant, Nursing and EMS programs at Barton Community College participated in a day-long string of intense, realistic scenarios designed to test their knowledge and ability to respond in-the-moment Saturday during the college's annual Field Ops Day.

May 07, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News


Child kidnapping/drowning hoax reported

Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a report of a child kidnapping or drowning at the Big Bend Recreational Lake on Sunday was evidently a hoax. The woman who allegedly called 911 was arrested on an obstruction charge.

May 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Driver arrested after pursuit

A motorist who allegedly refused to stop for a Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy early Sunday was arrested after a pursuit on county roads, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission votes to improve accident-prone two-way stop

In light of a recent fatality crash at the intersection of North Washington Avenue and North 30 Road, the Barton County Commission approved taking steps to improve the existing two-way stop while looking at additional improvements down the road. Approved changes included better signage and white lines denoting where to stop.

May 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Quivira to offer Migratory Bird Day activities, May 12

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will host a special event in honor of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 12. The event will feature a series of scheduled bird walks and guided birding caravan tours. These tours will begin from Quivira's Environmental Education Classroom, located in the center of the Refuge, 8 miles north of the Visitor Center.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kansas Gas Service to install automatic meter reading devices on meters in Great Bend and Larned

OVERLAND PARK - Kansas Gas Service will install electronic meter reading devices on residential meters in Great Bend and Larned beginning Tuesday, May 15.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ty Cobb: White House job unique

Come May 31, Great Bend native Ty Cobb will retire from his post as legal counsel to President Donald Trump, ending his nearly year-long gig in the White House.

May 05, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


April Marriage and Divorce filings

Marriage Licenses

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Undocumented man returned to Barton County

WICHITA - A man who is not a citizen of the United States was found in Barton County and has been charged with unlawfully entering the country after having been deported, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

May 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Trustees to discuss contracts

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss contract renewals for administrators, management staff and head coaches at the May study session. The meeting will start at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Election filing Deadline

The filing deadline for the 2018 election is noon Friday, June 1, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman announced Tuesday. Voters will cast ballots in ...

May 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Teachers can expect busy summer

Next Thursday will be the final day of classes at Great Bend schools, but teachers will stay busy for much of the summer.

May 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Band concerts start May 31

The Great Bend City Band announces its Summer 2018 schedule. All concerts this year will be held at the Courthouse Square Band Shell at 8 ...

May 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee County Sheriff warns public of unethical septic company

PAWNEE COUNTY - The Pawnee County Sheriff's Office has received several complaints regarding a septic tank pumping and servicing business. This organization is called "Septic ...

May 16, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Commission OKs new rabies rules

What a difference one word makes. That is what it boiled down to in the new rabies vaccination resolution approved by the Barton County Commission ...

May 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington City Council hears two TGT fund requests

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council approved two requests for transient guest tax (TGT) grants Monday night totaling $11,200. Both requests put marketing and promotion ...

May 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Community group studies schools

The community group that has been meeting with architects and looking at needs for Great Bend USD 428 is still months away from making a ...

May 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect attendance

With students counting the days remaining in the school year, Riley Elementary took care of some final business on Tuesday. Other schools will follow suit ...

May 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


MPIRE Realty to host Chamber Coffee Thursday

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by MPIRE Realty Group, LLC, 3520 Lakin Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host ...

May 15, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Selzer says he’ll help Kansas grow

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, one of four Republican gubernatorial candidates, said his vision for the state is a simple one.

May 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Young Eagles take first flights

Area young people 8-17 years old had a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, May 12, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1134 ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher contracts ratified

Teachers at Great Bend USD 428 will receive a minimum pay raise of $1,700 for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said after ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Meeting at a glance: USD 428

Here's a quick look at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting:• The board recognized the achievements of several GBHS seniors ...

May 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Extending Fourth fireworks fun fizzles

After fierce opposition from fire chiefs across Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning rejected a resolution that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks ...

May 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Second county fire district formed

Following a lengthy public hearing, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the organization of a new fire district in the county. Fire District Number ...

May 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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