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April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Tax warrants surprising taxpayers

Thousands of people who own property in Barton County received a surprise in the mail recently after the Barton County Treasurer's Office mailed out tax warrants to those who owe back taxes.

April 03, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Local officials volunteer

In honor of National Service Recognition day Tuesday, Great Bend City Councilwoman Jolene Biggs, Councilman Andy Erb and Police Chief David Bailey delivered Meals on Wheels to recipients Monday and Tuesday, as well as checking in on them to see how they were doing.

April 03, 2018 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


RUSSELL - This week we debated amendments to the Kansas Amusement Ride Act that was passed during the 2017 legislative session. Senate Bill 307 makes various amendments to this act. Most of the changes reflect the creation of two subcatergories of amusement rides, those being home owned and those registered as agritourism activities. Also under this bill, hayrack rides or barrel trains would not be included, and these types are now exempted. They were not exempted in last year's legislation.



STAFFORD - We are at the "Drop Dead Day" deadline where all bills not exempt from deadlines are struck for the remainder of the session. Again, the topics can still come up as amendments onto bills, but the bill number itself is dead for the year. The jargon you'll see in this newsletter includes: Conference Committees and Concur vs. Nonconcur, and they are related.

April 03, 2018 | BY SEN. MARY JO TAYLOR, | Local News

Council rejects term limits

A charter ordinance setting term limits for the Great Bend mayor and City Council members failed to garner the required two-thirds council majority to pass Monday night. The proposal came at the suggestion of Councilman Brock McPherson.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Council votes to sponsor Cinco de Mayo

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a $500 sponsorship for Cinco De Mayo and approved a street closing for the event on May 5 at the request of organizer Jose Hernandez. Closed will be Main Street from 19th Street to Lakin Avenue from 11 a.m. to noon for the parade.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Domestic violence a community problem

A pair of proclamations approved by the Barton County Commission Monday morning call attention to the ongoing problem of domestic violence. They marked April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month and were requested by the Family Crisis Center.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission marks Autism Awareness Day

Noting that autism is a prevalent condition affecting people of all walks of life, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a joint proclamation with the City of Great Bend recognizing Monday as the 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day 2018. Great Bend Mayor Joe Andrasek signed the proclamation last week.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

County burn ban lifted

Citing slightly damper conditions, the Barton County Commission Monday morning lifted the temporary county-wide burn ban at the request of fire chiefs across the county. Effective noon Monday, individuals could again burn with approval from the fire chief having jurisdiction of the area where the burning is to take place.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Two injury crashes reported in Russell County

RUSSELL - Two Russell teenagers were injured Sunday when a pickup left the roadway as the driver reached across for a cellphone in Russell County.

April 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

PVCH strives to make Pawnee County ‘Heart Safe’

LARNED - Pawnee Valley Community Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Department has been busy over the last few months educating our community members on Hands Only CPR/AED's. The CPR education that the department administered has one goal - to make Pawnee County a Heart Safe Community.

April 01, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Of the two holiday traditions that involve small children dressing up and going out into the community, some sort of handled container in hand, with hopeful anticipation of bringing it home filled with candy, Easter is the swiftest. And reporters for local newspapers are drawn to the photo opportunities these Easter egg hunts provide as well.

March 31, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Follow up on Rankin, dismissal of charges

On Feb. 20, the Great Bend Tribune story, "Social media conduct questioned over Rankin report," delved into informal charges Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor leveled against employees of the Barton County Sheriff's Department regarding two posts and "likes" from other department employees on Facebook. The posts at issue claimed Mellor and Assistant County Attorney Doug Matthews assessed blame to Great Bend Police Department Lt. Heather Davis Smith for actions ordered in the state versus Jeffrey Rankin case.

March 31, 2018 | Veronica Coons | 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.

March 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Gas prices on the rise

Gas prices are getting pumped up to their highest level in years here in Great Bend and the surrounding communities.

April 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Dear Dairy: Mobile dairy visits Eisenhower School

To teach children how cows' milk is collected, Callie Toews brought a dairy to Eisenhower Elementary School on Friday.

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Santa Fe Trail Center Museum

TOPEKA – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $9,000 to the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum of Larned in support of "Rendezvous 2018: Death on the Trail ...

April 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


RUSSELL - After the education finance bill, House Bill 2445, failed on Monday afternoon, on Tuesday, April 3, we debated the same bill. The major components ...

April 13, 2018 | Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, 109th Kansas House | Local News

'The Foreigner' returns

The title character of "The Foreigner" doesn't want to talk to anyone during his unwilling stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. So he ...

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton Orchestra to perform Classical Ventures' concert in the Shafer Art Gallery

Enjoy an evening of classical music and gallery art with the Barton Community College Orchestra's spring concert "Classical Ventures" at 7:30 p.m ...

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Vortex exhibit open through Saturday

High school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend, Stafford, Larned and Hoisington came to Barton Community College to engage in hands-on workshops from art professionals and ...

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

BCC to host dance theater auditions

Dance enthusiasts can take the opportunity to gain valuable experience as a dancer in a company setting. Barton Community College is hosting auditions for its ...

April 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Volunteers needed for Field Ops Day

Barton Community College needs volunteers for its annual Field Operation's Day on May 5. Volunteers participate as patients or bystanders in realistic training scenarios ...

April 12, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

First moves made on 2018 Farm Bill

The House Committee on Agriculture Thursday introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also know as the 2018 Farm Bill. This marks the first ...

April 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Barnett: State has image problem

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett worked the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning at the Great Bend Public Library, admitting to those he ...

April 12, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Clara Barton ‘Steps for SIDS’ walk-a-thon

HOISINGTON - Tuesday afternoon was beautiful walking weather, and Clara Barton Hospital's Steps for SIDS Walk-a-thon was clearly the winner in the weather lottery. Community ...

April 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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 ...

April 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Volunteer finds her place helping teachers

Tabitha Blair loves children, school and she wants to make a difference – all the characteristics of a good teacher.

April 11, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Probable cause found in Kern DUI case

Lafe Kern told paramedic Tony Leeds that he'd taken a handful of Xanax prior to a two-vehicle collision south of Great Bend on Feb ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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