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Looking sharp

Local officials will soon have a new, sharper birds-eye view of Barton County.

December 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Looking backward and forward

With this year comes to an end, United Way of Central Kansas wanted folks to take a moment to look back at 2017 and reflect on how the communities came together to create real impacts on the lives of fellow residents.

December 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Action on county counselor tabled

Feeling it better to have an entire commission vote on a contract for a county counselor, a short-handed Barton County Commission tabled the important action until its next meeting a week from Tuesday.

December 26, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Protecting the past

Recognizing how important the Barton County Historical Society is to preserving the county's heritage, the County Commission Monday morning approved helping the society with the cost of a leaky roof that threatened valuable artifacts.

December 26, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Court ordered to revisit 2015 murder charge

A 2015 murder case that was dismissed last year by Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty may be opened. The Kansas Court of Appeals recently reversed Svaty's 2016 ruling that Freddie Alec Thomas could not be tried for murder in the shooting death of Jeremy Alan Saldana in Great Bend.

December 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Giving the gift of time

You don't have to bake, knit or buy anything to make someone happy this Christmas. Put down the cellphone and the video game. One of the best gifts we can ever give is our time, and nothing illustrates that better than visiting senior citizens during the holidays.

December 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Christmas cheer

Students across USD 428 demonstrate their holiday spirit.

December 26, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Congressman responding to Claflin Police Chief’s concerns

After Claflin Chief of Police Gary Vaughan was required to turn over guns once used by officers in his department to the Kansas Department of Administration and witness their destruction at the Claflin City Shop on Oct. 31, he swore he would not remain quiet. At the state level, guns seized in a crime are routinely processed and sold at auction, the proceeds bolstering the general funds of the acting police department. He wanted answers about why the same wasn't true at the federal level.

December 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Barton County’s First Christmas Tree

In 1874, Kansas was plagued with locusts (grasshoppers), which descended on the area and ate all the crops and any other living plant material in the area.

December 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Last-minute, no-cost, stuff-on-hand Christmas gifts for the procrastinator

You've procrastinated, and the big day is already here. Now, the stores are closed and there's still a few people you haven't gotten a gift for. Here are three last-minute ideas that won't come off as last minute (if you're careful).

December 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOISINGTON - Mike and LaVetta Stephens operate The Museum of the Common Soldier out of their home in La Crosse. Since the 1970s, Mike has been collecting war memorabilia, and has amassed a collection that includes artifacts from the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and two Gulf Wars. On Saturday, Dec. 9, they brought several items of militaria to the Hoisington Public Library for a presentation about the Korean War.

December 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Commission to hold Tuesday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes helping the Barton County Historical Society with a reroofing project, janitorial services for the Barton County Office Building and proposals for a county counselor.

December 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCUB students help children foster care

Barton County Upward Bound students spent months working on a Christmas gift to a child in foster care attend summer camp. They recently presented a $400 donation to Royal Family Kids Camp, said Hope Randolph, BCUB director with the Barton Community College TRIO program.

December 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Special Olympics Kansas Polar Plunge dates set for 2018

MISSION - Kansans looking for an extreme adventure with plenty of fun may want to be part be of a Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Polar Plunges will take place during January, February and March at 11 locations in the state. The cool events raise money for Special Olympics athletes in Kansas to train and compete in sports and receive basic health screenings.

December 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

St. John Church to host Christmas dinner

ST. JOHN - The First United Methodist Church in St. John invites the public to a ham and turkey dinner served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas day. Monday's meal has been prepared from scratch and will be served at the church, located just off of U.S. 281 at 807 E. 1st in St. John.

December 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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GBHS 2018 Winter Homecoming Court

GBHS 2018 Winter Homecoming Court

January 10, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Kansas considers cutting hours needed for college degrees

Changes being discussed by the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Board of Education include reducing the number of credit hours needed for bachelor ...

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barbara Millard receives Great Bend Greater Award

It wasn't easy to schedule time with Barbara Millard so she could receive the Great Bend Greater Award.

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HOISINGTON - A new mayor and council member, along with re-elected council members, were sworn in by Hoisington City Clerk Donita Crutcher at the start of ...

January 10, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Riley’s Tanner Dahlke wins Kansas Horizon Award

Tanner Dahlke's hands-on, sometimes crazy approach to education at Riley Elementary School has earned him a state award after his first year as a ...

January 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Yoga Central, 6003 10th St., at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Host will be ...

January 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

New instructor brings expertise in fiber arts, skilled in multiple genres

It takes a person with a certain amount of natural creativity to sign up for a metalsmithing class and wind up learning to both sew ...

January 09, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News

USD 428 pursues share of $27M grant

New and retiring board of education members for Great Bend USD 428 received pies from Perkins at Monday's meeting.

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

A changing of the guard

The new City of Great Bend governing body members officially took their seats in the City Council chambers at City Hall after taking their oaths ...

January 08, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Search warrant executed in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - An Ellinwood man was arrested on drug charges last Friday after the Ellinwood Police Department, with the assistance of the Barton County Sheriff's ...

January 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

National Hat Day inspires Rec contest

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will celebrate National Hat Day on Jan. 15 by sponsoring a favorite hat contest. The contest will run until noon ...

January 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Bieberle named Police Captain

Great Bend Police Chief David Bailey and Human Resources Director Randy Keasling announced Friday that police Lt. Scott Bieberle has been promoted to the rank ...

January 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Friday traffic stop turns into 1 arrest

A Barton County Deputy Sheriff stopped a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am at 2:20 a.m. on Friday near mile post 130 on K-4 near ...

January 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Traffic stop leads to arrest

A traffic stop Sunday afternoon in rural Great Bend resulted in an arrest on drug charges, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports.

January 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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