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HOISINGTON - Students at Hoisington's USD 431 schools, as well as students at Otis-Bison, had the rare opportunity this past week to meet and learn from an award winning Native American musician, flute maker and storyteller Keith Bear. And Bear has had the opportunity to visit with family and friends, and to finally meet his youngest grandchild for the first time.

October 02, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

High Tunnel Tour scheduled for Tuesday

Since 2015, three applicants for the NRCS High Tunnel program have built and put into service tunnels in Barton and Rush counties. Following their first full growing seasons, owners of the tunnels have agreed to open their tunnels for a high tunnel tour, presented by the USDA, NRCS, Barton, Pawnee and Rush County Conservation Districts and K-State Research and Extension. This is an opportunity for those interested in this innovative method of growing produce to learn about the program to learn about the purposes of high tunnels and how they are being utilized locally. Information will be shared about how ...

October 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Duck hunters celebrated at KWEC Hunter Appreciation Breakfast

Duck hunting season begins on Oct. 8 for the Low Plains Early Zone. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area offers premier waterfowl hunting opportunities and the traditions that go with those hunts. In what has become a new tradition over the last four years, duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located at the southeast corner of Cheyenne Bottoms along K-156 Highway, after their hunt from 8 to 11 a.m .on Oct. 8 for a free Hunter Appreciation Breakfast. Biscuits and gravy, coffee, and juice will be served.

October 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for Nov. 1

Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its current competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.

October 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee

The Kansas Water Office's (KWO) Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting to discuss current water issues affecting the basin as well as the state.

October 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 13, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

October 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pawnee County/Larned Police reports

Pawnee County Sheriff's report - Sept. 29

October 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Voter deadlines looming

With the Nov. 8 general election a little over a month away, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman wants to remind county resident of pending registration deadlines.

October 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Annual spaghetti feed set for Thursday

The Great Bend Noon Lions Club will hold its 32nd-annual Spaghetti Feed from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Great Bend Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas. Dine-in and carry-out will be available.

October 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

FEMA denies appeal for federal disaster declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied an appeal made by Governor Sam Brownback regarding a request for a federal disaster declaration for a number of Kansas counties affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 22-31, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management announced Friday.

September 30, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

OTR for Sept. 30, 2016

Great Bend Fire/EMS

September 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Teachers see success with 'Behavior Matrix'

At the start of the school year at Riley Elementary, students visited several learning stations as they became familiar with their school.

September 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC Senior Day features scholarship giveaways

Barton Community College will help area high school seniors plan for their futures at Senior Day, starting at 2 p.m. Nov. 5, with a sign-up deadline of Oct. 31. Those interested can sign up at

September 29, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Taking Flight

It was a perfect day, according to the pilots, for taking to the skies for the 2016 Fly Kansas Air Tour. This is a three-day, nine-city celebration of Kansas aviation and one of the stops during this tour was the Great Bend municipal Airport.

September 29, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Barton County LEPC Meeting

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesdayat the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a presentation on the Great Bend Transload Facility, a discussion on support services from the National Weather Service, and reports from members.

September 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Great Bend organization receives grant for victim advocacy

Family Crisis Center, Inc., of Great Bend, was awarded a grant to support its advocacy and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, Kansas ...

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS Varsity Debate places 1st

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Tele-Communications, Inc., 901 E 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Driver swerved to miss deer

A passenger in a car was injured Saturday at the driver swerved to miss a deer and lost control of the vehicle, Kansas Highway Patrol ...

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS to host WAC Marching Festival

The Great Bend High School Panther Pride Marching Band, under the direction of Mark DeWald, will host the Western Athletic Conference Marching Festival on Tuesday ...

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Cherry Village team spreads the word about Alzheimer’s

The Cherry Village Benevolence team at the recent Walk to End Alzheimer's was rewarded with two first-place recognitions for its charitable efforts.

October 17, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Medicare basics topic of luncheon program

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Medicare Basics" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the ...

October 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Commission holds another executive session

After an hour-long executive session Monday morning, the Barton County Commission emerged only to announce no action would result from the closed-door meeting. It was ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

New certification will help county with flood issues

It was a grueling test, but Barton County Engineer Barry McManaman prevailed.

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

County tax sale successful

The annual Barton County Tax Sale was held on Oct. 11 at the courthouse. Of the 24 parcels on the auction block, 23 sold, County ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Preparations underway for Giving Tuesday

From communities, families and businesses, to non-profits and charitable foundations, people around the world are preparing for Giving Tuesday, on Nov. 29. Giving Tuesday was ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barktober an event for dogs and their people

Hands of Hope Rescue and Advanced America will hold a fundraising Barktober Dogs Days event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Quivira to present a Crane Tour and Open House October 29

Cranes will be the featured topic at a special event planned from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29, at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pawnee County Sheriff's report

Pawnee County Sheriff's report - Oct. 13

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


More than 100 runners participated in the Barton County YP5K and Half Marathon race Saturday morning. Most came from Great Bend and other Barton County ...

October 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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