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Total eclipse of the sun

MANHATTAN - From coast to coast and across the heartland, the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will be an awe-inspiring and rare event, says a Kansas State University physicist.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Travelers encourage to plan ahead and travel safely

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, darkening the sky. With increased traffic anticipated across the state as people travel to view the eclipse, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Turnpike Authority, and Kansas Highway Patrol advise travelers to plan ahead and enjoy the eclipse safely.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

BCC will host eclipse events

A total solar eclipse will occur over the United States on Aug. 21, visible on a path from Oregon to South Carolina, crossing over northeast Kansas. Barton County is expected to experience 94 percent of a full eclipse at about 1 p.m.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend City Council meeting being moved

It will be a little awkward when the Great Bend City Council meets Monday night as the meeting will be split between two locations.

August 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo loses longtime resident ‘Sunny’ the tiger

It is with great sadness that the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo announced Wednesday the passing of its beloved Bengal Tiger, Sunny. Sunny Delight was humanely euthanized Wednesday after animal care and veterinary staff decided that his quality of life had deteriorated to a point that we could no longer keep him comfortable.

August 16, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


WICHITA - A teenager battling cancer with Great Bend connections enjoyed a "Sweet 16," birthday, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

August 15, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Weekend accident claims Stafford Co. official

STAFFORD - A current Stafford County Commissioner, Shane Stimatze, was found dead at his home in rural Stafford County on Monday from an apparent accident that occurred sometime over the weekend.

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Vehicle registration snafu uncovered

Claflin Police Chief Gary Vaughan was approached last week by a Claflin man who lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol officer and ticketed for illegal registration on his 2002 Toyota Sequoia.

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Cuts in federal funding a trend

It's a mouth full and its an annual ritual for the Unified School District 428 School board. But the approval of Local Consolidated Plan Allocation is important to the school system, Superintendent Khris Thexton said Monday night.

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

District enrollment holding close to constant

With the first day of school a week away, the early enrollment numbers for Unified School District 428 are in and looking good, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the School Board Monday night.

August 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ricochet leaves one wounded

BARTON COUNTY – An Ellinwood man was wounded Monday evening when he was struck by what is believed to have been a ricocheted bullet, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

August 15, 2017 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Teachers tell district why they stay

Historically, Unified School District 428 has surveyed teachers leaving the district. But, for the first time, teachers staying were asked why they wanted to remain in Great Bend, Assistant Superintendent John Popp told the USD 428 School Board Monday night.

August 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission OKs ‘jake brake’ ban

About a month ago, a resident complained to the Barton County Commission about the use of "jake brakes" on South McKinley and Railroad Avenue just outside the Great Bend City limits. Monday morning, commissioners took action on this matter.

August 14, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Saturday morning, as 17th Ave. East of McKinley began to fill up with floats and other parade entries, families made their way to the parade route on the South side of Vets Park. They were there for the first ever Party in the Park Wet-Dry parade. The route was divided in two at the railroad tracks just west of the lake, with dry spectators lining up to the East, and wet spectators to the West.

August 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the Oxford Houses, the use of engine compression brakes within a mile of cooperative city limits in the county and the appointment of a deputy district coroner.

August 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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HOISINGTON - Soon, when cross-country flyers stop at the Salina Regional Airport to refuel, they will be able to take in a unique and educational art ...

March 03, 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 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The musical comedy 'whodunnit' parody "Curtains" is set to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Barton Community College Fine Arts ...

March 02, 2018 | Photos and Story By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News

‘Robin Hood and his Merry Men’ take the stage

Great Bend High School's drama students will present the play "Robin Hood and his Merry Men" at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and ...

March 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCSO to offer carry concealed class

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a one-day carry conceal class on Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m ...

March 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


The Kansas House of Representatives discussed many bills this past week. This newsletter will focus on a few of those bills.

March 02, 2018 | Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, 109th Kansas House | Local News

Taylor Times

This week is the "Turnaround" deadline when bills must be "turned around" from the chamber where they started to the other chamber. Bills not heard ...

March 02, 2018 | Sen. Mary Jo Taylor, District 33 | Local News

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