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ONCE BITTEN, TWICE ...

Barton County is seeing an upswing in rabies-related dog bite investigations. This concerns county Health Director Shelly Schneider who said her office is spending about 20 hours a week on these cases.

May 31, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Area teen drowns at Kanopolis Lake

ELLSWORTH - A 17-year-old boy drowned Saturday while swimming at Kanopolis State Park. It happened at the park's South Shore swimming area.

May 31, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


City property damaged on Friday

At 11 p.m. on Friday, Barton County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the south side of the Arkansas River for reports of a intoxicated person operating a front end loader and destroying property.

May 31, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


A DAY TO REMEMBER

Memorial Day is a day to remember the fallen soldiers that charged into battle and made that ultimate sacrifice for America. This is what the community did Monday morning during the Memorial Day Service held at Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Cemetery.

May 30, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


State genealogy conference coming to Hays

HAYS - Registration is open now through June 1 for the 42nd Annual KCGS Genealogy conference, hosted by the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies and co-hosted by the Ellis County Historical Society.

May 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Craft beer expo, barbecue and cycling

The inaugural Bike Brew Q event in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is set for July 30 at the Great Bend Expo Complex. The event features three staples of summer: cycling, barbecue and craft beer. Cycling is optional. Tickets will be available beginning June 6 at bikebrewq.com. The Bike Brew Q team has partnered with the CFF to put on this official, sanctioned benefit.

May 30, 2016 | BY JOE VINDUSKA Special to the Tribune | Local News


Summer reading program engages mind and body

Great Bend Public Library's Summer Reading Program kicks off Wednesday, June 1, at the library, 1409 Williams. This summer children, teens and adults will be encouraged to engage is healthy activity in addition to taking time to read.

May 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer food service program ready to roll

Great Bend's five elementary schools will serve free breakfast and lunch to anyone who is 18 years old or younger this summer, starting Tuesday.

May 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Senior citizens encouraged to apply for checks to use at markets

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at local participating farmers markets June 1 through Nov. 1. Checks are available in $5 increments.

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market opens Friday

Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market will be the place to be, starting on Friday, June 3. The kickoff will happen at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square. After that, it will continue on Thursday evenings in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series.

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


SPLASH!

It was a pleasant 75 degrees when the Wetlands water park in Great Bend opened for the season on Saturday, but it was a bit cooler when lifeguards arrived at 8 a.m. to test the 300 gallon tipping pool.

May 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Donations accepted for poppies

American Legion Auxilary had 3,000 crepe paper poppies to distribute for Memorial Day weekend. If there are any left, volunteers will be out at noon Sunday. Look for them outside Walmart, Orscheln Farm & Home Supply, Waters True Value Hardware, Sutherlands and both Dillons stores. Poppies are available for a donation.

May 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KWEC to host free craft workshop combining Mother Nature, spray paint

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Mother Nature will supply the materials for guests to create nature silhouettes, a piece of artwork made out of leaves, plants and paint, during a free craft workshop at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at KWEC, 592 NE K-156 Highway on the southeast side of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Don’t let that dip in the pool turn tragic

Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:

May 27, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Taking it outside

Summer is here and people will be itching to start cooking outside. But, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano warns what normally is a relaxing meal on the deck could be dangerous if caution is not taken.

May 27, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


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