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With temperatures hovering in the low 40s, families turned out in the hundreds for the annual downtown merchant's Halloween costume parade which started at 11 a.m. at the Barton County Courthouse Saturday. Businesses along Main Street decorated tables and staff members dressed up in anticipation of treating youngsters. Costumes ranged from sweet to ghoulish and everything in between. Ages ranged from the stroller bound to those entering middle school, with some parents getting into the act too. They dressed mostly as superheroes, unicorns, ghosts and goblins. Some groups adopted overall themes with their costumes, while other trick-or-treaters dressed ...

October 28, 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 the purchase of a refrigerator to store vaccines at the Barton County Health Department and a departmental services update.

October 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Halloween safety tips to keep your family safe

Halloween is upon us. Parents and children are urged keep safety in mind while out getting those sweets treats and having fun with friends, Great Bend Police Lt. Scott Bieberle said. Halloween fun can turn frantic in a hurry when motorists fail to be aware of their surroundings, or children become distracted when trick-or-treating.

October 27, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

USD 431 hosts chamber coffee

HOISINGTON - Thursday morning, Hoisington Chamber of Commerce members and people from the community gathered at the high school shop classroom for coffee and breakfast items, and an opportunity to hear from students and teachers about what's new at the school. Members of the Hoisington 431 Racing team were on hand to talk about the program where they build and race standard battery powered or solar powered electric vehicles.

October 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Claflin City Council eyes repairs to sewer plant

CLAFLIN - The governing body of the City of Claflin met in regular session, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in the city building. This unofficial summary of the minutes of the meeting are provided courtesy of Claflin City Clerk Patricia Schmidt. Minutes are subject to approval at the November city council meeting.

October 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Fall citizenship class at new location

On Nov. 7 the Fall Citizenship Class will begin at the Great Bend Public Library 1409 Williams, lower level. The class will meet every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of January. There will be a day class from 10 a.m. to noon and an evening class from 6-7:45 p.m. Doris Reile-Kneller is the presenter and students are encouraged to be present and on time for each session.

October 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS focuses on attendance, future

Two new programs at Great Bend High School were in the spotlight Thursday when GBHS hosted the school board's monthly luncheon meeting. Students in the Foods I class prepared the meal.

October 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A young man turns to revenge to pay back the mistreatment he has gotten from people around him. But revenge can lead to ruin. This, in brief, is the message delivered in a unique way through the Judgement House production at Great Bend's First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway Ave.

October 26, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

Local general election candidates listed

According to the Barton County Clerk's Office, there are several candidates running in the Nov. 7 general election. These include a number of city, school and other local positions in Barton county.

October 26, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

USD 431 BOE expands fundraising policy to HMS

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington USD 431 board of education met Monday, Oct. 2 at the District Office. The board reviewed a district policy on fundraising which was approved in 2015, and approved extending the reach of the policy to the middle school classes.

October 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Out of the Morgue

Something a little different this week.

October 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Flu season could be bad

With the 2017 influenza season looming, the Barton County Health Department is warning it may be a bumpy ride.

October 25, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Treasurer Jordan hopes to improve county’s image

Mistakes made by the Barton County Treasurer's Office in recent years haven't gone unnoticed across the state. The new County Treasurer, Jim Jordan, said it will take time to improve his department's image.

October 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Baker named Correctional Education Services coordinator

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved two new employees when it met Tuesday. Ashley Reed will be a part-time assistant care provider and Chris Baker is the new coordinator of Correctional Education Services.

October 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Climate expert to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

An expert on climate change will be the keynote speaker when Barton Community College hosts the 14th Annual Jack Kilby Science Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 20.

October 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Prairie Godmothers announce community service event

The Prairie Godmothers will help Catholic Charities restock its "dry goods" panty at its Great Bend location, 2201 16th St. Current Prairie Godmothers and those ...

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton rolls out new online schedule

Barton Community College hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday morning, June 7, to celebrate its new online course schedule.

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Outside party lines

Greg Orman's weariness with the institutionalized bickering between the dominant Democratic and Republican parties spurred him to launch his Independent bid for governor.

June 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

News safety signs in place at intersection

The new signs have been installed at the intersection of 30 Road and Washington Avenue, the site of a fatal crash that killed 18-year-old Shealee ...

June 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

UWCK goal met

The United Way of Central Kansas Board of Directors announced that UWCK has reached its goal of $275,000.

June 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Just giving a heads up

Great Bend City Sanitarian Austin LaViolette was out of his office most of the day Wednesday at the site of an emergency abatement. The property ...

June 06, 2018 | Dale Hogg | 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 ...

June 06, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Neighborhood Tiger

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe is alive and well at the Public Broadcasting System, now as an animated children's program called "Daniel Tiger's ...

June 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

OTR for June 6, 2018

Great Bend Fire/EMS

June 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

City auction set for Friday

June 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Zoo news: Swans disappear from Vets Lake

Three of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo's young swans are missing from Veterans Memorial Park. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin is asking anyone with ...

June 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Extreme Ice to give all Thursday revenue to Cook family

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood's Extreme Ice snow cone shop will donate all revenue received today, Thursday, June 7, to the family of Ellinwood Middle and High ...

June 06, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Governor likes what he sees in Great Bend

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer took a look at Great Bend Wednesday afternoon during a quick visit that included a brief tour and conversations with governmental ...

June 06, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Five arrested during drug bust

Ellinwood Police Department executed a narcotics-related search warrant at 6:36 p.m. on Tuesday at 208 West B street, Ellinwood. Arrested at the scene ...

June 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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