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Visit Fort Larned for Memorial Day Weekend

Larned - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site will bring a frontier military post back to life for Memorial Day Weekend.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Kids Fishing Day scheduled at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - Enjoy the outdoors with the whole family with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 3.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | 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 a tornado update, approval of the Juvenile Justice Authority budget and the painting of the fences at the county's memorial parks.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

May 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford, Rush, Rice, and Pawnee counties.

May 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders. A tornado impacted the western corner of the city, toppling trees and damaging roofs, sending flying debris through house and car windows. A gas line was ruptured, requiring residents in that part of the city to be evacuated immediately. Throughout the city, fallen branches littered yards and the roadway.

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton County at $658,000.

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend. This story was updated on Thursday, May 18 with additional photos.

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Demel named new United Way director

The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin her duties June 1.

May 17, 2017 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought he could reach China by sailing west, but ended up in a New World.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School Sunday. Erin Ferguson, the adult services supervisor, provided a departmental report. She first handed out the Summer Reading calendar of events to board members. She then reported that a patron audit had resulted in the library purging approximately 5,000 patrons who have not been active users since 2014. This, she said, was overdue maintenance, and recommended by the State Library Board to ensure an accurate reflection of how often patrons are using the library ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle crash sends cyclist to hospital

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a vehicle crash at approximately 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday at 820 Main St.

May 16, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News


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A complex issue

In his three months as Great Bend's interim city administrator, George Kolb has witnessed numerous deficiencies in the city's information technology. These could ...

January 03, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fatal crash in Russell County

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash at 8:27 a.m. on Tuesday, 1.5 miles west of U.S. 281 on ...

January 03, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Harley-Davidson donated to Sunflower Gala live auction

An anonymous donor has added to the excitement that is already building for this year's Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, director ...

January 03, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


School vs. Snow Day

While everyone associated with Great Bend USD 428 schools - whether it be employees, parents or students - is still burrowed deep within their blankets fending off ...

January 03, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Zoo News: Meet Jessie and Gilbert

Two relative newcomers to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are Jessie Sayre, who started as a zookeeper last October, and Gilbert, a Panther Chameleon ...

January 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Committee named to find administrator

A search committee consisting of current city officials and new Great Bend governing body members was selected to complete interviews for a permanent city administrator ...

January 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fostering leadership

City officials joined the Great Bend Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Eduction program at Tuesday night's City Council meeting to recognize 10 fifth-grade ...

January 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Investigation into bomb threat continues

The investigation into the bomb threat that took place on Friday is still ongoing, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

January 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Crash in Stafford County sends two to hospital

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to an injury crash at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, two and a half miles north of Stafford on ...

January 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Commission renames Hipp county counselor

Carey Hipp will serve another year as the Barton County counselor, the County Commission decided Tuesday morning. The item had been on the commission's ...

January 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity: Barton County Area, at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Spray-Holt ...

January 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves roofing bid for The Office

HOISINGTON -- Actions on roofing proposals and bids for cemetery fencing and signage were decided on by the Hoisington City Council at the Tuesday, Dec. 26 ...

January 02, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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