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Storms wipe out NW Kansas wheat fields

In the world of farming, 12 hours can make all the difference. David Schemm, a northwest Kansas farmer, reported that Wednesday night's storms wiped out three fields of his wheat near Russell Springs.

June 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

US-50 asphalt overlay from Kinsley to Edwards/Stafford county line to begin

Starting this week, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin construction of a 23-mile asphalt mill and overlay surfacing project on US-50 Highway in Edwards County, beginning at the west city limits of Kinsley east to the Edwards/Stafford county line.

June 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Hoisington woman injured in crash

A Hoisington woman was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Thursday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash at NE 30 Road and North Washington in Barton County.

June 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

KWEC’s ‘Gifts from the Garden’ series continues

The next "Gifts from the Garden" adult class, "Impressive Pressed Flowers", provides old and new methods of pressing flowers. Held at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, July 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., the class is offered at no charge.

June 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

Marsh Musings

A White-winged dove nested in our tree in the front yard. I watched them build the nest, lay some eggs, and hatch one fledgling. I went out on the front deck after the rainstorm, and the baby was on the ground in the drive way. It had beautiful markings, bright eyes, and could NOT fly. I didn't see either parent. I took it over into the flower bed by the deck where there was ground cover and lilies and shrubs to give it some cover, and set it down. Mom found the baby quickly and fed it generously. Later ...

June 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

City to study management, pay at police department

Following an exhausting string of executive sessions totaling 2 hours and 45 minutes to discuss "personnel issues currently facing the city" Thursday night, the Great Bend City Council emerged and voted to proceed with hiring a law firm to conduct a management and compensation study of the Police Department.

June 29, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Ellinwood’s Wolf Pond under toxic algae warning

ELLINWOOD – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, has issued a public health warning for eight lakes, including Wolf Pond in Ellinwood, and a watch for two lakes due to harmful toxic algae blooms.

June 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


With scores of massive white wind turbine components as a backdrop, officials cut the ceremonial ribbon for the Great Bend transload facility Thrusday afternoon. The site, located in the Great Bend Industrial park west of town, has been in use for a couple months now, but this just marked its grand opening.

June 29, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend's T-ball Super Heroes


June 29, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Fashion leads to fair with 2017 Revue

A precursor to the Barton County Fair each year is the 4-H Clothing, Fiber Arts & Fashion Revue. Wednesday morning, 4-Hers from area clubs arrived early at Trinity Lutheran Church to undergo judging for garment construction and buymanship outfits, and to get feedback on their workmanship in the fiber arts. Some of the top winners will go on to compete this fall at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, said Barton County Extension Agent Bernie Unruh.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Hoisington upholds fireworks ordinance

HOISINGTON - Hoisington City Council members had two weeks to review the city's fireworks ordinance following a discussion at the June 12 meeting. When they met again Monday night, fireworks were once again on the agenda, and the council unanimously agreed to uphold the ordinance that allows the discharge of fireworks in the city on one day only, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Building the dream

Last week, the Central Kansas Dream Center made significant progress on the renovation of the third floor of their building. A pump truck arrived and began pumping cement up a long hose, and workers began spreading and filling the floor to level it prior to framing new living spaces.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Out of the Morgue

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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

June 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Harvest continues after rain delays

Harvest has been rolling in Sublette since June 16. Zach Laffrey, of McCoy Grain Co, says yields have been average for their area. He reported about 150,000-200,000 bushels of wheat have been taken in since harvest started.

June 28, 2017 | By Brooke Haas, Communications Intern | Local News

Barton County personnel honored as Roads Scholars

Several Barton County Road and Bridge Department personnel were honored by the County Commission Monday morning for furthering their education. They received certificates marking their completion of the Kansas Association of Counties' Roads Scholar Program.

June 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Legislative Coffee is Saturday

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development will hold the second of two Legislative Coffees from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in the ...

March 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Farmers Market vendors meeting set

Area fruit and vegetable growers, honey producers, community artists and makers of crafts who are interested in participating in the Great Bend Summer Street Stroll ...

March 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBHS absences doubled on March 7

The number of students absent from Great Bend High School on Wednesday was about double the usual, Great Bend USD 428 Director of Public Information ...

March 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Marshall shares insights on NAFTA negotiations

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Roger Marshall left Friday for a 48-hour turnaround visit to Mexico City where the seventh round of the North American Free ...

March 06, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Wildfire precautions

This is the beginning of wildfire season. With everything being so dry and with high winds predicted for today, people need to be aware, take ...

March 06, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local News

Rush County St. Patrick Celebration planned

The annual Rush Center St. Patrick Celebration will be held on March 17. Events include a car show downtown from 10 a.m. to 2 ...

March 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee meeting scheduled in Pratt

PRATT - The Kansas Water Office's (KWO) Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet to discuss current water issues affecting the region as ...

March 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Early Childhood Sweetheart dance

March 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

VA rep will visit Great Bend Kansas Works Center

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main, from 9:30 ...

March 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend Coffee to host Chamber of Commerce Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Coffee, 2015 Lakin Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

March 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. to provide keynote address at Barton Community College commencement

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, M.D. has agreed to help Barton Community College celebrate the achievements of the class of 2018 as keynote speaker ...

March 06, 2018 | By Brandon Steinert Barton Community College | Local News

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