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Museum celebrates women, black history

The Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum was originally conceived as a tribute to "man on the plains," but the current exhibit pays tribute to women. There also an exhibit dedicated to African Americans with ties to Barton County.

March 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Flood plain mapping project progressing

County Engineer Barry McManaman attended the Cow Creek Working Group meeting on March 8, the on-going Kansas Division of Water Resources project involving the Cow Creek Watershed.

March 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GREAT to show 'The 11th Hour'

The Grass Roots Environmental Advocacy Team (GREAT) will present "The 11th Hour," a two-hour environmental documentary produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, in Great Bend and Larned.

March 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

​BCC trustees to look at tuition

Tuition and fees for 2017 are on the agenda of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The board will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

March 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Ashley Reddig is only 10 years old and a fifth grader at Great Bend's Holy Family School. But, she is already understanding the importance of volunteerism and helping others.

March 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

My BackYard Playground enhancements planned

Great Bend High School students will help install additional hardwood mulch next month at the My BackYard playground, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members learned Monday.

March 15, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Hoisington City Council discusses grant hurdles

Hoisington EMS Director Scott Fleming shared news with the city council Monday evening concerning the status of a grant requested from the Kansas Board of EMS to replace a monitor on the city's second-out truck. The original application was for the purchase price of a Zoll M-Series monitor for $31,804.77. The grant application requested a split of 75-25, with the city's share to be $7,915.19. Fleming reported the Board of EMS had contacted him to determine if the city would be willing to accept a reduced grant of $20,000 if it were offered ...

March 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

GBRC held monthly meeting on Monday

There were a few new items on the agenda at the Great Bend Recreation Commission meeting on Monday.

March 15, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News

Big Rural Brainstormers learn civic engagement ‘not a big thing’

Civic engagement is vital to Kansas' rural communities. That was the driving theme behind the 2016 Big Rural Brainstorm, sponsored through the Kansas Sampler Foundation, that was held last Monday at Newton's Meridian Event Center. People from all walks of life with a passion for breathing new life into small towns from every corner of the state converged to share ideas and knowledge about what has worked and what hasn't for economic development, preservation, and community building in their areas. But for many, the idea of civic engagement was both foreboding and foreign. This year, the BRB focused ...

March 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Libraries at risk over HB 2719

Great Bend is home to the Central Kansas Library System, CKLS, which operates out of the same building as the Great Bend Public Library. It is one of seven regional library systems in the state. A late bill that the Kansas House is considering now could spell the elimination of this and the other six library systems in the state.

March 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Advance ballots, voting now available

Voters in Great Bend, Hoisington, and Ellinwood can now apply for advanced ballots for the April 5 city general election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.

March 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by : Great Bend Coffee Company, 2015 Lakin Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Dale Hogg and Cole Reif. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Area ​GOP caucus results county by county

Kansas Presidential caucuses were held on Saturday, March 5. Here are the area GOP caucus results county by county. Party officials reported Monday they are currently counting absentee and provisional ballots which will be added to the total.

March 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Keep an eye on the sky

Spring-like weather has arrived sooner than normal this year, meaning there is a possibility that the spring storm season may arrive earlier as well, Barton County Emergency Manager A my Miller told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

March 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Mauler proud to represent county in Miss Kansas pageant

The Barton County Commission Monday morning passed a proclamation honoring Miss Barton County 2016 Hannah Mauler and designated Monday as Hannah Mauler, Miss Barton County, 2016, Day.

March 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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