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The importance of leadership

Frustration over bills that seemingly target western and rural Kansas unfairly was evident from some of the questions asked by attendees at the Hoisington Legislative Coffee Saturday. Hoisington School Board President Dean Stoskopf. and Superintendent Bill Lowry were vocal on a bill that would limit a district's ability to raise funds for capital improvements and one that sought to consolidate small school districts, as well as the ongoing legal battles to define the Gannon decision on school funding. Hoisington City Council member Brian Wilborn also questioned the logic of the state legislature's decisions to seek passages of some ...

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Perfect Pancakes

Cool weather puts people in the mood for hot pancakes, Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller said. He's a man who knows what he's talking about. Hundreds turned out Saturday evening for the annual Albert Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Feed and Raffle. Each year for 27 years, the town of about 175 population located in southwest Barton County swells to over 600 as people from the surrounding area come for all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage and the chance to win their share of $100s in prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Whitetails, 656 W Barton County Road (4.5 Miles west of 10th and Patton), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Gaila Nielsen with greeters Jake Deutsch and Staci Bownes. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Senior companion is recognized for serving elderly

Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington was honored for her community service at the Senior Companion Program In-service meeting held on March 16, in Great Bend. Pritchard has served individuals in Hoisington and Great Bend as a Senior Companion for ten years.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Literacy kits

In April 2015, Great Bend High School Students were able to raise money to give to a charity of their choice. GBHS decided to donate the check to United Way of Central Kansas. This money was used as seed money for literacy kits.

March 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Great Bend library makes end of fines official

As of March 1, the Great Bend Public Library no longer charges fines or late fees for overdue materials. The GBPL Board approved the practice earlier this year, but approved it again Monday after Library Director Harry Willems provided a written policy.

March 21, 2016 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News

City accepts two major gifts for zoo

Bison are returning to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, and the bears are getting a larger home with its own swimming pool.

March 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Council approves HorsePower on the Plains

Here are highlights of other items from Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting:

March 21, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barton County getting healthier

Barton County rose to the 73rd spot in the 2016 county health rankings released last week by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. This is a jump from 2015 when it fell in at 86th.

March 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

New rankings shed light on where kansas counties could improve health

Johnson County ranks healthiest in Kansas and Wyandotte County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings are available at

March 21, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

The Wetland Explorer: Spring Cleaning for your Nest Box

It is quite evident by now that Spring is upon us. Insects are beginning to emerge, trees are beginning to bloom, days are getting longer, and the birds... Have you noticed how active the birds in your yard are recently? Singing, chasing each other, and maybe even gathering nesting materials have become the birds' daily routine.

March 20, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News

Legislators talk about '800 lb gorilla'

At the Hoisington legislative coffee Saturday morning, Rep. John Edmonds, Rep. Troy Waymaster, and Sen. Mitch Holmes talked on issues and actions of note in their respective houses before opening up the floor to questions.

March 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Barton County under winter weather advisory

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita placed Barton, Russell, Ellsworth and Lincoln counties under a winter weather advisory Friday until 1 p.m.

March 18, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Walk Kansas starts April 3

Teams are forming and registration is open for the 2016 Walk Kansas program, which this year runs April 3 through May 28. It is open to all Kansans across the state.

March 18, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Huelskamp staff to host tax concerns office hours in Great Bend March 22

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that a staff representative specializing in IRS casework from his Hutchinson office will be available in Great Bend from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 22, at Front Door Community Center. During these office hours, Huelskamp's staff representative will be available to meet individually with taxpayers to learn about their concerns and to serve as a resource for constituents struggling to navigate bureaucratic red tape. Constituents seeking assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment by contacting Congressman Huelskamp's Hutchinson office at 620-665-6138.

March 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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Quilts of Valor

Eleven area veterans were awarded quilts from the Golden Plains Quilts of Valor group on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Argonne American Legion Post 180 ...

October 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

GBCCA Brings Blackwood Brothers Quartet to Stage for Next Concert

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, lauded as the best-known name in gospel quartet history, will perform for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association at 7:30 ...

October 10, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

County probe topic of contentious executive session

Commissioner Alicia Straub's asking for a 10-minute closed-door commission meeting Monday morning sparked a heated exchange after fellow commissioners felt blind-sided by the request ...

October 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Janel Rose to share local health news at League of Women Voters meeting

Janel Rose from the Barton County Health Department will speak at the next League of Women Voters of Great Bend meeting, set for noon Tuesday ...

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Touched By Cancer speakers address pre-funeral planning

Touched By Cancer Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at The Heartland Cancer Center. Richard Kimple and Ryan Minnis from ...

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Grief Support Group meetings start Monday

The Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice Grief Support Group is starting a new series of sessions this month. The group will meet from 6:30-8 ...

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Donate blood in October

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

October 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

New activity bus arrives at USD 428

The Great Bend USD 428 school board members and others who attend Monday's Board of Education meeting will have the opportunity to tour the ...

October 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

American Legion Auxiliary soup supper

American Legion Auxiliary will hold an all you can eat Benefit Soup Supper on from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, at ...

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Barton Community College to host free playwriting workshop Oct. 22

While many enjoy a good play production, few have actually written one. Barton Community College is presenting an excellent opportunity for community members to join ...

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

September Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Pawnee County/Larned Police reports

Pawnee County Sheriff's report - Oct. 6

October 08, 2016 | 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 ...

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local News

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