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Santa Fe Trail Days starts today

LARNED - It's the second weekend of June, and that means it's time for the Annual Santa Fe Trail Days celebration. The four-day event has something for every age group, with shopping, food, entertainment, contests and, of course, entertainment. Today, the Annual Community Banquet and opening ceremony will be held at the Larned Knights of Columbus Hall, with social hour beginning at 6 p.m., and supper at 6:30 p.m.

June 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Erik the Engineer may be billed as a Mad Scientist, but he stressed "safety first" on Thursday when he encouraged kids to conduct their own experiments. The educational entertainer from Kansas City's shared cool, hands-on science experiments with more than 100 children at the Great Bend Public Library.

June 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Teens need to be safe when driving

School is out and summer is here, which means more teen drivers will be getting their licences and hitting the road. Steps should be taken to warn them of unsafe driving habits.

June 07, 2017 | Russ Edem | Local News

‘He is in our thoughts and hearts’

Linsey McHenry last saw her husband one year and one month ago Tuesday as he drove off in the family vehicle at 5 p.m. on May 6, 2016. No one has seen or heard from the Great Bend man since.

June 07, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

June Jaunt cancer screening well attended

While Jack Kilby Square filled with people on Saturday for June Jaunt activities, many stopped in at the Barton County Health Department across the street for a free cancer screening offered by the Great Bend Masonic Lodge #113.

June 06, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Oxford houses a success

Barb Esfeld is the Barton County appraiser, but she wore a different hat when she addressed the Great Bend City Council Monday night.

June 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

City of Larned considers billing changes

LARNED - Every month, the city of Larned sends an average of 529 late notices, or "red" bills, to utility customers. That's nearly 20 percent of the city's 2,700 utility contracts. Larned's City Council declared that's too many, and something needs to change. They tasked Kara Rath, the utility clerk, and Monica Steiner, the finance director, to conduct a study of how other cities like Larned combat similar problems. Rath and Steiner presented their proposal to the council Monday night.

June 06, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

An expensive proposition

The City of Great Bend's on-call engineering firm Professional Engineering Consultants of Wichita will discontinue its study of ball field lighting for Veterans Memorial Park after the City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the agreement with PEC ending its involvement in the project.

June 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend native to sing at Cosmosphere Thursday

One of the nations leading music programs for young musicians, the 39th Summer Choral Institute at Kansas State University will be performing a free public concert at 11 a.m. Thursday on the wing of the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.

June 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Great Bend Police Chief Cliff was not on the City Council to speak Monday night and he was not going to be allowed to address the governing body.

June 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Local extension council board reps named

The Barton County Commission Monday morning named the county's first board members to the newly formed Cottonwood Extension District, the joint Kansas State University Extension venture with Ellis County.

June 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Basement fire damages home

An explosion woke the occupants of 806 Hubbard St. around 2:20 a.m. Monday. Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said the couple living at that address escaped through smoke and heat and went to a neighbor's house to call 911.

June 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Milling and overlay to begin on US-56 From Kinsley to Larned

Starting this week, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin construction of a 25-mile road milling and overlay project on US-56 Highway in Pawnee and Edward counties, beginning at the US-50/US-56 junction north along US-56 to the south city limits of Larned.

June 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Sun Salutation

June 03, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News

6th June Jaunt full of fun

Great weather converged with great planning on Saturday for June Jaunt activities at Great Bend's Jack Kilby Square. Families came out to enjoy the entertainment, games, food and fun.

June 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Town Hall Topics: Health Care

The results of a recent online survey of community health services were reviewed Thursday during a town-hall meeting at the Holiday Inn Express. Mental health ...

March 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Student 'investors' learn Wall Street tactics

They may not be ready for Wall Street, but three Great Bend High School students are one step closer. And so are nearly two dozen ...

March 08, 2018 | By Jennifer Schartz Great Bend USD 428 | 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 ...

March 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Burn restriction in place

The Great Bend fire Department has issued an open burning restriction. The restricted areas include the City of Great Bend and the four contracting townships ...

March 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News

Bowhunters to hold weekend Bunny Hunt

The Kansas Bowhunters Association will hold its annual Bunny Hunt at Cheyenne Bottoms this weekend. Fellow archers and bowhunters of all ages are welcome to ...

March 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Those who can, teach. Alden Adams, a preschool teacher at Helping Hands, left the business world to follow his true calling as an early-education teacher.

March 07, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local News

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

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