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Operation Dry Water Nets Two Arrests KDWPT game wardens enforce boating under the influence laws

Over the weekend, game wardens with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) participated in Operation Dry Water, a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI). The three-day enforcement effort was conducted from 12 a.m. June 27, to 11:59 p.m. June 29. In addition to enforcing wildlife laws and regulations, game wardens are responsible for patrolling the waters of Kansas, conducting boat accident investigations, boat safety inspections, BUI checks, safety programs, education classes and other boating related activities. Many factors contribute to the way alcohol ...

July 03, 2014 | | Local News

Charges filed after undercover beer sales

Three clerks from Great Bend convenience stores that allegedly sold beer to underage consumers on May 16 face misdemeanor charges in Barton County District Court.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo news: Jack Hanna tickets sold out

Tickets for the Barton County appearance of Jack Hanna sold out during the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest in June. Tickets for the October show were offered to the general public for the first time during the event, said Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Jacam Chemical Company at the Chamber Boardroom, 1125 Williams at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Marty Steinert and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

July 02, 2014 | | Local News

Wetlands Education Center to offer three summer programs

Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs that begin July 10 and run through July 24 at the center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend.

July 01, 2014 | | Local News

Altered Books’ workshop

Altered Books' workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 5, at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. The instructor is LuAnne Howell, an artist from Lincoln. Reuse and upcycle is the basis of much of LuAnne's artwork. Painting, stitchery, and altering books are only a few of her talents. An old unwanted book, can suddenly become a treasure box, capturing ones own mementos.

June 29, 2014 | | 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 rezoning request for property between Great Bend and Ellinwood, the recognition of retiring Chief Deputy County Clerk Marcia Sauber, a recycling grant and the purchase of assorted equipment for Central Kansas Community Corrections.

June 27, 2014 | | Local News


In the June 24 story on the Barton County Commission, the cost of the fence at the new radio tower east of Great Bend was incorrectly reported. The cost of the work, being done by Little Giant Fabrication of Great Bend is $2, 992.18, not $9,992.18. The Tribune apologizes for the error.

June 24, 2014 | | Local News

Wetland Center summer program registration still open

Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 10 through July 24.

June 20, 2014 | | Local News

Local toddler qualifies for national pageant competition

Twenty month old Anniyah Hurd-Harders won Supreme Baby titles at the 2014 Kansas State Our Miss Diamond pageant, qualifying her to represent Kansas on the national level. Anniyah competed in McPherson over the weekend with other state preliminary winners in the 13-24 month old age category to capture the Overall World of Babies Supreme and the Supreme Sweepstakes awards. She qualified for the state pageant after winning the Supreme titles in a preliminary contest held in Great Bend last year.

June 19, 2014 | | Local News

Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.

June 19, 2014 | | Local News

Showers, thunderstorms may develop Wednesday night

Severe storms with ping pong ball sized hail and damaging winds are expected over parts of central Kansas roughly along and west of Highway 14 late Wednesday evening. Barton County has a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday evening.

June 17, 2014 | | Local News

Kansas Girl Scouts win national challenge

WICHITA – The Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council has won the Great American Can RoundUp-Scout Council Challenge for the third year in a row after recycling 32,199 pounds of aluminum cans, thanks to an outstanding effort by Girl Scouts in Reno County who rallied their community.

June 16, 2014 | | Local News

Splitter focues on caregiving at next Parkinson's meeting

When Janet Splitter, PhD and registered dietitian, speaks at the next Parkinson's Support Group meeting, she hopes her information will be especially helpful to the caregivers in the room.

June 16, 2014 | | Local News

Longtime City of Lucas employee identified

LUCAS - A longtime City of Lucas employee who apparently died as a result of electrocution June 11 has been identified as Gary Ward.

June 16, 2014 | | Local News

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Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launches 2015-2016 Sebelius Lecture Series

The lecture series named for one of Fort Hays State University's most notable alumni, former U.S. Rep. Keith Sebelius, will feature an October ...

September 27, 2015 | | Local News

Patrol announces plans for Post-It Inspiration from State Fair Patrol car

Every year, the Kansas Highway Patrol hosts an informational booth at the Kansas State Fair. This year's fair came after a few particularly difficult ...

September 27, 2015 | | Local News

City offers help for trees damaged by storms and drought

When high speed winds pushed through yards in Great Bend Sept. 10 and 11, trees and branches were scattered across yards and driveways in different ...

September 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Firefighters from central Kansas enjoy the camaraderie just as much as the training provided by the Great Bend fire department.

September 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

​New group helps survivors of suicide loss

A new support group is forming for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

September 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

'Going to See the Elephant'

Paige Crocker, freshman in theater education, has known her destiny since seventh grade.

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

‘Humphrey’ puts everyone on same page

Friday's scene may have been a first at Great Bend schools: Elementary students all over town attended pep rallies to celebrate reading a book.

September 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Lions promote health at State Fair

At the final day of the Kansas State fair on Sunday, Sept. 20, the Lions Screening mobile Unit saw 294 people who were screened for ...

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

Half-marathon volunteers shares her weight-loss story

Peggy Haag of Great Bend lost her mother eight years ago, and has been raising two small children without the wisdom and guidance of their ...

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

Scary scarecrows talk of Garden Club

Scarecrows were the subject of the program presented to the September Garden Club meeting by club president Nancy Swafford.

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

State Fair ribbons

Barry J. Bowers, Great Bend, entered four carvings at the Kansas State Fair this year and won four ribbons.

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

Community invited to join literacy campaign

Humphrey, the precocious hamster and hero in "The World According to Humphrey," was introduced throughout the community on Friday during a huge district-wide kickoff at ...

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

BCC paramedic instructor recognized for 30 years

Barton Community College lead paramedic instructor Dean A. Dexter was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians ...

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

Chaplain brings new information to next GBHH&H grief support group

Since Larry Schumacher will attend advanced training early in October, he will be equipped with even more knowledge to help those who have lost loved ...

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

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