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Wetlands Waterpark opens Saturday

Great Bend’s Wetlands Waterpark at 2303 Main is scheduled to open Saturday, May 27. The aquatic center will be open from 12:30-5:30 ...

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Posted: may. 25, 2017 8:43 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC to offer free citizenship classes

Barton Community College will offer free citizenship classes starting June 1 at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main, Great Bend. Classes will be held ...

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Posted: may. 25, 2017 8:20 p.m. | 0 Comments
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More information for tornado victims offered

 Barton County residents are moving forward in an effort to clean up and rebuild following the tornado of May 16. A tabulation of storm damage ...

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Posted: may. 25, 2017 5:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Making a Splash

It was nothing but fun and splashing on Thursday in Ellinwood during the ribbon cutting ceremony that took place and officially opened the new splash ...

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Posted: may. 25, 2017 4:58 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Being ready

Chief Cliff Couch along with officers of the Great Bend Police Department participated in active shooter training, Thursday at Great Bend High School.

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Posted: may. 25, 2017 3:40 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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 ...

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Posted: may. 24, 2017 3:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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A new mission

SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE

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Posted: may. 24, 2017 6:14 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Number of county tax sale properties dwindling

 The Count Treasurer’s Office is receiving payments for properties included in this year’s tax sale and there are currently 66 properties, said County ...

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Posted: may. 24, 2017 5:03 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Juvenile Justice budget remains unchanged

 The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services 2018 fiscal year budget. The $635,847.82 budget includes $33,157 ...

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Posted: may. 24, 2017 5:01 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Gas prices stay steady

The average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.13 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s ...

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Posted: may. 24, 2017 5:00 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Police letters blame pay for understaffing

 Letters to Great Bend City Council members and/or city officials from the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter express concern over staffing shortages within ...

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Posted: may. 23, 2017 2:43 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation’s fallen warriors and contribute to the ...

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Posted: may. 23, 2017 7:37 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college’s board ...

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Posted: may. 23, 2017 7:28 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Hoisington MIH lots (finally) going fast

HOISINGTON -- Monday night, board members of the Hoisington Land Bank met to consider three new applicants for lots in the McKenna Meadows subdivision. After advertising ...

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Posted: may. 23, 2017 5:29 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Hoisington painting program yielding positive results

HOISINGTON -- Dolores Kipper, the city’s code enforcement officer, Monday night provided an update to the city council on her efforts to encourage property owners ...

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Posted: may. 22, 2017 10:15 p.m. | 0 Comments
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YOU CAN SEE FOR MILES

 The sparkling new hilltop scenic overlook tower looms over the griddle-flat Cheyenne Bottoms below. Stretching out into the horizon Monday were the refuge’s shimmering ...

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Posted: may. 22, 2017 4:21 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Tornado recovery, cleanup underway

 It’s been a week since an EF3 tornado roared through western Barton County, destroying several homes and causing over $600,000 in damages. At ...

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Posted: may. 22, 2017 4:03 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Fatal crash in Ness County

NESS COUNTY — A Dodge City woman died Saturday after a van she was riding in crashed on U.S. 283, 5 miles south of Ness ...

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Posted: may. 22, 2017 2:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC trustees set to approve contracts

Contracts for head coaches, administrators and management staff are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting. Trustees will meet ...

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Posted: may. 22, 2017 12:05 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

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Posted: may. 20, 2017 4:58 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Thomas to retire from US Navy

Engineman Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon L. Thomas will retire from the U.S. Navy on June 23 at San Diego, Calif. Thomas is a ...

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Posted: may. 20, 2017 4:54 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Free origami workshop

A free workshop on origami will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.

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Posted: may. 20, 2017 4:52 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Marine life by James Mages at Shafer Gallery

The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit “Mages’ Marine Marvels” by James Mages at 6 p.m. May 25. The show ...

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Posted: may. 20, 2017 4:48 p.m. | 0 Comments
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USD 428 memorandum reinforces teamwork with law enforcement

While it’s something that’s been done locally for as long as anyone can remember, a document and a few signatures now makes it ...

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Posted: may. 20, 2017 4:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

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Posted: may. 20, 2017 4:44 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Bringing back memories

The sun was barely up and there was a stiff chill in the air as Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall made his way along the muddy ...

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Posted: may. 20, 2017 3:55 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Visit Fort Larned for Memorial Day Weekend

Larned — Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site will bring a frontier military post back to life for Memorial Day Weekend.

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Posted: may. 18, 2017 1:56 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Kids Fishing Day scheduled at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY — Enjoy the outdoors with the whole family with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids Fishing Day on ...

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Posted: may. 18, 2017 1:57 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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 ...

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Posted: may. 19, 2017 8:56 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Tornado warnings canceled

Reports of tornadoes and hail in the Barton County area began shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, but the storm had weakened by 6:30.

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Posted: may. 18, 2017 7:22 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Western Cooperative Electric restoring power

WaKEENEY — Western Cooperative Electric, WaKeeney, is working to restore member outages following the May 16 storm that caused damage in central Kansas.

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Posted: may. 18, 2017 7:14 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Tornado watch issued for Kansas

WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a  wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford ...

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Posted: may. 18, 2017 8:46 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK — Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

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Posted: may. 18, 2017 3:06 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Twister damage totals over $600k

 

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton ...

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Posted: may. 18, 2017 12:34 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Emerging to devastation

 Editor’s note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend ...

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Posted: may. 17, 2017 9:13 p.m. | 0 Comments
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School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

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Posted: may. 17, 2017 5:41 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Demel named new United Way director

 The United Way of Central Kansas announced Tuesday that Gaila (Nielsen) Demel from Ellinwood will be the new executive director for UWCK. She will begin ...

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Posted: may. 16, 2017 1:57 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

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Posted: may. 16, 2017 8:55 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

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Posted: may. 16, 2017 7:36 p.m. | 0 Comments
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GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School ...

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Posted: may. 16, 2017 4:19 p.m. | 0 Comments
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