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Drought damage is deep

Rainfall that finally returned to central Kansas this past week was certainly welcomed, but state officials warn that, while it is a step in the right direction, it is far too little to have taken the state out of the drought that continues to impact its agriculture and many of its community water sources.

August 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Kansas towns cut back on water use

Recent rains have certainly improved conditions around Kansas, but water experts warn that the drought is far from broken across Kansas.

August 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


City council considers 2012 budget Monday night

An increase in the annual property tax mill levy will be considered when the Great Bend City Council discusses the 2012 budget in its budget hearing, set for a half hour before its regular Monday night meeting.

August 14, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Highland Hotel sells

The Highland Hotel is now under new ownership. The hotel portion of the Highland Hotel and Convention Center was sold to Ambika Enterprises in a deal that was finalized Tuesday, according to a letter from the property's management company.

August 13, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


OFF TO A GOOD START

A young girl walked up to the table at the Great Bend Salvation Army store Friday morning, slung her new backpack over her shoulder and left with her face beaming.

August 13, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Woman arrested after drug raid

A Great Bend woman remains in the Barton County jail following her arrest during a drug raid at a home Friday morning.

August 12, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Clyde trades bright lights of Calif. for a home on the prairie

With a barnyard full of animals, retired couple Billie and Robert Bonomo enjoy the quiet life in northern Barton County after having lived in many areas around the country.

August 12, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Commission approves large tax refund

The tax refund amount that was presented to the Barton County Commission this week seemed large, and it was, but it represented a reality about the oil industry, the commissioners were told.

August 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


‘Meet and greet’ meets in Great Bend

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission met Thursday in Barton County, and area dignitaries joined with them in a "meet and greet" session over the noon hour.

August 11, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Drive-by shooting car found

A tip from a motorist who had just heard a description of the car involved in Sunday's drive shooting lead to the location of the vehicle Thursday morning. Authorities spent the afternoon pouring over it in hopes of finding clues in the case.

August 11, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Teachers learn to better engage students

Teachers took a running start on getting ready for school to start in just a week by attending a highly motivational, week-long class offered by USD 428.

August 11, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Even in a drought

Typical of Kansas, where the weather is often either "feast or famine," conditions have gone from drought to flood warnings almost over night.

August 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


One vehicle wreck occurs

A one vehicle wreck occurred in the 300 block of north Washington, Great Bend, at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle was south bound on Washington when it lost control, entered the east ditch backwards, striking the culvert and then rolling onto its top, according to a news release by the Barton County Sheriff's office.

August 10, 2011 | | News


GBPD hope to ID passenger in drive-by

Authorities are seeking the public's help to locate the suspect in a Sunday drive-by shooting, as well as the identity of a passenger in the car involved in the incident.

August 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Storm whips Barton, surrounding counties

A severe late-summer thunder storm rolled through portions of northern Barton County, and Russell and Ellsworth counties Tuesday night, bringing large hail, heavy rains and straight-line wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour.

August 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


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County approves May proclamations

Physical and mental health were on the agenda at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo prepares for World Binturong Day

Poppy, the 6-month-old binturong at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, made an appearance at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said this Saturday, May 9, is World Binturong Day.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Names released from Friday drug bust

The Great Bend Police Department has identified two Hoisington residents who were arrested on drug charges last Friday after a traffic stop. Johnathon Hiserote and Amanda Decker were booked into the Barton County Detention Center.

May 04, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


A bitter sweet goodbye

Sister Charlotte Brungardt welcomed visitors to St. Rose Saturday afternoon. They came to say farewell to the circular towers which are slated to be demolished as the next phase in a renovation that will carry the medical facility into the next century of carring for the people of Great Bend and the surrounding area. There was singing and stories of the hospital's founding in 1902 by the Dominican Sisters. There were also tears shed. The towers, built in the early 1960s, have been a familiar landmark in the city for over 50 years.

May 02, 2015 | | News


Guns and Hoses a blast

Smoke, sirens, firehoses, hats and badges, and Kia the K-9 officer drew a sizable turnout to the first annual Guns and Hoses open house Saturday morning. Great Bend Police, Fire and Rescue collaborated on the event that showcased the elements of how these men and women work and train to keep the people of Great Bend safe each day.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hayden featured speaker at Cheyenne Bottoms Rotary visit

Rotarians flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center Saturday to hear 41st Kansas Governor Michael Hayden talk about the importance of the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands as a natural resource and of water conservation in light of increased demands on a finite supply.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Camp Aldrich Dining Hall taking shape

The ashes of the original Camp Aldrich Dining Hall, a building storied with weddings, reunions, summer camps and much more, have been removed to make room for a new facility for the next generation of central Kansas families to enjoy.

May 02, 2015 | | News


​Paradise woman taken to hospital after I-70 collision

RUSSELL COUNTY - Kansas Highway Patrol reports two vehicles collided at 11:34 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 70, approximately 5 miles west of Russell.

May 02, 2015 | | News


Cinco de Mayo 2015 photo gallery

May 2, 2015, Great Bend, Kansas

May 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Cinco de Mayo offers taste of Mexico

In 1994, many Great Bend residents were unfamiliar with the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo – of Fifth of May. Now a spring tradition, the city's 22nd annual Cinco de Mayo Festival drew a crowd to Jack Kilby Square on Saturday.

May 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Bartlett Grain showcases new facility

Farmers and ranchers, prospective buyers and railway personnel saw Bartlett Grain's new five-silo and office and shop complex between Great Bend and Ellinwood Thursday. The company has invested more than $20 million in the plant and construction east of Great Bend on the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad, which is owned by Watco.

May 01, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Park 6th grade creates hunger piece

Paige Koehn, a sixth-grader at Park Elementary School, helped her classmates create a public art piece by sticking 2,704 white plastic forks in the courthouse lawn Friday afternoon. Each fork, she explained, represents 1,000 kids who suffer from hunger each day.

May 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood Wellness Center open

After four years of planning and work by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission, the dream of opening a year-round fitness facility was realized Friday morning with the grand opening of the Ellinwood Wellness Center.

May 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


GBHS Variety Show tickets on sale now

Great Bend High School Variety Show tickets are on sale in the high school vocal music room. Use the east front doors of the school.

May 01, 2015 | | News


Bridge work

May 01, 2015 | | News


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