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Barton County replaces 800 signs

Barton County department heads are asked to submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. The latest report was released Monday at the Barton County Commission meeting.

November 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


PRESIDENTIAL

The fourth graders at Eisenhower Elementary School really know their presidents. Students of Priscilla Rose and Sherri Brantley were each assigned a random U.S. president to research. On Tuesday, other students were invited to the "Hall of Presidents" in the Eisenhower library, where each student had a presentation about his or her former POTUS.

November 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Extension merger on next county agenda

The Barton County Commission met with members of the Barton County/Kansas State University Extension Council on Monday to learn more about a proposal to join with the Ellis County Extension Council, forming a new Barton-Ellis Extension district.

November 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County considers cutting administrator's job

Barton County Commissioners said Monday that they may eliminate the county administrator position, left empty since Richard Boeckman resigned on Oct. 21.

November 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Students look back on LIFE

A graduation and awards ceremony of sorts took place last week at Eisenhower Elementary School. The caps were made of purple paper, and the red "carpet" that graduates walked was also paper.

November 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Personal touch

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's after-school art classes and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's upcoming workshop in making clay jewelry are but two examples. Barton Community College, private businesses and groups such as the Golden Belt Woodcarvers are all places to learn a new skill.

November 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


TALKING TURKEY

It was time to talk turkey this week at the Great Bend Recreation Commission. After-school art classes offered at Lincoln, Jefferson and Eisenhower elementary schools allowed children 5-12 years old to create "button turkey" wall decorations.

November 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Driver, pedestrian offer 2 versions of accident

Great Bend Police investigated two injury accidents last Saturday on 10th Street. Neither involved life-threatening injuries, according to the police reports which were released Wednesday.

November 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New activity bus and pickup purchased

The new activity bus at Great Bend USD 428 hit the road almost as soon as it was delivered, and Monday the school board approved the purchase of a second bus.

November 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 board asked to consider building project

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed asked the board of education Monday if it could get behind a plan for a new maintenance building/bus barn next to the District Education Center, and remodeling of the DEC.

November 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More chili cook-off photos

Photos taken Nov. 12, 2016 at the Sunflower Diversfied Services annual Charity Chili Cook-off in the Barton County Courthouse Square.

November 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mom's Gift

The ensemble cast of "Mom's Gift" weren't giving away any secrets at a recent rehearsal. K.B. Bell, who is co-directing the award-winning comedy, said the audience "won't see the ending coming. I think they'll laugh and I think they'll cry."

November 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chili cook-off warms hearts

It was time to vote and opinions were definitely divided.

November 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community Breakfast catches hunters

Pheasant season opened Saturday, and dozens of hunters got an early start with breakfast at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall. Serving of the organization's annual Community Breakfast began at 5:30 a.m.

November 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS honors veterans on Nov. 11

Great Bend High School students listened respectfully Friday morning as one of their alumni, Michael Harbaugh, described his military career. He was the guest speaker at the school's annual Veterans Day program.

November 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Crisis to crisis

The Kansas Legislature will be less conservative in 2017 and perhaps some of Gov. Sam Brownback's initiatives can be scaled back a bit.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Christmas past

Live music, refreshments and a glimpse into rural life and holiday traditions from days gone by can be enjoyed this Sunday, Dec. 11 during the ...

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Holiday musical

Holy Family School's annual music program can be seen at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium ...

December 07, 2016 | Public can attend early show | Local News


USD 428 board meets with attorney

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education met behind closed doors for more than two hours Monday evening at the District Education Center. A ...

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 BOE SPECIAL MEETING HELD

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education called a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening for discussion of personnel.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Santa's Workshop

Hundreds of children visited Santa's Workshop, Monday at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wetlands wonderland

Fluffy flakes of snow were falling on Cheyenne Bottoms when the Kansas Wetlands Education Center opened its doors Saturday morning, but it only added to ...

December 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pay attention

Next week the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will tour the district bus barn, so its members can see first-hand whether a new ...

December 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School board to tour bus barn

Members of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education plan to tour the district bus barn at 12th and Williams St. at noon Tuesday ...

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: New species arrives at zoo

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo continues to work with the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums on species preservation and quality care. Although the ...

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC looks at campus security

When it comes to campus security, training is more important than technology, Barton Community College staff learned at a national conference on the subject.

November 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thanks again

A popular meme this year carries the caption, "Black Friday: Because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being ...

November 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wooding receives Employee Recognition Award

Bj Wooding, the cartographer in Barton County's mapping division, received an Employee Recognition Award from the Barton County Commission and the county's Employee ...

November 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Business


County accepts federal money to improve high-risk roads

Action taken by the Barton County Commission on Monday could make it easier to win competitive grants for road safety features, County Engineer Barry McManaman ...

November 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Holidays are here

"For the blessings we enjoy - for the happiness that is ours, we ought to be grateful. Our hearts should blossom with thankfulness." - Robert Ingersoll

November 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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