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Cinco de Mayo photos

Great Bend's Cinco de Mayo Festival, 2017

May 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: 'Birds Befriended' comes to a close

For the past decade, the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo and Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility offered the Birds Befriended Program. It allowed inmates with good behavior to care for exotic birds such as parrots and cockatoos that were former pets needing new homes.

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crime Stoppers rewards tipsters

"We don't want your name, just your information."

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Walk Kansas celebrates success

Walk Kansas participants headed into the final days of the 2017 fitness challenge this week with a rally at the Great Bend Activity Center.

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hundreds of drugs tossed at Rx Take Back

More than 150 area residents stopped outside the Barton County Courthouse on Saturday to dispose of unwanted pills, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

April 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Birders flock to Wings 'N' Wetlands Fest

At the 2017 Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival, the emphasis Saturday was on WET. But rain and temperatures in the low 40s didn't stop birdwatchers from across the nation from touring central Kansas this past weekend.

April 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bid awarded for Field House HVAC

A Garden City firm, Tantro Plumbing, was awarded the contract for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning renovation at the Great Bend High School Field House. The school board met Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School and approved Tantro's low bid of $321,967.

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College sees big savings with Canvas system

A new learning management system for online courses at Barton Community College will cost at least $300,000 less than the current system while providing a better product, college trustees were told Tuesday. After hearing a detailed report on the Canvas services, the board approved a one-year contract for $82,954.

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees mull new weapons policy

Officials at Barton Community College are preparing for a change in Kansas law that will allow people to carry concealed handguns into buildings on campus. When the BCC Board of Trustees met Tuesday, a draft of a possible weapons policy was reviewed.

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC addresses poor nursing scores

A report on how Barton Community College instills "Work Preparedness" in students shows only 44 percent of last year's nursing students passed the state exam on the first attempt. Acting Vice President Elaine Simmons presented a mostly positive report to college trustees on Tuesday, but acknowledged the "elephant in the room."

April 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KS Supreme Court denies appeal for Miller

The Kansas Supreme Court has denied LaVeta Miller's request for a review of her convictions for stealing money earmarked for Honor Flights for U.S. veterans. The Court has also denied a review of Calvin Jackson Hinz's sentences, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced Wednesday.

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge to plea to 2016 burglaries

In 2016, Kerry Partridge Jr. allegedly broke into several homes and sheds in Barton County, taking guns, tools and more.

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at "Reality U." On Monday, it was the teachers' turn to experience the world of at-risk students during the "Poverty Simulation" presented by Southwest Plains Regional Education Center.

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report highlights administrative projects

Software purchases at Barton Community College used to represent major expenses requiring the approval of the Board of Trustees. Nowadays, the cost of software has come down, but implementation can be time-consuming and expensive, said Charles Perkins, dean of institutional effectiveness.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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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.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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 ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and ...

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School's Out (almost)

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

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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 ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS seeks Attendance Counselor

Attendance problems are on the rise at Great Bend High School, which is why the school board last week approved a new position for an ...

May 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Garrison Commander to address BCC grads

Colonel John Lawrence, Garrison Commander at Fort Riley, will give the commencement address at Barton Community College. BCC's 47th commencement is set for 7 ...

May 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees review contracts, insurance

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees reviewed the list of contracts for head coaches, management staff and administrators during a study session this week ...

May 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dennis Shaw eligible for parole hearing

A man convicted of rape in Pawnee County is eligible for a parole hearing before the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in June.

May 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS grads to receive Chromebooks

Students graduating from Great Bend High School this month will get to keep the Chromebooks that were assigned to them in 2015, Superintendent Khris Thexton ...

May 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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