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Teacher contracts on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is set to ratify next year's contracts for licensed employees. The Great Bend-National Education Association announced that teachers ratified the agreement on Thursday.

June 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


West Nile virus arrives early in Barton County

The first reported Kansas case of West Nile virus this summer is a person in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday.

June 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCSO seizes 1,146 marijuana plants

More than 1,100 cultivated marijuana plants were seized Thursday at a grow operation near Galatia, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Arthur Kronenberg, 32, of Olmitz, was arrested at the scene.

June 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


MAD SCIENCE!!

Erik the Engineer may be billed as a Mad Scientist, but he stressed "safety first" on Thursday when he encouraged kids to conduct their own experiments. The educational entertainer from Kansas City's MadSciene.org shared cool, hands-on science experiments with more than 100 children at the Great Bend Public Library.

June 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Breakfast Briefing, June 2-10, 2017

FRIDAY, June 2

June 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zumbathon to raise money for Prince of Peace

Local licensed Zumba instructors hope to get people dancing and smiling at a Zumbathon planned for the evening of July 8 at St. Rose Auditorium.

June 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Band shell concert photos

The Great Bend Municipal Band performed June 1, 2017, for the 90th-anniversary celebration and rededication of the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell, with the new Thelma Faye Harms Stage.

June 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Band: Crowd turns out for band shell dedication

Hundreds of people came downtown Thursday evening for the Great Bend Municipal Band's first concert of 2017. It was the 90th anniversary celebration and rededication of the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell, located on the south side of the Barton County Courthouse Square. It was also the dedication of the latest improvement to the band shell, the Thelma Faye Harms Stage.

June 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer readers invited to build a better world

Great Bend Public Library's Summer Reading Program encourages participants to "Build a Better World." Kids and adults can sign up any time starting Thursday, June 1.

May 31, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Where's the tiger?

When the temperature rises, many of the animals at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo look for the coolest spot - and who can blame them? But visitors aren't always pleased to see a lot of seemingly empty exhibits.

May 31, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Memorial Day service, Great Bend 2017

Photos from Monday's Memorial Day service at Great Bend Cemetery.

May 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lest We Forget

Great Bend's Memorial Day services were held Monday at the Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Cemetery. This year's program was coordinated by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27. Terry W. Young, past department commander of Kansas DAV, was master of ceremonies.

May 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington EMS Barn holds open house

Kids could sit behind the steering wheel of a fire truck and explore the back of an ambulance on Thursday at the Hoisington EMS Barn.

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former Quicksilver treasurer sentenced for forgeries

Quicksilver Softball team will receive $4,768 in restitution from its former treasurer, Christine A. Torres, who was recently sentenced in Barton County District Court for five counts of forgery. She was also ordered to spend 45 days under house arrest and 18 months on probation.

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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 p.m. daily when there are no weather hazards and the forecasted high temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

May 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Teamwork

Baseball earned the title of the American Pastime more than a century ago, and the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity has been a tradition ...

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hathcock named County Operations Director

Barton County no longer has a County Administrator but it does have an Operations Director. Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock now holds two "director" titles.

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC's presence at Larned prison grows

Changes coming to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility the summer will create opportunities for Barton Community College, the BCC Board of Trustees learned Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BUSY BEES: Story Time entertains children

Great Bend Public Library's "Miss Amy" had children listening, singing and playing on Tuesday during Story Time. This week's subject was Bees.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Todd Leech sentenced to 14 years for child rape

A Great Bend couple arrested on rape and child abuse charges in 2016 have been sentenced in Barton County District Court.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County approves tax help after tornado

Barton County residents who lost their homes or saw major home damage from last month's tornado may get a break on their property taxes ...

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Road & Bridge director to retire soon

Barton County Road and Bridge/Memorial Parks Director Dale Phillips announced Monday he will retire at the end of this month, concluding a 44-year career ...

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Caution: Road work ahread

Great Bend Street Department employees remove a section of pavement at the southwest corner of Broadway and McKinley, Monday afternoon. Traffic is reduced to two ...

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend schools get wireless devices for K-12

Great Bend USD 428's One to One Technology Initiative will encompass grades K-12 this fall, Superintendent Khris Thexton said Monday. The school board voted ...

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kaiser sentenced on sexting case

Todd Eric Kaiser, the former Great Bend High School track coach convicted of sexual exploitation of a child, has been placed on three years of ...

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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