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More Back to School Bash photos

Teachers and staff reported for duty and a Back to School Bash Monday morning in Great Bend.

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SCHOOL PRIDE

School board president Joyce Carter said Great Bend USD 428 has always been a good school district, and her goal is for it to become known statewide as a great school district.

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Court roundup: Baker trial postponed

Jury trials for several Barton County cases are scheduled to take place later this year and into 2017. Here is a recap of recent events in Barton County District Court:

August 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State upholds LaVeta Miller conviction

The Kansas Court of Appeals announced Friday its decision to uphold the 2015 conviction of LaVeta Miller, the local women who stole money earmarked for Honor Flights for U.S. veterans.

August 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS marching band to welcome teachers, staff

When employees of Great Bend USD 428 attend their Back to School Celebration next Monday, nearly 100 students should already be there.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dumb phones: Don't Poke and drive

Driving while distracted contributes to many accidents, which is why safety organizations have made a major effort to stop people from sending text messages while operating motor vehicles.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College completes extensive program review

A review of programs at Barton Community College shows business courses generate the most credit hours on campus and a good deal of income. In a presentation to the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Vice President Robin Garrett also mentioned at least one program that may be phased out in the future.

August 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Trustees hold line on tax rate

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved the college's 2016-2017 budget Tuesday after inviting comments or questions from the public. Hearing none, the budget was adopted. Based on valuation numbers provided by the county on June 21, it is estimated that the mill levy will be the same as the actual rate in 2014-2015, which was 33.124 mills. In 2015-2016 the rate was similar at 33.090.

August 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Exhibit designer joins SFTC staff

LARNED - The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum has hired Richard Lartz for a limited term position as the exhibit designer for the East Gallery renovation. Museum director Becca Hiller said it is expected to take 12-18 months to complete the work.

August 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Audition info available online

Barton Community College has added an online link to provide more information about upcoming auditions for the production of "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder, said Dr. Rick Abel, theater director.

August 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Open Late: New rules for liquor stores

The Great Bend City Council's decision Monday to allow liquor stores to remain open until 11 p.m., and the decision to allow stores to sell beer on Sundays, was a business decision, pure and simple.

August 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: ANIMAL TRAINING

Ashley Burdick's hand was just inches from a leopard's face Tuesday, but the keeper at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo was not concerned.

August 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School budget ready for approval

The mill levy collected from property owners in Great Bend USD 428 shouldn't change much at all for 2016-2017, school administrators said Wednesday. The actual tax rate for 2015-2016 was 45.866 mills, and the estimated tax rate for the proposed budget is 45.834 mills.

August 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Taylor wins primary for Kansas Senate Dist. 33 nomination

Mary Jo Taylor was the winner Tuesday in the race to become the Republican nominee in November for the 33rd Senate District of Kansas. At 11:20 p.m., with 185 of 190 precincts reporting their final unofficial results to the Kansas Secretary of State's Office, she had 7,115 votes, compared to 6,521 for Larry Salmans, giving her 52 percent of that total.

August 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fort Larned carpenter recalls restoration

LARNED - When visitors step onto the grounds of the Fort Larned National Historic State today, they see it as it appeared in the 1860s during the Indian Wars. Mildon Yeager – a retired carpenter who worked at the site for 20 years – also sees years of restoration that took place in the 20th century, and continues to this day.

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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More rain likely this week

Around Great Bend, residents reported rainfall amounts of anywhere from 2.5 to 6 inches on Monday. Several people reported getting about 3 inches of ...

August 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ft. Larned 'Picnic' photos

Here are more photos taken Saturday at the 'Picinic in the Park' at the Fort Larned National Historic Site.

August 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Keith Bear to visit Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Native American storyteller and musician Keith Bear plans to visit Hoisington's elementary schools for five days at the end of September.

August 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


PRAIRIE PICNIC

PAWNEE COUNTY - Staff and volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site celebrated the National Park Service's 100th birthday on Saturday by recalling life at ...

August 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Centennial

The National Park Service turned 100 on Thursday, and central Kansas residents don't have to travel far to take part in the celebration.

August 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Voicing support for Larned State Hospital

LARNED - Tim Keck, secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, discussed the future of Larned State Hospital during a public meeting Wednesday ...

August 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Move request: DMV seeks higher ground

Staff at the Kansas Driver's License office on the second floor of the courthouse would like to move to another room in the building.

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mull estate supports Shafer Gallery

Staff at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will visit area schools, thanks to a gift from the Glenn and Elaine Mull Family Advised ...

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


UWCK thanks county for setting the pace

Earlier this year, Barton County was named a Pacesetter contributor by the United Way of Central Kansas. On Monday morning, the County Commission was thanked ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dena Popp appointed 911 director

Dena Popp was named director of Barton County 911/Communications at Monday's county commission meeting. It was an appointment at least one commissioner said ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees meet Tuesday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Welcome aboard: Great Bend introduces new teachers

Filling virtually every vacant teaching spot before the first day of school is no easy task, but Great Bend USD 428 was able to do ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


‘Wild Places’ close to home

George Frazier says his new book, "The Last Wild Places of Kansas," isn't a guide, but it may lead readers to explore some places ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Taking stock

Were Great Bend kids excited about starting a new school year this week? The teachers and staff sure were.

August 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Salvation Army distributes 200 backpacks

The Salvation Army helped more than 200 children return to school this week with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

August 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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