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Birders bringing lists to Wings 'N' Wetlands Festival

The Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival returns to Great Bend and central Kansas April 24-25.

April 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Global Fun

Children who attended Central Kansas Christian Academy's open house on Tuesday got a unique look at the Earth.

April 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: Poppy to lead World Binturong Day fest

May 9 is World Binturong Day and the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo at its own binturong, Poppy, will celebrate with a special event, Zoo Director Nicole Benz said.

April 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo construction

The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. "Coyotes are more agile than wolves," she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.

March 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tiny railroads featured at swap meet

Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Seven candidates seek USD 428 school board positions

Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


His Hands Puppets coming to Hoisington

HOISINGTON - The public is invited to a free puppet show, "Garbage In Garbage Out," at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Country Place Senior Living, 259 West Sixth St. in Hoisington. The program is sponsored by Country Place.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Saturday in the park

Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Victim says burglar came in through window

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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