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​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Garrett hired as Barton VP

Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.

June 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope lives up to its name

Super Gummi Bears, Ninja Tiger Dogs and Jeff Goldblum's Dinosaur Dance Party are some of the names chosen by teams at the 2015 Camp Hope.

June 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers needed to visit long-term care homes

When LaRea Cravens became a volunteer ombudsman at an assisted-living facility in Barton County, her daughter asked her what that entailed.

June 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton VP candidate praises community colleges

Dr. Robin Garrett holds a Ph.D., but her higher education began with a course at a community college. The third of three candidates seeking the job of vice president of academics at Barton Community College visited the campus Tuesday for a public forum.

June 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Library submits 2016 budget to city

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has submitted a 2016 proposed budget totaling $739,600, requesting $640,000 from the City of Great Bend.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fact and fiction: Publicity raises awareness

The movie "Jurassic Park" and all of its sequels, including the new "Jurassic World," have provided a big boost to the advancement of paleontology, the study of fossils. Even though the franchise got so much wrong – starting with the title, which more accurately should have been "Cretaceous Park" – scientists in the field say the movies spark interest in a way that real fossils cannot.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Code enforcer promotes property maintenance

The City of Great Bend is raising the standard for property maintenance, Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker told a civic group this week. He expects new ordinances with "more teeth" to be enacted this summer.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community funds created for youth swimming

The Golden Belt Community Foundation has established endowment and grant funds to support youth swim programs in the future, Foundation Director Christy Tustin said. Community donations are encouraged, and the first $100,000 will be matched by a group of anonymous donors.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Boys in the Bank

The Kansas Legislature's latest attempt to pass a budget seemed doomed from the start.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC trustees fill four positions

A six-month search for Barton Community College's next executive director of institutional advancement ended Thursday when the board of trustees hired Nancy Wiebe of Wichita.

June 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 approves pool lease with BCC

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Barton Community College. Superintendent Brad Reed said the agreement, in effect, guarantees the school district can continue to use the college's indoor pool for the next 12 years with a $10,000 a year lease.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​New teachers hired for fall

A summary of items approved Monday by the USD 428 school board:

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspect found with stolen boat and motors

A stolen boat was recovered Saturday and a suspect was arrested, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Youth Academy takes teens behind the scenes

Great Bend youths spent most of the day Friday learning what makes the City of Great Bend tick. For the 41st Youth Academy, they visited areas seldom seen, such as the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and places they thought they knew, such as the zoo.

June 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The ...

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Unusual butterfly species visit wetlands

Field guides and amateur lepidopterists were on the lookout for butterflies Saturday morning, but the first catch of the day was a 3-foot garter snake.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 urging early enrollment

Parents enrolling their students in Great Bend schools next month may face long waits in line, but they don't have to, said Jan Frenzl ...

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for ...

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Shot fired in altercation in Great Bend

A man told police he was grazed by a bullet during a confrontation in the 2000 block of 11th St. around 2:30 a.m ...

July 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Kanza Indian historian Ron Parks to speak at Historical Society

Kansas history expert Ron Parks from Manhattan will be the guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the Barton County Historical ...

July 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Outdoor movie

Families enjoy an outdoor movie, Thursday night in Jack Kilby Square. The City of Great Bend and Waters True Value sponsored the show and provided ...

July 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Awarding Roses: Thanks for serving

This week three members left the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education and three newly elected board members took their places. One individual left ...

July 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Wardens praise BCC partners

A new carpentry program for inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility is one of several innovations made possible by a partnership with Barton ...

July 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


After Harvest Festival starts Thursday

ELLINWOOD - The 42-year tradition of After Harvest Festival gets underway Thursday in Ellinwood. The three-day celebration offers a carnival, musical entertainment, street dances and lots ...

July 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​One District, One Book promotes reading

This fall, Great Bend USD 428 will become the first Kansas school district to use the educational program One District, One Book in a formal ...

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pool ceiling; trustee vacancy

Action taken at a special BCC board meeting on Tuesday included:

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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