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​Cinco de Mayo offers taste of Mexico

In 1994, many Great Bend residents were unfamiliar with the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo – of Fifth of May. Now a spring tradition, the city's 22nd annual Cinco de Mayo Festival drew a crowd to Jack Kilby Square on Saturday.

May 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


National Day of Prayer observance planned

Great Bend Christians will come together for the 64th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7. One Hope Ministries is sponsoring an interdenominational program based on this year's theme, "Lord, Hear Our Cry," at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theater, 1908 Lakin Ave. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Center for Spirituality celebrates heroes

This week the public was invited to join the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend for tea and savory delights as the Heartland Center for Spirituality staff and advisory council celebrated the inaugural "Hero for Heartland" event on April 26.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


'The Mandate' challenges men to step up

Central Kansas men have a mandate to step up and be responsible fathers and leaders.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fair share: Undo the 2012 tax 'cuts'

Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Attorney General visits Kiwanis

The top legal officer of the state of Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, visited Great Bend on Wednesday. Schmidt was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which drew as many guests as members for his luncheon program.

April 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Library starts May with 2 movies

Friday, May 1 is movie day at the Great Bend Public Library, according to Jennifer King, marketing and YA librarian.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Gallery: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Men in heels

Great Bend's sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event raised awareness and funds to combat violence against women.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County attorney seeks prison sentence for Miller

Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews wants the woman who stole from the Central Prairie Honor Flight program to spend time in prison.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


A family tradition: Bowman Family Press Box dedidcated

Sunday marked the first time a ceremonial "first pitch" was thrown prior to a baseball game at Barton Community College's Lawson-Biggs Field. Cougar booster Rob Bowman was given the honor to mark the construction of the new Bowman Family Press Box,

April 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Meet Our Peeps

In the urban dictionary, "peeps" are people - usually friends. But for birdwatchers, the peeps are five species of North American sandpipers.

April 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Bullet dodged

There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Faculty contracts renewed at BCC

After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors on Thursday, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees voted to renew faculty contracts, including two contracts the administration had recommended for "non-renewal." The vote was 4-2, and trustees promptly returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for another hour.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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​BCC trustees approve contracts and plans

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved several contract renewals on Wednesday, along with a contingency planning policy and a new strategic plan for the college.

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dive In: Keeping pool makes sense

Nobody wants to see their taxes go up, but Wednesday's decision by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees to keep the pool open will be worth the cost. We estimate it will be less than $9.50 on a $100,000 home next year, and less than $2.50 a year after that.*

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC mill levy could go up

Keeping the swimming pool in operation at Barton Community College is likely to require an increase in the mill levy, but it won't be the only reason for a possible increase, college trustees said Wednesday.

May 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees approve plan to maintain pool

A plan to maintain the Barton Community College swimming pool for the foreseeable future received unanimous support Wednesday from the BCC Board of Trustees.

May 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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